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Call for Board of Directors Members
Shakespeare in Action

Roles: (1) Treasurer, Board of Directors; (1) Member with Legal Experience, Board of Directors; (1) Chair of Equity, Board of Directors
Location: Toronto, Canada
Start Date: February 15th, 2021 
Deadline: January 15th, 2021

About Shakespeare in Action:

Shakespeare in Action (SIA) is a professional theatre and arts education company that grows performing artists, artsworkers, and audiences in northwest Toronto across age, culture, and income-level through our anchor studio home at the Artscape Weston Common in the Weston community.  We aspire to grow, support and sustain an accessible and compelling performing arts ecology in this under-resourced part of the city.

 

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 the following areas:

Treasurer Finance/accounting background; Will meet monthly with SIA executive staff and correspond with book-keeper to create and present financial report to the board; Will provide recommendations based on cash-flow projections.

Legal: Experience as a lawyer and/or with the drafting of by-laws and contracts; Will support executive staff and Chair on the updating of our mission, by-laws, and employment contracts.

Equity Knowledge of diversity and inclusion training, anti-oppressive training, and / or experience facilitating safe and equitable spaces; Will support the executive staff on the development of an Equity Strategy with support of an external consultant.

 Equity 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 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.

Call for general manager

For more than 30 years, Shakespeare in Action (SIA) has made the language and stories of Shakespeare accessible, fun, and relevant to young audiences across the GTA through productions and interactive workshops in schools, libraries, and community centres. In 2019, SIA became the resident professional theatre company at the Artscape Weston Common, in Toronto’s Weston community. Since our move, we have begun to shift our mission and vision to focus on growing a sustainable and culturally-diverse performing arts ecology in northwest Toronto.
 
SIA seeks to hire a full-time General Manager for a one-year contract, with the possibility of renewal. The General Manager will play a pivotal role in SIA’s transformation in 2021 as we seek to:
 
  • Grow relationships with donors and partners to support free and accessible performing arts programs for neighbourhood children and youth
  • Develop an equity strategy, framework and matrix specific to our company and community
  • Continue to build partnerships with local social service agencies as we provide pandemic relief in our community, and develop a local audience across age, cultural background, and income-level
 

 

Requirements

Administration/Operations
  • General management and oversight of day-to-day operations;
  • Creating, implementing and managing Shakespeare in Action’s annual operating plans and budgets;
  • Hiring and managing (with the Artistic Director) all staff and volunteers required to execute artistic and business plans, and providing training/mentorship for staff members;
  • Managing all human resources, documentation, contracts, records, including required filings and reporting (eg. payroll deductions, ROE’s, T4/T4A’s, etc.);
  • Developing policies and procedures as necessary for administrative areas, such as finance, communications and marketing
  • Monitoring bookings and sending / creating invoices
  • Reporting to SIA’s board of directors on budget, fundraising and finances in conjunction with Board Treasurer
  • Alongside AD, staff and board, supporting SIA’s organizational re-envisioning and follow through on recommendations provided by external consultant
 
Producing/Communications
  • Management of the production and program planning process, from budget creation to realization;
  • With the Artistic Director, identifying and create strategic producing partnerships;
  • Hiring and managing all production personnel;
  • With the Artistic Director, developing, managing and implementing SIA’s communications plans, including our quarterly newsletter, e-blasts, and all marketing and publicity related to production activity;
 
Fundraising
  • Developing, managing and overseeing the implementation of fundraising activities in conjunction with Board Fundraising Chair, including annual operating grant applications, other public sector funding, private sector funding and fundraising related to the organization’s annual fundraising plan;
  • Creating, coordinating and executing special donor events and large-scale fundraisers in partnership with the fundraising committee; donor engagement and stewardship.
This is a full-time position, with an expectation of 35 hours per week on average. Hours of work vary and could include weekends and evenings.

Salary: 40,000 – 45,000
 
You should have
  • A successful track record of strong fiscal management, fundraising and marketing
  • Familiarity with computer software programs including, or comparable to, Microsoft Suite, QuickBooks, WordPress, and Mailchimp;
  • Proven leadership capabilities; excellent problem-solving skills; excellent planning, organizational and time-management skills; excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills
  • A passion for theatre, performing arts, and community engaged arts
  • A relationship with Weston or northwest Toronto communities (an asset)
 
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.
 
SIA also understands that candidates may not have all of the skills listed above.  We are dedicated to providing training and support in any of these skills to passionate and qualified candidates. 

Application Process

Deadline for application has been extended to FEBRUARY 16TH, 2021 due to technical difficulties with the application link.

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.

Education Coordinator

Deadline: Monday, September 7th, 2020
 
Job Description:
Reporting to The Board of Directors and Artistic Director, the Education Coordinator will oversee multiple aspects of Shakespeare in Actions daily administrative activities, working to help bring arts programming to schools, youth and community organizations.
 
Working closely with the Artistic Director, the Education coordinator will:
 
  •  Coordinate direct marketing campaigns to schools and general public
  • Coordinate and book school programs and workshops
  • Track all bookings, draft and send out follow up correspondence
  • Generate and issue invoices, receipts and tracks payments
  • Coordinate actor/educators for workshops and programs, and maintain up-to-date roster of educators
  • Coordinate development of the digital drama programs for schools and community members, including registrations
  • Track and input statistical information for all education programs
  • Manage rental permits
  • Additional administrative support
 
The successful candidate will:
 
  • Be between 15-30 years of age
  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or refugee
  • Be able to commit to the full term of employment
  • Have a post-secondary degree in a relevant field, with a minimum of 2 years relevant experience
  • Have Superior written and oral communication skills
  • Have a deep commitment to providing accessible arts education experiences
 
Contract Start Date: September 21st, 2020
Contract Duration: 12 weeks
Hourly Rate: 17.5 hours / week
Pay Rate: $16.00/hour
 
How to Apply:
Please submit a cover letter and resume to jobs@shakespeareinaction.org before midnight on September 7th, 2020 with the subject line “Education_YourName.” Earlier applications are encouraged.
 
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 is also prioritizing qualified candidates who live in and around York South-Weston.
 
 

Graphic Designer

Deadline: Monday, September 7th, 2020
 
Job Description:
Reporting to The Board of Directors, the Artistic Director, the Graphic Designer will work with the SIA team to conceive and create digital and print promotional and internal files for the 2020-2021 season of Shakespeare in Action.
 
Working closely with the Director of Education and the Artistic Director, the Graphic Designer will:
 
  • Work regular and consistent hours in the Shakespeare in Action office or remotely
  • Develop templates for design and marketing materials
  • Conceive, design and follow-through with tasks, as directed by the Artistic Director
  • Be the central liaison with printers
  • Adhere to reasonable deadlines set out for the creation of material
  • Be a self-starter, take initiative, and propose creative suggestions
  • Use WordPress to design and monitor the Shakespeare in Action website
  • May support marketing efforts (newsletter design, social media post design) as well
 
The successful candidate will:
 
  • Be between 15-30 years of age
  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or refugee
  • Be able to commit to the full term of employment
  • Have skills in graphic design for print and web media
  • Be able to work with various graphic design software including Adobe Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator) Canva, and other design software with which they are familiar; as well as social media platforms including Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and others
  • Provide some administrative assistance
 
Contract Start Date: September 21st, 2020
Contract Duration: 12 weeks
Hourly Rate: 20 hours / week
Pay Rate: $16.00/hour
 
How to Apply:
Please submit a cover letter and resume to jobs@shakespeareinaction.org before midnight on September 7th, 2020 with the subject line “GraphicDesign_YourName.” Earlier applications are encouraged.
 
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 is also prioritizing qualified candidates who live in and around York South-Weston.