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February 11, 2022

General Manager

Hosted by SummerWorks Performance Festival

SummerWorks needs a bold, generous, and diligent individual who can bring their organizational systems, tools, and attention to detail to our live arts organization. While we are open to folks who come from a variety of experiences, at the forefront we are looking for someone who has strong administrative, financial management, and proposal writing skills, and understands revenue generation. We also want someone who will thrive in a space where systems are created, enacted, and tweaked, as the initiatives and activities of the organization continue to shift and grow.

SummerWorks is all about bringing people together. This individual will love working with people and building teams. They will enjoy the responsibility of delegation and will take the time to find collaborative ways to create project accountability for both seasonal and annual teams of people. We care deeply for all of the relationships we engage in – with Festival artists, staff, programming partners, volunteers, and audience members – and value the spirit of exchange that arises from them.

There is a cadence to our workflow that includes a preparation and planning period, a busier delivery period, and a slow-down period for wrap-up and reflection each quarter. Currently, the busiest periods for this role are in February, April, August, and November. 

Summers are very active for the whole team. That’s when our year-round activities culminate – when artists from across the country and beyond will gather and share their work. The new General Manager should also be comfortable with the knowledge that June to September will have a heavier workload. Therefore, three weeks paid vacation and lieu time are to be taken over other months of the year.

While an intimate knowledge of performing arts in Canada would be an asset, we welcome someone from outside the arts who wants to see lots of performance, meet many new interesting people, and immerse themselves in a new sector. We would be interested in candidates working in social justice, education, health care, and other non-profit (or for-profit) fields.

We are also open to conversations with candidates based outside of Toronto, who would be willing to relocate to Toronto, with some financial assistance to do so.


We celebrate diversity in arts and people, prioritizing inclusive and accessible processes and experiences. We look to introduce professional artists and audiences from diverse communities to each other and to be inspired by our similarities and differences. 


SummerWorks Performance Festival

401 Richmond St W,, Suite 423, Toronto, ON, M5V 3A8, Canada

Email: info@summerworks.ca

SummerWorks is widely recognized as one of the most important platforms for launching new work in Canada. We are interested in continuously re-imagining and innovating the possibilities of performance- how it is created, presented and experienced. SummerWorks presents two Festivals annually, Progress International Festival of performance and ideas, and SummerWorks Performance Festival.