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Job (Edmonton): Interim Managing Producer – Catalyst Theatre

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Job (Edmonton): Interim Managing Producer – Catalyst Theatre

Catalyst Theatre

Six month term position to cover leave of absence

POSITION: Interim Managing Producer
DATES: June 18, 2017 to December 31st, 2017
SALARY: $875 per week
STATUS: Contract Employee
APPLY BY: 5 P.M. Friday, January 13, 2017
TO APPLY: By email to

Catalyst Theatre invites applications for an Interim Managing Producer, covering a six-month leave of absence.  Reporting to the Board of Directors, and in collaboration with the Artistic Director, the Interim Managing Producer will ensure the continuity and implementation of all aspects of the company’s infrastructure, operations and activities including: budgeting and financial management; project and season planning; funder, donor and sponsor cultivation and reporting; communications; human resource management; and board relations.

Catalyst Theatre hires based on merit and invites applications from all qualified candidates. Catalyst Theatre’s offices are barrier free.

Company Profile: Catalyst Theatre is a professional Edmonton-based theatre company. Since 1996 the company has operated under a mandate to create new work under the leadership of its core creative team and to tour its productions on a national and international basis. In 2015 the company relocated and now operates out of the Citadel Theatre, where it is the resident company in the Maclab Theatre. Catalyst has a small permanent core staff and works with an outstanding roster of creative and production personnel on a project basis. Catalyst develops and tours its work in partnership with local, national and international partners.  More information is available at

Essential Skills:

  • Strong financial planning and management skills including budgeting, forecasting, monitoring and cash flow.
  • Excellent written skills for a range of requirements including grant applications, marketing materials, and project proposals.
  • Outstanding multi-tasking skills and ability to attend to a broad range of needs with appropriate attention to the immediate, mid and long term requirements.
  • Agility and adaptability in implementation of plans.
  • Intermediate level proficiency in a Mac environment particularly with Word, Excel and Adobe Acrobat.
  • Ability to coordinate and communicate efficiently with teams in person and from a distance.
  • Excellent listening, observational, research and enquiry skills
  • Ability to work confidently, productively and imaginatively with hypothetical projects in conceptual and preliminary phases of development.

Essential Previous Experience

  • Non-profit and charity financial management and record keeping requirements.

Working familiarity with professional Canadian theatre is critical, including an understanding of:

  • Standard labour agreements (CAEA, ADC and IATSE in particular) and their impact on planning, budgeting, scheduling and marketing.
  • The roles of creative, artistic and production team members.
  • Public sector funding requirements, processes and timelines.
  • Awareness of a range of business models and partnerships for the creation and dissemination of new work including self-producing, commissioning and presenting.

The Job Description: The Interim Managing Producer will report to a Governance Board of Directors. She/he will work in collaboration with Artistic Director Jonathan Christenson to ensure that project development, scheduling and budgeting align practically and strategically with creative needs. She/he will be responsible for all aspects of the infrastructure and resources for continued delivery of the 2017-2018 activities and early planning for the 2018-2019 season. Responsibility during the six-month assignment will include the following areas, to greater or lesser extents:

  • Finances and Business – 2017-2018 forecasting and financial management, preliminary budgeting of 2018-2019 season and projects.
  • Fundraising – Interim reports to public sector funders as required; project and operating grant applications as required; supervising December donation campaign, preliminary planning for the 2018 annual fundraiser.
  • Organizational Development – analyzing and evaluating upcoming organizational, logistical and programming needs, identifying resources and opportunities to meet those needs; working with board, Artistic Director and staff to initiate required action.
  • Programming and Industry Partnerships – prospecting partnerships for upcoming 2018-2019 season production; cultivating relationships with commissioners, presenters or other industry partners; negotiating partnership agreements as required; establishing the preliminary 2018-2019 calendar of activity.
  • Production and Touring – Planning and supervising timely logistical, financial, marketing and communication support to projects in Edmonton and on tour.
  • Human Resources – recruiting and hiring employees, contractors and interns as required by programming activity; liaising as required with labour associations and artists’ agents.
  • Marketing and Communications – Ensuring project and season marketing and communications, supported by in-house and contract staff on a project basis.
  • Board Relations – collaborating with the Chair and the board to develop agendas and work plans, organizing board and committee meetings and providing regular financial and activity reports.
  • Community Relations – representing Catalyst to industry service agencies such as the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres. Conceiving and/or supporting community outreach initiatives.

Other Information:

  • The position is supported by one full time staff member, (the Managing and Communications Associate), a contract bookkeeper and, for large projects in Edmonton, a contract marketing and media relations firm. Production Management is contracted for productions and tours.
  • This is a full time position, which requires some weekend and evening availability.
  • The posted dates include two full time transition weeks (June 18 to July 2, 2017) and two weeks of holidays to be scheduled by mutual agreement.

Enquiries may be directed to Eva Cairns, Managing Producer,

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