Paprika is Hiring!

Are you our next General Manager? We're looking for an exciting young producer to join our leadership team - check out the application below! The application deadline is Friday, March 25, 2016.

About Us 

For the past 15 years the Paprika Festival has been the home of the emerging artist. We are a year-round youth-led performing arts organization celebrating the work of young and emerging artists. All of our programs include a strong focus on mentorship and training, and we are guided by the four core values of accessibility, artistic development, community and youth leadership. Our educational programs include Productions, Creators’ Unit, Playwrights-in-Residence, Writers’ Circle, Director’s Lab, Regent Park Collective and the Advisory Board. These programs run between October and May, culminating in the annual Festival. We also host “The Intersection” each spring - an annual conference for emerging artists.

Job Description

Part time position, with renewable yearly contract – July 1 to June 30 annually, with training hours beginning in April 2016.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the position of General Manager offers an incredible opportunity for a young arts manager or producer to learn how to run a performing arts organization, promoting and producing the work of young and emerging artists (primarily those 21 and under). The successful candidate will have excellent organizational, communication and interpersonal skills, the ability to work well on a team, as well as some knowledge of basic accounting. Previous fundraising experience is highly preferred.

Major Responsibilities


  • Manage all Paprika finances: write cheques, manage the bank account, create invoices, track all expenses & revenues, create budgets and present to the Board
  • Liaise with bookkeeper and auditor
  • Manage payments for all Artist Mentors and Training Day Artists
  • Manage payroll for Paprika staff team members


  • Work closely with the Artistic Producer in managing all festival partnerships with other arts and community organizations
  • Lead all Executive meetings and create agenda with the Artistic Producer for those meetings
  • Attend all Training Days, track attendance and answer any administrative questions from participants
  • Keep copies of all financial, fundraising, participant and Festival correspondence and file it in an organizational manner
  • Create yearly report on achieved strategic plan goals
  • Work with the Artistic Producer to manage staff and ensure that all members of the staff team are staying on track with their individual goals
  • Run Paprika’s intern program and supervise the work of individual interns
  • Liaise with participants throughout the duration of the season to ensure that all forms and information have been collected
  • Create, distribute and collect Letters of Agreement and Emergency Contact Forms from all participants

Fundraising and Marketing

  • Prepare all written material related to solicitation packages, acquisition and acknowledgement letters
  • Identify and solicit Corporate and Foundation prospects for programming support
  • Maintain stewardship of Individual donors, further develop opportunities for engagement
  • Maintain accurate donation records
  • Generate tax receipts according to CRA guidelines in an timely manner
  • Secure playbill advertisements
  • Organize silent auction and Festival receptions
  • Contact local establishments to develop in-kind partnerships
  • Liaise with Board Fundraising Committee in planning the Board fundraiser
  • Responsible for the management of all fundraising events
  • Assist the Artistic Producer with all grant applications
  • Supervise the marketing and promotion of the Festival, including reviewing copy in e-blasts and the festival program, and working with the Communications Manager on a digital and print marketing strategy
  • Supervise marketing and development staff members

Board of Directors

  • Attend all Board meetings and provide financial and administrative reports
  • Prepare all Board Materials in advance of meetings
  • Update the Board Reference binder materials on a yearly basis
  • Act as a primary liaison between the Board of Directors and the Paprika staff
  • Work closely with the Board Chair, Treasurer and Secretary throughout the year, as well as with the Board Fundraising Committee
  • Work with the Board on recruitment efforts for new members


Ideal Qualities and Interests:

  • Post-secondary education in arts administration, non-profit management, fundraising, producing or business, preferably with additional knowledge or experience in theatre or the performing arts
  • Flexible schedule is ideal – this role is perfect for an independent producer, or in addition to other part-time work
  • Knowledge of non-profit sector, granting bodies, and fundraising techniques are important assets
  • Familiarity with the Toronto theatre industry and local/community establishments
  • Attention to detail, willingness to learn, self-starter, ability to work well in both group and individual settings
  • Highly organized, and willing to go above and beyond their expected duties
  • Customer service and event experience are assets
  • Passion for theatre, education and the nurturing of emerging artist talent

Additional Info:

This position is approximately 20 hours a week, with reduced hours in the summer months. Due to Paprika’s youth-led mandate, the ideal candidate will be under 30. This position is a great learning opportunity for an emerging artist or arts administrator looking to take on a leadership role in a supportive environment.

How to Apply:

In order to apply for this position, please e-mail your cover letter and resume to by Friday, March 25 at 5pm (Attn: Paprika Festival Hiring Committee). Late submissions will not be accepted.

Paprika thanks all applicants in advance. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted by phone. Paprika is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage applications from culturally diverse applicants and all other equity seeking groups.

Contact Info:

Name: Paprika Festival Hiring Committee