Call for a General Manager


Application Deadline: September 20, 2023 at 5pm EST

Length of the contract: January 1 - December 31, 2024 (hopefully to be renewed)

Contract type: part-time (on average 3 days a week, hours vary throughout the year with less hours in the winter, and more hours in the summer)

Type of contract: self-employed, freelance contractor

Salary: $35,000 - $40,000

Transition:​ There will be a paid one-month transition period between November and December 2023 with the incoming and outgoing Dusk Dances management team.

Primary Job Location:​ Toronto, Ontario

Work Format:​ Home office and on-site work combined

Dusk Dances is an equal-opportunity organization that values equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility. We fully welcome and prioritize applications from People of Global Majority, Trans People, Queer People, Disabled People, Black, Asian, South Asian, Latin, Brown, Indigenous, and all named and unnamed folx who feel compelled. We invite you to self-identify in the recruitment process.



Dusk Dances, founded by Sylvie Bouchard in 1993, is an outdoor festival that brings dance from various communities of practice to public parks.

Dusk Dances’ mandate is to bring dance to a large and diverse community by making it accessible:

- Physically: our venue is a public space and Dusk Dances will make every effort to provide support for those with mobility issues;

- Financially: admission is pay-what-you-like;

- Artistically: our programming is diverse and for all tastes and ages.

For more information about Dusk Dances and its history, visit: duskdances.ca


About the position

We are looking forward to welcoming a dynamic and motivated General Manager to our team to work closely with incoming Festival Director Sofi Gudiño to produce Dusk Dances 30th season at Withrow Park (in Toronto) and support and manage the operations of the organization.


About you

We would be delighted to hear from you if this is you:

- You are a passionate, not-for-profit leader, with experience working in the performing arts administration and / or management.

- You are creative and forward-thinking.

- You work well in a fast-paced and open-concept environment and adapt easily.

- You are self-motivated and self-directed.

- You value collaboration and are a team player.

- You have excellent communication skills.

- You can prioritize, respect deadlines and effectively manage multiple tasks.

- Proficiency in English, multi-lingual is an asset.

- Knowledge of the Canadian dance milieu is a desirable attribute.

- The ability to work extended hours, including evenings and weekends during performance periods.


About your tasks and responsibilities

The General Manager is responsible for the overall administrative tasks, producing the festival, the internal and external communication, financial management and the promotion of the festival events. The General Manager will provide professional support to the Festival Director, as well as to the Board of Directors of Dusk Dances. The General Manager will report to the Festival Director.



- Management and execution of the annual operational plan of the organization as created by the Festival Director and approved by the Board.

- Writing and overseeing contracts with individuals, collectives and union as directed by the Festival Director, and as required by operations and production to adhere to established budget and strategic direction.

- Internal communication with artists, collaborators, stakeholder, donors, sponsors, dance officers, presenters, etc.

- In collaboration with the Festival Director: establishing and supporting the appropriate administrative systems to support the artistic vision, strategies and programs.

- Overseeing overall publicity / promotion.



- Managing the preparation of Dusk Dances annual operating budget and cash flow projections, in collaboration with the Festival Director.

- Monitoring and controlling revenues and expenditures to ensure that budgetary guidelines are maintained.

- Ensuring payments of all invoices.


Government Liaison & Community

- Preparing, in conjunction with the Festival Director, government grant applications including support material, and needs justification.

- Identifying potential sources of government funding.

- Developing contacts with government agencies and the community to ensure good relations are maintained.

- Preparing all interim and final reports, in conjunction with the Festival Director.


Government Liaison & Community

- Ensuring that donors, Board members and other stakeholders are acknowledged and kept informed.

- Soliciting corporate and foundation support, donations and sponsorships, negotiating in-kind agreements and developing other revenue streams.


Marketing & Publicity

- Development and implementation of an overall strategic plan for marketing of the festival and its activities, in collaboration with the Festival Director.

- Creation and dissemination of regular newsletter, e-blasts, production marketing materials and media releases, in collaboration with the Festival Director.

- Attend all live performances of Dusk Dances, as applicable, and any other Dusk Dances events, as applicable.


How to Apply

Please send your resume and cover letter to marketa@duskdances.ca (with “General Manager application” in the subject line) by Wednesday, September 20, 2023 at 5pm EST.

The first round of interviews will take place on Friday, September 29, 2023. Scheduling conflicts can be accommodated.
The second round of interviews will take place in the week of October 9, 2023.

We strive for a barrier free recruitment, assessment and selection process and as such will provide accommodations as required, at any stage of the hiring process. For support reach out to marketa@duskdances.ca.


Contact Info

Name: Markéta Ťoková

Email: marketa@duskdances.ca

Website: duskdances.ca

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