Creative Director: Operations, Generator
Call for Co-Leadership
Call for Co-Leadership – Creative Director: Operations
Generator is seeking Co-Leadership to shape and cultivate a collaborative vision for the next chapter of our work; building the capacity and resilience of the independent performance sector.
We are inviting bold, creative applications for Creative Director: Operations and are particularly interested in applicants who are intrigued by dynamic co-leadership and shared decision-making models.
Generator recognizes that producing is a creative practice. We reject the binary that separates ‘boring, efficient office worker’ from ‘passionate, clueless creative’ and embrace the exciting, fertile, and collaborative space where arts management and live performance meet. We prioritize applications from folks from equity-seeking groups, including those who identify as Indigenous, Black, People of Colour, Trans, Nonbinary, Queer, Disabled and intersections of those identities. We enthusiastically invite submissions from individuals from a diversity of performing arts practices.
Please note Generator’s office space is only accessible by stairs. You can read more about office accessibility on our website here. Please refer to the ‘Generator Office & Remote Work’ section of the Application Package for details about our office status and the ‘Leadership Posting Formats’ section for accessibe versions of the package.
Generator was founded as STAF (Small Theatre Administrative Facility) in 1991, and has existed in the current model since 2015.
Generator’s Current Mission
Generator is a mentoring, teaching, and innovation incubator that expands the skills, tools, and competencies of independent artists, producers, and leaders.
Our current programs include Artist Producer Training, ArtistProducerResource.com, Resident Companies and Company Collaborators, Financial Literacy, and our Blog series. Some of these programs are under evaluation in this current year, as new models and ways-of-working are considered for the future.
Who We Serve
Generator serves Toronto’s independent performance community. We primarily work with individual artists, producers, collectives, and non-profits who:
- Complete or work on 1-2 live performance projects/year (including workshops)
- Have a small budget for annual operating costs and 0-3 staff or year-round contractors
- Receive – at most – project-based funding or one level of government operating/composite funding
Why We Serve Who We Serve
The division between art and business has led to generations of artists who think they aren’t good at ‘the business side,’ and that they never will be. We are committed to building the next generation of artists who control all their means of production. They have confidence when they perform and when they build their budgets. They have mastered the tools required for all elements of their art, and apply creative thinking to all that they do.
As we look to Generator’s future, the Board and current staff are committed to the ‘why’ and ‘who’ of who we serve, but we are open to, and inviting, change in ‘how’ we serve this community.
At present, the Creative Director: Programming is the primary salaried staff member at Generator, with 7-8 individuals offering part-time support for daily operations and program coordination. The current budget for all staff is ~$102,000. The salary for the Creative Director: Operations will be based on a $54,000 FTE, and pro-rated according to how the two co-leaders choose to balance their work.
Incoming co-leadership will not necessarily inherit this staff or budget structure, as they will work closely and collaboratively with the Creative Director: Programming to determine a new path forward.
Please see the Application Package for more information.
Who Should Apply?
We are looking for applicants who:
- have 5+ years of experience working in and with live performance or in creative industries
- have a strong understanding of what’s required to develop and deliver content for in-person and online learning
- have strong networks in local and/or national performance ecologies
- are versed in ethical and sustainable working practices—especially the kind that don’t demand that artists plug every leak with self-exploitation
We are committed to bringing a strong lens of social justice to the organization’s strategic direction, and are prioritizing IBPOC applicants and other members of equity-seeking groups who can bring their living and learned experience to guide Generator’s next iteration.
Mission and Strategy: Work with the Board, Creative Director: Programming, and staff to ensure that the mission is fulfilled through programs and strategic planning.
Operations: Oversee and implement resources appropriate to the evolving needs of the organization.
Financial Performance and Viability: Develop resources sufficient for ensuring the day-to-day and long-term financial health of the organization.
Board Governance: Work with the Board and Creative Director: Programming in order to fulfill the organization’s mission.
Programs: Contribute to the development, execution, and evaluation of Generator’s programs.
An overview of co-leadership’s responsibilities and a full proposed job description for the Creative Director: Operations can be found in the Application Package.
April 6, 2022 – Application due date (5pm ET)
April 12, 2022 – 1st round Interview process begins
April 28, 2022 – 2nd round interview and presentation
End of May, 2022 – Potential start date (flexible)
Please note: dates are subject to change.
Application, Hiring Process, and How To Apply
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