Interim Festival Director 2018


Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts is looking for an Interim Festival Director to lead their 2018 multidisciplinary arts festival. 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 is posted in accordance with Article 15 in the collective agreement between the Mayworks Board and CUPE Local 1281. Internal candidates will be considered before those applying externally.

Job Title: Interim Festival Director                     

Hourly rate: $28.31

Hours of work: 35 hours/week | January – May 2018

Deadline: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 4:00 pm EST


  • Responsible for the overall running of the 2018 Festival, including its artistic program, outreach and some administrative duties
  • Work with the Festival Administrator around financial and budget management
  • Research and write grant applications/proposals throughout the grant-writing cycle
  • Maintain regular communication with board and staff and supervise all contract staff
  • Liaise with Board members regarding programming, fundraising, labour and community 
outreach, volunteers and maintain a cohesive vision of the Festival along with Staff and Board
  • Edit all print/publication texts
  • Recruit and coordinate volunteers who will be involved in festival planning and 
  • Oversee artist agreements, venue agreements, and co-sponsorship contracts and ensure 
that the festival production schedule is being followed
  • Contribute to an outreach plan (i.e. to unions, community, co-presenters and partners) and 
strategy for distribution of outreach material (i.e. Program Guides, poster, postcards)
  • Be on-site for agreed-upon events during the Festival and at community information 
and/or festival promotion sessions
  • Write a final programming report at of the end of the Festival and compile the final 
reports of all staff members


  • 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 professional 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 funding 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 email a PDF of your resume and cover letter to Mayworks Board c/o Make sure to include Interim Festival Director in the Subject Line.

We thank all applicants for their interest however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

No phone calls or additional emails, please.

 Mayworks 2003 artwork by Karen Bell