Employment Opportunity: MANAGING DIRECTOR

Join our Gwaandak Theatre team – we’re hiring a full-time Managing Director as we enter our 20th anniversary season!

Are you passionate about empowering Indigenous and Northern theatre voices?
Sharing theatre storytelling in tiny communities and far and wide?
Fostering meaningful reconciliation through the performing arts between Indigenous and other Canadians?

Does a flexible, innovative, supportive work environment appeal to you?
How about opportunities to travel to festivals, arts events and/or communities?
Deepening relationships with First Nations and diverse communities?
Learning and growing with us?

Keep reading…

Do you also take pride in balancing a budget? Managing a small office with a fantastic view of the Yukon River? Implementing policies for a healthy, safe and balanced workplace? Preparing contracts for talented artistic contractors? And nurturing the foundations of a healthy, sustainable artist-centred company on the cutting edge of Indigenous and intercultural theatre?

This could be the perfect job for you. And – we are open to training the right candidate.

 Deadline Extended! Apply now until March 3rd, 2019 (midnight PST).

Gwaandak Theatre is seeking interested candidates for a full-time Managing Director to lead the organization into its 20th anniversary season and third decade. This position is based in beautiful Whitehorse, Yukon, a small, vibrant northern city. Our community offers outstanding cultural and recreational opportunities.

This is a permanent position of 35 hours per week with benefits after three months. Start date is flexible pending candidate availability and location, but ideally is mid-March/early April 2019, including a training period. Salary will be commensurate on experience, ranging from a base of $24/hour, and including annual cost-of-living increases.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Managing Director will lead the theatre’s administrative, financial and managerial functions within the context of policies defined by the Board of Directors.


Working in a collaborative team with the Artistic Director and Artistic Producer, the Managing Director plays a vital role in implementing Gwaandak Theatre’s artistic programming and vision. The Managing Director oversees operational and financial management, fundraising, Human Resources and company marketing efforts, in realization of Gwaandak’s strategic plan. They are a leader in creating and supporting a healthy, respectful, safe, vibrant and inclusive workplace. Responsibilities include:

Financial Management: Overseeing the day-to-day and year-end financial management (payroll, budget, payments & deposits, bookkeeping, audit, etc.); fulfilling CRA reporting obligations; operating budget creation/management.

Fundraising: Overseeing the theatre’s earned revenue strategies, developing detailed annual fundraising plans with assistance of other staff and/or Board of Directors; soliciting sponsorships and donations; preparing the financial portion of grant applications and reports; developing the theatre’s relationships with funders.

Human Resources Management: Leading recruitment, hiring, orienting, and training, supervising all term employees, contractors, freelancers and volunteers; negotiating fees and executing contracts with presenters, contractors, etc.; working within various agreements such as those under Canadian Actors’ Equity Association and Playwrights Guild of Canada; ensuring contract renewal and performance review meetings between staff and Board take place on schedule; being the lead in ensuring that best practices are developed, communicated and followed by staff, contractors, volunteers, etc, in regards to a healthy, safe, respectful workplace.

Marketing and Communication: Developing and delivering the theatre’s general marketing and communication strategies with staff and external contractors; overseeing the production of Gwaandak Theatre promotional materials; updating/ maintaining Gwaandak’s website; drafting & approving public relations items.

Governance: Ex-officio non-voting member of the theatre’s Board and committees, actively participating as necessary and serving in an advisory capacity; coordinating action plans developed by Committees and the Board; leading and implementing the theatre’s strategic plan; preparing and submitting reports to fulfil obligations re: Yukon Government Societies Act; organizing the Annual General Meeting (autumn).

Office Management: Ensuring office equipment (ie. printers, desks, chairs), Internet, phone and email functionality; maintaining a safe, healthy and effective workplace, including compliance with Yukon Workers Compensation Health & Safety Board; planning and overseeing capital equipment needs; overseeing matters related to rental of office, storage space, and venues; general office organization.

General: Being a daily ambassador for the organization; representing the theatre in a wide range of contexts, and attending meetings, festivals and gatherings to shape regional and national strategies; exploring and developing new creative and financial partnerships with a variety of arts and cultural organizations; undertaking any other duties relevant to this position as required by the Board of Directors.


The successful candidate will be a capable manager who is willing and able to work in a collaborative leadership culture. In addition to being a passionate advocate for the performing arts, the ideal candidate will have:

– Arts management qualifications or related training and experience
– Significant experience in theatre, arts or not-for-profit sectors
– Minimum of 2 years experience in financial management, including budgeting, year-end financial reporting and bookkeeping
– Experience developing policy and HR initiatives (ie. strategic planning)
– Fundraising experience from government, corporate, individual
– Proven organizational and time management skills with ability to multi-task, set priorities, meet deadlines, and work under pressure
– A commitment to working within the guiding vision of Gwaandak Theatre
-Some awareness of the national theatre ecology, with a particular understanding of contemporary Indigenous, northern and diverse arts perspectives, and willingness to learn more
– An interest not only in developing the capacity of this organization, but also in contributing to the growth of our sector in Whitehorse, Yukon and Canada
– An ability to work with and contribute to a multi-faceted team
– Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills
– High degree of computer literacy: proficiency with Microsoft software (Word and Excel) and Windows computing; Google Suite; Quickbooks
– Proven ability to work positively and constructively with staff, contractors, Board and volunteers
– Flexibility and adaptability to assist with new projects, challenges and technologies as they arise
– Good negotiator & critical thinker
– Ability to take initiative and work in a self-directed manner
– Valid driver’s license an asset but not mandatory

Gwaandak Theatre strongly encourages Expressions of Interest from potential candidates who possess some but not all of the above qualifications but are highly motivated to learn and grow in a dynamic artistic organization.  

Priority will be given to those who identify as Indigenous, including First Nations, Inuit and Métis, in keeping with our company’s mandate; however, all applications will be welcomed and considered.


Please submit a cover letter and resume expressing your interest and qualifications by March 3rd, midnight PST, to (with the subject “Managing Director”). For further information, please visit or call/email 867-393-2676/



We’re often looking for volunteers for the following positions:

TECH/LOGISTIC (need some strength)

BOX OFFICE (comps, memberships, tickets sales)


HOSPITALITY (reception night)

STRIKE (need some strength)

Volunteers are able to see plays for free the night of their volunteering or on another night!