Manager, Theatre Operations

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Manager, Theatre Operations

Date Posted: 06/07/2021
Req ID:4862
Faculty/Division: UofT Mississauga
Department: UTM: English & Drama
Campus: University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM)


Reporting to the Associate Chair (Drama) in the Department of English and Drama (E&D), the Manager of Theatre Operations is responsible for planning and managing the logistics, budgets, and publicity of the curricular season of the Theatre and Drama Studies program, as well as related co-curricular programming and rental contracts. The Manager collaborates with faculty (both at Sheridan College and at UTM) and technical staff to identify areas for improvement, implement best practices, and optimize use of technical resources while complying with health and safety regulations and University policies and procedures.

The incumbent works with a high degree of autonomy to oversee the day-to-day operations of UTM’s specialized teaching spaces (performance and rehearsal venues) and theatre workshops to ensure that they are in good order and that continuous improvements are made to enhance student learning. Exercising a high degree of creativity, judgment and initiative, the Manager works with the Associate Chair and the Coordinator of Theatre and Drama Studies at Sheridan College and consults with faculty to develop policies and procedures to enhance workflows and creates strategies and solutions to support growth and new initiatives. They also develop strategic plans to manage the theatres’ software and equipment acquisitions, maintenance and disposals and administers the Department's theatrical equipment inventory. They collaborate with faculty and directors in coordinating outreach and publicity activities for each curricular season and for the Theatre and Drama Studies program as a whole and oversee the licensing of plays for performance.

The Manager monitors the implementation of space renovations and special projects, acting as the main contact with Facilities and Services and other service providers to ensure that requirements, budgets, and deadlines are met and any issues arising are addressed in a timely and satisfactory manner.

The Manager is responsible for human resources and labour relations of technical staff. In compliance with the applicable collective agreements, the incumbent’s management functions include organizational design, assignment of work, hiring, performance management, professional development, dispute resolution, and business continuity planning for work disruptions or stoppages. The manager also oversees the implementation of policies for employees (stage managers, directors, designers, etc.) hired under Canadian Actors’ Equity Association (CAEA) rules.

The manager uses the HRIS and FIS modules of AMS as well as recruitment software to perform functions related to accounting and Human Resources hiring and supervision as well as vacation and attendance logs.



Bachelor’s Degree preferably in Theatre, Performance, or Technical Theatre, or in another related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.


Minimum seven (7) years of relevant experience in theatrical equipment/facilities management and supervision of staff, preferably in an academic environment or theatrical institutional setting. Familiarity with a variety of aspects of theatrical production, including lighting, sound, set design, and stage carpentry, and the relevant processes, equipment, materials, and methodologies involved. Proven experience in thinking strategically and directing resolution of technical problems using innovative approaches. Demonstrated experience on budget planning and in developing and implementing policies and procedures. A basic understanding of accounting principles. Strong working knowledge of human resources and environmental health and safety policies and procedures , the Occupational Health and Safety Act, Ontario Fire Code, Ontario Building Code, Ontario Electrical Code, Safety Guidelines for the Live Performance Industry in Ontario, the Canadian Theatre Agreement (CTA) and Pyrotechnics Legislation.


Must have excellent skills in organization and project management, decision-making, leadership and conflict resolution, software (e.g. Microsoft applications including Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, Teams, or other appropriate document or project management software), and oral and written communication. Experience with the AMS modules of FIS and HRIS desirable.


Highly developed interpersonal skills, including the ability to influence others to gain consensus. Ability to inspire and foster innovation, collaboration, transparency, and teamwork. Ability to work independently with minimal supervision. Qualification as a First Aid responder is an asset (First Aid training will be provided). Ability to lead and learn continually “on-the-job” under pressure on own initiative and without prior or with minimal training or instructions. Ability to exercise good judgment, discretion, tact and diplomacy.

Closing Date: 06/21/2021,11:59PM ET
Employee Group: Salaried
Appointment Type: Budget - Continuing
Schedule: Full-Time
Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone: PM 3 -- Hiring Zone: $81,062 - $94,572 -- Broadband Salary Range: $81,062 - $135,103
Job Category: Arts & Culture

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All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.

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All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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Job No:
Posted: 6/9/2021
Application Due: 9/7/2021
Work Type: Full Time