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We’re Hiring! Executive Director

Northern Lights Festival Boréal is seeking a new Executive Director to lead the operations of the organization.

Executive Director

Job Posting

The Northern Lights Festival Boreal is the longest, continuously-running, outdoor music festival in  Canada, hosting its 50th annual event in 2022. The bilingual festival is known for presenting francophone,  Aboriginal, multicultural, emerging and international artists across a variety of musical genres.  

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will play an instrumental role in planning the Northern Lights Festival Boreal, located in Sudbury, ON.  The ideal candidate is well organized with strong communication and financial management skills and will thrive in this exciting role offering a creative outlet.  

The incumbent will be responsible for: 

Organizational Management 

  • Oversee financial management of the organization, including the development and  implementation of the annual budget, in collaboration with the Board of Directors 
  • Overall administration of the corporation, including but not limited to: reviewing and evaluating  the results of the program activities; ensuring that contractual obligations are being fulfilled;  allocating resources for greater program effectiveness and efficiency; developing organizational  and administrative policies and program objectives for Board consideration 
  • Ensure finances, facilities, and other property of the organization are properly safeguarded,  insured, and administered 
  • Development of short, intermediate, and long-term plans and programs with supporting  budgets and other goals for submission to the Board 
  • Recruitment and supervision of all operational and support staffing including employees,  volunteers, and contractors including conducting interviewing, hiring, and training staff, and  planning, assigning, and directing work  
  • To ensure that a positive, productive, and innovative work environment exists within the  organization, maintaining open, honest, and effective communication with membership,  stakeholders, and staff 

External Relations

  • Oversee all public relations for the organization and, in collaboration with the President of the  Board of Directors, act as the official spokesperson of the NLFB 
  • Liaise with other organizations, including, but not limited to, all levels of government, the  Canadian music community, other local, national, and international stakeholders of the  music/arts community, and local music and arts organizations 
  • Maintain good relations with the media, local, regional, and national 
  • Ensure all matters related to the membership community, stakeholders, volunteers, and the  public are communicated effectively 

Board Relations 

  • The Executive Director is the key advisor to the Board of Directors and will maintain open,  honest, and effective communication with the Board of Directors and the Board Chair through  timely reports dealing with all significant matters pertaining to the operations of the NLFB 
  • Provide advice, information, and counsel to the Board in the development and implementation  of strategic direction and strategies for the organization. This includes, but is not limited to,  providing advice, information, and counsel to the Board in the creation of policies and programs 
  • Assist the Chair of the Board and committee chairs in setting annual goals and objectives for the  corporation and various committees 
  • Manage the development, implementation, and accomplishment of annual operational goals, as  approved by the Board


  • 2+ years of experience in not-for-profit sector or a related field with leadership responsibilities and a proven  ability to effectively work with a Board of Directors 
  • French and/or First Nations language considered a strong asset 
  • Post secondary education considered a strong asset
  • High level strategic thinking and planning with an ability to convey goals for the organization to  the Board 
  • Experience with successfully generating new revenue streams and improving financial results 
  • Financial management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision making, and  reporting 
  • Proven success in establishing relationships with individuals and organization including funders,  partner agencies and volunteers with experience in active fundraising and grant writing 
  • Proficient written and oral communication skills 
  • Strong organizational skills, including planning, delegating, program development, task  facilitation, and document control  
  • Demonstrated work ethic with a high level of energy 
  • Compelling leadership skills and ability to be transparent with the ability to oversee and  collaborate with staff

Applications can be e-mailed to

Posting closes Friday May 21 2021 at 5:00 p.m.