Head of Public Funding and Partnerships

The National Theatre School of Canada (NTS) believes in employment equity and is committed to providing a workplace that is inclusive and accessible to all. For NTS, it is imperative that the diversity of our community be reflected in our staff, who must likewise be comfortable working with and for people of all walks of life. We strongly support the right to employability and greatly encourage applications from Indigenous people, people of colour, and those of all other ethnic and cultural affiliations, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, and disability.

Head of Public Funding and Partnerships

Reporting to the Director of External Relations (ER), this person is responsible for achieving objectives related to public and private fundraising activities. This person will lead research and write reports on selected strategies related to the National Theatre School of Canada's (NTS) public fundraising revenues (government grants), donation requests and sponsorship agreements. 

This person will also work closely with the Executive Committee to gather the necessary information to carry out their duties and to ensure that project, program and general funding objectives are met. This person is responsible for managing a portfolio of relationships with primarily public funders, but also with other donors/sponsors as required, to ensure that departmental objectives and key performance indicators (KPIs) are met.  

Job Description


Upon joining our team, the person we are looking for will: 

  • Participate in ongoing changes and be involved in the implementation of innovative projects; 
  • Contribute to maintaining frank and open discussions that foster cohesion and effective teamwork; 
  • Participate in the team’s efforts to create an inclusive and caring professional space; 
  • Promote the idea that theatre brings people together and lets them imagine, think and feel collectively. 

Public Funding 

  • Research and identify new sources of funding, while planning and implementing a work methodology to increase revenues from local, provincial, national and international sources in support of the School's strategic priorities; 
  • Ensure the development, writing and implementation of strategies aligned with the School's positioning for securing and maintaining funding, in accordance with the provisions and grant agreements of each government body; 
  • Monitor developments, appointments and other changes at the municipal, provincial and federal levels that may affect the School's operations; 
  • Work with program leaders to identify collaboration and partnership opportunities that may assist in the development or positioning of the School, ensuring that grants obtained are properly allocated and funds are spent in a timely manner; 
  • Manage a detailed grant schedule that includes all deadlines and milestones: submission dates, implementation of effective data collection procedures, reporting, tracking, etc.  

Private Funding  

  • Support the ER in the development and implementation of a medium- to long-term private funding strategy; 
  • Conduct thorough and effective research on potential donors/sponsors and prepare briefing notes; 
  • Follow up as necessary to ensure compliance with donor/sponsor agreements; 
  • Write content, coordinate the production of donor information tools (text for web pages, thank you letters, appeals, brochures) and ensure editing and translation with our language department; 
  • Provide the necessary support to the administrative assistant.  

Relationships (Internal and External)  

  • Write briefing notes and develop strong relationships with program managers and other key relationships to fully understand eligibility criteria and grant application deadlines; 
  • Coordinate the implementation of a government relations strategy (goals, tactics, actions, resources, timelines, and deliverables) in accordance with communication plans established by the DD, the Communications and Marketing Department team, external firm consultants, and/or other partners; 
  • Participate in working groups, internal or external committees and follow up on assigned activities; 
  • Liaise with Finance to update and manage cash flow and budget reports; 
  • Share successes, challenges and experiences with internal and external stakeholders in a meaningful way; 
  • Relevant university degree and two to three years of experience managing public and private financing files in a similar position, with proof of success;
  • Excellent knowledge of French and English with exceptional oral and written skills; 
  • Excellent project management and organizational skills, and the ability to juggle multiple projects at once with varying requirements and priorities; 
  • Understanding of the philanthropic sector and demonstrated ability to work with stakeholders; 
  • Ability to conduct research, gather and analyze information; 
  • Ability to produce simple financial reports, analyze data quantitatively and qualitatively and synthesize results; 
  • Ability to prioritize, meet deadlines and exercise good judgment, thoroughness, diplomacy, perseverance, autonomy, resourcefulness, sense of humor and good stress management; 
  • Knowledge of DonorPerfect and Microsoft Office 365, or similar software; 
  • Ability to quickly master the use of new software. 

This position is permanent full-time at 35 hours per week, Monday through Friday, and occasionally requires after-hours attendance. 

What do we offer ?
  • A caring, dynamic and motivating work environment; 
  • A competitive salary with an agile work schedule; 
  • An advantageous number of vacation days, plus two paid weeks during the holidays, with bonus holidays; 
  • A comprehensive group insurance plan, employee assistance program and telemedicine;  
  • A very advantageous defined benefit pension plan; 
  • A free parking space at the Saint-Denis pavilion; 
  • The privilege of working daily with a dedicated team, exceptional artists from across Canada and over 170 talented students; all in a bilingual, diverse and inclusive work environment! 

How to apply?

Please send your CV and motivation letter to cv@ent-nts.ca 

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. 

We believe in the right to employability and are committed to providing an accessible and inclusive workplace for all. That is why we have implemented an equal access to employment program and strongly encourage Indigenous people, people of colour, people with disabilities, as well as people of all ages, genders, sexual orientations, and ethnicities to apply. 

Apply now!

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