Job Posting

Festival Director of Dusk Dances

The Dusk Dances Board of Directors is seeking a Festival Director to lead Dusk Dances, starting from January 1, 2024.

The Festival Director oversees the logistical planning, organization, and execution of all aspects of Dusk Dances. In 2024, this encompasses the Toronto event and undertaking an assessment of Dusk Dances’ licensing initiative. The Festival Director leads a team that achieves organizational objectives within an environment of collaboration, communication, and innovation by:

  • Maintaining open communication, clear objectives and priorities, and a culture of positive behavioural intent that is consistent and in alignment with Dusk Dances values of equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility.
  • Encouraging a positive, respectful, and professional workplace characterized by a commitment to learning and creativity, innovation and risk-taking, and high levels of personal fulfillment.
  • Fostering relationships with dance artists locally and nationally, and communicating Dusk Dances’ vision effectively and passionately to stakeholders and the broader external community.
  • Prioritizing a welcoming and inclusive workplace and supporting a diverse workforce by leading the organization's safe work practices, and upholding anti-harassment, anti-racism and anti-oppression policies, the Code of Conduct, and other Dusk Dances’ policies.

Dusk Dances is an equal-opportunity organization that values equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility. We encourage applications from persons of any sexual orientation and any gender identity or expression and will prioritize applicants who are Indigenous, Black, Persons of colour, 2SLGBTQIAP and persons with visible and/or invisible disabilities. We welcome you to self-identify in the recruitment process.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Festival Director ensures that all human and financial resources are in place to meet the organization’s needs and to build a highly motivated, knowledgeable, and accountable team to achieve the successful and sustainable production of all Dusk Dances events. Key accountabilities include but are not limited to:

  • Overseeing curatorial programming.
  • Ensuring that team members – both staff and volunteer - fully understand their roles, responsibilities, and performance standards, providing ongoing formal and informal feedback, coaching and support.
  • Managing the day-to-day operations of the organization.
  • Managing the overall financial health of the organization and overseeing projecting, approvals, and auditing processes for the annual budget.
  • Managing the completion and submission of all required grants and final reports and liaising with government and non-government funders and funding agencies.
  • Identifying new potential donors/sponsors and overseeing the development of sponsorship proposals, government and other grant proposals. Fostering relationships with donors to ensure good stewardship of past gifts.

The successful candidate will have significant, demonstrable experience:

  • Of collaborative and inclusionary leadership.
  • Of a practice as a dance artist or other affiliated discipline, with established relationships within the performing arts community.
  • In curating dance, curating or programming for the performing arts, or relevant and related experience.
  • Of financial management and oversight.
  • Working with external donors and stakeholders from the government, the private and public sectors.

To be successful in this role the Festival Director will be highly motivated and energetic and will have:

  • Proven organizational, interpersonal, administrative, and managerial skills.
  • Proven project management skills and effective communication and presentation skills.
  • The ability to develop, interpret and apply policies and procedures.
  • The ability to plan into the future while honouring the festival’s origins.
  • Proficiency in English, multi-lingual is an asset.
  • The ability to work extended hours, including evenings and weekends during performance periods.


Submit your resume or C.V. and letter of intent/motivation to by Friday, February 24, 2023, with “Festival Director” and your name in the subject line.

Application Deadline: Friday, February 24, 2023
Interview Window: March and April 2023
Decision: May 2023
Start Date: January 1, 2024
Transition: There will be a compensated transition period to be negotiated within the timeframe of June – December 2023, including the period of July 29 – August 6, 2023, during the Withrow Park event, and with an option to attend the Hamilton and Barrie events from July 13-23, 2023.
Salary: To be negotiated within a range of $40,000 - $60,000
Commitment: Permanent position; anticipated 50 – 75% of full-time equivalent
Primary Job Location: Toronto, Ontario
Work Format: Home office and on-site work combined

We strive for a barrier free recruitment, assessment and selection process and as such will provide accommodations as required, at any stage of the hiring process. For support reach out to

All applicants will be contacted.

Hourly Wage, Salary or Salary Range: 
To be negotiated within a range of $40,000 - $60,000
Application Deadline: 
Friday, February 24, 2023
Start Date: 
Monday, January 1, 2024
Type of Work: 
Education Level: 
Additional Languages: 
Multi-lingual is an asset.
Prefered Method(s) of Application: 
By E-Mail

Employer Details

Dusk Dances

Marketa Tokova
59 Rosethorn Avenue
Toronto, ON M6N3K7

Dusk Dances is an outdoor dance festival that brings dance to public parks. As dusk descends, a theatrical host leads the audience to an array of unique dance pieces that unfold in different areas of the park. Choreographers are invited to create ten-minute pieces inspired by the park’s natural environment. Audiences are invited on a pay-what-you-can basis to an innovative site-specific festival, which is not only an artistic event but a social and cultural one as well. Mandate: As producers, our mandate is to bring dance to the community by making it accessible: - physically - our venue is a public space; - financially - admission is pay what you can; - artistically - our programming is diverse, for all tastes and ages. Our mandate as presenters is to give choreographers a unique opportunity to showcase their work in a non-traditional dance venue, in front of a large and mostly new audience.