Director of Finance & Administration

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Director of Finance & Administration

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Theatre Calgary is seeking an experienced, enthusiastic, connected, resourceful team player who thrives in a fast-paced, hands-on, creative environment to be its new director of finance and administration.

The Organization

Theatre Calgary’s vision is to stand amongst the best theatres globally as a leader in innovative, impactful, and diverse programming. Its mission is to stimulate, provoke and delight through ambitious programming created to ignite, local, national, and international engagement.

Theatre Calgary reflects the communities, the country, and the world we live in with ambitious programming, passionate community engagement, and extraordinary productions. As a result, we are one of the most recognizable arts and cultural institutions in Canada.

For 51-years, we have focused our energy on providing our community with quality classic and contemporary productions, featuring the best talent on our mainstage. Today, we are Calgary’s largest professional theatre company and a proud supporter of local emerging artists with bold aspirations for the future.

Theatre Calgary is a model of strong fiscal management in the Canadian arts sector. With over 60 per cent of its operating revenue coming from non-governmental sources and a strong endowment fund, it is poised to enter its next stage of growth.

The Position Summary

Reporting to the executive director, the director of finance guides Theatre Calgary’s financial policy and direction while also being an active partner with the senior leadership team in planning the organization’s future strategy and implementing ongoing operations.

They will lead all financial administration, business planning, budgeting, and human resource administration. The director of finance collaborates closely with peers on the senior leadership team, including the vice president audience development, artistic producer and director of development, as well as the board chair, and chair audit and finance committee. The director of finance directly supervises front of house, bar staff, accounting department, and administrative specialist.


  • Guide financial decisions by establishing, monitoring, and enforcing internal controls, and operational policies and procedures; make recommendations for increased efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Coordinate and direct daily and periodic accounting operations and processes, assuring that financial records and systems are maintained in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.
  • Participate in the strategic planning process as an integral member of the senior leadership team through the development and use of predictive models and activity-based financial analyses.
  • Perform cash flow analysis and planning to ensure availability of funds as needed for the theatre.
  • Maximize return and limit risk on cash by managing bank balances, and overseeing investments managed by external investment manager, in conjunction with the audit and finance committee.
  • Monitor and confirm financial condition by conducting internal audits.
  • Lead communication with external auditors to prepare annual audited financial statements and appropriate returns.
  • Prepare accurate interim financial statements and special reports for both internal and external use, through the collection, analysis, and consolidation of financial data.
  • Prepare and monitor annual operating and capital budgets and periodic re-forecasts.
  • Achieve budget objectives by scheduling expenditures, analyzing variances, and initiating corrective actions.
  • Liaise with the audit and finance committee and participate in committee and board meetings.
  • Direct human resources functions, including recruitment, hiring, termination, and development and management of employment policies.
  • Work closely with hiring managers to ensure consistent application of human resource policies and best practices
  • Ensure compliance with federal, and provincial requirements, through research and awareness of existing, new, or anticipated legislation, and liaise with legal counsel to advise management on needed actions or potential impacts.

Candidate Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have skill in managing processes and analyzing information, developing standards and policies, non-profit accounting, and auditing experience and will hold the following qualifications:

  • Enthusiasm for and belief in the core purpose of Theatre Calgary.
  • A minimum of seven years of leadership experience working in finance roles, preferably in not for profit arts organizations.
  • Degree in finance or accounting; preference is given to candidates with a CPA designation.
  • Demonstrated experience in establishing financial and administrative policies, process, and guidelines.
  • Strong experience using Excel and Quickbooks (and/or other financial management software) required.
  • Familiarity with Tessitura ticketing software desired.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Appreciation for and comprehension of the variable nature of the theatre process.
  • Skill in forecasting, analysis and planning while enabling clean transactional processes.
  • Knowledge of and experience in internal control systems.

Candidate Attributes:

  • Ability to understand Theatre Calgary’s business model, and have a macro view of the numbers, drivers, and bottlenecks.
  • A hands-on manager and teammate who has integrity and a desire to work in a dynamic environment. High ethical and professional standards.
  • Possess leadership qualities to enable delegation and oversight of the financial operations of the company effectively. These qualities include emotional intelligence; self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy and social skills.
  • The capacity to resolve different points of view constructively and bring cohesion to a wide array of stakeholders while interacting with them in a positive manner, treating them fairly, and listening carefully to what others have to say.
  • A commitment to contribute to the Calgary arts community.


Theatre Calgary offers a unique and exciting work environment, a robust total compensation package and the opportunity for advancement and employee training.

Salary Grade: $90,000 to $110,000 per year based on a 35-hour work week.

Please submit your application by emailing your cover letter and resume

Commitment to Diversity

Theatre Calgary is a member of the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres and operates within the jurisdiction of the Canadian Theatre Agreement.

Theatre Calgary is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We recognize that a diverse staff enriches the environment and culture of our entire organization and our larger community. As such, we are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society.

We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our organization’s diversity. We welcome applications from all qualified persons and encourage all those who may contribute to the further diversification of our ideas and perspectives to apply.

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