Application Deadline: April 22, 2022

Start Date: June 1, 2022

Position Type: Part-time purchase of service agreement (average 20 hours weekly, flexible scheduling) – Remote and in-person

Compensation: 26k to 30k per annum

Festival Location: Owen Sound and Meaford, Ontario

Organization’s Field/Discipline: Live Performing Arts


We are seeking a high-performing General Manager who will to be responsible for the overall executive leadership of the organization in collaboration with the Board and Artistic Director.


Position Responsibilities

·         Liaising with the Artistic Director to ensure artistic production goals are on track;

·         Promoting and marketing of the September Festival and all SweetWater activities;

·         Providing administrative support to the Board and Board committees, including budget tracking, coordinating financial matters, and record/file keeping;

·         Developing all grant applications, with support from the Board;

·         Supporting fundraising activities through creating “donor ask” campaigns and tracking donations;

·         Developing and distributing online content through the Festival website, social media portals and e-newsletters;

·         Overseeing media relations.


Position Requirements

·         Proven management and leadership experience in the not-for-profit arts/cultural sector, 

·         Experience with cultural festival operations and production;

·         Passion for the arts and professional live music.



·         Excellent organizational and time-management skills;

·         Excellent oral and written communication skills;

·         Extensive grant writing experience;

·         Experience with event planning and promotion;

·         Knowledge of fiscal management;

·         Strong computer Skills, i.e., Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere, Google Drive/G-Suite Zoom, online e-mail systems such as Mailchimp;

·         Ability to update and manage website content;

·         Strong skills in using social media platforms to develop and promote content;

·         Strong strategic and analytical skills;

·         Experience in working with a board and/or serving on a board;

·         Ability to manage relationships with a diverse range of personalities in various roles within the organization and in the larger local and national communities.

·         Ability to work comfortably in a fast-paced and rapidly changing environment;

·         Ability to lead, as well as work within a team structure;

·         Sound decision-making skills.


Other Skills

·         Photography and videography skills are assets. 

How to Apply

Applications should be received by April 22, 2022.

For queries, or to submit an application (CV, cover letter), email in confidence to:

Please note that only electronic applications will be accepted.  While all applications are welcome and appreciated, the Search Committee will only contact those candidates who are shortlisted for follow-up and/or an interview.

Interviews will be held in late April and the Board hopes to confirm the successful candidate by early or mid-May in order to facilitate a brief transition period with the outgoing general manager.

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