Now Hiring: Managing Director

Role: Managing Director
Duration: One-year contract open to multi-year renewal.
Application Deadline: Jan 20, 2014
Position Type: Full-time, salaried
Location: Downtown Toronto
Start Date: Feb 17, 2014

Manifesto is currently seeking a qualified and passionate individual to take on the role of Managing Director of Manifesto Community Projects. They will report to the Executive Director and Board of Directors.

Manifesto's mission is to unite, inspire, and empower diverse communities of young people through arts and culture.  Manifesto aims to provide a platform and the resources needed to advance the growth of the arts as a tool for positive change on the individual, community and city level.  Through art exhibitions, dance events, workshops, outdoor concerts, film screenings, networking opportunities, seminars, pop-up markets, and much more, Manifesto creates powerful and engaging experiences for young people.


The Managing Director is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the organization, ensuring internal efficiency of operations, and acting as the primary steward of relationships between Manifesto and partner organizations at the community, government, and corporate level.


Operational planning and management

• Work closely with the Executive Team to collaboratively ensure that the organization achieves its annual budgetary, programming and strategic goals.

• Develop and maintain a project management system that enables streamlined management of timely project execution and task delegation, and provides a framework for tracking progress and identifying areas in need of support.

• Manage staff and admin systems/processes to ensure successful development and implementation of operating plans.

• Responsible for internal staff communications, creating weekly staff meeting agendas, and scheduling most team meetings.

• Assist in office space management and tenant relations where necessary, such as creating leases, collecting rent, making bank deposits.

Human resources planning and management

• Source and interview volunteers/contract staff; work with funding organizations (e.g. Youth Employment Services) to find funding for intern positions.

• Coordinate interviews in conjunction with relevant Manifesto team members and provide all new volunteers/contract staff with an orientation to increase their understanding of Manifesto and the role and responsibilities of volunteers/interns.

• Create an overall critical path for volunteers/contract staff; support and empower them to develop their own work plans and build these work plans into the overall critical path; update critical path on a weekly basis.

• Check-in regularly with interns and contract staff to ensure challenges are addressed and overcome, support is provided when needed, deadlines are met, and budgets remain on target.

Grant writing

• Prepare and submit grant applications and reports as outlined in the fund development plan to generate funds for the organization.  Support grant-writing staff and interns to successfully identify and execute on grant opportunities.

Financial planning and management

• Work closely with bookkeeper to keep all accounts payable & receivable organized and oversee the accounting/bookkeeping and day-to-day financials.

• Create and manage the global budget and operations budget, and support the Programming Director in creating project budgets. Collaborate with the board Treasurer to ensure that the global budget and financial affairs are managed and updated accurately and strategically.

• Facilitate final budget closure for all projects with relevant staff, the Programming Director, and bookkeeper.

Programming and partnerships

• Support with operations & logistics for year-round programming initiatives.  Apply for and secure special permits, licenses, etc.

• Create tools and systems for programming project management, and implement them with the Executive Director, Programming Director, Outreach Director, and volunteers/contract staff.

• Draft partnership agreements including detailed budget breakdowns, as well as lists of each partner’s roles & responsibilities.

• Play a central role in partnership development e.g. community organizations, cultural partners, etc., and maintaining those relationships once established.


• Minimum two years management experience involving oversight of staff and facilities, preferably in a nonprofit, arts, or community organization.

• Strong experience with project management, creating and managing budgets, and event production.

• Thorough understanding of the grants/fundraising world. Previous successful grant-writing, fundraising, and corporate sponsorship experience is an asset.

• Human resource management experience, such as inclusive hiring practices and familiarity with anti-oppression frameworks.

• A solid background in Toronto’s arts community and understanding of the political and social context/importance of youth movements and arts & culture. Existing relationships with a broad spectrum of stakeholders is an asset.

• Excellent written and oral communication skills, and ability to connect with a wide range of communities and stakeholders.

• Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, shifting environment with ambitious goals and multiple priorities. Strong candidates will be entrepreneurial, self-motivated, adaptable and collaborative.

• Strong organizational skills and proficiency with MS Word, Excel and Project Management software such as Google Drive, SmartSheet, Trello, MangoApps etc.


Please respond with a resume and cover letter outlining your qualifications and experience as well as your salary expectations. In addition, please provide detailed contact information for three professional references.

Applications will be received in confidence by mail, courier or email only and should be forwarded to:

Attn: Human Resources
Manifesto Community Projects
37 Bulwer Street
Toronto, ON
M5T 1A1

No phone calls please. We thank all applicants, however only those being considered for an interview will be contacted directly.  Manifesto is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity and inclusiveness in all its work. We work proactively to be fair and equitable in practice and to build diversity into our teams, creative communities, programs and services.

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