KAHA:WI DANCE THEATRE General Manager Job Description

Contract:  $45,000-$50,000/annually.  
Deadline for Application: November 15th, 2009 
Start Date: December 1st, 2009

General Manager Job Description
Contract:  $45,000-$50,000/annually. 
Deadline for Application: November 15th, 2009
Start Date: December 1st, 2009
Hours of Work: While this job requires some flexibility in terms of hours (i.e. occasional evening and weekend meetings) the majority of the work occurs during regular business hours. 
Location: KDT has two offices and the General Manager is based in downtown Toronto. The ED is expected to maintain regular office hours. Some travel is required.
The General Manager (GM) reports to the Founder and Artistic Director of Kaha:wi Dance Theatre and manages all administrative staff and contractors. The GM works closely with the Artistic Director to implement the artistic vision of the organization as conceived by the Artistic Director.  The GM oversees the daily operations of Kaha:wi Dance Theatre.

include budgeting, fundraising, marketing, community and funder relations, long-term planning, corporate sponsorships, and event co-ordination. The position involves a substantial amount of writing, including responsibility for all grant applications. It may involve evening and weekend work surrounding shows and events. 

The GM is expected to work collaboratively, cooperatively and respectfully with all staff and contractors, to facilitate timely decision-making, and to foster a creative, productive and equitable work environment. This is a highly self-directed position requiring a person with a wide range of skills, adaptability, sensitivity and initiative.  In the past two years, Kaha:wi Dance Theatre has doubled its annual budget and continues to grow at an exponential pace.  The new GM will inherit many new, imperfect administrative systems and will berequired to perfect and adapt them as well as construct new ones where necessary.  
In addition to the skills listed below, she or he should also bring creativity, and a sense of daring and passion for the work of the company, as well as vision and commitment to the future of KDT and Aboriginal dance in Canada.  This position offers the right candidate the possibility to truly make a difference in a small company and to build on and enjoy the fruits of the company’s growing reputation internationally. 
The General Manager is responsible for all company administration, including:
• payroll and accounts (familiarity with QuickBooks Pro is an asset)
• contracts (ensuring compliance with regulatory bodies such as CAEA) and liaising with legal counsel where appropriate (i.e. especially in terms of rights, royalties and copyrights of artists’ creative work)
• annual budgets, financial projections and project budgets
• grant management including multiple project, annual organizational grants and other awards
• administration/management/planning/evaluation of performance tours

• general communications with partners, clients, audiences, presenters, etc. and the public including maintenance of website, blog and other e-communications (newsletter)

• oversight and management of marketing and publicity including oversight of, contribution to and development of company marketing policies/strategies as well as implementation/execution of strategies
• oversight, management and refinement of workshop programs including 21 day Annual Kaha:wi Dance Theatre Summer Dance Training Intensive
• Cultivation of fundraising sources in private and public sector including foundations such as Trillium. 
• implementation, review, modification where necessary and execution of Five Year strategic plan in conjunction with board
• ongoing management and communications with a large number of service providers, consultants, stakeholders, community members, and contractors on artistic and administrative subjects and as it relates to organizational
development goals 
• Ability to learn new skills quickly
• Self-directed/ takes initiative
• Proven ability to manage multiple projects, deadlines, and changing priorities; comfortable with working alone
• Ability to secure support and funds from government, and non-governmental sources
• Experience in the non-profit sector and working with a volunteer board of directors; and
• Strong leadership and team management skills, as well as office management experience including staff supervision, financial operations etc.
• Effective communication skills in various media including superior written and verbal skills, proficiency in computer skills, and an understanding of social networking using technology;
• Thorough knowledge of Windows Office: Outlook, Microsoft Word, Excel
• Proficient with Adobe Reader/Acrobat,  
• Familiarity with QuickBooks or comparable accounting system
• Comfortable with E-newsletter preparation and delivery i.e. MailChimp or similar platform
• Ability to communicate in both official languages is considered an asset.
• Experience in Aboriginal affairs/culture is considered an asset. 
Interested candidates should send a resume, cover letter, and a list of references to Santee
Smith, . 
Full Job Description for the General Manager
Some of the tasks below may be delegated to staff or contractors where appropriate and as resources permit. However, the GM is ultimately responsible for ensuring that the tasks are properly carried out. 
1. Financial Management
• Set and manage the organization’s operating budget
• Maintain financial management systems (paper and electronic files and accounts)
• Manage annual financial audits
• Ensure all KDT’s activities are adequately funded
• Protect KDT’s charitable status by ensuring compliance with appropriate government charities regulations
• Manage payroll and accounts payable and receivable
• Administer all cash and banking (petty cash, bank deposits, mutual funds, etc.)
• Prepare invoices and provide receipts
• Prepare cheque requisitions and cheques
• Negotiate fees and salaries and manage contracts (including some travel and accommodation arrangements for staff and guests of KDT)
2. Administration & General
• Manage office staff and all contractors
• Liaise with Board of Directors
• Attend Board meetings as required, create meeting agendas with Chair, and take Board minutes as required
• Work with Artistic Director to create audience development plans
• Coordinate and chair staff meetings
• Maintain files (paper and electronic) on all company activities
• Oversee the planning, installation, and maintenance of all computer systems and software
3. Fundraising / Funder Relations
• Prepare all grant applications and follow-up reports, including budgets, with input from Artistic Director
• Oversee the planning, implementation and evaluation of governmental, individual, and corporate sponsorships/grants
• Develop fundraising plans/ideas
• Cultivate and maintain volunteer base
• Track expenses and revenue for events
• Manage membership campaigns
• Create reports summarizing media, logistics, and financial success of events
4. Communications
• Represent the organization in primary communications, including with granting/funding bodies, other sponsors, embassies, government agencies, landlord
• Stay informed as to government policies that may impact KDT and issues in the dance and arts communities more generally
5. Advertising and Media Relations
• Develop marketing strategies to increase media coverage
• Oversee the planning, implementation and evaluation of all publicity campaigns
• Negotiate and manage advertising contracts
• Manage media budget
• Write public service announcements, news releases, programs
• Arrange media events
• Prepare media kits
6. Facilities and Events Management
• Oversee the planning, implementation and evaluation of local KDT events (i.e. Living Ritual Festival, Summer Dance Training program)
• Manage logistics of presentations and fundraising events

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