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Executive Director

  • Full Time
  • Vancouver, BC
  • Applications have closed.
  • Salary: $55,000-65,000 annually (commensurate with experience)

Website New Performance Works Society (New Works)

New Works manages and mentors individual artists and dance companies to build the Vancouver dance scene and make dance more accessible to the public.

New Works, a nonprofit dance management and presentations company located in Vancouver, British Columbia, seeks an Executive Director. New Works seeks a dynamic and skilled organizational leader who brings the experience and enthusiasm to provide strategic and operational planning, strong financial management skills, HR and personnel management savvy, and an excellence in maintaining client and partner relationships. While we welcome applicants from within the dance and arts community, we believe an excellent New Works ED could come from outside these fields and we encourage any qualified individuals to apply.

About New Works

New Works manages and mentors individual artists and dance companies to build the Vancouver dance scene and make dance more accessible to the public. The services New Works provides to our clients includes organizing tours, booking performances, applying for grants, marketing, and bookkeeping.  In addition to providing management services, New Works presents inspiring dance performances throughout the year in the greater Vancouver area.

About the Position

The Executive Director is a strategic thinker and the developer and implementer of New Work’s mission and strategic plan. With a current sustained operating budget of $400,000+, New Works is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, and currently employs 3 full-time and 3 part-time staff members in addition to a number of contractors.

The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and currently manages operations, human resources, finance and budgeting, stakeholder relations, and fundraising. S/he oversees staff to manage marketing and communications, presentations, client services and grant writing and will sometimes be called upon to complete these tasks when support staff are unavailable. It is essential that the Executive Director act as the public face of the organization and there is an expectation that s/he will spend some time outside of regular business hours attending local and national events related to the dance milieu.



  • Provide guidance, oversight and work direction for the New Works staff and other professionals employed by New Works to ensure clients are being effectively managed.
  • Ensure that the organization is effectively structured and staffed with competent employees.
  • Complete semi annual performance reviews of all staff.
  • Maintain legal provincial and federal status of the society.
  • Work with Board of Directors in setting organizational vision and developing and tracking a strategic plan.
  • Select artists and companies to present, manage and mentor.


  • Develop annual operating plan and budget for Board approval that includes all operations and revenue generating activities, and implement that plan while controlling cash flow and expenditures.
  • With support from the bookkeeper, prepare and present to the Board quarterly financial reports including budget to actuals with variance analysis.
  • Implement and monitor the organization’s fundraising programs.
  • Manage development staff in the preparation and submission of all funding proposals and reports.
  • Diversify New Works’ sources of income, generate unrestricted discretionary income, and increase earned revenues.
  • Oversee and assist in the creation of a strong control environment.
  • Lead staff and Board in development activities; maintain strong relationships with the funding community.

Marketing/PR/Communication and Public Relations

  • Work with marketing personnel to develop marketing and public relations programs for both clients and New Works to enhance visibility and reputation.
  • Develop and maintain good relations with clients, venues, strategic partners, other dance organizations, public agencies, and the media.
  • Represent the organization to funders, sponsors, and the general public.


Required Experience

  • Senior management level experience including leading and managing staff and stakeholders, working with a Board of Directors, delegating and multi-tasking.
  • Experience in financial reporting including preparing operating budgets and presenting budget to actual reports and analysis to the Board.
  • Grant writing, reporting and fundraising.
  • Familiarity with local, provincial and federal funding bodies.
  • Knowledge or previous experience with not-for-profit organizations, CRA and BC Society regulations.
  • Knowledge of standard accounting procedures and practices.
  • Experience in event or project management.
  • Experience presenting events to the public and marketing to diverse audiences.
  • Experience supporting career development and providing mentorship.
  • Mastery of MS Word and Excel; basic understanding of database and content management software programs.

Preferred Experience

  • Knowledge of the performing arts community in Vancouver and nationally.
  • Direct experience programming culture-specific work and collaborating with members of different cultural communities.
  • Knowledge of or keen interest in dance and the Vancouver dance scene or closely related art forms.
  • Experience providing career guidance and mentorship to emerging and established artists.

The selected candidate will be a self-starter with extraordinary interpersonal skills who can prioritize and delegate tasks to deliver desired outcomes in a timely manner. S/he will be able to effectively manage multiple and at times conflicting priorities. S/he will be able to create and lead a vibrant team environment with staff, clients, the Board, and other stakeholders to achieve organizational objectives.  S/he will be optimistic and versatile in a position that requires frequent change and flexibility.  S/he should be practical, results-oriented, enjoy frequent interaction with others, and value intellectual growth opportunities and creative self-expression.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in related and/or degree in arts administration or successful completion of courses in business practices in the arts including fundraising, marketing, personnel management and financial management
  • Diversity training an asset

Please send cover letter and resume to: Interviews will begin on a rolling basis as early as the week of December 3 and will continue until the right candidate is identified. Qualified candidates who can begin in January 2019 will receive priority.


Contact: Ben Shockey (Manager, Executive Transition)
Address: 303 – 3102 Main Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V5T 3G7

We appreciate the time and effort all candidates place in applying for this position, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

$55,000-65,000 annually (commensurate with experience). Extended benefits package. 3 weeks paid vacation annually in addition to annual holiday office closure for 1.5-2 weeks at year’s end. This is a full-time permanent position and is exempt from overtime pay. However, when organizational operations allow, time off in lieu can be taken for overtime worked.

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