Now Hiring: Managing Director (Deadline Extended)

Date Posted: April 25, 2023 
Application Deadline: May 10, 2023 

Salary Range: $65,000 p.a. for a four day week, with potential for performance bonus (see below under additional information) 
Province: Ontario 
Region: Metro Toronto Area 
City: Toronto 
Employee Benefits: Employee health benefits coverage, paid vacation 
Organization’s Field/Discipline: Cultural Industries 
Job’s focus: Management/Planning/Fundraising 
Job Type:  Full-time (four day week) 
Career Level: Management 

Organization Description

DOC Institute 

The Documentary Organization of Canada is the collective voice of independent documentary makers across Canada. It is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. 


The DOC Institute, an initiative of the DOC Ontario Chapter, develops and delivers industry-leading programs to help filmmakers succeed at every stage of their careers. Offering creative inspiration and insider advice, we’re a hub for the non-fiction community across Canada as part of DOC’s largest and founding chapter. The DOC Institute is a one-stop shop for professionals to learn business skills, hone their craft and make industry connections. 


We also strive for an inclusive environment to ensure members (and staff) from diverse backgrounds and communities are seenand heard – as we continue to centre equity within all our work.


Job Description 

DOC Ontario Chapter / DOC Institute is currently seeking a Managing Director to oversee fundraising activities, manage finances and supervise programming, staff and activities.  

Fundraising duties include but are not limited to: 

  • Developing a sustainable and progressive fundraising strategy.
  • Writing funding and sponsorship applications, proposals, and final reports.
  • Growing existing relationships and new opportunities for DOC Institute with corporate, public agency, and foundation partners.
  • Maintaining a calendar of funding and sponsorship deadlines.
  • Working with DOC National’s Executive Director on programs of national scope.  

Management duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Collaborating closely with the DOC Institute Board of Directors to supervise delivery of its annual operational plan.
  • Working with DOC Ontario’s treasurer and board to create and track the annual budget. 
  • Working with DOC Ontario’s treasurer and bookkeeping service to maintain timely and up to date payables and receivablesincluding regular banking dutiesand generating timely financial reports. 

Staff and contractor supervision duties include, but are not limited to: 

  • Supporting staff to deliver DOC Institute’s professional development programs. See additional information at
  • Supporting staff with development of communication materials.
  • Ensuring all program deliverables stay on-schedule and events stay within budget.
  • Supporting staff and/or contractors to ensure sound event logistics and production for current and new programming.


The ideal candidate will have:

  • At least 5 years of fundraising and sponsorship experience, ideally within a progressive art-focused non-profit organization, and 3+ years of management experience.
  • Interest in the Canadian and international media landscape. 
  • Familiarity with the Documentary Organization of Canada’s activities.
  • Excellent professional communication skills (verbal/written) within a variety of contexts including grant writing, public presentations, marketing & PR, etc.
  • Demonstrated management abilities with a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail balanced with ability to think big-picture.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to build and maintain strong relationships and the ability to work effectively within a small and fast-paced team 
  • Proficiency with MS Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook). 
  • A track record of managing operational budgets and financing targets. 
  • Able to work occasional nights and weekends in Toronto, potentially with some travel, as required by organizational events.   


Additional Info 

What You Can Expect From Us:

  • Collaborative and friendly team environment in a remote work setting 
  • Passion for the cultural industries in general, and the documentary genre in particular. 
  • An inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity. 
  • Performance bonus to be based on new fundraising efforts calculated during year-end performance review. 


How to Apply 

At DOC Institute, we are passionate about championing documentaries and storytellers from all walks of life. We believe that diversity makes our organization and the documentary community stronger. If you share our enthusiasm and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, we encourage you to apply for this position. 


Please send a cover letter, resume and an existing written sample (no academic papers, please) to with the subject line ‘DOC ON Managing Director.’ We encourage applications from all interested parties, however, only suitable candidates will be contacted for an interview.   


DEADLINE: May 10, 2023  
Interviews will be held between May 17th and 26th, 2023.