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May 23, 2022

Director of Operations (Collaborative Leadership Team)

Hosted by PuSh International Performing Arts Festival

The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival is devoted to its mission to enrich audiences with adventurous contemporary works, and towards this, we are seeking an exceptional individual to join our Collaborative Leadership Team to help steward this important organisation into its future. PuSh is committed to a leadership model and approach that amplifies practices of care – for the organisation, its staff, the artists it works with, the audiences it serves, and the stakeholders that enable our work to thrive. Working with the Director of Programming, and the emergent role of Director of Indigenous Initiatives, the Director of Operations role is ideal for someone excited to cultivate a collaborative vision that prepares PuSh to be resilient, and remain an impactful leader, not just in presenting cutting-edge, world-class art, but in modeling future operational and administration practices.

About the Role The Director of Operations reports directly to the Board and is a member of the Collaborative Leadership Team (CLT). The Director of Operations’ primary functions are to oversee the financial management, human resources, development activities (including supporting corporate partnerships, fundraising and donor stewardship), and general operations. They lead the fiscal, operational, and administrative direction of the Festival while ensuring the continued vitality, excellence, profile, and financial viability of the organization. The position shares the responsibility of maintaining and cultivating the organization’s financial health, including revenue generation from public and private sector fundraising. This role supervises numerous contract, part-time and full-time staff. It oversees Communications and Patron Services departments to ensure quality communications and patron experiences, and supports community and industry engagement and programming. Core areas that the Collaborative Leadership Team approaches collectively include: development, staffing, patron experience and engagement, PuSh’s mission and vision, and Festival delivery.

Collaborative Leadership Team (CLT) PuSh is embarking on a new model of leadership. The CLT includes the Director of Programming, the Director of Operations and the Director of Indigenous Initiatives (a new role that will soon be defined and recruited for). This new model brings collaboration and shared responsibility to the overall vision and management of the organization. This model amplifies consultation and mutual accountability, and leads the organization by practicing its values, and identifying, and ensuring the achievement of, both short and long-term organizational goals and priorities. See diagram below for further details.

Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled, with a priority application date of May 23rd, 2022, 5pm PDT. 


We strongly encourage applications from members of communities that are marginalized or that experience structural discrimination including those identifying as Indigenous, people of colour, members of non-dominant ethnic, religious, linguistic, and/or cultural groups, women, (im)migrants/newcomers, people with (dis)abilities, and LGBTQ2S+ people, and we strongly encourage applicants to self-identify in their application if they feel comfortable in doing so. In order to achieve a representative team, preference may be given to applicants self-declaring as being a member of one or more of the groups identified above. PuSh believes that a staff that reflects the diversity of the communities we serve strengthens our ability to achieve our mission.

PuSh is committed to full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, we will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process and/or to perform essential job functions, please contact hr@pushfestival.ca.


PuSh International Performing Arts Festival

110–750 Hamilton Street, Vancouver, BC, V6B 2R5, Canada

Phone number: 604.605.8284

Email: info@pushfestival.ca

The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival is one of Vancouver’s signature events. Produced over three weeks each January, the Festival expands the horizons of Vancouver artists and audiences with work that is visionary, genre-bending, multi-disciplined, startling and original. The Festival showcases acclaimed international, Canadian and local artists and mixes them together with an alchemy that inspires audiences, rejuvenates artists, stimulates the industry and forges productive relationships around the globe. More than just shows, the Festival is a broker of international partnerships, a meeting place for creative minds, a showcase of Canada’s best and an incubator of brilliant new work.