Executive Director – Indian River Festival
The Indian River Festival has been bringing the very best in classical, traditional, folk, jazz and world music to Historic St. Mary’s on Prince Edward Island for 25 years. The Festival seeks a highly self-motivated Executive Director to fulfil its mission, vision and strategic plan along with the Festival Board and Artistic Director.
Reporting to the Board of Directors of Indian River Festival Association Inc., the Executive Director will manage the day to day operations of the Festival at its office located in Kensington, PEI and provide leadership in developing program, organizational and financial practices. You will be the Festival’s primary public Ambassador developing productive relationships with the many stakeholders of the organization – funders and supporters in public and private sectors, the local community leaders and colleagues in similar organizations.
You will ensure that the Indian River Festival maintains its highly earned trust among our patrons and other stakeholders for the quality of the performances and its proprietary musical experience that continues to attract and delight audiences.
We’d like to hear from applicants who are building a career in arts administration and who have at least 3 – 5 years of relevant experience and education.
Please send your resume in confidence to Board Member, Patricia Hobbs at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications should be received by February 16, 2021.
Visit www.indianriverfestival.com for more details about us.
This is a full-time position from April 1st to November 1st and part-time for the rest of the year (1600 hours in total). The ideal start date is March 1st.
Roles and Responsibilities of the Executive Director Position
▪ execute the mission and the long-term strategic plan of the Festival
▪ provide leadership in operational excellence in accordance with the policies and objectives of the organization
▪ provide leadership in developing program, fundraising, financial and marketing plans in collaboration with existing committees and working groups
▪ create an operational plan in accordance with corporate objectives and planning cycle
▪ be responsible for developing and maintaining sound financial practices
▪establish and nurture sound working relationships and cooperative arrangements with community groups and organizations
▪ represent the Festival, its programs and point of view of the organization to agencies, organizations, and the general public
▪ maintain official records and documents, and ensure compliance with federal, provincial and local regulations
▪ provide direct support to the Board, Board Executive, Artistic Director and key committees
▪ ensure that the Board is kept fully informed on the condition of Historic St. Mary’s and the Festival and all important factors influencing it
▪ be responsible for the recruitment, employment, and release of all personnel, both paid staff and volunteers; and ensure sound HR practices are in place
▪ interest in running an organization that delivers world-class artistic programs and services
▪ experience in management and leadership of not-for-profit or volunteer based organization
▪ experience of working in collaboration with a Board of Directors
▪ creative experience with “friend and fund” raising – successful grant writing, solicitation of corporate/public sector funding, development of supporters and partnerships
▪ proven ability in managing staff and interacting with a wide range of individuals
▪ ability to write and edit communication documents of all kinds: funding requests, business presentations, information pieces, fundraising communications
▪ extraordinary listening and collaborative skills
▪ computer literate – Microsoft Office: Word, Excel and social media
▪ thorough understanding of financial and budget oversight
▪ post-secondary education in arts or business management an asset
Personal Qualities – Human Octopus
▪ as this is a small organization, the ED must be both hands on to deal with immediate needs and future thinking, as well as being an incredibly resourceful and innovative leader, seeking opportunities for appropriate expansion and enhancements
▪ pride yourself in your rigour… the attention to detail
▪ collaborative in working with the various stakeholders of the Festival, including staff, Board, funders, artists, colleagues in other related organizations, etc.
▪ a self-starter, capable of working with limited supervision and within agreed upon Board-Executive Director requirements
▪ effective communicator; one-on-one, in writing and in presentations
▪ as a steward of a valued long standing not-for-profit organization, you must behave in an ethical, accountable and transparent manner
▪ lots of energy, ideas, creative, with a positive “can do” attitude