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Executive Director of The Bus Stop Theatre Co-operative
The Bus Stop Theatre Co-operative is excited to be seeking a new Executive Director.
Position Type: Full-time (35 hours/week), with 3 weeks paid vacation annually
Submission Deadline: February 5, 2024
Start Date: June 1, 2024
This position is designated to applicants that identify as Indigenous, Black and/or people of colour.
ABOUT THE BUS STOP THEATRE CO-OPERATIVE
The Bus Stop Theatre Co-operative is a vibrant, member-owned arts hub located in Kjipuktuk/Halifax’s North End where we cultivate community, culture, and creativity.
The Bus Stop Theatre Co-operative is a multi-use performance venue located on Gottingen Street in Kjipuktuk/Halifax. The theatre has been in operation since 2003 and operating as a co-operative since 2012. We host over 100 different groups and shows annually and are booked for performances, rehearsals and gatherings of all kinds for 250+ days of the year. The Bus Stop Theatre Co-operative’s goal is to operate theatrical facilities that serve both artists and audiences. We do this by operating the only independent, affordable, accessible and professionally equipped black-box space in Halifax. Not only that, we are owned and operated by those who use it and benefit from it!
ABOUT OUR VALUES
Our co-operative strives to operate in alignment with co-operative values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity, honesty, openness, social responsibility, and caring for others. In addition to those values binding the international co-operative movement, we also value collaboration, creative exploration, inclusion and diversity, community cultivation, learning and growth, adaptability, accountability, as well as financial and physical accessibility.
Our mandate is:
- To operate and maintain an affordable and professionally-run venue in north end Kjipuktuk/Halifax at the service of its members and community.
- To develop the professional skills of artists through programs and services that enable learning, mentorship and presentation.
- To enable a diverse range of both emerging and established artists to create and present their work.
- To foster a space for cross-community engagement and collaboration.
- To lead an inclusive and participatory co-operative.
- To remain responsive to the needs of the historic communities in north end Kjipuktuk/Halifax, the needs of marginalized communities of Nova Scotia, as well as to the needs of the Nova Scotian arts and culture community.
Our theatre is dynamic, flexible and customizable to each presentation’s needs and able to accommodate a variety of mediums.
ABOUT THE POSITION
The Executive Director holds the key leadership position in the organization. The ideal candidate will have a passion for the arts, deep knowledge of the local arts community, an understanding of the not-for-profit landscape and funding programs, an understanding of co-operative management, experience in arts and social justice advocacy; the ability to work collaboratively, a high level of motivation, and the capacity for self-direction. The Bus Stop Theatre Co-operative is committed to supporting the right candidate to develop the capacity and skills to fulfill the responsibilities of this position.
Guided by the BSTC’s mission, vision and community values, the Executive Director is responsible for managing and overseeing the general operations of the Bus Stop Theatre; ensuring the responsible fiscal management of the BSTC; running the organization in alignment with the values of the BSTC; managing and implementing programming; building and maintaining external relations, including fostering relationships with renters, community partners, arts organizations, and neighbours; acting as an advocate in the political landscape in alignment with the values of the BSTC; and long-range planning. The Executive Director will maintain an organizational culture that balances the diversity and richness of Kjipuktuk/Halifax’s arts sector with organizational responsibility, accountability and institutional impact.
The Executive Director:
- is highly self-directed
- works an average of 35 hours per week
- reports directly to the Board of Directors
- supervises all other staff of the Bus Stop Theatre Collective
- has the flexibility to do some aspects of the job from home/a location of their choosing
- interacts with artists, audiences, community members, funders, and arts administrators
RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE POSITION:
- ORGANIZATIONAL MANAGEMENT
- Operations and programming staff supervision
- Building management
B. CO-OP STEWARDSHIP & COMMUNITY OUTREACH
- Stewardship of the co-operative culture within the organization
- Support of the co-operative movement
- Participation in community campaigns and events
- Establishing and stewarding partnerships with like minded organizations
- Establishing programming and hiring practices that correspond with the organizations’ values of equity and social responsibility
C. GRANT WRITING AND FUNDING
- Operations, project and capital funding grants
- Foundation grants
D. BUDGETING AND BOOKKEEPING
- Quarterly financial reports
- Year end reviews
- Annual budgeting
E. BOARD RELATIONS
- Monthly reporting
- Committee support
- Advocacy for the arts sector
- Media and public relations
An average of 35 hours per week per year, with 3 weeks paid time off annually
$50,000 a year, plus a phone allowance of $25 per month
Ideal start date June 1, 2024
Send your cover letter, including a statement of your vision, and C.V., to email@example.com by midnight on February 5th, 2024.
If you have accessibility needs or concerns that you would like us to address please reach out or mention them in your application.
Please note: While we thank all applicants for their interest, we will only be contacting candidates selected for interviews.