Ottawa Fringe 2022 Seasonal Job Postings

by Ottawa Fringe

May 3, 2022

Ottawa Fringe 2022 Seasonal Job Postings

The Ottawa Fringe Festival is looking to fill seasonal positions with folks passionate about performing arts.

  • Volunteer Manager
  • Volunteer Supervisors
  • Marketing Assistant
  • Box Office Attendants 
HOW TO APPLY

Please send your CV, along with a letter of introduction explaining why you would like to work at the Ottawa Fringe to [email protected] Please include the job title that you are applying for. We also welcome applicants to apply for multiple positions. We will be accepting applications on a rolling basis until mid-May. We will be reviewing applications and scheduling interviews as they come in. There is no hard deadline to apply. Interviews will be held in person and virtually (based on your preference) but please note that the festival work will be in-person. Don’t wait to apply!

Here are some recommended prompts for your Introduction Letter: What experience do you have working in customer service? Why do you want to work at the Fringe? Why is giving back to your community important to you? We also encourage non-traditional Introduction Letters. If you are interested in submitting a visual representation of yourself such as a mood board or video, please feel free to submit this along with your CV. If you require any accessibility assistance, please contact Lydia at [email protected]. We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Here at Ottawa Fringe, we’re working hard to include everyone in our festival. We believe that art is for everyone, and encourage applications from diverse applicants of all backgrounds regardless of culture, race, colour, gender identity, national origin, religion, creed, disability, sexual orientation, or gender expression.

VOLUNTEER MANAGER

The Ottawa Fringe is seeking an enthusiastic Volunteer Manager who will lead the team of Volunteer Supervisors and Ottawa Fringe Festival’s large team of volunteers. The successful candidate for this position will have administrative experience, interpersonal skills and be excited by the opportunity to work in the busy hub of the festival.

Duration: May 24 – June 30, 2022

Hours: approximately 100-120 hours total, evening and weekend availability required

Rate: $18/hr

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Ensuring adequate recruitment of the Ottawa Fringe Festival’s volunteer base
  • Training volunteers in orientation sessions
  • Preparing volunteer orientation materials
  • Successfully securing sponsorships for volunteer hospitality
  • Act as team captain to Volunteer Supervisors
  • Build and implement volunteer positions and schedule
  • Coordinate a volunteer appreciation event following the end of the festival

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Previous experience managing or coordinating  a team
  • Organization skills including scheduling and human resources 
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative, troubleshooting skills and self-motivation
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Familiarity with Excel, Dropbox, Google Drive, Volgistics is an asset
  • A passion for theatre and a familiarity of Fringe Festivals is an asset

VOLUNTEER SUPERVISORS 

Do you thrive in fast paced environments? Do you enjoy working in a creative setting and interacting with new people everyday? The Ottawa Fringe is seeking enthusiastic Volunteer Supervisors who will support the 200+ volunteers that make the Ottawa Fringe Festival happen. The successful candidate for this position will be reliable, outgoing, and excited by the opportunity to work in the administrative hub of the festival. 

Duration: May 30 – June 30, 2022

Hours: approximately 40-60 hours total, evening and weekend availability is required

Rate: $17/hr

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Coordinating volunteer shift check-ins
  • Organizing daily volunteer hospitality/catering
  • Assisting with volunteer orientations and training
  • Supervising on-site volunteers, assisting where required

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Previous experience as a volunteer or working with volunteers
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative, trouble-shooting skills and self-motivation
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Familiarity with Excel, Dropbox, Google Drive, Volgistics is an asset
  • A passion for theatre and familiarity with Fringe festivals is an asset
  • Works compassionately and patiently in a team setting

MARKETING ASSISTANT

The Marketing Assistant will work directly with the festival’s Marketing and Communications Officer, creating content for our social media platforms, tracking social media metrics, and assisting with website updates and media interactions. The successful candidate will be a motivated team player with excellent communication skills. They should be outgoing and happy to communicate with artists and press through social media. 

Duration: May 24 – June 30, 2022

Hours: 35 hours/week, evening and weekend availability required

Rate: $18/hr

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Monitoring and creating content for all Ottawa Fringe social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok), while tracking metrics and engagement
  • Developing a social media content calendar alongside the Marketing and Communications Officer
  • Interacting with our follower network and responding to comments/messages to encourage engagement
  • Assisting with website updates and overseeing online reviews
  • Accompanying Fringe artists to any in-person media interviews
  • Creating an end-of-festival report on metrics for both social media and website accounts

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Knowledge of and experience with various social media platforms
  • Knowledge of and experience with website development
  • High level of writing and communication skills
  • Experience communicating with the media is a plus
  • Familiarity with Ottawa Fringe Festival and/or the Ottawa theatre scene is a strong asset
  • Experience using WordPress is an asset 
  • Bilingualism is an asset

BOX OFFICE ATTENDANTS 

The Ottawa Fringe Festival Box Office Attendants are highly motivated, enthusiastic and dependable individuals. Successful candidates for this position will be team players who are looking for a fun and challenging opportunity to be part of Ottawa’s largest theatre festival. Your work day will consist of assisting with ticket purchases and festival information; Box Office Attendants are problem solvers and highly personable people.

Duration: June 13 – 26, 2022

Hours: approximately 70-80 hours total, evening and weekend availability is required

Rate: $17/hr

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Reconciling box office information from Ottawa Fringe Festival venues
  • Preparing daily materials and information for each Ottawa Fringe Festival box office
  • Data entry and management of each festival box office
  • Interact and assist patrons with ticket purchases and other information
  • Answer box office phone to assist patrons

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Strong computer skills and experience using Microsoft Office, Excel and Google Suite
  • A flexible schedule with availability in the late evenings 
  • Experience with cash handling, reconciliations
  • Customer service experience

In an effort to keep our audiences, artists, and staff safe during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, here at the Ottawa Fringe, we have decided to continue to require Proof of Vaccination (Vaccine Passports) for all in-person events at this year’s undercurrents festival, April 20 – 30.

While capacity limits will be lifted, we will be offering select performances at a reduced capacity so that everyone can enjoy undercurrents according to their own comfort level.

Tickets on sale March 11, 2022.

Any questions and concerns can be directed to [email protected]

The Ottawa Fringe is organizing a committee to consult and assist in the planning of our 25th anniversary celebrations in 2022. Founded in 1997, the Ottawa Fringe has been a staple of the theatre festival scene and we are looking to honour that history and our Fringe community this year. Our 2022 festival, (June 16-26) will also be our 25th festival and our first in-person Fringe since 2019 so there are many reasons to celebrate!

We want to know how you’d like to mark this milestone!
Consider joining our Fringe 25 Committee!

Committee Info Session (and first info session / public brainstorm)
WHEN: Tuesday March 8th at 7PM
WHERE: Zoom
WHO: Our Ottawa Fringe Community

Sign-up to attend the session here.
*If you’re interested in joining the committee but unable to attend on March 8th, please still sign-up!

At the end of our Info Session, anyone still interested in sitting on the Fringe 25 Committee will be expected to:

  • Attend 4-6 short committee meetings where you’ll be expected to give input and consult on activities being proposed
  • Assist in the development of said activities
  • Tentatively help with Fringe 25 events during festival, as needed

Job Opportunity: Marketing & Communications Officer

by Ottawa Fringe

January 21, 2022

The Ottawa Fringe Festival “Ottawa Fringe” is hiring for the position of Marketing & Communications Officer. 

Date Posted: Jan 21, 2022
Application Deadline: Feb 11, 2022
Start Date: Mar 01, 2022 

Duration: This is a permanent, full time position.
Hours: 37.5 hours/week, with the ability to work overtime during festivals and some events.
Salary: $41,000.00 per annum. 

Who We Are:
The Ottawa Fringe is an organization committed to empowering audiences, encouraging artists to take risks, pursue their visions, and develop their skills. The organization manages the theatre and arts spaces in the Arts Court and produces two festivals, the Ottawa Fringe Festival and undercurrents. The Ottawa Fringe Festival is an uncensored, annual, Ottawa-based summer festival that provides emerging and established artists an opportunity to produce their work. The winter festival, undercurrents, is a curated festival that showcases the best original, contemporary theatre created by local, national, and international artists. 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Marketing & Communication Officer’s responsibilities include: 

  • Develop and implement marketing and communications activities for the Ottawa Fringe Festival, undercurrents Festival and auxiliary programming;
  • Coordinate production and distribution of promotional elements (posters, programs, flyers, ads, merchandise, other marketing materials);
  • Draft and edit newsletter copy;
  • Head media relations for festivals;
  • Consult festival artists on marketing (workshops, media packages);
  • Update and create content for festival and Arts Court websites;
    Manage social media channels for festival and Arts Court, including the creation of content;
  • Track metrics and engagement for website and social accounts related to marketing the festivals;
  • Assist with fundraising initiatives;
  • Coordinate additional displays or decor in relation to festivals or other events (front of house, galas, auxiliary events). 
  • The Marketing & Communications Officer will work closely with the Executive Director to determine additional responsibilities and/or update the scope of duties.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Share and actively uphold the values of the Ottawa Fringe, including support for and celebration of diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • Commit to upholding a safe and inclusive space for co-workers, artists, and patrons, including taking actions to ensure an environment free of harassment, racism, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia;
  • Post-secondary education in marketing or communications or related field;
  • Experience in developing and implementing comprehensive marketing and communications strategies with both social and traditional media;
  • Knowledge of the local performing arts and business community an asset;
  • Experience tracking metrics and KPIs an asset
  • Exceptional organization and time-management skills;
  • Familiarity with WordPress, Squarespace, Mailchimp;
  • Proficiency with Photoshop;
  • Bilingualism is an asset.

HOW TO APPLY: 
Please send to the hiring committee (j[email protected]) your resume and cover letter describing your qualifications and detailing why you believe you are the ideal candidate for the Marketing & Communications Officer position by Friday, February 11. Candidates may be asked to provide writing or marketing samples during the interview process. Only candidates who qualify will be contacted for next steps in the interview process.

Job Opportunity: General Manager

by Ottawa Fringe

January 7, 2022

The Ottawa Fringe Festival “Ottawa Fringe” is hiring for the position of General Manager.

This role reports to the Executive Director and is responsible for the management of services for the Fringe festival and undercurrents festival. The General Manager is also expected to maintain a high standard of excellence on all Arts Court Theatre services.

Date Posted: Jan 7, 2022
Application Deadline: Feb 11, 2022
Start Date: Mar 01, 2022

Duration: This is a permanent, full time position.
Hours: 37.5 hours/week, with the ability to work overtime during festivals and some events.
Salary: $50,000.00 per annum.

Who We Are:
The Ottawa Fringe is an organization committed to empowering audiences, encouraging artists to take risks, pursue their visions, and develop their skills. The organization manages the theatre and arts spaces in the Arts Court and produces two festivals, the Ottawa Fringe Festival and undercurrents. The Ottawa Fringe Festival is an uncensored, annual, Ottawa-based summer festival that provides emerging and established artists an opportunity to produce their work. The winter festival, undercurrents, is a curated festival that showcases the best original, contemporary theatre created by local, national, and international artists.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Establish budget and operational timelines to ensure healthy financial practices and sustainable financial security;
  • Collaborate with the Treasurer and Executive Director on budget and audit-related items, and conduct regular fiscal reviews which include but are not limited to bank statement reconciliation and month-end financials;
  • Support Executive Director with fundraising and development strategy including grant applications and sponsorship initiatives;
  • Work with Executive Director to manage festival resources;
  • Provide Executive Director with input on their reports to the Board of Directors;
  • Liaise with staff and Board of Directors on human resources (package benefits, pension);
  • Coordinate with the City of Ottawa and Arts Court stakeholders;
  • Liaise with City of Ottawa Arts Court Coordinator to exceed standards set out by the Purchase of Service Agreement;
  • Manage client relations through rental agreements, staffing requirements, and vendors;
  • Manage box office operations including working with the Front of House Supervisor to oversee box office staff and volunteer programs;
  • Monitor the Arts Court info email account and phone line;
  • Ensure the general function of the office and accompanying equipment.

The General Manager will work closely with the Executive Director to determine additional responsibilities and/or update the scope of duties.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Share and actively uphold the values of the Ottawa Fringe, including support for and celebration of diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • Commit to upholding a safe and inclusive space for co-workers, artists, and patrons, including taking actions to ensure an environment free of harassment, racism, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia;
  • Three (3) years of experience with festival or event coordination;
  • Three (3) years of experience with managing operational budgets, grant revenue, and complex financials;
  • Experience managing part-time staff in festival, event or production settings;
  • Knowledge and experience writing and reporting on successful grant proposals to municipal, provincial, and federal funding bodies, as well as private foundations;
  • Experience securing private donations and sponsored funding;
  • Familiarity with Canadian Fringe Festivals and the national theatre landscape;
  • Exceptional communication skills, including building and maintaining relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders, clients, and audiences;
  • Exceptional organization and time-management skills;
  • Ability to adapt quickly to new and changing deadlines, circumstances, and challenges;
  • Bilingualism is an asset.

HOW TO APPLY:
Please send to the hiring committee ([email protected]) your resume and cover letter describing your qualifications and detailing why you believe you are the ideal candidate for the General Manager position by Friday, February 11.
Only candidates who qualify will be contacted for next steps in the interview process.

 

Deadline for Nominations: Ongoing until January 14, 2022 
Positions Available: Member at Large 

The Ottawa Fringe Festival is seeking nominations to our volunteer board of directors. We are looking for a diverse set of board members, to provide different ideas and perspectives as our mandate and operations continue to grow. 

As the highest leadership body of the organization and to satisfy its fiduciary duties, the board is responsible for: 

  • Determining the mission and purposes of the organization 
  • Strategic and organizational planning 
  • Ensuring strong fiduciary oversight and financial management 
  • Fundraising and resource development 
  • Selecting and evaluating the performance of the Executive Director
  • Assessing its own performance as the governing body of the Ottawa Fringe Festival

Responsibilities of a board member 

  • Know the organization’s mission, policies, programs, and needs 
  • Read and understand the organization’s financial statements 
  • Leverage connections, networks, and resources to achieve the Ottawa Fringe Festival’s mission 
  • Prepare for, attend, and conscientiously participate in board meetings 
  • Participate fully in one or more committees 

Ideal candidate

In their application, candidates are invited to comment on their experience in arts and culture, nonprofit governance, diversity and inclusion, communications, human resources, financial oversight, law, or fundraising.

As a member of the board of the Ottawa Fringe Festival, you will gain leadership and networking experience with a nonprofit board. In particular, there are opportunities to gain experience in finance, human resources, fundraising, communications, and strategic planning.

About the Ottawa Fringe Festival

The Ottawa Fringe Festival provides all performing artists, both emerging and established, with the opportunity to produce their work – regardless of content, form, or style – within an environment that is as affordable and accessible as possible to the members of the community. The Ottawa Fringe Festival’s mission is to empower audiences and to encourage artists to take risks, pursue their visions, and develop their skills.

The organization produces two festivals: the Ottawa Fringe Festival and the undercurrents festival. Since 2013, Ottawa Fringe has also been managing Arts Court Theatre and other studio and rehearsal spaces in the historic building.

Process

Nominated candidates will be presented at our Annual General Meeting in January 2022. Board members are elected for two-year terms. Meetings are usually in the evenings at Arts Court (2 Daly Ave), or electronically over Zoom, and are conducted in English. 

The Ottawa Fringe Festival is committed to ensuring that the composition of its board reflects, as much as possible, the diversity of the community that we serve. We have set a goal to increase the diversity of our board and the representation of people with disabilities.

The Ottawa Fringe Festival is also committed to providing a safe and inclusive space for our festival’s audiences, volunteers, artists, and staff. Read our full anti-harassment policy.

If you are interested, please send your resume and cover letter to [email protected].

Giving Tuesday

by Ottawa Fringe

November 30, 2021

We are so, so close to the return of in-person theatre and theatre festivals…

Things are happening at the Ottawa Fringe!

This Friday is our first Lottery Party since 2019! This February is our first in-person undercurrents since 2020! Maybe the most exciting, this is our first season under new management!

Already things are looking up for Ottawa theatre in 2022, and your donations help make that possible.

We believe in paying our artists, which is why 100% of box office profits go right into their pockets. This means donations from our patrons not only keep our lights on and doors open, but they help us shine the spotlight on the incredible artistic talent Ottawa has to offer.

We hope on this Giving Tuesday you’ll consider supporting the Ottawa Fringe Festival 🧡💙

You’re a true patron of the Arts when you’re a patron of the Ottawa Fringe Festival

 

A Message from the Ottawa Fringe Board

by Ottawa Fringe

October 30, 2021

Over the Summer, the Ottawa Fringe conducted a successful reorganization of the management team to create a new position, Executive Director. Within this structure, the other new role of General Manager and existing roles of Technical Director and Marketing and Communications Officer will report to the Executive Director.

The Board is pleased to announce Alain Richer will be joining the Ottawa Fringe as the Executive Director. Alain joins the Ottawa Fringe from Mainstage Theatre Company, a youth musical theatre organization. He has spent 7 seasons as the Artistic Director for Mainstage, developing the organization over the last decade into an impressive frontrunner for arts training and enthusiastically engaging the local community. He is well known for creating high-quality productions, dedicated community and relationship building, as well as artistic development of new works and emerging artists.

In addition to Mainstage, Alain is a multifaceted stage and screen artist whose professional work ranges from producing to directing to designing. He worked in production design for Groupe Média (TFO), pioneering the development of cutting-edge, real-time virtual design and technology in its productions. Understanding the range of challenges theatre productions and communities face, Alain’s background in both live and virtual storytelling is an excellent asset as the Ottawa Fringe continues to navigate performance and artistic creation in a pandemic world.

As an experienced arts leader, Alain is committed to engaging underrepresented groups and future generations of artists by facilitating accessible opportunities that offer practical experience in theatre and fostering a safe space to develop their craft. These priorities reflect the values of the Ottawa Fringe and undercurrents festivals, and the Board looks forward to working with Alain to continue supporting our theatre and arts communities.

He studied theatre theory and production at Queen’s University. After exploring theatre works from various cities across Canada, Alain is looking forward to returning to his roots, close to his childhood home just outside of Ottawa, and the Board is thrilled to welcome his tenure with the Ottawa Fringe

The Board would like to thank the outgoing Marketing and Communications Officer, Amanda Logan, for her contributions. The staffing changes present an opportunity for new team members, particularly for those interested in marketing and communications, so don’t hesitate to get in touch!

We would like to thank Kevin Waghorn and Patrick Gauthier for their dedication to the organization over the last several years.

Any inquiries can be made to the Board of Directors at [email protected]