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Executive Director, [murmur]

Position: Executive Director

Organization: [murmur]

Location: Toronto

[murmur] is looking for an inspirational leader. We're seeking someone passionate about community, cities, and storytelling to guide and grow [murmur]'s collaborations and projects.

The director will be responsible for managing and producing [murmur], and leading its expansion through writing grant applications, securing commissions, and cultivating relationships with potential funders. Responsibilities are as follows:

On the "producing" side, this means taking care of stuff like:

  • Recording & editing stories
  • Installing signs
  • Giving workshops
  • Managing volunteers and interns
  • Responding to lots of email inquiries
  • Coordinating with suppliers
  • Writing & sending out occasional newsletters
  • Attending conferences and festivals; sometimes presenting
  • Organizing events
  • Writing grant applications and project proposals
  • Managing budgets and books

On the "cultivating relationships" side, this means (among other things):

  • Establish new contacts and projects in Toronto, nationally and internationally;
  • Develop strategies to raise funds to expand the project;
  • Seek out potential sponsors and donors, and tapping into networks;
  • Conduct ongoing research for new fiscal strategies and opportunities.


Please get in touch if you:

  • Know the project, like it, and (personally) are excited to help in its expansion;
  • Have experience being in charge of stuff;
  • Are personable and a great writer;
  • Are motivated and self-directed, a decision-maker and problem-solver;
  • Want a flexible schedule (meaning generally you can decide your own hours, but sometimes there's stuff that needs doing on weekends);
  • Are organized and good with deadlines;
  • Are very comfortable with the web, and technology in general;
  • Are in Toronto but available for occasional travel;
  • Are okay with the idea that your salary is dependent on your fundraising abilities.

The ideal candidate probably also reads a bunch of blogs, lives downtown, rides a bike and/or TTC, and has a cellphone.


Our director will be working from the Centre for Social Innovation, on Spadina Avenue near Queen Street.


This is a part-time contract position for now, probably 3-4 days/week and $18-20/hour to start depending on your experience, increasing with your fundraising success.

How to Apply:

Please email a CV and references to gabe at

We are looking for someone who can start as soon as possible, June 30th at the latest. Please contact us by June 16th.