Manager, Programming, The Bentway

Position Type: Contract, Full time (40 hours per week)
Duration: 12-Month Contract
Compensation: $65,000
Location: 55 Fort York Blvd., Toronto
Start Date: July 22, 2024
In-person Interviews: June 10, 11, 12, 2024
Application Deadline: May 27, 2024 at 5:00pm


Reporting to the Co-Executive Director, the Manager of Programming will help to build an annual calendar of events, in partnership with local and international artists, organizations and stakeholders, that enliven the Bentway site and engage a broad and diverse set of visitors. The Manager of Programming will support and lead the development of new Bentway commissions and productions, as well as partnerships and off-site initiatives and events. The Manager of Programming will have direct oversight over key portfolios within the Bentway’s seasonal programming, artistic commissioning and cultural/community partnerships.

Office Culture

This role will work standard business hours, with (optional) evenings and weekends to support Bentway events/programming. This role will be required to split their time between The Bentway’s office (55 Fort York Blvd) and work-from-home (a laptop will be provided).


The Bentway is a dynamic civic organization dedicated to enhancing urban life through the design and implementation of innovative public spaces, public programming, and site operations. Deeply rooted in Toronto’s urban fabric, The Bentway leads a creative movement to re-imagine the possibilities of the Gardiner Expressway. We believe in the power of art and culture to spark the urban imagination, transform communities and foster vibrant, inclusive cities. The Bentway Conservancy is a non-profit organization and registered charity that works closely with the City of Toronto, artists & creatives, and local communities to bring our work to life.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop content for Bentway programs, events and commissions, and act as the producer on select programs and events and partnerships
  • Ensure that programs and events respond to and reflect community needs, are inclusive of Toronto’s diverse populations, and acknowledge the site’s Indigenous and historical significance
  • Manage and monitor project budgets, and develop programs within set financial parameters
  • Manage and monitor program schedules to ensure coordination with Facilities, Development and Communications teams, as well as project partners and external stakeholders
  • Provide administrative support to the Co-Executive Director and senior-level volunteers
  • Manage support staff, including event supervisors and volunteer coordinators, to ensure that programs meet performance objectives
  • Work with Production and Facilities staff to meet all technical and logistical requirements including: production materials and equipment, permits and permissions, in/out schedules, shipping and transportation, OH&S and risk management plans; and ensure all site requirements are confirmed
  • Support the Development team in the production of grant applications, partnerships, and sponsorship opportunities and activations
  • Work with the Communications team to support event promotion, reach potential target audiences/participants and communities, and ensure all artist/partner obligations are met
  • Work with the Co-Executive Director to guide the development of strategic partnerships
  • Work with community stakeholders to ensure that programs reflect the diverse interests and needs of the local residents and businesses as well as the broader Bentway community
  • Additional Duties as Assigned


  • Relevant post-secondary education (in curatorial practice, collections management, arts and cultural programming, design, arts administration, etc.) or equivalent work experience
  • A minimum of five years’ professional experience in arts programming and management
  • Knowledge and experience with organization and event management/ production, visual arts, multidisciplinary performance and installations
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to work effectively in a team environment and communicate with the public
  • Demonstrated experience working with multiple partners, artists and artistic companies from project conceptualization through to presentation
  • Previous experience with budgeting and scheduling for events, as well as contracting for artists and suppliers
  • Very strong written and oral communication skills
  • Proven ability to liaise effectively with a wide spectrum of stakeholders, including artists, promoters and fabricators
  • Ability to think creatively, and conceive and implement new ideas
  • Evidence of problem-solving skills, and the ability to multi-task and remain calm in high-pressure situations
  • Ability to use computers and Microsoft Office suite (Outlook, Excel, Word). Knowledge of the Adobe Creative Suite and SketchUp are considered an asset
  • Ability and willingness to work outdoors and in new and emerging venues
  • Ability and willingness to work outside of typical office hours (evenings and weekends)


  • Annual salary of $65,000
  • Benefits package


The Bentway is committed to fostering a positive and supportive environment that promotes equity and diversity. Priority will be given to individuals from equity deserving groups, including Indigenous, Black and racialized applicants, persons with disabilities, newcomers to Canada (within the past 5 years), and women.

In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, accommodation will be provided at any point throughout the hiring process, provided the candidate makes their accommodation needs known to The Bentway Conservancy at

We kindly ask that applicants await a response and do not contact Bentway staff members via external websites or email about the position. All questions regarding the position must be sent to

To apply (by May 27, 2024 at 5:00pm)
Apply with a resume and cover letter via The Bentway’s job board:

Deadline to Apply: May 27, 2024 at 5:00pm

Application Components:

  • CV (3 pages maximum)
  • Letter of Intent (2 pages maximum) addressing the following prompts:
    ◦ How would you approach your work at The Bentway and what has informed that approach?
    ◦ Tell us about a time that you managed a creative project from beginning to end. What did you find especially challenging about that project? What did you find most rewarding?

No phone calls or emails to staff members please. All questions must be sent to We thank all applicants for their interest and will endeavour to contact all applicants, whether successful or not.

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