Program Manager Role for Black Community Initiatives (Hybrid) - Ogo Tawa Inc.

Ògo Tàwa Inc. is looking for a Program Manager Role for Black Community Initiatives (Hybrid) to join the organization. This is a 16-month, full-time contract position with the possibility of extension. Interested candidates should apply by submitting their résumé and cover letter to [email protected].

  • Contract Duration: 16 months
  • Salary: $65,000 to $75,000 per year
  • Hours: Full-time
  • Health and dental benefits

About the Company

Ògo Tàwa Inc. helps gifted, underrepresented, underserved, and underemployed artists of African descent apply their artistic talents to enhance their financial security and provide better lives for themselves, their communities, and their families. We do this by bringing needed attention to their creative talents so customers and the public may support diverse artworks by Black artists.

We are developing an eCommerce platform, a public arts project and a business training program. We are looking for a Program Manager to help us through this stage of growth.  This would be a hybrid work opportunity that includes work from the office and work from home. This work opportunity also includes an attractive benefits package.

The Program Manager supports the Senior Operations Manager in managing the organization’s arts based programming. The successful applicant will have a track record of managing multiple stakeholders across an organization to drive efficiencies, program delivery excellence, and improvements. This is a key-role and will require a detail-oriented and tactical individual capable of engaging stakeholders, recruiting Black artists and speakers, as well as supporting arts-based entrepreneurial program planning, development, and communication activities, as needed.

This role comes with health and dental benefits. The hybrid nature of this role allows for the flexibility of work from home time and time to work out of the office as well.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for implementing the Entrepreneur program strategy, following a budget(s), managing work plans, timelines, and key messages to ensure alignment between strategic plan, program and marketing objectives
  • Leading program evaluation by defining and developing information needed to report on program KPIs and other metrics
  • Review and revise the art program curriculum to improve pedagogy and stay up to date with relevant industry trends
  • Revise and develop new Entrepreneur program materials as needed
  • Recruit, contract, and coordinate facilitators and mentors, providing training deliverables and other information as needed
  • Be the primary contact for program participants
  • Administer the cloud-based project management system for program participant file sharing
  • Work with the marketing team to develop promotional campaigns
  • Participate in outreach, trade show booths, and speaking engagements at targeted events
  • Identify and actively seek out opportunities to provide additional, ongoing value to program participants (past and present) such as funding opportunities and other resources
  • Develop and implement new capacity-building programs and services for the local arts community
  • Contribute to program funding applications and partnership development as needed

Required Skills, Experience and Knowledge:

  • Completed a post-secondary degree in arts administration, cultural studies, business, entrepreneurship, education, or related experience
  • Daytime and 5 to 10 hrs/wk of evening availability required
  • *You self-identify as Black or Black bilingual (French-English)*
  • Have a minimum of 2 to 5 years of program experience, preferably in the non-profit arts and culture sector
  • Have a successful track record developing, coordinating, and implementing arts and entrepreneurial programs and the innovative attitude to apply your talent
  • Demonstrated program development and coordination experience
  • Be available to travel to different parts of Toronto during daytime and evenings
  • Have ownership of a vehicle and valid G license
  • Thrive in an organisation that constantly evolves and adapts
  • Embrace collaborative sharing of knowledge within a teamwork environment
  • Driven to achieving results and continuously striving to deliver the highest performance through creative thinking
  • Experience working with independent artists, arts administrators, and creative entrepreneurs
  • Possess strong computer skills including MS Office applications (Word, Excel, PPT) and Adobe (Photoshop, Illustrator) or other design software
  • Excellent organisational skills with the ability to multitask and prioritize
  • Solution-oriented with a diplomatic approach to problem-solving
  • Strong communication and presentation skills
  • Experience working with initiatives that involve both the public and private sector
  • Familiarity working with partners, funders, sponsors and other stakeholders is an asset

Please note: Hybrid work opportunity includes work from home and work in the office work days.

*In order to be eligible applicants must self-identify as Black (regardless of your cultural identity or place of birth).

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should apply by submitting their résumé and cover letter to [email protected]. Click below to send your application now!

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