Executive Director

Date Posted: Apr 21, 2017
Application Deadline: May 05, 2017
Start Date: Jun 05, 2017

Salary: TBD
Province: Ontario
Region: Central Ontario
City: Toronto
Organization's Field/Discipline:
Term: Contract
Career Level:

Organization Description

Ontario Culture Days

Ontario Culture Days fosters awareness, engagement and support of a diverse artistic and cultural community that is lived, created, and expressed by all Ontarians regardless of age, ability, culture, discipline, ethnicity, language, or income. 

Since 2010, Ontario Culture Days has featured over 10,800 free arts and cultural heritage activities in all disciplines in Ontario as a part of the national Culture Days celebration, the largest public participation campaign undertaken by the Canadian arts and cultural community.  Beginning the last Friday of September, the annual Culture Days weekend features hand's-on, behind-the-scenes, community-engaged activities inviting the public to contribute to arts and culture across Canada.  

Contributing $44.5 million to Ontario’s tourism economy since 2010 ($8.0 million in 2016), each year Ontario Culture Days draws 505,000 attendees, and 135,000 artists, workers and volunteers in 165+ cities and towns across the province. Generating 61.4 million marketing impressions and 62 million media impressions in 2016, Ontario Culture Days’ contributions to the public profile and awareness of arts and culture across Ontario are unprecedented.  

Ontario Culture Days’ other programming includes:
Youth Arts Ambassadors Program / YAAP (2016-present) is an annual program empowering the next generation of multidisciplinary, community-engaged artists in Ontario. Each year, YAAP commissions five New Generation artists (18-30 years) to create and produce new community arts projects for Culture Days. Each of the artists also receive mentoring and networking opportunities across the province as Ontario Culture Days Ambassadors, including Indigenous and Francophone artists.

Culture Days @ the Library (2011-present) is a partnership between Ontario Culture Days, Neighbourhood Arts Network, and Toronto Public Library hosting free Culture Days activities at Toronto-area libraries. In 2016, the program extended to libraries across Ontario. 

Free Learning Resources (2010-present) including workshops, symposiums, webinars, and online resource libraries to help artists and the public effectively participate in Culture Days.

Job Description

Reporting to the Chair of the Ontario Culture Days Board of Directors, the Ontario Culture Days Executive Director’s primary purpose is to execute the vision of Ontario Culture Days (ONCD), direct Culture Days planning, fundraising and communications and serve as a liaison with the national Culture Days office.

Primary Responsibilities

Budgeting and Project Planning

  • Develop a one-year budget for the existing funds, allocating resources to strategic areas
  • Develop an annual work plan and critical paths for each strategic area with a specific focus on fundraising
  • Monitor expenses and resources on an on-going basis


  • Provide leadership for raising funds to support the ONCD activities including government, foundations and corporate support.
  • Work with the national office and ONCD board to research and strategize media partnerships
  • Work with the national Culture Days office to ensure compatible sponsors relationships at both provincial and regional levels.
  • Manage provincial sponsors relationships 


  1. Direct and support the ONCD Board to enable them to support the work of ONCD
  2. Guide the Board through a strategic planning process to envision an organizational structure, goals and objectives for long-term sustainability of Ontario Culture Days.
  3. Organize and plan quarterly meetings for the Board with updates on the strategic plan.
  4. Ensure that annual planning, budgeting, fundraising and communications are aimed at achieving ONCD’s strategic goals.

Staff Management

  1. Prepare job descriptions, recruit and hire staff as budget allows
  2. Manage and supervise staff in tasks such as:
  • Tracking and analysis of registration data for Ontario
  • Introducing potential participants, including organizing and hosting info sessions
  • Providing technical support and trouble-shooting for activity organizers
  • Providing tips and tools to participants and other on-going communications


  • Coordinate information within the shared national and Ontario Culture Days offices.
  • Manage the communications strategies aimed at Ontario Culture Days stakeholders including the Task Force, community organizers, activity organizers and the public.

Partnership Development

  • Identify and develop partnerships with major festivals, arts and culture organizations and municipalities that are beneficial for Culture Days

Event Planning

  • Work with the national office and major sponsors to plan and manage the Culture Days launch, media events and/or other key events including national summits from time to time
  • Recruit and train volunteers for key events
  • Manage event coordination
  • Provide advice to community coordinators for local event launches.


  • Work with the national office to develop a provincial research strategy that harmonizes with the goals and objections of the national Culture Days research plans.


  • Recent experience planning, executing and fundraising for a major successful public event and direct knowledge of the elements that make a public event successful
  • Experience raising funds to support the work of a not-for-profit entity with a focus on government, foundation and corporate donors
  • Proven ability to work independently to plan and carry out strategies that support the goals of Culture Days
  • Experience working with others in a collaborative and supportive manner in order to achieve goals of the project
  • Ability to identify needs and develop strategies that will work for artists, arts organizations both amateur and professional
  • Experience supervising staff and working with a Board
  • Able to work flexible hours depending on the needs of the project with increasing hours in the summer leading up to Culture Days
  • Ability to travel within Ontario

Additional Info:

  • The position will be based out of the Toronto office.
  • Hours will be flexible depending on the needs of the project with increased hours required during the summer months leading up to Ontario Culture Days 2017.

How to Apply:

Interested applicants are asked to email their resumes and a convering email letter to the attention of:


Ontario Culture Days Board



Application deadline is 5 p.m. Friday May 5, 2017.

Contact Info:

Name: Warren Garrett, Chair Garrett
Telephone: (416) 703-6709
Telephone Ext.: 2
Fax: (416) 504-2418
Email: applications@culturedays.ca
Website: https://on.culturedays.ca/en


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