Celtic Colours International Festival, Cape Breton’s annual award-winning, internationally-renowned celebration of music and culture, has an opening for the position of Chief Executive Officer.

Reporting to the Festival Society’s Board of Directors, the Chief Executive Officer is involved with all aspects of the operation, including strategic planning, programming, finance, human resource management, fundraising, sponsorship development, reporting, governance and communications.

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Duties include:

  • Leading, developing, and implementing the strategic plan
  • Maintaining, strengthening, and broadening fundraising, sponsorship, and business development activities
  • Establishing and maintaining a strong relationship with the board, staff, funders, sponsors, partners, and community at large
  • Supporting staff and committees in meeting programming goals through budgetary and operational direction, and oversight
  • Developing the annual budget and exercising prudent management of the organization’s financial resources
  • Securing new sources of funding to ensure a viable and sustainable organization
  • Managing the organization’s staff and volunteer base
  • Communicating with funders, stakeholders, partners, public, and media
  • Supporting the Board of Directors in carrying out its role and responsibilities


  • Post-Secondary Education in relevant field or equivalent experience
  • Background in management and/or business, preferably in the not-for-profit sector
  • Exceptional interpersonal, negotiation, and consensus-building skills

As per Festival policy, all employees of the Festival are required to be fully vaccinated by recognized Covid-19 vaccines.

Interested candidates may submit a resume and cover letter by Monday, January 31, 2022 to hr@celtic-colours.com

Celtic Colours International Festival prides itself on being an open and inclusive workplace. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment. We thank all applicants in advance, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
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