Hot Docs
Toronto, ON

Executive Director

Hot Docs is a not-for-profit organization advancing and celebrating the art of documentary and creating production opportunities for documentary filmmakers. It operates North America’s largest documentary festival, conference, and market, annually welcoming audiences of over 228,000 and more than 2,600 industry delegates to Toronto. Hot Docs operates year-round with revenues of up to $9 million and a team of 50 full-time employees (plus another 20 part-time team members during festival season). It supports the Canadian and international industry, offers a Canada-wide streaming service, and introduces students to documentaries in schools and in the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, the world’s first and largest documentary cinema.

The lead executive officer of Hot Docs, the Executive Director reports to a Board of Directors and is responsible for the successful leadership, administration, and management of the organization. In the current structure, the Executive Director is a peer leader with the President, who is responsible for the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, Hot Docs at Home, special projects, and several funding programs.

The Executive Director will be a person who understands and is passionate about the art, production, and reach of documentary filmmaking. An experienced leader of a complex, entrepreneurial, and socially motivated organization, you understand the need for teamwork, fiscal discipline, and authentic relationship-building with audiences, sponsors, and industry. A listener and synthesizer, you are comfortable leading an experienced team of subject matter experts in nurturing new strengths that are diverse, inclusive, productive, and keenly attuned to a changing marketplace.

With your background in arts or not-for-profit organizational leadership—or perhaps private sector leadership with a history of volunteerism—you are a wise builder, peer, mentor, and aspirational thinker who is deeply committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion. You are also an inspiring storyteller who has both fundraising and events experience. Above all, you are a collaborative leader who will work with the team to chart a bright and innovative future for Hot Docs.

Hot Docs is a forum to share stories and perspectives on the people, issues, and events that shape our world, and we encourage respectful discussion and debate to foster greater understanding and empathy. An integral component of this is Hot Docs’ commitment to fostering an organizational culture that brings together people with different races, identities, abilities, experiences, and skills. Hot Docs is committed to reflecting the diverse communities we serve in the stories we present and also in our workforce. We encourage applications from diverse communities and welcome applicants who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion. View Hot Docs’ statement of values >>

Hot Docs encourages applications from qualified candidates and will accommodate applicants’ needs throughout all stages of the recruitment and selection process. Please advise the hiring contact to ensure your accessibility needs are accommodated throughout this process. Information received relating to the accommodation will be addressed confidentially.

Applications will be reviewed immediately upon receipt. All responses to Caldwell Partners are confidential. Please indicate your interest in Project 210435 at

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Additional Details

Code: 210435
Category: Film / Video
Hot Docs
506 Bloor St W
Toronto, ON, CA
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Posted: Jun 10, 2021
Deadline: OPEN
Type: Full-time
Experience: Senior
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