Call for applications: Executive Director


Date Posted: August 1, 2017
Application Deadline: 15 September 2017 30 September 2017
Start Date: November/December, 2017
Province: Quebec
City: Montréal
Organization’s Field/Discipline: The Arts
Term: Half-time moving to full-time
Career Level: Upper management


Founded in 2005, the Canadian New Music Network (CNMN) is a not-for-profit arts service organisation that makes new music in all its forms more accessible to the public, promotes the work of Canadian artists working in these genres, and creates a strong and vital community network. Embracing contemporary classical, experimental, and alternative music genres, the organization represents all parts of the new music ecology: composers, performers, ensembles, orchestras, improvisers, sound artists, experimental musicians, educators, administrators, independent artists, new opera, and listeners.

CNMN’s biennial forum is central to its activities, where community discussion and exchange builds solutions to common problems, promotes the art form, and creates the synergies that lead to collaboration and new expression.

CNMN is a fully bilingual organisation, committed to communicating with its members in both official languages. CNMN is committed to promoting diversity within the community and seeking reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples in Canada.


CNMN is at an exciting time in its history, moving from a board/founder-led network to a leadership-supported structure. CNMN invites applications for the position of its first Executive Director to lead the network in its programming, vision and future impact on the new music sector in Canada.


  • Articulating and leading the organization’s vision, mission and goals.
  • Directing all administrative aspects of the organization.
  • Working closely with the Board of Directors.
  • Developing, organizing and implementing diverse programs that create connection within the new music community in Canada and abroad.
  • Maintaining CNMN’s strong community connection through communications strategies and community engagement.
  • Managing all fiscal matters including budget development, forecasting, and management of operational and programming budgets.
  • Grant writing to secure funding through arts councils and foundations.
  • Hiring and managing extra contract staff as required.
  • Liaising with national and international arts organizations
  • Making representation to government and other agencies on behalf of the organization and the new music community.


  • Fluently bilingual in both of Canada’s official languages. Comfortable communicating verbally and in writing in a range of contexts.
  • The ED is expected to work from a home office in Montréal.


  • Deep knowledge of new music practices in Canada and abroad
  • Connection with the community, here and abroad
  • Awareness of diversity and First Nations reconciliation issues, and a commitment to equity and access
  • Vision and energy
  • Demonstrated leadership experience and the ability to manage a team
  • Demonstrated successful budgetary and financial experience within a cultural institution in the non-profit sector
  • Proven success in grant writing
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and proven ability to work with individual and groups in decision-making
  • Ability and willingness to work flexible hours including weekends, evenings and holidays when necessary and
  • Strong commitment to the support of all expressions of new music and sound art.


Reporting to: Board of Directors
Salary: Half-time to begin – $25,000; moving in stages to full-time – $50,000

How to Apply:

Please email your resume and cover letter to:
CNMN Board Search Committee –

Thank you to all applicants. Only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

Contact Info:

Name: CNMN Board Search Committee
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