Now in its 27th season, Eastern Front Theatre is a Halifax theatre company dedicated to the development, production and promotion of Atlantic Canadian theatre artists.
Nominations are accepted anytime, but board members will be elected at the Annual General Meeting in September. We are looking for nominees who are passionate about theatre and bring knowledge and/or skills in one or more areas of Board governance and leadership: strategic planning, fiscal oversight, collaborative partnerships, fundraising, community outreach and engagement, advocacy, human resources, policy, law, and IT.
Role and Responsibilities of the EFT Board and its Members Board members act as ambassadors for the theatre, reaching out into the community on its behalf, creating the interest and excitement that brings ideas and partnerships, and developing an environment that supports adequate public investment in the arts.
Board members are expected to be passionate advocates for the vitality, importance and needs of Halifax’s arts community, and to understand the mission, values and major activities of the organization, and champion its cause to the wider community.
The Board of Directors is responsible for the overall direction of EFT. This includes:
To organize the Board of Directors through election of officers, establishing committees, recruiting qualified candidates to fill Board vacancies, evaluating Board performance, maintaining Board discipline, orienting new Board members and setting training and development plans.
To ensure competent management through selecting the Artistic Producer, establishing objectives, evaluating performance, allowing scope for personal development, and establishing management compensation.
To maintain strong governance through development and ongoing review of policies in compliance with bylaws and legislation.
To establish strategic direction of the theatre through forming the theatre’s mandate & mission, in conjunction with the AP. Portions of the planning process are delegated to management but the Board is responsible for final approval of the theatre’s strategic plan, annual budget and artistic plan.
To oversee community relations.
Time Commitment Serving on the Board of Eastern Front will require a commitment of personal time. Board Meetings are held monthly with additional meetings for sub-committees scheduled as needed. Meetings are scheduled for the third Tuesday of every month and last approximately 1-2 hours. Directors are expected to attend all meetings or give notification of not attending.
Board members are elected to a two-year term, for a maximum of three terms, and are expected:
To attend meetings of the Board regularly and to attend meetings of committees of which they are members. They are also expected to become familiar with community interests within the realm of EFT's mandate.
To engage in generating revenue (ie. fundraising, sponsorships, and programming) on behalf of the organization.
To represent EFT in the community and at all times promote its interests and well-being in a professional manner
To be knowledgeable and experienced in the arts, either in a professional or volunteer capacity, and have a demonstrated understanding of the Halifax experience
To maintain an active interest in the current season of EFT and to become familiar with its shows, events, programs and to make a significant commitment of time to their areas of responsibility on EFT. Directors are requested to list this position in their public profiles whenever possible.
To preserve all confidential information acquired during tenure as Director
Individuals on the Board serve in a voluntary capacity and receive no remuneration for their service as members of the Board. Board members come from a broad range of industries, including sales, law, finance, and communications, and all are important to EFT's interaction with the wider community. In addition to considering a variety of expertise on the Board, we’re also looking to be a reflection of the cultural, ethnic and racial diversity in the HRM. Nominations must be submitted in writing and include the following information:
Telephone number (home and business)
Individuals may self-nominate. If you are nominating someone else, please indicate whether you have contacted the nominee to confirm their interest.
Please send nominations to the attention of Cheryl Bell, Board Chair at email@example.com - Subject line: EFT Board Nomination