Job Opportunity - HPX Executive Director

Job Title: Executive Director

Employer:Halifax Pop Explosion
Location: Halifax, NS
Reports To: Board of Directors
Type: Full time
Salary: Competitive

The Halifax Pop Explosion Association is seeking a new Executive Director. The Executive Director is responsible to ensure the effective operation of the Halifax Pop Explosion Association in its pursuit of its vision and mission. The Association exists to present our annual festival, and any other projects or events that may from time to time be staged. The Executive Director is therefore responsible for resource development, financial management, sponsorship and government investment acquisition, promotion, and relationships between volunteers and staff.


This Executive Director is the figurehead of the Halifax Pop Explosion so the right personality is important. In general terms, the successful candidate for this position would typically have a post secondary credential in some related field, although this is not strictly required. Related work and management experience in the non-profit and/or cultural sector and/or event promotion are critical assets. Other personality traits and skills that are critical to the successful fulfillment of this role include::

  • Highly developed leadership skills
  • A dynamic, outgoing personality, someone who thrives on public speaking and on developing and maintaining strong interpersonal relationships (e.g. with Halifax Pop Explosion’s sponsors, partners, staff and volunteers);
  • Excellent spoken and written communication skills;
  • Proven financial and operations management skills;
  • Event planning and delivery skills;
  • Proven ability to devise and execute successful fundraising initiatives;
  • The ability to plan quickly and effectively, coupled with a willingness to adapt to changes;
  • Excellent time and personal management skills;
  • Highly developed computer and internet literacy
  • An intimate understanding of the local music, digital, and culture sectors in Halifax and Canada;

A full description of the position and duties can be found here. Please read the full description before contacting or submitting an application.


Interested candidates should send a resume, cover letter and brief essay to Your essay should address the following questions and be no more than 1.5 pages:

  1. What does the Halifax Pop Explosion mean to you?
  2. What do you see as the future of the Halifax Pop Explosion?
  3. Provide specific examples of how you could enhance the Halifax Pop Explosion.


Deadline for submissions is February 13th, 2014 at 5pm (AST).

Halifax Pop Explosion Association is an equal opportunity employer; thank you for your interest, but it will only be possible to correspond with those who are selected for an interview.

For information on the position, please contact