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Job in Toronto – murmur hiring

Dear friend of [murmur],
Shawn Micallef sent me an email this morning saying that [murmur] is looking to hire an executive director to help move the project forward. He asked recipients of the mail to pass it on, so here it is:

“[murmur] is looking for an inspirational leader.  We’re seeking someone passionate about community, cities, and storytelling to guide and grow [murmur]’s collaborations and projects.

The director will be responsible for managing and producing [murmur], and leading its expansion through writing grant applications, securing commissions, and cultivating relationships with potential funders.

On the “producing” side, this means taking care of stuff like:
– Recording & editing stories
– Installing signs
– Giving workshops
– Managing volunteers and interns
– Responding to lots of email inquiries
– Coordinating with suppliers
– Writing & sending out occasional newsletters
– Attending conferences and festivals; sometimes presenting
– Organizing events
– Writing grant applications and project proposals
– Managing budgets and books

On the “cultivating relationships” side, this means (among other things):
– Establish new contacts and projects in Toronto, nationally and internationally;
– Develop strategies to raise funds to expand the project;
– Seek out potential sponsors and donors, and tapping into networks;
– Conduct ongoing research for new fiscal strategies and opportunities.


Please get in touch if you:
– Know the project, like it, and (personally) are excited to help in its expansion;
– Have experience being in charge of stuff;
– Are personable and a great writer;
– Are motivated and self-directed, a decision-maker and problem-solver;
– Want a flexible schedule (meaning generally you can decide your own hours, but sometimes there’s stuff that needs doing on weekends);
– Are organized and good with deadlines;
– Are very comfortable with the web, and technology in general;
– Are in Toronto but available for occasional travel;
– Are okay with the idea that your salary is dependent on your fundraising abilities.

The ideal candidate probably also reads a bunch of blogs, lives downtown, rides a bike and/or TTC, and has a cellphone.


Our director will be working from the Centre for Social Innovation, on Spadina Avenue near Queen Street.


This is a part-time contract position for now, probably 3-4 days/week and $18-20/hour to start depending on your experience, increasing with your fundraising success.


Please email a CV and references to gabe at

We are looking for someone who can start as soon as possible, June 30th at the latest.  Please contact us by June 16th.”

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