Job Posting: Executive Director

The Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Arts Society seeks an Executive Director to lead the organization’s strategic direction and oversee the planning and execution of the Annual Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival.

The Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Arts Society (NLFAS) was incorporated in 1968 and has as its mandate to preserve and promote the traditional folk arts of Newfoundland and Labrador. Its flagship event is the Annual Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival (now in its 45th year), an outdoor, family-friendly festival which showcases the diversity of talent and traditions of the province. The NLFAS also hosts a weekly Folk Night (the longest-running music series in St. John’s) as well as Young Folk at the Hall, a mentorship program for young musicians, and our annual Holiday Wassail fundraiser.


● Lead the effective day-to-day operations of the NLFAS

● Determine staffing needs and oversee staff, contractors, and outside agencies

● Manage the financial business of the NLFAS, including securing funding and sponsorships

● Develop and nurture community partnerships

● Oversee and ensure the quality development and execution of the annual Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival and year-round programming in keeping with the NLFAS’s mandate

● Work with the Board to fulfil its governance, oversight, and fundraising functions

● Represent the NLFAS at local events and to the media


● 3-5 years of experience in managerial/administrative role with a not-for-profit

● Experience in securing private and public funding from multiple sources for a not-for-profit

● Understanding of the unique cultural and not-for-profit landscape of Newfoundland & Labrador

● Excellent managerial skills and experience managing a staff of 2-5 people is required

● Experience and/or education in budget and/or financial management is required

● Experience coordinating and producing successful large scale festivals and/or events is required

● Exceptional organizational leadership and creative thinking skills are required

● Excellent public speaking, writing and general communication skills are required

● Ability to work independently, multi-task and problem-solve in a deadline-driven environment is required

● Understanding of governance and experience working with/reporting to a Board of Directors. 

● Computer literacy (email, Google suite, Zoom, etc.)

● Experience balancing the delivery of programs against budget realities

● Experience executing a strategic plan on behalf of a not-for-profit organization is an asset


Deadline to apply: Applications will remain open until the position is filled. Candidates should apply as soon as possible to ensure consideration.

Start Date: As soon as possible 

Position Type: Full time, permanent.

Compensation: $55,000 annually

Location: St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador

How to apply:

Submit a cover letter, resumé and 2 references to Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

The Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Arts Society is an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity and strongly encourage applications from all qualified individuals, including, but not limited to women, Indigenous persons, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and 2SLGBTQ+ folks.