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  pat@indianriverfestival.com. 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

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