Director, Performing Arts

Date Posted: Jan 15, 2018
Application Deadline: Feb 23, 2018

Salary: TBD
Province: Ontario
Region: Peel Region
City: Mississauga
Organization's Field/Discipline: The Arts
Term: Full-time
Career Level: Upper management

Organization Description

Living Arts Centre

The Living Arts Centre is a not-for-profit, charitable organization that operates the premiere arts and culture facility located in the heart of Mississauga, Canada’s sixth largest city.  Dedicated to being a place for global engagement in the arts, the Centre houses a stunning landmark atrium, three presentation ready theatres, seven professional craft studios, and an attractive in-house restaurant and burgeoning catering operation.   In its 20th year under new leadership, and with a mission to promote Arts for Life, the Centre plays host to hundreds of performing arts, educational, community, and corporate events and activities each year. The Living Arts Centre is a dynamic and accessible gathering place for creativity that welcomes more than 400,000 discerning and culturally diverse visitors annually.

Job Description

Mississauga is a burgeoning city with a diverse and dynamic population of almost 800,000 providing an incredible opportunity to support the LAC’s Vision and Mission with public programming that meets our global and local aspirations, engages new audiences, sustains our existing loyal audience base, and contributes to the financial health of the organization.  To that end, the Living Arts Centre seeks an arts impresario to deliver on this programming mandate in the position of Director, Performing Arts.
Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Director, Performing Arts position is part of the senior management team of the LAC and will lead a performing arts team responsible for delivering LAC programming as well as engender strong relationships within the Mississauga arts community and oversee performing arts community rentals.   
The Director, Performing Arts will:
  • Create annual programming plans and budgets for approval and operate within approved budgets
  • Execute artists’ contracts including negotiation of offers, terms, fees, and dates
  • Collaborate with other senior management regarding the marketing, promotion, funding, and presentation of performing arts programming
  • Manage a staff of contract and full time performing arts programmers and coordinators
  • Advance and steward relationships with industry professionals, other venues, artists and agents, and other arts and culture organizations to facilitate programming opportunities
  • Represent the LAC at appropriate industry conferences, meetings, events and attend performances as required
  • Seek and create new viable programming while improving existing ones
  • Develop opportunities for programming collaborations, partnerships and projects
  • Increase utilization of the LAC theatres by performance-based rental groups
  • Chair or attend applicable internal and external meetings and committees on behalf of the LAC 
  • Support the mission, vision, and values as well as other events, programs, and activities of the Living Arts Centre
  • Be available for weekend and evening work; some travel may be required
  • Other duties and projects as assigned


The ideal candidate will:
  • Hold an undergraduate or higher degree in the Arts or equivalent experience practicing in the field
  • Be a creative and entrepreneurial arts professional with a minimum of five years of performing arts series and festivals programming experience and connectivity in the not-for-profit arts and culture industry
  • Display exceptional verbal, written, negotiation, interpersonal and relation management skills
  • Be a strategist and planner with broad business acumen
  • Be highly organized with strong analytical, results-driven, and problem-solving skills
  • Be inspiring and motivated with a superior work ethic; a successful leader and team player
  • Have excellent social media skills and computer literacy in Microsoft (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook)
  • Be curious and a lifelong learning advocate with a commitment to arts and culture and the endless possibilities of and at the Living Arts Centre  
This is a full time position requiring the successful candidate to work flexible schedule days, weekends and Statutory Holidays.

Additional Info:

The Living Arts Centre is an Equal Opportunity Employer and operates in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and the Ontario Human Rights Code.  If selected to participate in the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process, we ask you to please inform Living Arts Centre staff of the nature of any accommodation(s) you may require in respect of any materials or processes used to ensure your equal participation.

How to Apply:

Qualified candidates should submit a detailed resume to The Living Arts Centre, attention: Human Resources, 4141 Living Arts Drive, Mississauga, ON L5B 4B8 or  This posting will remain open until the successful candidate is found, however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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