Regent Park Film Festival, based in Regent Park, Toronto, is Toronto’s longest running free community film festival. As a lively and dynamic presence on the Toronto film scene, RPFF hosts an Annual Film Festival, which takes place in November, with more than 6,000 participants, Under the Stars: Movies in the Park, a summer program with close to 7,000 participants; year-round film screenings, school programs, an internship program, and a range of workshops at no cost. RPFF is funded through arts council support, private sector fundraising, including individuals and foundations, and corporate sponsorship.
The Festival was founded in 2003. Today, as Regent Park undergoes a fifteen-year re-development, the Festival also works to bring together the many diverse communities that exist in the neighbourhood to enjoy and engage with film as a means of artistic expression and a catalyst for change. In 2016, the Festival won the TD Arts Diversity Award.
The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing all programming, the administration and operationalization of the organization’s strategic plan. Other key duties include fundraising, and overseeing marketing, and community outreach. The position reports directly to the Board of Directors.
As part of the RPFF commitment to fostering diversity and meaningful inclusion in the Canadian media industry and arts community, this position prioritizes applicants from Regent Park and applicants who identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, person with disabilities, woman, queer, trans or non-binary person or any combination of these intersections. We encourage you to self-identify in your application.
The Executive Director’s duties include the following:
Fundraising and Finance
Apply to, and report to, federal, provincial and municipal granting bodies
With support from the fundraising committee, raise funds through individual fundraising, sponsorship and foundation initiatives
Working with a bookkeeper and Board Treasurer, maintain financial accountability through budget procedures, financial reports and cash flow and provide reports regularly to the Board of Directors
In collaboration with community, artistic and industry partners, maintain existing year-round programming and identify opportunities for new programs
Maintain and develop RPFF’s youth and industry-based professional development initiatives
Work with the Festival Programmer to set a direction for the annual festival and ensure all festival programming and corresponding engagement reflects our values, overall goals and strategic priorities as outlined in the current Strategic Plan
Partnerships and Profile
Represent the festival in the Regent Park community and the city’s cultural environment
Build relationships with community partners
Provide guidance to Communications Coordinator in managing marketing, publicity and outreach initiatives for the Festival and year-round activities
Manage, analyze and update operational systems to ensure efficiency and accuracy
Work with staff to ensure effective execution of all operations relating to the annual festival and year round activities.
Manage and provide leadership to all staff; manage department and personnel issues, including supervising, delegating, hiring, terminating employees; provide staff training and conduct performance reviews
Responsible for leading RPFF in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s mission as defined by the Board of Directors and outlined in the Strategic Plan
Responsible for communicating effectively with the Board and providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions.
Participate in, and manage, board and volunteer committees, as necessary
All candidates are expected to have an understanding of the non-profit and/or arts sector in Canada, as well as demonstrate a familiarity with the intersections of community engagement and media arts.
Knowledge of the media arts and its intersections with community engagement
Experience as a senior arts administrator at a community level
Demonstrated ability to implement fundraising strategies and manage donor relations unique to nonprofit sector
Experience preparing funding proposals, grant applications, and funding reports for corporations, foundations and government bodies
Hands-on, budget management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision-making and reporting
Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation
Ability to convey a vision of RPFF’s strategic future to staff, board, volunteers and donors
Proven ability to work with and engage diverse volunteer and donor groups
Proven skills in grant writing and fundraising
Background in community work, preferably with diverse and/or immigrant groups;
Strong oral and written communication skills; comfort in public speaking
High degree of organization, ability to multi-task, and meet deadlines;
Computer literacy (word processing, email, web applications, spreadsheets)
Demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with staff
Experience in the not-for-profit media arts community and events/film festivals a strong asset
Terms of Contract
Position: Full-time, Contract with option to renew as a permanent position Salary: Commensurate with experience + benefits Reports to: Board of Directors
Please email your resume and letter of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org, Attn: Hiring Committee. Refer to Executive Director in subject line.
Closing Date: Friday, June 21st at 11:59 pm
Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. No telephone inquiries please.