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SIMINOVITCH PRIZE FOUNDATION
The Siminovitch Prize Foundation is seeking an Executive Director who passionately believes that supporting the development of a vibrant theatre industry in Canada is a national imperative. Overseeing all functions and activities of the Foundation, you will be the face of the organization, responsible for ensuring the financial viability of the Prize, developing strategic direction and connecting with members of Canada’s theatre community and supporters of theatre in this country. You will implement the vision of the Siminovitch Prize while honouring its traditions and culture.
The Siminovitch Prize
The Siminovitch Prize (the prize) shines a spotlight on excellence and innovation in Canadian theatre with an annual prize worth $100,000.
Over a three-year cycle, the prize honours a professional director, playwright or designer who is an acknowledged leader in the theatre and whose work is transformative and influential. The prize also recognizes the importance of mentorship to support emerging talent. The recipient is awarded $75,000 and, in turn, chooses a protégé to receive $25,000. Beginning in 2015, each of the nominees shortlisted for the prize is awarded $5,000.
The prize was launched in 2001 to honour the values and achievements of the distinguished scientist Lou Siminovitch and his wife, the pioneering playwright Elinore Siminovitch. The Siminovitch Prize is the largest prize in Canadian theatre.
Since its inception, the University of Toronto has been a partner of the prize and, since 2016, the National Arts Centre has also been an important partner.
For more information about the prize, visit: www.siminovitchprize.com.
The Role of the Executive Director
JOB BRIEF: Reporting to and working closely with the Board of Directors of the Siminovitch Prize Foundation, the Executive Director (ED) is responsible for ensuring that the Siminovitch Prize achieves its core objective, which is to support and encourage excellence in the theatre arts in Canada by awarding a prize, on an annual basis, to an individual theatre artist at mid-career who has been recognized for a body of work that is both exceptional and innovative.
This is a key leadership role in the cultural life of Canada. The ED serves as the public face of the prize and reports directly to the Board of Directors. This individual pays special attention to fundraising and development of the Prize and its connections with partners and supporters.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE POSITION:
- Design and implement, with the Board of Directors, a comprehensive fundraising strategy.
- Raise the profile of this annual prize by articulating an ambitious vision for its future as an essential player in the Canadian theatre landscape, augmenting the prize-related activities with other efforts to engage the theatre community and audiences across the country.
- Serve as the face of the prize to media, partners and supporters in ways that strengthen its public profile.
- Report directly to the Board of Directors.
- Generate and maintain relationships with prize partners, individual donors, foundations, corporations and government.
- Develop branding and marketing plans for the prize.
- Work with the Board to identify new members, with the goal of creating a diverse, engaged, and inclusive Board. Develop the capacity of the Board to support the vision and goals of the Siminovitch Prize Foundation.
- Work with past prize winners (laureates and protégés) to develop strategies to realize the prize’s core vision and fundraising goals.
- Develop a plan to expand the activities related to the prize and ensure its sustainability.
- Work in concert with each year’s jury chair to oversee the application process, support the selection and activities of the jury, and design, organize and manage the annual events associated with the prize.
WHAT MAKES THIS AN ATTRACTIVE POSITION FOR YOU?
- Enjoy a challenging position, preferably full-time, with the opportunity to utilize and elevate your skills and strengths.
- Compensation in the range of $80,000-$100,000/year, reflecting the importance of the prize and the need for strong leadership to ensure maximum impact and the sustainability of the prize.
- Work independently with minimum supervision and with access to a strong, supportive Board of Directors.
- Embed yourself in the fabric of Canadian theatre.
- Work with the jury chair, National Arts Centre, the media and other organizations to promote the prize.
- Plan and manage the prize events.
- Work with media and others to ensure stories are told about the prize itself, its winners and the impact and importance of the prize in their lives.
- Manage a portfolio of donors and develop grant proposals.
IS THIS THE CHALLENGE FOR YOU?
You are an individual who has a proven record in fundraising, expertise in institutional marketing and the ability to reach out and connect with those who have a passion for supporting artistic excellence across the country. You enjoy managing your own time and working with other people. You also know how to work with a well-connected Board of Directors and supporters to reach your goal. You have a sense of urgency, excitement and passion around your work that is felt by all who meet with you. You can strategically plan for the future, yet honour and respect the goals and history of the prize.
IDEALLY, THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR WILL HAVE MOST, IF NOT ALL, OF THE FOLLOWING ATTRIBUTES:
- A proven track record in arts fundraising.
- A passion and commitment to the goals of the prize.
- Extensive experience in the arts world.
- A demonstrated ability to gain the respect and support of a strong Board of Directors, donors and Canada’s theatre community and its supporters.
- Connections in the English, French and Indigenous theatre communities.
- Success in grant writing, attracting sponsors and developing and implementing a comprehensive fundraising strategy, with an understanding of financial strategies and finance-related measures.
- Good writing skills and an ability to tell an inspiring story.
- An ability to work independently.
- Excellent written/oral communication skills in English and French.
Cover letter and CV should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 4, 2019.