Date Posted: Nov 01, 2019
Application Deadline: Nov 18, 2019
Start Date: Jan 07, 2019

Salary From: 70K To 80K
Province: Ontario
Region: Metro Toronto Area
City: Downtown Toronto
Employee Benefits: Health, Pension, Other (e.g. flex time, comp tickets, etc.)
Check Additional Info section for more Employee Benefits
Organization's Field/Discipline: The Arts
Job's focus: Administrative
Job Type: Full-time
Career Level: Middle management

Organization Description

Canadian Actors' Equity Association
Canadian Actors' Equity Association represents professional artists including performers (actors, singers and dancers), directors, choreographers, fight directors and stage managers who are engaged in theatre, opera and dance in English Canada. 

Job Description

The ASSOCIATE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR is responsible for initiating, implementing and/or managing various initiatives and policies that enhance the Association’s services for members. 
The Associate Executive Director  works closely with the Association’s Executive Director to support the work of the Association’s elected representatives (Council) including fulfilling the role of staff support on Council committees, liaising with other staff as required, preparing various reports and ensuring effective Council/ staff communications. 
We are looking for someone with a passion for live performance and a minimum of five years of senior work experience within the arts and culture/entertainment sector.  The successful applicant will have strong facilitation and communication skills, demonstrated project management experience and experience working with an elected Board of representatives. Although not essential, experience with collective bargaining would be an asset.
  • Directly managing all aspects of assigned projects throughout their lifecycle, working in conjunction with other senior staff and other Equity stakeholders including elected Council and committee members and Association members at large; 
  • Assisting in the development of strategic initiatives and policies in furtherance of Association objectives, including municipal, provincial and federal advocacy and lobbying as appropriate;
  • Research for the preparation of and writing of briefs, reports and tabulating and maintaining statistical information required by the Association;
  • Participation in and/or leading some negotiations with Equity's engagers, as required;
  • Member education and outreach through personal interaction and other forms of print and electronic communication;
  • Developing informational materials for members which will be of assistance to them in their work;
  • Working with the Communications Director in designing and editing  print and electronic documentation resulting from specific projects, meant for external use by the Association or general use by staff;
  • Coordinating with the Communication Director in the development of content on the Association’s website;
  • Working with the Communication Director to maintain contacts with all media dealing with arts and culture;
  • Tracking and identifying issues of concern to the Association;
  • Public relations by representing the Association at such meetings, conferences or receptions as requested by the Executive Director;
  • Working with the Executive Assistant to  coordinate all Council elections, agreement ratifications and other referenda.


  • Excellent facilitation skills and knowledge of project management techniques.
  • Experience working with elected representatives
  • Excellent problem solving and critical thinking skills to recognize and comprehend complex policies and legislative/ regulatory requirements and issues affecting the live performance environment.     
  • Extremely strong verbal and written communication skills with highly developed skills in communications processes and technologies.
  • Familiarity with statistical analysis.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills with the ability to multi-task and meet tight deadlines essential.
  • Collaborative team player with excellent relationship management skills.
  • Flexibility, ability to adapt to change and shifting priorities.
  • Ability to handle confidential matters.
  • Ability to work independently and effectively with minimal supervision.
  • Strong member service attitude with the ability to work in a member-driven, not-for-profit environment.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Strong computer skills, with competency in using intermediate/advanced features of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook), the Internet and work on a data base.

Additional Info:

Equity offers a starting salary of $74,712 and an excellent benefits package.  
We are committed to having a staff that reflects the diversity of our membership and the community at large.  A diverse staff team allows us to effectively draw on different perspectives to enhance the quality of our decision-making, deepen the relevance of our policy advice, and enhance our efficiency and effectiveness. Accordingly, we strive to attract, retain, and develop a staff team that is diverse along many dimensions.  We welcome the wide range of experiences and viewpoints that employees bring, including those based on gender, culture, country of origin, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, and age differences and religion. In our inclusive workplace everyone is assured the right of equitable, fair, and respectful treatment.

How to Apply:

Please submit your resume and cover letter in one PDF document and email it to  Please quote “Associate ED Application 19-06” in the Subject Line of the email. 

The deadline for applicants is 5pm on Monday, November 18, 2019.  Only those who submit both a resume and cover letter will be considered and only those selected for an interview will be contacted.  A first round of interviews will be scheduled later in the week of November 18th.  The target starting date is January, 2020.

Thank you for your interest, but we will not be responding to emails or phone calls.


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