Manager of Special Projects & Festivals

Toronto ON
Posted 4 weeks ago

Manager of Special Projects & Festivals (Interim)

Date Posted: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Application Deadline: Friday, September 8, 2017 at 12pm ET
Start Date: Monday, October 23, 2017 (plus concert duty on October 19, 2017 for training purposes)
Province: Ontario
City: Toronto
Term: Contract

Organization Description:

Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Founded in 1922, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra is one of Canada’s major cultural institutions and among the top orchestras in the world. Under the leadership of Music Director Peter Oundjian, the TSO is committed to innovative programming and showcases a roster of distinguished guest artists and conductors. In addition to performances, the TSO serves the community with one of the largest music programs in Canada, connecting students throughout Ontario with curriculum based programming.

Job Description:

Manager of Special Projects & Festivals (Interim)

The TSO is seeking a professional with experience in the field of Arts Administration to cover a maternity leave. This is a contract position reporting to the Vice President, Artistic Planning.


• Responsible for executing and managing the artistic plans and programs for all non-subscription concerts, including partnerships. This includes, but is not limited to, all non-classical “specials”, special film projects and collaborations with external venues as well as performance-based collaborations with community partners.

• Negotiating contracts in order to engage conductors, soloists, composers and other required personnel including licensing and rights, within a given budget as well as preparing financial proposals for special projects and managing said budgets on an ongoing basis in relation to projections and tracking.
• Responsible for planning and overseeing the ancillary events related to TSO projects and festivals, some of which are annual and some of which are one-time events. This can include, but is not limited to, the Mozart Festival, New Creations Festival and any pre/intermission/post-concert performances and chats which may arise.

• Managing Sesquicentennial related artistic partnerships throughout the 2017 calendar year as well as the follow up required to ensure completion of partnership projects through to the end of March 2018. This includes planning, subsidy allocation, negotiation and preparation of documentation related to partnerships with Canadian orchestral partners and ongoing relationship management.

• There is the possibility that this role may expand to include elements of the planning and execution of the Pops Subscription Series. These programs are developed in consultation with the Principal Pops Conductor and members of the TSO’s programming and senior management teams.

• This role manages the Affiliate Composer program as well as manages and helps oversee the duties of the Curator of Ancillary Events for the New Creations Festival.

• Perform rehearsal and concert duty on a rotating basis with Music Department staff.

• Assist with other duties and special projects, as required.


• Results-oriented professional with at least 5 years of experience in arts administration, specific experience in music and/or live performing arts events preferred.
• University Degree at Bachelor Level (music degree preferred), or equivalent background and training in music
• Strong knowledge of classical music
• Strong interpersonal and people management skills
• Strong communication skills – experience negotiating contracts is required
• Proven ability to build and maintain relationships with key stakeholders (agents, guest artists, conductors, etc.).
• Ability to work in a fast-paced team environment and respond calmly to challenging situations.
• Strong attention to detail.
• Good working knowledge of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook. Willingness to learn new programs, particularly OPAS (Orchestra Planning and Administration System).
• Reliable, energetic, creative and respectful, possessing sound judgment and the ability to handle confidential/sensitive information.
• Must have valid Ontario Class G Driver’s license.
• Flexibility in working hours is required with a combination of regular daytime hours in addition to various evenings and weekends based on the rehearsal/concert duty schedule.
This is an approximately 13-month full-time contract position commencing October 23, 2017 (plus concert duty on October 19, 2017 for training purposes from 5:30pm – 10:30pm).

Additional Info:

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra is an equal opportunity employer and encourages all qualified individuals to apply. The TSO is committed to providing accommodations for persons with disabilities. If you require accommodation, the TSO will work with you to meet your needs. While the TSO thanks all applicants for their interest, only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

How to Apply:

Only emailed applications will be accepted. No phone calls please. To apply for this contract position, please email a resume and cover letter in PDF format to:
with the subject line: Job Posting – Manager of Special Projects & Festivals (Interim). We thank all applicants and advise that only those selected for further consideration will be contacted with interview details.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications must be received by 12:00pm on Friday, September 8, 2017. Please note that first round interviews will take place on Friday, September 15, 2017. Second round interviews will take place on Thursday, September 21, 2017 and Friday, September 22, 2017, if necessary.


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