Canada Dance Festival is hiring a Project Manager!

Title: Project Manager

Type: Contract

Start Date: June 15, 2020

End Date: April 15, 2021

Compensation: $15,000-$20,000 contract

Reports to: Canada Dance Festival Society Board and its Strategic Advisory Committee

The Canada Dance Festival celebrates the vitality of Canadian dance. Through creative partnerships, the CDF provides a national focus, inspiring artists, audiences, presenters, educators and funders to create contemporary excellence in dance culture. It is dedicated to the creation, development and presentation of new Canadian dance.

Since 1987, the Canada Dance Festival has been presenting, advancing and celebrating Canadian dance excellence. We ignite passion, inspire creativity and unify community in support of dance in Canada. From contributing to the development of a market for Canadian dance, to providing showcase opportunities for new work, to enabling networking and learning for dance artists, the CDF has been an important platform for dance artists, presenters, choreographers and audiences.

Job Description:

In this role, the Project Manager will explore a new model for a Canadian dance platform through research and consultations. The Project Manager will consult with a number of practitioners from the sector to distill feedback from community consultation and formulate a draft model. The aim is to devise a plan around a sustainable infrastructure for showcasing and supporting Canadian dance. The CDF is inspired by examples such as the success of Dance Massive in Melbourne, Australia. In 2009, supported by government funding, three dance presenting organizations began a partnership to showcase Australian dance to their audiences. Through this partnership between presenting venues, a small staff produces a biennial festival that bolsters marketing, assists in organizing, and elevates programming. We are interested in learning how a similar model could translate into a Canadian context to fulfill an identified need within the milieu. Based on the Dance Massive concept, the Project Manager will investigate how best to introduce and sustain this model in a Canadian context.


  • Beginning with a Design Phase, form a framework for which the project may be carried out
  • Explore various models, including the Dance Massive structure
  • Collect feedback from stakeholder groups (presenters, networks, artists, NASOs, public funders, etc.)
  • Identify and meet with potential partners and stakeholders such as Fall for Dance North, Festival TransAmériques (FTA), PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, Luminato Festival, Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian Heritage etc.
  • Gather feedback through electronic/online means and which may include surveys, focus groups or community meetings
  • Investigate funding opportunities
  • Prepare documents and research material for a consultation retreat


  • Prepare work plans/timelines that align with funding proposals
  • Present findings and research at key events, gather feedback
  • Write short news items or articles for online circulation as needed
  • Prepare findings and recommendations and create a written report/summary
  • Share report/findings broadly with dance community
  • Report back on findings to the Canada Dance Festival Society Board as well as to its Strategic Advisory Committee

Additional Information

Please note that this position may include some future travel. The successful candidate will be required to work remotely and supply their own laptop. Shareable files will be made available online and meetings may take place via Zoom or conference call.

Skill Requirements:

  • A college or university graduate, preferably with a diploma/degree in arts management, or related field (including artistic disciplines)
  • Experience working in the cultural or non-profit sector, specifically in dance
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • An ability to understand and communicate in French is preferred
  • Experience in and understanding of programming, curation, event or festival planning
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • High personal integrity, honesty and professional standards
  • Exceptional organizational and administrative skills with the ability to plan, set goals and objectives, organize and follow through
  • Broad ability to interact with internal and external stakeholders in a positive manner with superior interpersonal, verbal and written presentation abilities
  • Qualities of imagination, vision, leadership and a passion for furthering the artistic and community development of the dance milieu
  • Diplomacy and discretion
  • Goal oriented and proven capacity to achieve objectives
  • Strong personal commitment to the arts and dance

Interested candidates should submit a resumé and cover letter by June 1 to:

The Canadian Dance Festival Society is an equal-opportunity employer committed to fair and accessible employment practices. Upon request, suitable accommodations are available during the application and/or hiring process. We are committed to reflecting the diversity of our community and country and welcome submissions from individuals of all genders, cultures, ethnicities, sexual orientations, and physical abilities. We thank all candidates for their interest, however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

Deadline for applications: June 1, 2020