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Manager Of Cultural Programming & Community Relations, Job Offer in Toronto, Ontario

Job description


  • Cultivating and expanding upon the wide range of cultural community partnerships by actively engaging associations, organizations, government bodies and individuals in mutually beneficial collaborations.
  • Planning and implementing an outreach strategy primarily focus on the Italian Canadian community, but could also include other cultural groups who share a common bond
  • Maintaining and growing the network of artists, performers and academics for the purpose of developing a relevant, interesting, and successful programming schedule.
  • Planning and executing Italian and non- Italian language programs.
  • Providing support to special cultural community projects.
  • Collaborating with all other internal Departments to deliver culturally sensitive content to the projects and events organized by VCI.
  • Supporting the department with visual art exhibitions and other cultural initiatives carried out in the J.D. Carrier Art Gallery.
  • Managing all activities related to the “Artists in Residence Program”, a Villa Charities initiative aimed at supporting and promoting young Italian Canadian creative talent.
  • Maintaining local, regional and national connections in the cultural industry and ItalianCanadian community.
  • Visual arts programming and exhibitions in the public realm, including public art; Long term performing arts development plans; Developing connections to other ethno-cultural communities
  • Ensuring fiscal accountability of the programs.
  • Manage all program specific volunteers


  • A degree (BA, MBA, MA, MPA) in a related humanities field with at least 5 years of experience.
  • Progressively responsible experience across a breadth of areas in the area of arts and cultural management including staff and volunteer management, program and organizational development, project management and event planning.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication, both written and oral, skills in English. Fluent, both oral and written, in Italian will be an asset.
  • Experience in Cultural community programming, and outreach experience.
  • Organizational and community development, including not for profit experience
  • Ability and willingness to work outside of standard office hours (evenings and weekends as required).
  • Experience in event planning and execution.
  • Experience with handling and installing artworks and developing exhibitions.
  • Robust understanding of budget management.
  • Attention to detail with a passion for producing high quality work.
  • Requires satisfactory Police Vulnerable Sector Check
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