Soulpepper is Toronto's largest artist-centred theatre company, celebrating the stories that move us and the artists who tell them. Soulpepper presents vital Canadian interpretations of the classics, and commissions, translates, and develops new work, creating a home for a diverse array of artistic expression across disciplines. We share our work through a variety of platforms, engaging audiences, inspiring youth in our city, and training emerging theatre artists through the Soulpepper Academy.
Full-Time contract position available for a Manager of Government Relations & Foundations
Soulpepper is Toronto’s largest artist-centred theatre company, celebrating the stories that move us and the artists who tell them. Soulpepper presents vital Canadian interpretations of the classics, and commissions, translates, and develops new work, creating a home for a diverse array of artistic expression across disciplines. We share our work through a variety of platforms, engaging audiences, inspiring youth in our city, and training emerging theatre artists through the Soulpepper Academy. Since our inception in 1998, Soulpepper has built:
- A 12 month season of more than 600 performances
- A passionate audience of over 100,000 each year
- An artistic ensemble of 250 established and emerging theatre artists
- A paid residency program for Canadian theatre artists
- A robust portfolio of youth programs, reaching over 4,500 youth annually
- A 46,000 square foot state-of-the-art performing arts facility – the Young Centre for the Performing Arts – which anchors Toronto’s Distillery Historic District
Soulpepper is proud to be North America’s largest repertory company, a leading provider of work for artists in the City of Toronto and a partner in neighbourhood education initiatives.
The Manager of Government Relations & Foundations role is a 9-month contract position,
with potential, depending on various factors, for extension and growth into a permanent role.
Reporting to the Director of Communications, the Manager of Government Relations &
Foundations is responsible for managing and executing all aspects of the company’s
relationship to public funding agencies and private personal foundations. As a growing
organization with innovative activities that span many platforms, Soulpepper must strategically
find opportunities to make the case for increased public sector investment.
Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Preparing applications for government grants (programmes and capital projects) by
compiling required materials, writing proposals (including budgets), meeting guidelines,
grant practices and deadlines.
- Researching appropriate charitable foundations new to Soulpepper’s donor community
and preparing and submitting applications to same.
- Researching new sources of funding and assisting the Director of Communications and
the Executive Director in assessing the priorities of Soulpepper programs.
- Assisting the Development Team, where appropriate, with renewal requests to existing
- Advising program managers regarding all relevant aspects of available grants.
- Initiating, developing and implementing Soulpepper’s public affairs strategy including
the rationale for ongoing support at all levels of government.
- Preparing written evaluations, final reports and financial reconciliations of programs
for submission to funders, based on established criteria and requirements.
- Using Soulpepper’s database to monitor contractual obligations of public funders and
foundations. Overseeing departmental information gathering to ensure strong
quantitative and qualitative reporting metrics, and fulfilment of stewardship obligations.
- Providing copywriting and editing support for organizational initiatives.
The successful candidate will have:
- Strong and compelling written communication skills
- Impeccable attention to detail and accuracy
- Excellent time management, organizational, stress-management, efficiency and
- Ability to take initiative and work both independently and as part of a team
- Professionalism, maturity and discretion
- Computer and financial literacy (including Microsoft Outlook, Powerpoint, Word and
Excel) with the ability to design and maintain internal systems including reports and
- Familiarity with CRM platforms (ideally Tessitura)
- Passion for the performing arts
- Post-secondary degree in arts administration, communications, or public policy, or an
equivalent combination of education and professional experience.
- 3-years of related experience in a government or a performing arts organization in a
communications or fundraising position (with significant grant-writing responsibility).
- Thorough knowledge and understanding of current arts granting programs and their
strategic objectives. Familiarity with family foundations that support the arts.
The position represents an incredible opportunity to participate in the evolution of one of the
most exciting performing arts organizations in Canada. The compensation package will be
commensurate with experience. Flexible hours/work environment may be available.
HOW TO APPLY
Soulpepper is an equal opportunity employer and invites all applicants with proper credentials
to apply for the position. Soulpepper is committed to providing accommodations for persons
with disabilities. If you require accommodation please let us know and Soulpepper will work
with you to meet your needs. Soulpepper thanks all candidates for their interest however, only
those selected for interviews will be contacted.
Please e-mail résumé and cover letter detailing how you can contribute to this dynamic not-forprofit
arts organization and outlining your salary expectations, by no later than Feb 21, 2017.
Please e-mail your application to Sarah Farrell, General Counsel & Director of HR at
Sarah.Farrell@Soulpepper.ca and quote MGR17 on the subject line.