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PARC is hiring an Artistic Director.

May 23, 2017


Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre is seeking a new Artistic Director.  A dynamic organization that fosters the creation and development of Atlantic Canadian plays, PARC provides services and opportunities to both established and emerging playwrights in the Atlantic region.

The half-time Artistic Director position gives the right candidate the security and flexibility to work remotely for PARC in a salaried $30 per hour capacity and yet stay free for much of the year to further her/his career as a professional theatre artist.

The successful candidate will have experience in playwriting, dramaturgy, or stage direction and is familiar with the professional theatre community in Atlantic Canada; will have experience in program and service design or management; will have an excellent track record for writing successful grant proposals, funding applications and reports to government and foundations;

The successful candidate will work in close partnership with the General Management Services Provider, the Program and Communications Coordinator and the Board of Directors; will be available to work an average of 20 hours per week September through May annually; may reside anywhere in the Atlantic region; will be able to work in Sackville, NB as required in the job description.

Submit resume and cover letter by email to parcadministration@playwrightsatlantic.ca on or before June 30, 2017.


Job Description for PARC Artistic Director:

Reports to the Chair and the Board of Directors.

Commits to abide by PARC’s vision, mandate and strategic pillars and demonstrates this commitment in all professional exchanges.

Provides artistic direction for and develops all programs, services, funding proposals and grant applications.

Makes artistic decisions for all PARC programs and services (e.g. selection of writers, actors, dramaturges).

Has responsibility for financial management of the organization with the support and involvement of the General Management Services Provider.

May provide dramaturgical services to writers participating in PARC programs.

Serves in an overall advisory capacity to the Board, the membership, staff and contract employees. Meets regularly with the Board Chair, normally at least monthly and before each Board meeting to discuss on going issues.
Acts as the public face and figurehead of PARC and represents PARC to key stakeholders, including but not limited to the Canada Council and the governments of the four Atlantic Provinces.

Nurtures existing playwrights and attracts new members

Has the knowledge and perspective to speak for Atlantic Canadian playwrights.

Hires, delegates to and oversees the work of the Program and Communications Coordinator (PCC) and conducts an annual performance review of the PCC’s work.

Provides advice to the PCC regarding hiring, delegating to and overseeing the work of PARC interns.

Hires or contracts the General Management Services Provider and provides support as needed in the fulfilment of these duties including preparation of the annual budget.

Agrees to an annual job evaluation to receive feedback, learn about possible areas of growth and assess job responsibilities. If any part of the job becomes or feels problematic, the AD commits to talking directly with the Personnel Committee and Board to find a solution.

Informs the Personnel Committee regularly of any issues with other staff and contract workers and policy changes that might be appropriate.

Works from home and other remote locations as desired, except for at least one day per month in Sackville, New Brunswick to meet with the PCC.

Normally meets by phone with the PCC at least once per week, clearly communicating artistic vision and decisions, delegating associated administrative tasks, and approving associated work plans and timelines.

Seeks to create and maintain a harmonious, respectful working relationship with the PCC and other PARC staff, board members and stakeholders.

Develops and maintains good relationships with theatre producers in Atlantic Canada.

Maintains relations with like-minded organizations (e.g. Playwrights Canada Press, Playwrights Guild of Canada, Playwrights’ Development Centres, Professional Alliance of Canadian Theatres)