The Chemainus Theatre Festival is a not-for-profit professional theatre company located on Vancouver Island with a mandate to serve the Island and its visitors by creating exceptional theatre that explores and nourishes truth, hope, redemption, love and the human spirit. Since opening the doors to its 274 seat venue in 1993, annual attendance has grown from 14,000 to over 80,000 patrons per season. The theatre owns and operates its performance facility along with its production centre and office buildings.

Sponsorship & Grant Manager

Position overview:

Reporting to the Managing Director, the Sponsorship and Grant Manager will maintain current sponsorship relationships while working to maximize sponsorship and advertising sales connected with and in support of ongoing operations of the Chemainus Theatre Festival.   They will also spearhead grant writing efforts with the goal of building existing relationships and researching and pursuing new grant opportunities.

The successful candidate will be a motivated, outgoing professional with excellent fundraising and grant writing track record, and a love of live theatre.

This is a full-time position based on an average of 32 hours per week.   The weekly hours will fluctuate throughout the year with the department work cycle.

Position Duties: Objectives and Responsibilities

The Sponsorship and Grant Manager will complete duties per the following areas:

Sponsorship and Advertising

  • Promote and conduct sponsorship, advertising sales in support of the Chemainus Theatre programming.
  • Foster and nurture relationships with current sponsors and grow their support over time.
  • Work with the Managing Director and Artistic Director to coordinate and schedule meetings and presentations aimed at the cultivation of corporate sponsors.
  • Prospect and secure new sponsors, advertisers and supporters. Actively network at Chamber events, community and theatre gatherings.
  • Work to enhance existing sponsor and advertising programs and develop new ones.
  • Facilitate the signing of sponsorship and advertising agreements and collection of deposits. Submit completed paperwork and payments to the Administrative Assistant for processing.
  • Ensure that all sponsor recognition and benefits are met.
  • Make sponsorship presentations as required.
  • Solicit sponsorship, prizes and ticket sales in support of Chemainus Theatre fundraising events.
  • Seek to maximize cross-promotional opportunities within the theatre that are related to sponsorship, advertising and fundraising.
  • Ensure that files and database records for corporate sponsors and leads are organized and maintained.


  • Writing grants for the theatre including but not limited to government, community organizations, service clubs and foundations.
  • Actively research new grant sources from funder types including, but not limited to those listed above.
  • Advocate on behalf of the theatre at all opportunities.
  • Maintain and build positive relationships with funders and potential funders.
  • Ensure that files and database records for grant funders are organized and maintained.

General & Fundraising

  • Prepare a bi-weekly work plan and lead report.
  • Attend sponsor and member events.
  • Actively participate in the development team.
  • Actively participate in the planning and execution of fundraising events.
  • Attend opening nights for Chemainus Theatre mainstage productions.
  • Attend management and development team meetings as required.
  • Conduct all activities in a manner that supports the Chemainus Theatre Festival mission statement and company credos.

How to apply:

Please forward resume and cover letter to:

We thank all applicants however, only those who are selected for an interview will be contacted.


Marketing Assistant

The Chemainus Theatre Festival is recruiting for a Marketing Assistant.  We are seeking an experienced, creative, resourceful and driven team player to fill the role, which will include a variety of duties and responsibilities:

  • Provide administrative support
  • Assist with advertising and promotional campaigns, signage, merchandising and creation and production of collateral materials
  • Coordinate advertising requests
  • Maintain the Theatre’s internet and social media platforms
  • Ongoing website updates and maintenance
  • Database management and prospecting
  • Miscellaneous assignments as required and assigned

Essential skills and experience

  • Minimum of three years of relevant experience and applicable training
  • Advanced experience and working knowledge of MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook) and Adobe Creative Suite
  • Excellent organizational skills, ability to prioritize, manage several tasks and projects simultaneously
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment
  • Excellent written and oral communication
  • Acute attention to detail and accuracy
  • Strong proof-reading, grammar and copywriting skills
  • Must be extremely resourceful

This is a full-time position based on an average of 32 hours per week.   The weekly hours may fluctuate throughout the year with the department work cycle and could lead to more hours depending on your skillset and experience. If you enjoy working in a dynamic, team-based environment and have relevant administrative and marketing experience, please send your cover letter, resume and salary expectations to by March 6, 2020.

How to apply:

Please forward resume and cover letter to:

We thank all applicants however, only those who are selected for an interview will be contacted.