Executive Director, Winnipeg Folk Festival
July 17, 2008 9:32 AM

The Winnipeg Folk Festival invites applications and suggestions for the position of Executive Director, seeking an outstanding individual to lead Canada's largest and most successful folk music organization.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for all aspects of the operations of the Winnipeg Folk Festival. The Board seeks a high-motivated and innovative leader, an experienced cultural administrator and fund-raiser, a passionate advocate of the Festival's mission and vision.

With one of North America's premier outdoor music festivals as its signature event, the Winnipeg Folk Festival is a year-round, not-for-profit organization presenting the best in live music, music training, and arts events, as well as operating a retail music store in Winnipeg's historicExchange District.

The first Festival was planned as a one-time celebration to mark Winnipeg's 100th anniversary in 1974. Its founder Mitch Podolak has had an enormous impact on the shape and direction of the Canadian folk music community; from 1974 to 1986 he developed the Winnipeg Folk Festival both artistically and organizationally.

Today, under the leadership of executive director Trudy Schroeder with artistic director Chris Frayer, the Festival has an annual operating budget of approximately $3.7 million, summer festival attendance exceeding 62,000, more than 2,200 active volunteers, a committed Board of Directors, and exciting plans for the future. It has evolved from a one-weekend event in July into a community asset with folk music at its heart, presenting a range of programs including education and outreach activities, a small performance
venue, and other initiatives that span the calendar year. The Festival is a well-managed, fiscally stable operation with an excellent staff.

Committed to creating "experiences of discovery and learning through the celebration of people and music," the Festival's long-term organizational goals are to enhance and develop the current summer festival site, undertaking a campaign for both capital and endowment funds, and to be such a positive force within the local community that Winnipeg will be known as the Folk Capital of Canada.

The ideal candidate has a background in arts management with a track record as executive director or senior manager in a major arts or community organization.

This position requires the ability to establish and maintain effective
working relationships in the folk community, and with staff, Board members, volunteers, donors, funding agencies, the media, community partners, and the general public.

An understanding of, and an appreciation for, folk music is essential. This individual should have experience in the areas of staff and board development, strategic planning, financial management, and fund-raising, and have the capacity to seek creative solutions within a collaborative setting.

Other desired qualifications: post-graduate training in arts administration, not-for-profit management or public administration and capital campaign experience. Bilingualism would be a plus. The Festival has a strong commitment to cultural diversity and community service.

Salary commensurate with experience. Please send resume, cover letter, anda list of references by Friday, August 8th to:

Margaret Genovese
Senior Partner
Genovese, Vanderhoof & Associates
77 Carlton Street, Suite 1103
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M5B 2J7
Fax 416/340-6276

payscale: inquire
job type: full-time
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