Italian Week Executive Director

Position: Italian Week Executive Director
Application Deadline: Oct 29, 2021
Start Date: Nov 15, 2021
Hourly From: $40/hr To $50/hr
City: Ottawa
Job’s focus: Administrative
Job Type: Contract
Career Level: Upper management

Organization Description

Italian Week Ottawa
Italian Week began in 1975 under the leadership of St. Anthony’s Church and the University of Ottawa’s Languages Department, as a week of Italian radio programming with small satellite events throughout the community.

Based upon this success and with the support of the Italian community, the festival was incorporated in 1977. This traditional event is one of Ottawa’s most iconic annual festivals, which takes place every June in and around the City of Ottawa’s Little Italy neighbourhood.

Settimana Italiana / Italian Week is a registered non-profit organization that is operated exclusively by a team of volunteers, comprised of the Board of Directors and Committee Members from the local community. We develop and deliver the annual ten-day program through a combination of grants, sponsorships, in-kind contributions, and ticket sales, to ensure a range of free and reasonably-priced ticketed events. The festival is an important symbol of the Italian-Canadian community’s collective identity, and we take pride in showcasing all aspects of our Italian heritage through our events and programming.

Job Description

The Opportunity
The Italian Week Ottawa Board of Directors is seeking an Executive Director to lead the organization. Success in this role will require a mix of leadership abilities, interpersonal qualities, and adaptability which will have been gained through experience within a non-profit organization, preferably in the festival sector.

The Executive Director is responsible for the executive and administrative leadership of Italian Week in the fulfillment of its mission, vision, and strategic goals, with a direct reporting line to the Board of Directors.

The Executive Director creates a respectful and inclusive workplace where employees and volunteers can carry out their duties free from discrimination, harassment, or intimidation and where workplace policies are enforced and carried out.

Strategic direction and planning
• Participate in the development of the strategic plan, in collaboration with the Board.
• Develop short and long-term organizational goals.
• Establish, implement, and monitor planning of financial, human, and physical resources to ensure effective and responsible management of the organization.

Business and financial management
• Develop and manage the organizational budget.
• Update, develop and implement operational policies and procedures.
• Ensure the highest professional standards in the presentation of Italian Week in its business relationships, public-facing activities, and office environment.

• Work in collaboration with the Board in raising public and private funds.
• Oversee the implementation of fundraising plan, stewardship plan and strategies to ensure the financial stability of the organization.
• Establish and maintain good relationships with donors, sponsors, public funders, and other supporters.

Marketing and communications
• Work in collaboration with the Board on the development and execution of the marketing and communications strategies, activities, and public relations initiatives.
• Participate in the definition of the overall branding, image, and design of Italian Week, with the Board.
• Act as one of the primary spokespersons of the organization.

Human resources
• Oversee recruitment, hiring, training, and management of the administrative team and volunteers.
• Oversee the review and revision of human resource planning, policies, procedures, and documents, in conjunction with the Board.

• Execute the planning and implementation of Italian Week’s programming.
• Contribute to the identification, development, and execution of new events, in consultation with the Board.
• Keep abreast of non-profit and broader cultural industry trends.

• Report to the Board on all planning, financial and administrative matters.
• Provide, prepare and present reports and/or related documentation at Board meetings, committee meetings and the annual general meeting.
• Serve as an ex-officio member on the Board and its committees.
• Keep abreast of, and embody, best practices in the non-profit sector in all endeavours.

The ideal candidate:
• Is an experienced arts or non-profit leader.
• Has desire to engage the broadest possible audience.
• Has an ability to articulate the importance of art and culture in building stronger communities.

• A minimum of five years of professional experience in marketing, events, or non-profit sector.
• A minimum of a bachelor’s degree, a graduate degree is preferred, or equivalent experience in arts management and/or non-profit administration.
• Experience in securing funding from government agencies, individual donors, foundations, and/or sponsors.
• Experience developing and managing an organizational budget.
• Understanding of non-profit governance best practices.
• Computer proficiency and autonomy; social media fluency is an asset.
• Ability to build and grow relationships with multiple stakeholders on behalf of the organization.
• Ability to lead in an uncertain and changing environment.
• Eligible to work in Canada.

Additional Info:
Terms of Employment
This is a part-time (22.5 h per week), contract position (November 15 – August 15; renewable) based in Ottawa, with an hourly rate in the range of $41.92 – $47.62, commensurate with experience.

The position requires evening and weekend work during the festival’s production week (June 9 – 19, 2021). The Executive Director attends all of the organization’s events. S/he is expected to represent, promote, and raise the profile of the organization.

The successful candidate shall start in November 2021 or at the earliest convenience. In the event of a relocation, the new Executive Director should take residence in the National Capital Region as soon as possible. At time of posting, Italian Week staff and volunteers work remotely.

How to Apply:
Please apply by email to [email protected], with a cover letter and a resume, no later than Friday, October 29, 2021 at 5:00PM ET. Use the subject line: Applying for Executive Director position. Qualified candidates from all backgrounds are welcomed and encouraged to apply.

Italian Week thanks all applicants for their interest. Only those advancing in the process will be contacted. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.