Managing Director

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Managing Director

StoryBook Theatre (SBT) is Canada’s largest volunteer-driven theatres for young audiences and families. In our almost 45 years of serving Calgary, we have fostered the love and passion for theatre arts in over one million people.

Each season we bring together some of the industry’s brightest emerging talents both on and off the stage to create incredibly accessible theatre for the whole family.

We bring stories to life in a way that encourages children and their families to dream about who they are and may become, to explore the story from different perspectives, to think using inductive reasoning, and to connect to other people and ideas. StoryBook’s mission celebrates the power of theatre to inspire children and their families to dream, explore, think, and connect through high-caliber accessible, and diverse family theatre programming.

StoryBook is at a pivotal time in our growth as we look to increase our leadership team to ensure that we are able to meet our strategic goals to have a sustainable business model and future. A key to the success toward achieving this is the addition of a newly created managing director (MD) position.

StoryBook believes that inclusivity and diversity are integral to the stories we tell both on and off our stage and seek to create an environment where everyone, from any background, can do their best work. We encourage people of all ages, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, and ethnicity to apply for this position.

Working with the board of directors and the artistic producer (AP), this role will be essential in the revision, advancement, and execution of SBT’s strategic direction and future. The successful candidate will be a forward thinker willing to collaborate and inspire a team of staff and volunteers while working with the AP to increase SBT’s audience and community engagement.


The MD shares responsibility for the overall strategic and operational management of the organization and is wholly responsible for providing leadership of the administrative, financial, and general operations of the company, including oversight of all administration, facility, finances, and patron/community engagement.

Areas of responsibility will be:

  • Organizational Leadership/Management
  • Administrative & Facility
  • Financial Oversight
  • Marketing
  • Fund Development

*A detailed working job description is available upon request


The ideal candidate would possess many, if not all of the qualifications listed below. StoryBook is a learning environment and is looking for a candidate willing to grow into the role with a base understanding of its demands and skills required.

  • A minimum of five years in progressive management with the ability to lead with clear communication and goal setting
  • A minimum of two years of theatre management and/or equivalent professional experience, inclusive and strategic leadership, vision, collaboration, and team building.
  • Relevant undergraduate degree or experiential equivalent.
  • Possess a strong command of the business and financial side of a multimillion-dollar theatre organization and facility.
  • Strong understanding of grants and fund development.
  • Solid history with staff development and relationships.
  • General understanding of society and board governance.
  • Demonstrate an active approach to risk management ensuring any commercial risks are identified, addressed, and reported.
  • Oversee the management, and coordination of a variety of operations requirements including labour, inventory management, capital, and maintenance projects.
  • Basic marketing, social media work, or support.
  • Excellent communications skills, both written and oral presentations.
  • Strong customer-focused approach to all interactions.
  • Experience in leading, managing fundraising strategies and campaigns, and identifying new sources and increased levels of contributed income.
  • Experience in dealing with facility management including negotiations of leases, ongoing landlord stewardship, as well as project management of renovations, leasehold improvements, and maintenance.
  • Knowledge of theatre activity: locally, nationally, and internationally is an asset.

You are an individual who:

  • Ultimately StoryBook is seeking a person who fits in with the organizational mandate and is keen and passionate about the work we do. A candidate who possesses the following attributes would be seen as a huge asset beyond their list of qualifications.
  • Loves live performance and has an appreciation of the importance of theatre in society/for families.
  • Has a genuine passion for community building.
  • Has a passion for diversity, inclusion, accessibility and equity.
  • Reflects an optimistic and positive attitude with organizational loyalty.
  • Has a proven ability to lead self and others working within a team environment.
  • Strong organizational skillset.
  • Ability to work autonomously and in a team with attention to discretion and sensitivity to work involving confidential information.
  • A self-motivational work style that can be resilient under the changing conditions of COVID.
  • Natural leadership skills; a proactive and dynamic professional who inspires confidence and credibility; has a strategic orientation and an honest, transparent, and collaborative leadership style.
  • A genuine commitment to establish an internal culture that values people and provides an opportunity for everyone to flourish.
  • The personal stature to inspire the organization, the board, and the stakeholders by representing the theatre with integrity.
  • Dedicated to the principles of equal opportunity, cultural diversity, and broadening access to the arts.
  • A confident, calm, and tactful professional approach that demonstrates EQ with an ability to deal with a wide variety of people and with changing internal and external conditions.
  • A pragmatic and effective problem-solver.
  • A commitment to contribute.


This is a full-time role with a standard working week from Mondays to Fridays 9:00am to 5:00pm. However, there is some flexibility required as we are a small organization, and commitment after hours is required affording some flexibility in a standard workweek. (Board meetings, production openings, closings, fundraisers, committee meetings, etc).

There is a starting compensation at $55,000 with a three-month probationary period including monthly evaluations for the first 12 months, plus two weeks paid vacation annually.

How to Apply

For more information and to apply, please submit your application by visiting

There you will be asked to include a cover letter and resume.

Submission Deadline: Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Questions relating to this or any job posting may be directed to

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those advancing in the process will be contacted.

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