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Managing Director, Elgin Winter Garden Theatre Centre

Managing Director, Elgin Winter Garden Theatre Centre

  • Contract
  • Toronto, ON
  • Applications have closed.
  • Salary: $130,930 to $175,070 per annum

Ontario Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries

Ontario Heritage Trust

Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries

A uniquely rewarding mandate for an Executive with strong leadership skills to provide strategic, business and operational direction in the management of a contemporary theatre space which serves as a gathering place to celebrate Ontario’s artists, people, achievements and history, as well as complement the Province’s cultural infrastructure.

The Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre (EWG) is owned and operated by the Ontario Heritage Trust. It is a century-old theatre and National Historic Site. It is also the last operating double-decker theatre in the world.

Part of the vibrant Toronto theatre scene, the EWG is home to theatrical and cinematic productions, award shows, concerts, dance, fashion shows, film and television location shoots, film premieres, fundraisers, lecture series and stand-up comedy.

The Ontario Heritage Trust is an agency of the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries.

The Centre is looking for a collaborative leader who will quickly earn the confidence of stakeholders and partners with competing interests and priorities, and effectively balance public service operations in a private sector, competitive, for profit environment.

An effective leader in the Ontario Public Service (OPS) is responsible, innovative, and collaborative. A responsible leader is someone who demonstrates authenticity, accountability, and courage in how they interact with others. An individual who models ethical behaviour, and who is honest and capable of making difficult choices. An innovative leader is someone who leads with common purpose, embraces positive disruption, and has a future mindset. An individual who inspires others, values continued learning and encourages development and integration. A collaborative leader focuses on helping others to grow, drives people-centred outcomes and promotes an environment of inclusivity. A leader who consistently works to confront bias and systemic barriers while understanding the importance of creating a more diverse and accessible workplace.

OPS commitment to diversity, inclusion, accessibility and Anti-Racism

The OPS is an innovative, responsive, and accountable public service that works hard to be diverse, anti-racist, inclusive, accessible, merit-based, respectful, and equitable. Diversifying leadership teams is a top OPS priority with the goal to achieve parity with the Ontario labour force by 2025 for the most underrepresented groups (Indigenous, racialized and persons with disabilities) in leadership positions. To advance this goal, the OPS is collecting socio-demographic information that will help to address potential barriers and achieve equity in hiring. You are requested to complete the voluntary survey and contribute to building a more diverse, anti-racist, inclusive and accessible OPS. The OPS invites all interested individuals to apply and encourages applications from Indigenous and racialized individuals and persons with disabilities.

Visit the OPS Anti-Racism Policy > and the OPS Diversity and Inclusion Blueprint >pages to learn more about the OPS commitment to advancing racial equity, accessibility, diversity and inclusion in the public service.

The OPS offers employment accommodation across the recruitment process and all aspects of employment consistent with the requirements of Ontario’s Human Rights Code >. Refer to the application instructions below if you require a disability-related accommodation.

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, Ontario Heritage Trust, you will be responsible for:

  • Directing and coordinating the Centre’s administration, operations and corporate marketing through the management of a variety of large-value, multi-year service contracts.
  • Planning, researching and negotiating contracts and activities, while at the same time maximizing the use and revenue potential of EWG’s spaces in a highly competitive, commercialized market.
  • Liaising and coordinating with entertainment industry unions (IATSE) as required and ensuring hiring conditions comply with established patterns between the Centre and the union.
  • Providing safe conditions in the theatre for patrons and staff by ensuring compliance with applicable legislation, policy and procedures, by rigorous adherence to the Occupational Health and Safety Act and its regulations.
  • Participating in the Ontario Heritage Trust senior management functions including leading the annual strategic, operational and financial planning within the EWG.
  • Contributing to the overall strategic fundraising initiatives of the Ontario Heritage Trust.

This key role demands an effective leader with superior communication skills, evident relationship-building skills and confident decision-making, with a background in commercial theatre business, fundraising and development and expertise in contract administration.

Recognized for your collaborative approach and ability to create and inspire a high-performing team, you’re an expert in financial management, business operations and administration, versed in human resources issues and relevant collective agreements, and prepared to work with all stakeholders/partners, in a complex unionized environment, to restore the organization’s financial health, lead pandemic management and meet the overall needs of EWG.

Above all, you must have what it takes to create an effective pandemic recovery plan informed by current issues and needs, set timely goals, including working with key performance indicators to gain the confidence of all stakeholders/partners and undertake a decisive course of action to meet program delivery/policy goals.

Salary Range: $130,930 to $175,070 per annum

Location: Toronto, ON

Duration: 18-month contract (with possibility of extension)

Please apply online, only, by Monday, February 7, 2022, by visiting Please follow the instructions to submit your application. Faxes are not being accepted at this time.

If you require accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please contact the Executive Recruitment Unit at Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

The Ontario Public Service is an inclusive employer. Accommodation will be provided in accordance with Ontario’s Human Rights Code.

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