Manager, Community Engagement Program

JOB DESCRIPTION

MANAGER, COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PROGRAM

ABOUT THE GRAND THEATRE

A leading cultural hub, the Grand is proudly located in the heart of downtown London, Ontario. We are a place for all to gather, discuss, challenge, debate, celebrate, and be inspired and entertained by exceptional theatre experiences.  A not-for-profit regional theatre, the Grand produces and presents professional theatre on two stages: the Spriet Stage (~800 seats) and the Auburn Stage (~150 seats).

A typical season at the Grand runs from September to May including an annual fall High School Project production, which has a 23-year history as an integral part of our programming.

The Grand is World Curious and London Proud.  We bring the world to London with diverse, relevant, and original stories from around the globe, and through collaborations with exceptional national and international performing arts organizations.

And we bring London to the world stage with a commitment to developing, producing, and premiering new and original stories through COMPASS, our new play development program. In partnership with artists and playwrights from around the world and around the corner, we present relevant, provocative and entertaining stories that remind us of our collective humanity.

The Grand is currently undergoing a $9 million renovation of its public and artists’ spaces and is positioned to re-open post-pandemic stronger than ever with a completely renovated and modernized theatre.

OUR COMMITMENT TO ANTI-OPPRESSION

The theatre sector is in a period of much-needed change and tremendous opportunity.

At the Grand, we are committed to creating and practicing a company culture that ensures an accessible, equitable, inclusive, and welcoming space for artists, audiences, donors, boards, and staff.

We encourage all applicants to review the Grand’s Anti-Oppression Mission Statement on our website to confirm that your personal and professional values are aligned with this vision.

POSITION SUMMARY

In our ongoing efforts to be more inclusive and broader reaching, the Grand Theatre wishes to connect more directly with all citizens of London and in particular, citizens and communities that are racialized and/or underrepresented in our staff, audiences, our volunteers, our donors and community partners.
In this newly created position, you will have direct impact on the transformation of the Grand Theatre and its future. Your work will move us forward toward a more inclusive and representative theatre for all Londoners.

You will bring information and resources that will contribute to the development of the Grand’s strategic plan and organizational design related to its Anti-Oppression mission.

Reporting to the Director, Development and Audience Relations, you will begin your work by identifying community leaders and influencers and building relationships with those individuals and others.  From those initial meetings and conversations, you will build communication, outreach and stewardship plans that are meaningful to each community group and carry those plans through.

You will help to inform, guide and engage Staff, Boards of Directors and Volunteers on this journey as part of the theatre’s Anti-Oppressive work and will be an active member of the Anti-Oppression Committee.

WHO YOU ARE

You are a thoughtful communicator, critical thinker, innovator, and will bring a collaborative approach to this role.   

You are a community connector, a bridge-builder, a passionate Londoner who has a deep understanding of the BIPOC communities and other communities that are not represented or underrepresented in our current audiences, volunteer base, donor base and community partnerships.

You are described by friends, family and colleagues as an extrovert, a ‘go-getter’ and you thrive under those labels. You have a thirst to learn more and are curious about what you don’t know. You long to be out from behind a desk and connecting with people.

You are a team player and comfortable working with minimal supervision.

You want to make a real impact and show demonstrable results – not because it is good for the Grand Theatre, but good for every Londoner. You share our belief that now, more than ever, ‘The Arts Will Lift Us Up’ and that theatre should inspire, teach and entertain.

You believe that theatre should be accessible to all, and that every person walking through the doors to the Grand should feel safe and represented both on and off the stage. You know that the stories we tell, who tells them and how we tell them will directly impact the health and well-being of Londoners and you want to play a pivotal role in making this happen.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • University or College degree
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in community engagement or similar position with related attributes and transferable skills
  • Previous experience in a not-for-profit an asset
  • Knowledge, understanding, and a passion for the arts sector an asset
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office

SKILLS AND ATTRIBUTES

  • Exceptional relationship building skills
  • Solid base of understanding  of the people and communities that make up London, Ontario and an unbridled curiosity to learn more and dive deeper
  • Self-motivated and self-starter with the ability to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a team and interdepartmentally within the entire organization
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities
  • Tactful problem solving ability
  • Proactive and creative identification of opportunities
  • Exceptional interpersonal, communication (verbal and written), presentation, and public-speaking skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and strong attention to detail
  • Ability to work flexible hours evenings and weekends
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office

SALARY RANGE/BENEFITS

$45-50K

TO APPLY

Please forward your cv along with cover letter by email to careers [at] grandtheatre [dot] com and note the position you are applying for in the subject line.

This position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found but we encourage anyone interested to submit as soon as possible.

No phone calls please.
 

The Grand sincerely thanks all applicants for their time in submitting an application. Your application will be acknowledged as received but only those selected for an interview will be contacted directly for follow up.

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471 Richmond St.

London, ON N6A 3E4