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Shakespeare in Action has a very exciting 2022-2023 season in the York-South Weston neighbourhood area of Toronto! We are looking for individuals who are passionate about community building and the arts, as well as individuals who are excited to work in team settings.

Hiring Statement

SIA is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion and to building an organization that reflects the communities we serve. We encourage applications from members of Black, Indigenous, and racialized communities; Two-Spirit, non-binary, trans, lesbian, gay, bisexual and queer people; disabled people; youth; and members of other equity seeking groups. SIA also prioritizes candidates that live, work, and/or have a relationship with the diverse communities in northwest Toronto, including but not limited to: Weston, Mount Dennis, Rockcliffe-Smythe, Pelham, and Rexdale.

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Call for Board of Directors Members, Shakespeare in Action

Roles: (1) Treasurer, Board of Directors; (1) Marketing, Board of Directors; (1) Fundraising, Board of Directors
Location: Toronto, Canada

Statement of Diversity / Inclusivity

SIA is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion and to building an organization that reflects the communities we serve. We encourage applications from members of Black, Indigenous, and racialized communities; Two-Spirit, non-binary, trans, lesbian, gay, bisexual and queer people; disabled people; youth; and members of other equity seeking groups. SIA is also prioritizes candidates that live, work, and/or have a relationship with the diverse communities in northwest Toronto, including but not limited to: Weston, Mount Dennis, Rockcliffe-Smythe, Pellam, and Rexdale.

A bit about us:

SHAKESPEARE IN ACTION (SIA) is an theatre education company, and in 2019 became the resident professional theatre organization at the Artscape Weston Common, in Toronto’s Weston community.  After a change in leadership in 2020, SIA has engaged in a strategic revisioning process which centres SIA’s mandate around serving, reflecting and engaging children, families and seniors in this under resourced community.  SIA acknowledges we are at the early stages of our journey centring equitable practices, and invite you to follow our progression here.

The Opportunity

For thirty-two years, SIA has been dedicated to making the language and stories of Shakespeare accessible, fun, and relevant to children, youth and their families.  Our move to the Artscape Weston Common in 2019 coupled with incidents that exposed systemic racism in our company have spurred us toward a transformation.  SIA is re-imagining our mission, specifically to centre the needs, stories, and identities of our community in York South Weston.  We also seek to become a leader in safe and equitable creative spaces for local artists and audiences. 

As such, we are looking to grow a Board of Directors that reflects our diverse community, and can lead the organization into this exciting next chapter.  The Board of Directors is the governing body of SIA.  The board oversees the organization, holds the company accountable, and supports the management and staff to ensure we can deliver on our mission.

The organization’s staff is comprised of deeply passionate, high energy and hardworking people. We are seeking up to three new Directors, including a Treasurer, equally excited about our mission and values. Members are elected on an annual basis, with the expectation that Directors commit to at least a two-year term.

At present, the Board meets eight times per year, typically in the evenings for one hour. Board members are also expected to attend the Annual General Meeting which usually takes place in the fall. Directors will also be expected to sit on a committee comprised of other board members, staff, and community members, which typically meet an additional four to six times a year.  Meetings take place over Zoom.

Qualifications

We are looking for three specific candidates at this time. However, if you do not feel you fit into these positions, but are passionate about helping steer SIA’s new direction, please let us know more about your experience, vision, and expertise. 

The ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • Prior charitable governance experience or other community-volunteering experience;
  • A passion for the performing arts and commitment to the mission of SIA;
  • Availability to make the majority of board meetings;

Expertise in any of the following areas:

  • Treasurer: Finance/accounting background; Will meet monthly with SIA executive staff and correspond with bookkeeper to create and present financial report to the board; Will provide recommendations based on cash-flow projections.
  • Fundraising: Will support and assist in the development of the organizations broader fundraising plan and to provide leadership, financial support, and connection to donors and potential donors
  • Marketing: Work in conjunction with the board and committee to develop a marketing strategy. Lead a collaborative team to ideate, prioritize, develop and implement a strategy to create brand messaging and awareness

Application Process

Candidates are asked to send their resume and a letter of intent to board@shakespeareinaction.org. The letter of intent should detail experience relevant to this position and a note about why you would like to join SIA’s board. All submissions will be reviewed by the Board Recruitment Committee, made up of a board member, staff member, and artistic director. 

If you require any additional application support, please send us a message at info@shakespeareinaction.org