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Programs and Development Manager

Reporting to: Artistic Director, Silk Road Institute

Location: Canada (telework)

Appointment term: 6 months part-time contract (24 hrs/week)

Salary: Commensurate with experience and location

Application Deadline: Mon July 17th, 2023

The Programs and Development Manager is responsible for the development, management and effective delivery of community-based programs by the Silk Road Institute while maintaining an engaging relationship with current and prospective program participants, and building a program audience. The candidate is required to have prior experience in managing and delivering community-based arts programs.

The Programs and Development Manager is required to launch, monitor, promote, and run fundraising campaigns to support the programs, while supporting the grant writing process to fund the initiatives by collecting accurate information on the programming content, so that data can be reported in grant applications and fundraising initiatives. They shall play a role managing and reporting the program budget and timeline.

The Programs and Development Manager will work closely with community partners in the conceptualization and realization of program content, so a keen knowledge and experience in delivering arts projects by Muslim communities and under-represented communities is an asset. They should have a clear vision for the artistic project and a passion to develop and maintain an environment where innovative, original and creative content can thrive. They are required to manage a team of volunteers, so strong supervision, leadership and communication skills are an asset.


The Programs and Development Manager will oversee the everyday programming and development operations of the Silk Road Institute and will be responsible for the following duties:


  • Develop and oversee the delivery of all Silk Road Institute programming in consultation with the Silk Road Institute’s Artistic Director.
  • Identify emerging trends for new program development.
  • Establish goals for various programs, and evaluate delivery and opportunities for growth through assessment of performance indicators.
  • Create program budgets and ensure alignment with projected expenses and revenue.
  • Create and execute a timeline of activities for the Company’s theatre productions.
  • Supervise all theatre production expenses in coordination with a production’s Production Manager and the Silk Road Institute Operations Manager.
  • Create, negotiate, and sign contracts with all contractual staff of the Company’s theatre
  • productions and work closely with the Director on recruitment.
  • Act as representative for the Company on human resources issues concerning contractual staff.
  • Work with the Communications Manager to ensure that communications material associated with programming is delivered through an effective social media presence and through frequent internal newsletters.
  • Work with the Communications Manager to launch, manage, promote, and monitor fundraising campaigns to support the Silk Road Institute’s programming and strategic objectives.
  • Manage press and be available for press engagements.
  • Identify and prepare grants to maintain and expand the Silk Road Institute’s programming and operational capacity.
  • Lead the grant applications process by developing content on programming content and budgeting.
  • Manage applications to funding bodies and related correspondence.
  • Assist with and monitor fundraising campaigns to support the Silk Road Institute’s programming and strategic objectives.
  • In collaboration with the Silk Road Institute’s Board of Directors, expand and strengthen the Silk Road Institute’s financial support through outreach to new and potential donors and corporate sponsors.
Requirements and Qualifications:
  • Enthusiasm for working with Muslim communities and working with the artistic vision of diverse groups of artists.
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational and communication skills.
  • Previous experience successfully applying for arts-based funding from Canadian federal, provincial, or municipal agencies.
  • Ability to manage a team of creative individuals with effective leadership skills.
  • Strong knowledge of artists and trends within Canada’s Muslim communities and Canada’s under-represented communities.
  • Ability to maintain a creative and enriching environment for a team of artists.
  • Consciousness for setting and meeting deadlines of grant proposals and fundraising initiatives amid shifting priorities and a large workload.
  • Willingness to uphold and contribute to the Silk Road Institute vision and mandate.

Application Submission:

Submit the following documents to before the application deadline:

  • CV/Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • 2 References

SRI Sponsorship Volunteer

We are looking for a driven volunteer to join our growing sponsorship team.  In this role you will partner with an amazing team to develop our sponsorship plan, build networks in industry, draw fundraising programs, and recruit sponsors


  • Researching potential sponsors
  • Writing funding proposals and sending these to potential sponsors
  • Creating marketing and promotional activities
  • Developing fundraising events
  • Maintaining records of sponsors
  • Organizing campaigns that will lead to donations
  • Training volunteers


  • Experience in corporate sponsorship for fundraising (preferred but not mandatory)
  • Creativity and persuasion skills
  • Detail-oriented
  • Good organizational skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Please email your resume and cv to
We are accepting applications on an ongoing basis.