Job Posting

Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer, CAPACOA



Canadian Arts Presenting Association/l’Association canadienne des organismes artistiques

Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer

The new Executive Director will be the Chief Executive Officer of CAPACOA. 

As a national leader in the presenting/touring field, the Executive Director must be able to identify changing priorities and issues, anticipate trends, and develop creative responses to challenges and opportunities.

CAPACOA serves the performing arts touring and presenting community, taking the initiative in providing leadership, knowledge, communications, skills development and advocacy on behalf of its members and within the performing arts presenting community. CAPACOA’s network of performing arts touring professionals includes within its membership: impresarios, facility managers, artists, agents, marketers, and programmers, among others who build markets and opportunities so that Canadian artists have work.

The Executive Director works closely with the Board of Directors to chart the overall strategic direction of CAPACOA’s long-range planning, and oversees the organization’s day-to-day operations. Major areas of responsibility include the development of membership and member programs that foster a collaborative and supportive membership network, oversight of the annual conference, policy and advocacy program formulation, and editorial control of the newsletter. The Executive Director is also responsible for  budget creation and revenue generation and the supervision and recruitment of staff. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and represents the association and the Canadian presenting/touring sector as an ambassador and advocate to government funding agencies, foundations and the field, both nationally and internationally.

CAPACOA’s programs and services connect people through professional development opportunities and by facilitating the marketplace for touring.  It prides itself on its high standards for its annual conference and the overall quality of its services to its members and to the field.   

The ideal candidate will be a highly motivated multi-tasker with experience in not-for-profit management, excellent written and oral communications skills, a knowledge of the touring/presenting world, fund-raising, and special event/conference planning and management, as well as a track record of responsible fiscal management and advocacy.

Experience in membership association management and touring/presenting is highly desirable.  Functioning familiarity with French (spoken and written) is required.

CAPACOA’s offices are located in Ottawa. Founded in 1985, CAPACOA has a current membership from all regions of Canada and all disciplines of the performing arts, a three-member staff, and an operating budget of over $550,000.  

Salary commensurate with experience.  Preference will be given to Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

Please send resume, cover letter, and a list of references by Friday, November 28, 2014 to:

Search Committee


(email submissions only; no phone calls please)

Additional information:

Application Deadline: 
Friday, November 28, 2014
Type of Work: 
Full Time
Education Level: 
University (Undergraduate)
Prefered Method(s) of Application: 
By E-Mail

Employer Details


Paul Gravett
17 York Street, suite 200
Ottawa, ON K1N 9J6

CAPACOA takes initiative in providing leadership, knowledge, communications, skills development and advocacy on behalf of its members and within the arts presenting community.