Folk Music Canada Job Posting – Offre d’emploi


Position Title: Executive Director

Application Deadline: May 30, 2017

Start Date: TBD

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Location: Open within Canada

Term: 30 hours per week. One-year contract with possibility of renewal.

Job Purpose

The Executive Director is responsible for the successful leadership and management of Folk Music Canada, in keeping with the organizational mission and the strategic direction set by the Board of Directors. Directed by and reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is accountable to the membership, while encouraging, supporting, promoting and securing folk music across Canada.


Job Purpose

The Executive Director is responsible for the successful leadership and management of Folk Music Canada, in keeping with the organizational mission, and the strategic direction set by the Board of Directors.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

The Executive Director will perform some or all of the following duties:


  •       Participate with the Board of Directors in developing a vision and strategic plan to guide the organization
  •       Identify, assess, and inform the Board of Directors of internal and external issues that affect the organization
  •       Act as a professional advisor to the Board of Director on all aspects of the organization’s activities
  •       Foster effective teamwork between the Board and the Executive Director and between the Executive Director, volunteers, members, stakeholders and staff
  •       Act as primary spokesperson for the organization, in collaboration with the Board President  
  •       Actively represent the organization at community activities to enhance the organization’s community profile.


Operational planning and management

  •       Oversee the efficient and effective day-to-day operation of the organization
  •       Develop operational plans which incorporate the goals and objectives that realize the strategic direction of the organization
  •       Ensure that the operation of the organization meets the expectations of its members, Board and Funders
  •       Draft operational policies and guidelines for the approval of the Board; prepare procedures to implement the organizational policies; review existing policies on an annual basis and recommend changes to the Board as appropriate
  •       Ensure that personnel, member, stakeholder, donor and volunteer files are securely stored and privacy/confidentiality is maintained
  •       Provide support to the Board by preparing meeting agenda and supporting materials.


Program planning and management

  •       Oversee the planning, implementation and evaluation of the organization’s programs and services
  •       Ensure that the programs and services offered by the organization contribute to the organization’s mission and reflect the priorities of the Board
  •       Monitor the day-to-day delivery of the programs and services of the organization to maintain or improve quality
  •       Oversee the planning, implementation, execution and evaluation of special projects, including showcase and export development initiatives.


Human resources planning and management

  •       Bring together volunteers and contract staff to support program delivery
  •       Oversee the implementation of the staff-volunteer policies, procedures and practices including the development of job description for all positions
  •       Establish a positive, healthy and safe work environment in accordance with all appropriate legislation and regulations
  •       Recruit, interview and select staff and volunteers who have the right technical and personal abilities to help further the organization’s mission
  •       Ensure that all staff and volunteers receive an orientation to the organization and that appropriate training is provided
  •       Address staff-volunteer issues and release staff, when necessary, using appropriate and legal employment procedures.


Financial planning and management

  •       Work with staff and the Board (Executive and/or Finance Committee) to prepare a comprehensive budget
  •       Work with the Board to secure adequate funding for the operation of the organization – including the development and implementation of a resource development plan
  •       Research funding sources, oversee the development of fund raising plans and write funding proposals to increase the funds of the organization
  •       Approve expenditures within the authority delegated by the Board
  •       Ensure that sound bookkeeping and accounting procedures are followed
  •       Administer the funds of the organization according to the approved budget and monitor the monthly cash flow of the organization
  •       Provide the Board with comprehensive, regular reports on the revenues and expenditure of the organization
  •       Ensure that the organization complies with all legislation covering taxation and withholding payments.


Community relations/advocacy

  •       Communicate with members and stakeholders to keep them informed of the work of the organization and to identify changes in the community served by the organization
  •       Establish good working relationships and collaborative arrangements with community groups, funders and other organizations to help achieve the goals of the organization
  •       Ensure that a positive, productive, and innovative work environment exists within the organization, maintaining open, honest, and effective communication with membership, stakeholders and staff.


Risk management

  •       Identify and evaluate the risks to the organization’s people (members, staff, management, volunteers), property, finances, goodwill, and image and implement measures to control risks
  •       Ensure that the Board of Directors and the organization carries appropriate and adequate insurance coverage
  •       Ensure that the Board and staff understand the terms, conditions and limitations of the insurance coverage.


Experience and Skills

  •       Minimum of three years of experience in not for profit management
  •       Bachelor’s Degree or 3-5 years’ experience and knowledge of arts administration
  •       Knowledge of industry associations, arts service organizations and membership associations
  •       Knowledge of the arts funding sector in Canada
  •       Experience with grant reporting tools (i.e. CADAC and FACTOR)
  •       Excellent computer skills, particularly Microsoft Office, Quickbooks, and WordPress
  •       Familiarity working with budgets and creating financial reports
  •       Highly effective and clear written and verbal communication skills
  •       Experience working with board and committee level volunteers is considered an asset
  •       Bilingual


Terms and Benefits

This is a 30-hour/week position with salary to be determined, commensurate with skills and experience. This is a one-year renewable contract, with an initial three-month probationary period. The position involves a flexible work schedule, with attendance at some evening and weekend events, and some travel. The successful applicant will be required to work from his or her own home office.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates are asked to email a maximum 2-page resume and a cover letter by May 30, 2017.


Contact: Human Resources, Folk Music Canada



Folk Music Canada advocates equal opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment and is committed to diversity in the workplace.

Due to the high number of applicants we regret that we will only be able to respond to applicants who are considered for an interview. We thank all applicants for their interest.