Executive Director

Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts is looking for an Executive Director. As the longest-running labour arts festival in Canada, Mayworks forges new links between artists and workers, encouraging art to inspire labour and labour to incite art.

The ideal candidate will have a passion for the arts, dedication to the labour movement and experience with event planning. This position has management responsibilities and is a non-union role.


  • $30,240 plus 25% in lieu of benefits, fringe benefits and vacation pay
  • 2% RRSP contribution

Hours of work:

  • Low season: Part-time hours September to December (approx. 15 hours / week)
  • High season: Full-time hours January to mid-June (approx. 30 hours / week)
  • Seasonal layoff: mid-June to September


  • Permanent position with a six-month probation period


  • Monday August 27 at 5pm EST 


  • Supervise day-to-day operations and manage union and contract staff
  • Responsible for the overall running of the Mayworks Festival, including its artistic program, outreach, marketing and social media
  • Research and write grant applications/proposals throughout the grant-writing cycle
  • Manage finances and budget, including labour fundraising campaign, payroll, etc
  • Recruit and coordinate volunteers in festival planning and implementation
  • Oversee artist agreements, venue agreements, and co-sponsorship contracts and ensure 
that the festival production schedule is being followed
  • Manage web-site, social media aspects of Mayworks


  • Thorough working knowledge of the labour movement and arts sector
  • Strong commitment to Mayworks’ mission, vision, and guiding principles
  • Solid network of both arts and union contacts
  • 5 years of progressive experience in community & multidisciplinary arts administration and independent art programming
  • Experience in working with a unionized staff team and overseeing comparably sized budget
  • Ability to work flexible hours including evening and/or weekend for meetings and events 


  • Grant writing (familiarity with CADAC & online public grants applications)
  • Project and festival production management
  • Nonprofit volunteer board management
  • Working knowledge of various online applications (G Suite for Nonprofit, QuickBooks Online, MailChimp, WordPress, etc.)
  • Excellent interpersonal, writing and communication skills. Comfort and experience with public speaking 
and communicating with community members, community leaders, funders and the media.

To Apply: 

Please send resume and cover letter to Mayworks Hiring Committee c/o director@mayworks.ca

Mayworks 2003 artwork by Karen Bell