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 Looking to join our team? We are currently hiring for the role of National Program Manager. Read more below. 

Job Description: National Program Manager – Canadian Improv Games

Location: Flexible, with a preference for major Canadian cities

Position Type: Full-time, Permanent

 

Company Description:

The Canadian Improv Games (CIG) is a nationwide organization dedicated to promoting improvisational theatre in schools across Canada. With a rich history spanning several decades, the CIG provides a platform for youth to develop skills spanning teamwork, communication, problem-solving, and creativity through the art of improvisation. As the leading authority in Canadian high school improv, the CIG fosters a vibrant community of performers, educators, and supporters who believe in the transformative power of improvisational theatre.

 

Job Description:

The National Program Manager of the Canadian Improv Games plays a crucial role in executing the strategic direction and overseeing operational management of the organization. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the National Program Manager is responsible for leading the day-to-day operations, financial management, and organizational development of the CIG to ensure its continued growth and success.

 

Key Responsibilities (not exhaustive):

  • Strategic Leadership: Work collaboratively with the Board of Directors to develop and implement long-term strategic plans and organizational goals.
  • Operational Management: Oversee all aspects of organizational operations, including administration, finance, human resources, and program delivery. Work collaboratively with the Operation Manager to deliver national programs. 
  • Financial Management: Develop and manage annual budgets, financial forecasts, and fundraising strategies collaboratively with the Board of Directors to ensure the financial sustainability of CIG (i.e., monthly financial reporting to board, bookkeeping, preparing and presenting board/stakeholder reports and financial statements).
  • Stakeholder Engagement: Build and maintain strong relationships with stakeholders, including youth participants, CIG alumni, educators, volunteers, sponsors, donors, and community partners.
  • Governance: Ensure compliance with legal and regulatory requirements (e.g., insurance) as well as adherence to organizational policies and procedures.
  • Program Development: Provide oversight and guidance for the development and implementation of artistic programming, events, and educational initiatives – working with the Operations Manager, Regional Producers, volunteers, and Board of Directors to increase the organization’s visibility and to develop and nurture mutually beneficial working relationships and partnerships with other organizations and stakeholders. 
  • Communications: Lead contracting, management, and effective communications with Regional Producers, including tracking and reporting of tournament statistics, coordination of Regional Producers, committee meetings, and volunteer management. Answering all enquiries about Canadian Improv Games.
  • Fundraising and Sponsorship: Conduct research and seek additional sponsorship and grant opportunities for the organization. Work with the Operations Manager to implement fundraising events and anniversary celebrations, strategize and execute meetings with donor prospects, and submit applications for sponsorship and grants.
  • Festival Management: Organize and execute the National Tournament & Festival, including venue arrangements with the National Arts Centre (working with the National Festival Producer). Coordination of all festival-related events (e.g., fundraisers, outreach, closing celebrations, etc.). Working with the National Arts Centre’s communications team for marketing of the National Tournament & Festival. Work with the national volunteer team to run the National Tournament & Festival.
  • Advocacy and Outreach: Serve as a spokesperson and advocate for CIG, promoting the importance of arts education and youth development through various channels.
  • Risk Management & HR: Identify and mitigate risks to the organization, including financial, operational, and reputational risks. In collaboration with Operations Manager develop and implement operations policies and standards. 
  • Evaluation and Reporting: Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of programs and initiatives, and prepare regular reports for the Board of Directors and stakeholders.
  • Other Duties: Other duties as required by the Board or as necessary for the smooth operations of the Canadian Improv Games.

Experience and qualifications:

  • Post-Secondary in business administration, nonprofit management, or a related field.
  • Proven experience in operations management, event planning, or administration, preferably in a nonprofit or arts organization.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills, with the ability to prioritize tasks and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to implement operations policies and standards
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to work effectively with diverse stakeholders.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and experience with a CRM software is preferred.
  • Passion for youth development, arts education, and promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Flexibility to work evenings and weekends as required, and willingness to travel nationally for events and meetings.
  • Familiarity with the Canadian education system and/or experience working in youth arts organizations is an asset.

 

Salary range:

  • $50,000-$60,000 CAD commensurate with experience and qualifications 

 

Hiring timeline:

  • To apply, send your resume and cover letter to operations@improv.ca
  • Applications accepted into July, 2024
  • Interviews to be held in July, 2024
  • Start date anticipated to be sometime in August, 2024 

Regional Producers/Trainers

The CIG hires contracted producers, trainers and liaisons in various cities across the country to support the in-person programming of each region. The responsibilities and contract payment may vary depending on the level of responsibility given in each region and the amount of support required.

 

Regions where we are looking for staff:

  • Kingston Ontario – Trainer

 

The Regional Tournament

Regional Producers are responsible for producing the in-person programming in each region. This consists of three major events every season:

  1. One or more full day “All-Teams” events in the fall term. This event brings all teams in a region together to learn the CIG format and the basics of improv.
  2. The Exhibition Round of Play. This event, sometimes held in conjunction with All-Team, allows for teams to perform improv scenes for feedback
  3. The Regional Tournament and/or Junior Tournament. This is a week-long evening event that happens in January/February/March (region dependent). 

Trainers

The Trainer will be responsible for:

  • The organization and execution of the All-Teams event
  • Running training sessions throughout the year for schools that have purchased additional workshops
  • Supporting the Regional Producer (where applicable)
  • Supporting the outreach efforts of the CIG and running workshop sessions at schools who may have never participated in CIG programming before
  • Roughly 30 hours of work throughout the year.

Qualifications – Trainer

  • Experience teaching improv to youth
  • Ability to travel to schools in your region for training
  • Knowledge of the CIG curriculum

 

Level of pay will be determined after determining exactly the level of work required in each region but in general, Trainers are paid $500 for their work. Any additional workshops on top of the job description will be paid out at $50/hr. 

 

To apply please submit a cover letter and resume to operations@improv.ca. Applications accepted into July. We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those considered for an interview will be contacted. Interviews will occur on a rolling basis as applications are received.

The Canadian Improv Games seeks two to three (2-3) new Board members, to start immediately. 

The Organisation 

The Canadian Improv Games (CIG), is a national charitable organisation dedicated to empowering youth across Canada by teaching them invaluable life skills like leadership, communication, commitment, positivity and teamwork through improvisational theatre and leadership education programs. 

Founded in Ottawa in 1977, CIG is now home to the largest and most geographically dispersed youth theatre festival in Canada as well as 14 regional programs that welcome 5000+ participating students each year. CIG has also expanded to host two week-long summer camp programs, Improv Camp and Improv University for young individuals who wish to grow and hone their skills outside of the high school environment. 

For 45 years, our programs have helped students build their confidence and leadership capacity, strengthen their critical-thinking skills, enhance their overall mental health, learn respect for others, improve their listening skills and develop life-long friendships with other participating students from across Canada. 

But more than just a high school theatre program, the Canadian Improv Games is a national community that spans generations and includes over 100,000 alumni, many of whom continue to enrich Canada’s cultural landscape today. 

Throughout the year, the Canadian Improv Games operates student programs in partnership with over 250 high schools across Canada. Each year, students between the ages of 13-18 can register for our programs through their high school and gain access to workshops, performance opportunities and training sessions as well as a chance to take part in a 4-day youth theatre festival in Ottawa each spring at the National Arts Centre (NAC). 

Recognized by high school teachers and parents as a place that creates opportunities for students to develop and nurture the interpersonal skills required for success after high school, the Canadian Improv Games aims to help students explore their full potential and inspire success in a fun and nurturing environment. 

The Board 

The CIG Board of Directors comprises leaders from a range of professions (including some CIG alumni) who are dedicated to supporting the organisation. Board members meet monthly or bi-monthly, and are invited to be part of one or two committees of the Board, depending on their interests and skill set. 

The Positions 

We seek three new people to join the Board, to bring their experiences, expertise and enthusiasm to help guide the organisation. As a charitable organisation, all Board positions are unpaid.

Term: 3 years (with possible extension) 

Hours required a month: 4 – 6 (approximately – depends on the month and committee initiatives etc)

Board meetings are held remotely, and monthly, usually on a Tuesday or Wednesday, starting at 8pm EST. 

We welcome applications from people in traditionally marginalised communities, including (but not limited to) people who are Indigenous, Black, People of Colour, LGBTQQIP2SAA and People with Disabilities. 

We are hopeful to find new members who have experience or expertise in one of the focuses below. However, if you have a different set of skills, are interested, enthused and identify with a group mentioned above – we would love to hear from you, so please still get in touch. 

Skills or attributes we are looking for: 

  • Relationships with the Canadian Improv or Performance Communities
  • Marketing 
  • Inclusion and Diversity 
  • Fundraising/Sponsorship 
  • Human Resources 
  • Education 

Please send expressions of interest including a short bio and resume, why you’re interested in joining the Board to Jameson@improv.ca. Regardless of whether you are an improv insider or not, please let us know your relationship to the arts. You don’t have to be alumni of the games, a regular at your local comedy theatre, nor a high level donor to a fancy opera, but we would love to hear about what’s important to you.

CIG Commitment to diversity, inclusion, accessibility, and anti-racism: 

We are committed to build a workforce that reflects the communities we serve and to promote a diverse, anti-racist, inclusive, accessible, merit-based, respectful and equitable workplace.

We invite all interested individuals to apply and encourage applications from people with disabilities, Indigenous, Black, and racialized individuals, as well as people from a diversity of ethnic and cultural origins, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.

 

The Organisation

The Canadian Improv Games (CIG), is a national charitable organisation dedicated to empowering youth across Canada by teaching them invaluable life skills like leadership, communication, commitment, positivity and teamwork through improvisational theatre and leadership education programs.

 

Founded in Ottawa in 1977, CIG is now home to the largest and most geographically dispersed youth theatre festival in Canada as well as 14 regional programs that welcome 5000+ participating students each year. CIG has also expanded to host a week-long summer camp program, Improvcamp, for young individuals who wish to grow and hone their skills outside of the high school environment. 

 

For 47 years, our programs have helped students build their confidence and leadership capacity, strengthen their critical-thinking skills, enhance their overall mental health, learn respect for others, improve their listening skills and develop life-long friendships with other participating students from across Canada.

 

More than just a high school theatre program, the Canadian Improv Games is a national community that spans generations and includes over 100,000 alumni, many of whom continue to enrich Canada’s cultural landscape today.  

 

Throughout the year, the Canadian Improv Games operates student programs in partnership with over 250 high schools across Canada. Each year, students between the ages of 13-18 can register for our programs through their high school and gain access to workshops, performance opportunities and training sessions as well as a chance to take part in a 4-day youth theatre festival in Ottawa each spring at the National Arts Centre (NAC).

 

Recognized by high school teachers and parents as a place that creates opportunities for students to develop and nurture the interpersonal skills required for success after high school, the Canadian Improv Games aims to help students explore their full potential and inspire success in a fun and nurturing environment.