Empowering young people through live theatre experiences
About the Organization
Carousel Theatre for Young People acknowledges that the land on which we gather and which we are so proud to work and play on the stolen and unceded territories of the xwməθkwəyə̓ m (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səlí̓lwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. The territory we operate on is home to a thriving Indigenous culture and ways of being. Though the maintenance of this way of life has been continuously challenged by colonization and occupation, it continues to this day.
On this ancestral land, we have been creating theatre for young people since our inception in 1976. Located on Granville Island in the heart of Vancouver, CTYP is Vancouver’s main stage TYA company. We stage vibrant stories that engage young people from the beginning of their development, challenge them through their formative years, and empower young artists to become agents of positive change. Continuing to celebrate innovative and inclusive programming is central to CTYP’s vision at a time where sharing stories and providing memorable experiences are desired by the community at large. CTYP’s operating budget is approximately $1,300,000 annually, generated through annual revenue, grant funding, and fundraising.
CTYP is committed to employment equity and dedicated to creating a workplace culture of inclusiveness that reflects the diverse community we serve. This is a position that will give bold and Community focused leaders the opportunity to lead CTYP through the next phase of its joint community vision with the Board. This position will further enhance the theatre’s experience for its employees, artists, partners, and audiences and raise the theatre’s profile within the community. It is within this context that CTYP invites nominations and applications for the roles of the Co-Artistic and Managing Directors reporting to the Board.
Please note that alternative managing models are being considered based on the strengths of the candidates. Examples may include dividing the responsibilities into two distinct roles including a Managing Director and an Artistic Director that work seamlessly and collaboratively together. This position description defines the two distinct areas where candidates may identify interests in either area or as one position depending on experiences.
About the Opportunity
Two interim Co-Artistic and Managing Directors have occupied the current position on a temporary basis. CTYP has formed a search committee to identify permanent Co-Artistic and Managing Directors to lead and partner with a motivated and dedicated team. If you feel that you may have relevant experiences and skills that are more suited towards a General Manager or Artistic Director Role, please identify your interest in your application letter.
The ideal candidates are dynamic and tenacious—someone who comes with a riveting vision of the organization that reflects the opportunities and complexities of youth and a multifaceted arts landscape. They will be skilled decision-makers and solution-finders focused on problem-solving and opportunity realization. The Co-Artistic and Managing Directors will: embody integrity and trust; embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion in all its forms; and be a fair and credible team player who can quickly gain the respect and confidence of the wider CTYP community. A true ideas-person and doer, the incumbent will be able to conceive innovative possibilities when working alongside colleagues to bring exciting ideas to life!
About the Role(s)
Reports to Board of Directors and will be required to:
Establish a strong working relationship with the Board of Directors.
Through established mechanisms, communicate with Board regarding strategic initiatives, financial results, and operations.
Work collaboratively with the Board in the formation and implementation of strategy.
Assist Board committees in developing and implementing their goals and objectives for the theatre
These positions are accountable for three key areas:
Artistic Direction includes visioning of the programs and education and being the ambassador for CTYP, and delivery of high-quality productions and education programs.
Managing Direction includes financial stewardship, operational oversight, Human Resources, and fundraising.
Leadership includes visioning and strategic planning, creating a collaborative and engaging team environment, being ambassadors of the organization, and represent CTYP with stakeholders and community.
Artistic and Creative Leadership
– Develop and deliver a clear artistic vision that considers the perspectives of artists, audiences, and other members of the Granville Island and Vancouver community; act equitably and genuinely to be inclusive of those who have not traditionally been involved.
– Look for opportunities to re-imagine arts and culture in terms of educational content and programming, productions, and audience expansion.
– Select artists, provide direction, and oversee the performance of artistic personnel.
– Implement and evaluate artistic goals, objectives, and strategies;
– Collaborate with artistic team members regarding show concepts, and production progress; attend all major production meetings;
– Oversee the search for, and development of, new scripts;
– Contribute artistically as required by personally directing, designing, writing or acting in an event/or serving as a mentor to artistic personnel; and
– Further personal professional development by attending relevant productions, workshops, classes, meetings, and conferences.
Fundraising and Grant Funding
– Lead CTYP’s annual fundraising strategy and campaign.
– Establish, manage and enhance existing and new relationships with key sponsors and donors, facilitating the creation of new and renewed sources of major gifts, grants, and sponsorships and securing a robust and diverse support base for CTYP.
– Maximize grant revenue through the development of compelling grant proposals.
Financial Oversight and Reporting
– Develop the annual budget and optimize resources.
– Manage invoices and cash flow and regularly present financial reports for board review.
– Hire, coach, mentor, and develop staff to ensure the necessary resources are available and able to deliver on CYTP’s vision, mission, and strategic objectives.
– On-board new employees and provide effective performance feedback, training or professional development opportunities where appropriate.
– Oversight of newsletters and updates to the website and public-facing materials
– Lead press releases / Attend press conferences and interviews as required on behalf of the Theatre.
– Collaboratively drive the organization’s strategic plan with ideas that will further guide the organization into its next era of growth, success and financial sustainability.
– Build a collaborative, safe, and inclusive workplace.
– Build a culture that is collaborative, flexible, creative, inclusive, fun, and exciting where you can bring the best version of you is so important to us – we acknowledge that is still a work in progress. We are taking steps together to get there. Anyone coming into this role is encouraged to come along in this exciting journey with us all.
How to Apply
CTYP is partnering with aKollage Consulting Inc. to ensure a diverse pool of candidates is considered. This includes a short list of candidates meeting with a diverse hiring committee of reputable leaders in the theatre community. CTYP is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially encourages applications from candidates who will contribute to the further diversification of ideas.
Please apply with a cover letter introducing yourself and any specific assets (including those unlisted) you may bring to the organization, plus your resume or CV. You are encouraged in your introduction to identify whether you feel that your strengths align towards a leadership position that reflective of a: Co-Artistic and Managing Director, General Manager, Artistic Director, or other creative alternatives you recommend and why.
Please put your documents together in one PDF attachment and email it to: firstname.lastname@example.org
We strongly encourage applications from members of marginalized and underserved/underrepresented communities, especially those who identify as Indigenous, Black, or people of colour; as well as those from diverse age groups, sexual orientations, gender identities, and expression. We welcome applicants living with disabilities; however, our offices are not currently accessible for those for whom stairs are a barrier.
We thank everyone for their expression of interest—and are truly appreciative of the time individuals put into applying—but with the limitations of time, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Interviews are anticipated for the week of July 26, 2021 with the hopes of the individual starting by mid-August.