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Jobs (Edmonton): Managing Director – Northern Lights Theatre

Jobs (Edmonton): Managing Director – Northern Lights Theatre

Full-Time Position (35 hours per week)
Reports to Northern Light Theatre Board

Northern Light Theatre (NLT) is an Edmonton based theatre company with a mandate to challenge both artist and audience alike by producing and developing provocative scripts – language rich texts that are dark, poetic, funny – which reflect a complex world and lead us to question our hierarchy of values. Operating as a not for profit organization and a registered charity, NLT has been producing theatre for almost 50 years and continually strives to provide audiences with opportunities to challenge themselves and their notions of the environment surrounding them.

Under the creative artistic vision of Trevor Schmidt, with full support of the administrative team and the board, NLT is dedicated to producing intimate and affecting work that speaks to the modern audience of the urban human condition, the failure to find security and the loss of the dreams held by all for love and happiness.

NLT is currently recruiting for a Managing Director to maintain the organization’s business operations including the day to day administration tasks, operational reviews and reporting, project management, and developmental planning.

The Managing Director reports to the Northern Light Theatre board and, in tandem with the Artistic Director, carries out NLT’s mandate while also advancing the organization’s current strategic priorities. Communication between these two senior roles is important and the staff team will work on projects together.


Administrative and Operational Management

  • Manages daily operations and functions of the organization
  • Maintains records, databases, memberships and subscriptions
  • Manages Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT) and Canadian Actors’ Equity Association (CAEA) business including contracts, cheques, production registrations
  • Oversees payroll in tandem with a contract bookkeeper
  • CRA/WCB reporting
  • Other tasks as assigned


Financial Management

  • Develops, in collaboration with the Artistic Director, the annual operating and capital budgets for Board approval
  • Manages daily company finances, including processing accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, remittance of payroll deductions, banking and managing cash flow
  • Prepares operations reports for the Board of Directors
  • Works with a contract bookkeeper to maintain the company’s financial records
  • Ensures compliance with all regulatory reporting, including CRA Registered Charities and AGLC guidelines
  • Works with the external accounting firm in preparation of the year-end financial statements.



  • Assists in the creation and implementation of NLT projects
  • Maintains donor engagement, in collaboration with Artistic Director and the NLT Board
  • Manages grant writing and reporting, including submission of final reports
  • Collaborates with Artistic Director on business and audience development strategies
  • Collaborates with the NLT Fundraising committee and the Artistic Director to create and implement fundraising plans
  • Coordinates and participates regularly in monthly Bingo fundraising
  • Researches and develops revenue-generating initiatives, in collaboration with the Artistic Director and the NLT Board
  • Collaborates with the Artistic Director and external marketing representative to develop and implement a marketing plan



  • Have minimum 2 years’ experience in a relevant field(s)
  • Understanding and awareness of Edmonton’s arts and culture sector
  • Strong organizational skills with the flexibility to be agile and manage multiple priorities
  • Comfortable with technology and strong hands on working experience with Microsoft Office Applications (Windows and Mac OS), data base systems and QuickBooks
  • Demonstrated experience and success working with community partners, fund development, and theatre patrons
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Collaborative and team building work style


NLT has supported a hybrid operational model since the COVID 19 pandemic, with a flexible work-from-home and office schedule.

35 hours per week.

$40,000 to $45,000 plus benefits package

Office address is #203, 10816A – 82 Ave. Parking is available. Some remote work will also be possible.

September 1, 2024

July 19, 2024

Applicants are required to submit a cover letter and resume in one PDF document addressed to Diane Davies, NLT Human Resources Committee Chair at Your cover letter and resume should clearly outline previous experience relating to the position.

Submissions must be received no later than 11:59pm MST, July 19, 2024.

Interviews will take place ideally in person or over Zoom if necessary, after the submission deadline. Shortlisted candidates will be required to submit 3 references. Candidates may be asked to participate in a second phase of the hiring process, during which they will make a presentation to the NLT Board of Directors.

As an equal opportunity and inclusive employer, NLT welcomes applications from all qualified individuals. Every applicant will be notified whether or not they have been selected for an interview.

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