General Manager

Date Posted: Jul 03, 2019
Application Deadline: Aug 01, 2019
Start Date: Jul 03, 2019

Salary Range: Other
Additional Salary Information: From $50,000
Province: Ontario
Region: Southwestern Ontario
City: Niagara on the Lake
Employee Benefits: N/A
Organization's Field/Discipline: The Arts
Job's focus: Creative & Administrative
Job Type: Full-time
Career Level: Upper management

Organization Description

Music Niagara Festival
The Music Niagara Festival is one of the largest Music Festivals in the Niagara region. Celebrating its 21st anniversary in 2019, Music Niagara is recognized for showcasing exceptional Canadian and International musicians performing across the musical spectrum – classical, jazz, choral, pop and country.
Led by Artistic Director Atis Bankas, the annual summer concert season runs for 4-6 weeks in July and August, offering around 30 concerts to residents of the Greater Niagara region and Greater Toronto area visitors, as well as other Canadian and international tourists visiting Niagara-on-the-Lake. Concerts are held in various historic venues, wineries and other unique settings. In addition, concurrent with the summer concerts, Music Niagara is committed to emerging talent through its Performance Academy and Young Virtuosos program that helps train and present these young musicians.    
Throughout the year, the Music Niagara Festival presents a number of concerts including Remembrance Day and Christmas celebrations, and new in 2019, an inaugural season of Choral Fest will be presented in November.
The Music Niagara Festival strategic plan for 2021-2024 will soon be discussed, allowing the incoming General Manager the opportunity to help shape the future of the Music Niagara Festival.
The 2019 annual budget is approximately $520,000. For further information on the Music Niagara Festival, please visit

Job Description

The Position of General Manager, Music Niagara Festival:
Reporting to the Board of Directors and working collaboratively with Artistic Director Atis Bankas and members of the Board, the General Manager serves as the main business and administrative officer of the company leading and managing all aspects of the organization to ensure the achievement of its mission and vision.
Primary responsibilities include:
  • Working closely with the Board of Directors and Artistic Director to implement the strategic plan
  • Managing day-to-day operations and acting as lead and mentor to the Administrative Coordinator and summer students
  • Overseeing financial planning and control, including annual budget, monitoring and control of expenses and reporting to the Board
  • Overseeing all aspects of marketing, including print, radio, social media and website development to optimize earned revenue
  • Overseeing fundraising strategies and activities to achieve fundraising targets, and actively participating in grant submissions and reporting
  • Maintaining and developing strong donor relations, including all levels of government, corporate, foundations and individuals
  • Building Music Niagara Festival’s relevance within the community through expanding relationships with the Shaw, Chamber of Commerce, business and other not-for-profit companies
  • Actively participates on Committees of the Board which include Marketing, Fundraising, Performance Academy and Governance


Experience & Qualifications: The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic, entrepreneurial and a collaborative leader who has a progressive track record in marketing, administrative and financial management, fundraising and audience development and who is interested in growing Music Niagara over several years.
College or university degree preferred but not essential and at least 5 years of management experience at a performing arts organization, or equivalent experience in business. 
Excellent administrative, interpersonal and communication skills are required (both written and verbal). Strong computer proficiency is also required. Experience in managing financial budgets. Ability to work well during demanding festival schedule, including evenings and weekends. Interest in and knowledge of music, particularly a range of genres, is an asset.

Additional Info:

Anticipated Start date: September 2019
Position: Fulltime, salary negotiable
The Music Niagara Festival is the main activity of the Canadian Chamber Academy, a not-for-profit charitable organization. For more information about Music Niagara Festival, please visit

How to Apply:

Please email your letter of interest, resume, and list of 2 references in one pdf file in confidence to:
Music Niagara Festival Search Committee
No phone calls please. We thank all applicants in advance for their interest, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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