Fall brings some big, but exciting changes to Jazz Winnipeg. This week we’re saying farewell to our longtime Executive Producer, Paul Nolin, and have started the search for the newest member of the Jazz Winnipeg team. Lynne Stefanchuk, who has been with the organization for 13 years, will be stepping into the role of Acting Executive Director and we’re so lucky to have the organization in such capable and experienced hands.  While Paul will continue to program the festival and book shows for Jazz Winnipeg’s concert series in the interim, we’re looking for someone to permanently fill the brand new role of Program Director.

Our Program Director will do so much more than just book shows — they’ll have an artistic vision for the festival, talent-buying and concert production experience, coordinate our outreach activities, and not be afraid to roll up their sleeves and do whatever it takes to make all of our shows happen. This new position will oversee programming and production of the annual TD Winnipeg Jazz Festival, Jazz Winnipeg’s Concert Season, outreach programs and more. Additionally, the successful candidate will be tasked with building and growing partnerships among Winnipeg’s many vibrant arts and community groups. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Program Director will be responsible for representing Jazz Winnipeg as a leading arts organization in the local, national and international jazz and cultural community.

Specific duties include:

Festival & Concert Season Programming and Production

  • Oversee all talent selection and scheduling for the annual TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival and Concert Season
  • Contract administration for all confirmed artists
  • Manage the overall budget of the festival and concert series
  • Confirm and organize all festival venues
  • Confirm and organize all permits and applications required for the delivery of the festival
  • Confirm and organize all suppliers required for the delivery of the festival
  • Lead and oversee the festival production team (Technical Director, Production Manager, and more)
  • Manage production and staffing of Jazz Winnipeg Concert Season events
  • Lead and support festival volunteers as required
  • Work with and support the Marketing and Communications Manager to promote the festival
  • Act as the primary media spokesperson for promoting Jazz Winnipeg’s programming activities
  • Advance concerts with artist representatives and production management of events
  • Develop and deliver outreach programs during Jazz Festival and throughout the year

Partnership Development

  • Expand and grow existing community partnerships. These currently include the annual Manitoba High School Honour Band event at the Festival, Jazz on Wheels, and the publication of dig! magazine
  • Explore and develop new strategic partnerships in Winnipeg’s creative community
  • Represent Jazz Winnipeg within national and international music networks


  • Support the Executive Director with funding applications and reporting
  • Support and participate in the ongoing management of Jazz Winnipeg’s volunteer program
  • Support and participate in post-festival de-briefing
  • Support customer service requirements in the office as required
  • Support the Executive Director with reports to the Board of Directors as required

The ideal candidate will have the following experience and qualities:

  • 5 – 10 years experience in developing artistic programs
  • Deep knowledge of various music genres
  • Ability to create a clear artistic vision
  • Experience negotiating agreements with artists at all levels
  • Ability to multi-task and, when necessary, support the work of others
  • Function effectively in a team-based, highly collaborative and hands-on environment
  • Ability to develop and maintain strong professional relationships
  • Ability to stay calm and positive while under pressure
  • An understanding of the Winnipeg market would be an asset

Interested applicants should email a cover letter and a CV to Lynne@jazzwinnipeg.com.

The desired start date for this position is Tuesday, January 3, 2017.