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Executive Director

  • Owen Sound, ON
  • Applications have closed.
  • Salary: $60,000 - $70,000, commensurate with qualifications and experience

Website Owen Sound Little Theatre

This is a permanent, full-time position, with variable work hours, and is subject to a 3-month probationary period.

Job Description / Duties

Owen Sound Little Theatre (OSLT), owners and operators of The Roxy Theatre, is seeking a collaborative individual, with proven interpersonal, communication, and management skills to act as its Executive Director. As head of operations for this non-for-profit, charitable, volunteer organization, the Executive Director is charged with maintaining an effective, fiscally-responsible operation while balancing OSLT’s own productions and member needs with The Roxy Theatre’s community and corporate rentals and usage.

The Executive Director is responsible for general operations, budget review, Roxy Theatre programming, general administration, revenue generation, and community liaison, and overseeing staff and volunteers working in such areas as show production, marketing, finance, membership engagement, box office, front of house, technical operations, facility management, and fundraising. As the theatre is an event-driven organization, consideration needs to be given to the Executive Director’s hours being flexible.

Owen Sound Little Theatre plays an important role in the cultural and economic enrichment of the City of Owen Sound and Grey and Bruce Counties. The Executive Director represents OSLT and The Roxy Theatre to the public and the performing arts industry through leadership and participation in community activities.

In particular, the Executive Director will:

  • Report to and work in collaboration with OSLT’s Board of Directors to support the organization’s mission;
  • Provide a high level of member, client, and patron satisfaction;
  • Support and facilitate the annual plan for the OSLT playbill and season;
  • Supervise staff in arranging theatre rentals, co-productions, and presentation activities, including contracts, advertising, and ticketing;
  • Manage the operating and capital budgets;
  • Develop and manage OSLT’s marketing plan (media, web, social media, etc.);
  • Establish and maintain effective community partnerships;
  • Develop sponsorships for OSLT productions;
  • Manage/monitor the physical plant (400-seat Roxy Theatre) and facilitate daily theatre business; and
  • Pursue donation, grant, and foundation opportunities.


Qualifications / Required Skills

The successful candidate will:

  • have superior personal organization and time-management skills;
  • know how to lead, coordinate, and manage staff and volunteers;
  • be able to collaborate fully in a member-driven and board-run organization;
  • possess excellent interpersonal and human relations skills, including diplomacy;
  • understand business, both from an arts and events management perspective and from a financial point of view;
  • have excellent oral and written communication skills; and
  • understand and work with basic contracts.

Previous experience in leading performing arts venues; not-for-profit management; a university degree in arts and/or business management; human resources management experience; or equivalent experience in facility management and administration would be an asset.

Employer Profile

OSLT Mission Statement:

Offering our members opportunities for developing skills in the art and business of theatre.
Support for a broad range of performers and artists to use The Roxy Theatre.
Local partnership building with community groups to support our mission.
Theatre performances, repertory and original, regularly produced by members.

The Owen Sound Little Theatre is a not-for-profit charitable organization now celebrating its 59th season. The membership is comprised of hardworking volunteer members who produce four productions annually – a fall musical and three non-musical plays.

OSLT has full-time and part-time paid staff:  an executive director, an administration manager, and administrative assistant, and box office staff.  The organization consists of over 200 members, who contribute tens of thousands of volunteer hours each year.

In addition to Owen Sound Little Theatre productions, the organization offers The Roxy Series; a Professional Presenting Series showcasing the best in contemporary Canadian music, theatre and comedy; as well as an annual family-friendly professional Children’s Performance Series and performances for families and youth, including children’s theatre camps.

The Roxy is also regularly rented to concert promoters and artists throughout Ontario and numerous community groups for special events and recitals.

Although it is extremely rare for a community theatre to own its own theatre, OSLT owns and operates The Roxy Theatre building.  Originally the Grand Opera House, it was constructed in 1912 and has long been a landmark in Owen Sound. The Roxy is the premier regional destination for live theatre and music performances. This historic soft-seat opera house holds 400 people and is located in Owen Sound’s historic downtown core. The licensed bar in the lobby accommodates groups and serves as a venue for receptions, meetings, and art exhibitions.


Additional Information

Owen Sound is a major cultural centre and is home to many arts/recreational organizations and events including Summerfolk Music and Crafts Festival, Georgian Bay Concert Choir, Ribfest, the Tom Thomson Art Gallery, Grey Roots Museum, Georgian Bay Symphony, Heartwood Hall, Billy Bishop Museum, Festival of Northern Lights, Salmon Spectacular, Pumpkinfest, and many more.

For additional information about the organization and area, see:


Contact Information

Submit a letter of interest, resume, and list of references by Friday, December 13, 2019 in confidence to:

Start date: As soon as possible.
Only those selected for interview will be contacted.

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