For over 35 years, The Vancouver Fringe Theatre Society has produced the Vancouver Fringe Festival, BC’s largest theatre festival! Pursuing the vision of “Theatre for Everyone,” the Fringe Festival features un-curated, uncensored theatre of all kinds for all audiences. The 2022 Festival will take place September 8-18 at venues on Granville Island and we are seeking a full-time Operations Manager to join our team.


The Operations Manager is an integral position within the management team of the Vancouver Fringe Festival Society. Reporting directly to the Executive Director, the Operations Manager is responsible for ensuring the smooth functioning of the day-to-day operations of the Society. The Operations Manager is responsible for the delivery of the Festival and other activities of the Society in accordance with the mandate and strategic direction of the Society

The Operations Manager will be passionate about supporting indie artists, cultivating community involvement, and works to foster the development of independent theatre and performing arts in Vancouver. They must thrive in a busy, fast-paced festival atmosphere, be a strategic thinker with excellent organizational skills and have a demonstrated ability to oversee human resources.



Operational Management

• Ensure that the Society’s objectives and activities are communicated effectively to all internal and external stakeholders and work collaboratively with the management team to ensure successful delivery of the Festival and other activities.

• Implement and manage effective internal financial reports for respective stakeholders and the board of directors.

• Oversee the Society’s operating and project grants.

• Oversee accounts payable/receivable and payroll.

• Oversee all outreach and programming initiatives that support the Society’s mandate & mission.

• Review and negotiate organizational contracts in conjunction with the Executive Director.

• Manage all office IT hardware/software and support requirements.

• Maintain organisational records and databases in accordance with accepted standards.

• Establish and maintain positive working relationships and collaborative arrangements with community groups, artists, funders, and other organizations to help achieve the goals of the Society.

• Identify, assess, and communicate any issues to the Executive Director, that may impact the Society.

• Ensure compliance with all relevant statutory and regulatory health and safety requirements.

• Manage the Society’s legal and compliance needs and proactively identify and initiate appropriate risk management strategies.


Festival Planning and Management

• Work with the Executive Director and Festival Manager to prepare an annual budget for the Festival.

• Manage the licensing and insurance requirements of the Festival.

• Monitor legislative or other changes that could impact Festival operations and production

• Together with the Executive Director, ensure that the Festival operates within budget guidelines.

• Assist with fundraising and sponsorship efforts relating to the Festival.

• Work with the Marketing and Communications Manager to promote the Festival.

• Attend as necessary festivals, events, shows, exhibitions, industry gatherings, philanthropic activities.


Human Resources

• Maintain a positive, healthy and safe work environment which encourages diversity and engagement.

• Manage the human resources of the Society in compliance with employment and health and safety legislation.

• Recruit, hire, onboard, train, and supervise staff and volunteers.

• Ensure the Society’s employment related policies are current.

• Identify and manage issues of a sensitive or contentious nature; escalate matters as appropriate to the Executive Director.


Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

• Cultivate a positive, supportive and inclusive workplace for all staff, volunteers and stakeholders.

• Work with the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee to propose and implement appropriate EDI policies of the Society.



• A minimum of five years’ experience in a comparable role, preferably in the performing arts.

• Post-secondary degree or diploma preferably within the performing arts.

• Proven track record in fiscal management with ability to manage budgets.

• Excellent organizational abilities including planning, delegating, human resources management, program development, and task facilitation.

• Proven experience in ensuring day-to-day service delivery

• Strong leadership skills with the capacity to care for and motivate a team, delegate assignments, and provide clear and positive feedback.

• Strong negotiation, management, planning, and critical thinking skills.

• Sound IT skills and fluency in MS Office systems.

• Ability to interface with and engage diverse artist, volunteer, and stakeholder groups.

• Excellent written and oral communication skills.

• Excellent interpersonal and collaborative skills.

• Ability to work flexible hours as per operational needs.


Salary range: $ 65,000- 70,000 + benefits.


Location: Granville Island, Vancouver


Please submit your resume and cover letter by April 11, 2022 at 4pm, to executivedirector@vancouverfringe.com


The Vancouver Fringe Festival is committed to creating a just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive workplace. We value the leadership of people who have been historically and systemically marginalized and strongly encourage racialized, Indigenous, persons with disabilities and LGBTQA12+ candidates to apply for the role.