St. John’s Storytelling Seeking New Executive Director

Date Posted: May 18

Deadline: May 31

Start Date: June 15 (paid orientation) / July 1 (official start date)

Pay scale: Commensurate with experience

St. John’s Storytelling is offering an exciting opportunity for a dynamic, highly motivated, creative individual to grow with us as our new Executive Director.


The Executive Director will oversee operations of the organization including communications, marketing, event coordination, and finances. The ED maintains communication with the Board of Directors, Committees, contract staff and performers, and acts as liaison with other organizations that promote the art of Storytelling.


  • Secure funding and financial support through grants and partnerships
  • Maintain active communication with board, committees, artists, partners, and community members
  • Attend monthly meetings with Board, Finance, and Programming committees
  • Take an active role in budgeting and management of finances
  • Manage contract staff and volunteers, including preparing contracts
  • Coordinate events (in person following Covid-19 guidelines and virtual) including tech/livestream
  • Devise, coordinate, and manage all public relations and promotions including use of social media, media contacts, and website updates
  • Oversee special projects and other duties as required by the Board


  • Demonstrated expert ability to write successful arts grants
  • Ability to engage in high level visioning with the Board and Committees around short and long term goals and Programming
  • Event coordination and technical expertise in running events on online platforms
  • Experience with budgeting processes
  • Exceptional communication, organizational, and time management skills
  • Familiarity with design software (Adobe Creative Suite)
  • Accounting/ bookkeeping skills would be an asset

This is offered as a contractual position. The hours are variable depending on the needs of the organization. Flexibility in work schedule is essential. The successful candidate will work from home. Salary commensurate with qualifications and skills.

We invite interested individuals to forward a resume to Storytelling St. John’s at: storytellingstjohns@gmail.com

Home Out of It: Tonic Tales for Troubled Times

A podcast compendium of tales from NL

In the mid 1300s Giovanni Boccacio penned The Decameron: a collection of 100 stories of love, tragedy, wit and guile, set in Italy against the scourge of the Bubonic Plague. Boccacio weaves a tale of ten individuals fleeing the plague, sequestered away for a fortnight. Each agrees to tell one story a night for ten nights, thus producing this collection of 100 tales.

Now, in 2021, against the backdrop of the novel Coronavirus, St. John’s Storytelling seeks to compile our own version: Home Out Of It – Tonic Tales for Troubled Times. This “Newfoundland and Labrador Decameron” will include tales from across the island and the Big Land that chronicle the unique and brilliant makeup of our province; stories that have lived here for thousands of years and stories that have traveled newly across land and sea, all of which make up the beautiful mosaic of this place.

Hosted by award-winning audio documentarist Chris Brookes, the NL Decameron Part 1 will feature 30 – 50 stories in a podcast format, to be released in summer of 2021

Have a story? Know someone who does? We encourage you to record a snippet and submit it to us at storytellingstjohns@gmail.com !


All types of stories are welcome! Anyone from our province, who is currently living here, or who has a strong connection to Newfoundland and Labrador can submit stories. We want this project to be as expansive and rich as our communities are, featuring stories from seniors, and folks who self-identify as Indigenous, persons with disabilities, 2SLGBTQIA+, and newcomers. You do not need to be a professional storyteller to submit!

Your tales do not need to be about Covid-times. They can be Personal Stories, Myths, Legends, Folk Tales, Fairy Tales; things you have written or stories you have inherited.

Ballads, recitations, short and long stories (up to 15 minutes) are welcomed!


Send us a short recording of 1 – 2 minutes of your story (or stories).

And tell us a bit about yourself and why you’re sharing this story – where did you hear it? What does it mean to you? You can share this in your audio recording or in an e-mail.

Unsure how to go about making your recording? We can help!

Just send us an e-mail to storytellingstjohns@gmail.com with the subject Decameron Recording Assistance


Submissions Due:            May 30th, 2021 at 11:59 pm

Length of stories:            0 – 15 minutes. Some stories are short – so short you can tell them in a single phrase! Some are longer, and those are great! Your story/stories can be up to 15 minutes in length.

Final format:                    Podcast

Release dates:                 September – October, 2021

Fees & Licensing:            Professional and licensing fees will be paid for all stories included in the collection.

Send your submission to storytellingstjohns@gmail.com

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