Editorial Director – Opera Canada, Opera Canada Magazine

Location: Remote
  • February 2, 2024




Toronto, Ontario

Editorial Director

The Organization

Opera Canada magazine has been connecting the vibrant world of opera in Canada since 1960 with high quality professional arts journalism, in-depth interviews with its creators, artists and decision-makers as well as beautifully-illustrated features and reviews about productions from across the nation and internationally.

Opera Canada offers a comprehensive review of opera in Canada and of Canadians working in the opera world at large. In addition to our quarterly full-colour publication we deliver all the latest opera news through our website and on our active social media channels.

In 2000 Opera Canada introduced the Opera Canada Awards, nicknamed “The Rubies,” in honour of founding Editor, Ruby Mercer. This gala evening celebrates the talent and accomplishments of Canadians who have made a significant contribution to the opera world as artists, builders, administrators and philanthropists.

Our vision is to continue to be the voice of all opera in Canada, and of Canadians working in opera throughout the world, as we move into our next 50 years promoting Canadian opera and opera professionals. We aim to inform, educate, and celebrate Canadian opera in all its facets.

Opera Canada, a registered Canadian charity, is the oldest, continuously published arts periodical in Canada and is available quarterly by subscription and on select newsstands.

We believe this is an exciting time to join Opera Canada.


  • This role will report to a Board of Directors; the Editorial Director is responsible for overseeing the administration and editorial direction of Opera Canada print, digital and social media content.

  • Working closely with the Board of Directors, the Editorial Director will ensure an efficient operation that will effectively meet the annual organizational and financial goals of the corporation.

  • The Editorial Director will be the primary contact for Opera Canada and interface with public and private funding bodies, members of the opera field at large, and the public.

  • The Editorial Director will also ensure that all staff members are aligned with the vision of the corporation, and work with them to successfully achieve strategic priorities.

  • Staffing includes a Circulation & Marketing Manager, a Digital Content Specialist, a Development Officer, and writers.

Candidate Competencies:

  • Knowledge of Opera as an art form and the sector in Canada

  • Demonstrated passion for the arts

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with internal and external stakeholders, funding bodies and industry representatives

  • Organizational skills to balance the publication demands, digital projects and management requirements

  • Publishing / writing / editing / media experience or comparable with strong attention to detail

  • Management experience for a small staff and contractors

  • Digital marketing and social media expertise

  • Financial experience managing organizational budgets

  • Creative problem-solving and strategic planning skills to respond to the publishing, media and arts sectors


Responsibilities and Duties – Editor

  • Responsible for the full production of Opera Canada magazine, to be published four times a year in April, June, September, and December.

  • Act as public representative for Opera Canada in the matters of advocacy and public relations.

  • Working in partnership with the Board of Directors, the Editorial Director will develop and implement an operational plan that meets the business goals and objectives of the corporation.

  • Proactively address challenges in the internal and external environment that require good judgement and decision making practices.

  • The Editorial Director is an ex officio member of each committee and as such is invited to attend all meetings.


Responsibilities and Duties – Director

  • Manage 2+ staff members and contractors

  • Responsible for keeping the website and social media current and up to date.

  • Responsible for general administration and management of Opera Canada publications.

  • Working with Board committees and senior staff, the Editorial Director will be responsible for creating an annual operating budget that will be presented to the Board for approval.

  • Responsible for all reports that must be submitted for Board review

  • Accountable for all applications and reports to government funders

  • Ensure commitment and compliance to all applicable laws and regulations across the organization.


Performance Review:

  • With the assistance of invited Board members, an annual performance review will be completed with the Editorial Director, by the Board Chair.

  • In addition to reviewing past performance, future goals and objectives will be mutually developed.

  • A written copy of the Performance Review will be signed by the Board Chair and Editorial Director, and placed on file.

Work Environment

  • The Role is remote

  • Editorial Director will need to be present for key events, such as the Opera Canada awards (“The Rubies”) in Toronto and other events as neede



  • This is a contract position, and requires the submission of a monthly invoice

  • The salary range is between $65,000-$70,000 CND per annum, depending on experience.


Application Instructions

Interested candidates are invited to submit a letter of interest, a resume, and a list of references in confidence by Friday, March 22, 2024 to:


 Margaret Genovese

Senior Partner


1103-77 Carlton Street

Toronto, ON M5B 2J7




For additional information, see:  www.operacanada.cawww.genovesevanderhoof.com

Opera Canada is committed to having a workforce that is reflective of the diversity in Canada and strongly encourages applications from all qualified individuals, especially those who can contribute different perspectives and diverse ideas. Opera Canada is committed to providing accommodations for disabilities.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.