Work with Us:

Paprika Festival is looking for a General Manager!

Application Deadline:  Friday, March 23, 2018
Start Date: July 01, 2018 (Training with outgoing GM will take place April-June 2018 and will include attendance at Paprika Festival shows May 14-20)
Compensation:  $8000
Province: Ontario
City: Toronto
Term: Part-time

Organization Description

For the past 17 years, 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. Paprika 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: Creators’ Unit, Playwrights-in-Residence, Writers’ Circle, Directors’ Lab, Paprika Productions, Indigenous Arts Program, and the Festival Administrators. These programs run between October and May, culminating in the annual Festival.

Job Description

Part time position (contract) July 1 to June 30 annually, with training hours beginning in April 2018

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the position of General Manager offers an incredible opportunity for a young arts manager or producer to lead a professional performing arts organization, promoting and producing the work of young and emerging artists (primarily age 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


  • Perform and manage all of the organization’s treasury functions which include but are not limited to:

  • Receiving, accounting and depositing all funds received by Paprika;

  • Disbursing funds to Paprika vendors including Artist Mentors, Training Day Artists, and additional sub-contracted service providers;
  • Maintaining accounting records to support transactions completed.

  • Create operating budget with the assistance of the Artistic Producer and the Board Treasurer

  • Liaise with outsourced bookkeeper and independent auditor throughout the year

  • Compile information requests for and collaborate with Artistic Producer in writing of grant applications and final reports


  • Work closely with the Artistic Producer in managing all 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

  • Keep copies of all financial, fundraising, participant and Festival correspondence and file it in an organizational manner

  • Create an annual 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

  • Manage interns and Festival Administrator program and supervise the work and needs of those individuals

  • Liaise with participants throughout the duration of the season

  • Create, distribute and collect Letters of Agreement and Emergency Contact Forms from all participants in coordination with the Festival Administrators

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 a timely manner

  • Secure Festival playbill advertisements

  • Organize Festival receptions

  • Contact local establishments to develop in-kind partnerships

  • Responsible for the management of all fundraising events

  • 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


Ideal Qualities and Interests:

  • Post-secondary education in arts administration, non-profit management, fundraising, producing, business or equivalent, 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

  • Access to reliable transportation (ideally, regular access to a vehicle)

  • Passion for theatre, education and the nurturing of emerging artist talent

This position is approximately 20 hours a week, with reduced hours in the summer months. Due to Paprika’s youth-led nature, the ideal candidate will be under 30.

How to Apply:

In order to apply for this position, please email your cover letter and resume to by March 23rd at 5pm. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Paprika thanks all applicants in advance. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted by phone.

Please note: Interviews to take place in early April.

Contact Info:

Name: Daniel Pink