Kingston Pride

Kingston Pride – Festival Director

Job Title: Festival Director

Job Type: Part-time with increase to full-time during festival season

Number of Positions: 1

Date Posted: December 21, 2018

Closing Date: January 31, 2019

To apply for this position, please send a resume and cover letter to

FINAL Kingston Pride Festival Director Job Ad.pdf

Opening Statement

Kingston Pride Inc. is a grassroots organization established in 1989 that works to promote awareness and inclusion of the LGBTQ+ community. Kingston Pride Inc. coordinates a wide range of activities to celebrate diversity in Kingston and the surrounding area. While events take place year-round, Pride Month is celebrated every June with the Pride Festival, Pride Parade, and other social gatherings.

Previously, the month-long Pride celebrations have been organized by dedicated volunteers. In the spirit of innovation and with a goal of bringing national recognition to the Kingston Pride community, Kingston Pride Inc. is looking to hire a Festival Director to oversee the 2019 Kingston Pride Festival.

Position Summary

The Festival Director takes direction from the Kingston Pride Inc. Board of Directors and is the key management leader of the Kingston Pride Festival. The Festival Director is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs, and planning of the festival. Other key duties will include (but may not be limited to): fundraising, marketing, and community outreach. The position reports directly to the board of directors.

Position Specifications

Compensation to be negotiated. The job term will commence in mid-February 2019 and end in late June 2019 at the culmination of Pride Month in Kingston. The position will grant time off only in the case of Statutory Holidays.

Key Accountabilities and Responsibilities

    1. Board Governance: Works directly in coordination with the Board of Directors
      • Responsible for leading Kingston Pride Inc. in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s mission and goals as defined by the Board of Directors
      • Responsible for communicating effectively with the Board and providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions.
      • Reports to the Board of Directors in a format as determined by the Board.
    2. Financial Performance and Viability: Develop resources to ensure the financial health of the organization
      • Responsible for the fiscal integrity of Kingston Pride Inc. This includes (but is not limited to) submission to the Board of a proposed annual budget and monthly financial statements, which accurately reflect the financial condition of the organization
      • Responsible for fiscal management that generally anticipates operating within the approved budget, ensures maximum resource utilization, and maintenance of the organization in a positive financial position
      • Responsible for fundraising and developing other resources necessary to support Kingston Pride Inc.’s mission
    3. Organization Mission and Strategy: Works with board and staff to ensure the mission and goals are fulfilled through events and programs, strategic planning and community outreach
      • Responsible for contributing to the implementation of Kingston Pride Inc.’s programs that carry out the organization’s mission through 2019 Pride Festival proposals and event specific documentation.
      • Responsible for contributing to strategic planning to ensure that Kingston Pride Inc. can successfully fulfill its mission and goals into the future
      • Responsible for the enhancement of Kingston Pride Inc.’s image by being active and visible in the community by working closely with other professional, civic, and private organizations
    4. Organization Operations: Oversees and implements appropriate resources to ensure the operations of the organization are appropriate
      • Responsible for effective administration of Kingston Pride Inc.’s operations
      • Responsible for assisting in recruitment and training of willing, competent, and qualified volunteers
      • With prior Board approval, on a case by case basis, responsible for signing all notes, agreements, and other instruments made and entered into and on behalf of the organization

Qualifications, Competencies

  • Transparent and high integrity leadership style
  • Post-secondary degree/diploma in business management or a related field
  • Three or more years of related experiences in non-profit management
  • Extensive knowledge of and experience with budget management including budget preparation, analysis, decision-making, and reporting
  • Knowledge of fundraising strategies and donor relations unique to non-profit sector

Skills, Abilities

  • Ability to convey a vision of Kingston Pride Inc’s strategic future to the Board of Directors, its donors, and volunteers
  • Effective collaboration and motivational skills to work with diverse board members, donors, and volunteers
  • Strong organizational abilities including (but not limited to), planning, delegating, program development, and task facilitation
  • Strong written and oral communication skills; strong public speaking ability
  • Experience with conflict resolution and team building

Work Demands

  • Planning and operation of annual budget (in collaboration with the Treasurer)
  • Establish employment and administrative policies and procedures for all functions and for the day-to-day operation of the non-profit as directed by the Board.
  • Serve as Kingston Pride Inc’s spokesperson to the organization’s membership, the media, and the public (in collaboration with the Chair)
  • Establish and maintain relationships with various organizations in Kingston and the surrounding area. Utilize those relationships to strategically enhance Kingston Pride Inc’s mission.
  • Report to and work closely with the Board of Directors to seek their involvement in policy decisions, fundraising, and to increase to the overall visibility of Kingston Pride Inc. throughout Kingston and the surrounding area.
  • Oversee Board and committee meetings in relation to the 2019 Pride Festival
  • Oversee marketing and other communications efforts in relation to the 2019 Pride Festival
  • Review and approve contracts for services as directed by the Board
  • Supervise and collaborate with volunteers
  • Other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors

Closing Statement

For more information, visit our website at . Your resume and cover letter must clearly demonstrate how you meet the requirements of the position.

We thank all of those who apply; however, only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Emrys De Sousa
Emrys De Sousa
Emrys De Sousa with Kingston Pride Inc Chair, Ruth Wood

On Monday, June 11th, Kingston Pride and all in attendance were very proud to meet and announce the very first Kingston Pride Ambassador, Emrys De Sousa.  Please join Kingston Pride in congratulating Emrys!

You will see Emrys this Saturday, June 16th for the annual Kingston Pride Parade.  They will act as the Grand Marshal.

Kingston Pride would also like to thank runner up Ian Burns (Rowena) for being a very strong advocate of the community.

Both advocates were very passionate, respectful, and spoke very well.  It was a very good contest which should continue in the future.

Below is Emrys’ short bio.  Please make sure to say hello to them this weekend!

Emrys De Sousa Bio

Hi, my name is Emrys De Sousa! I am 18 years old, and I am a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community.  I am pansexual, and I identify within the umbrella term of Non-Binary (specifically Demigender, in this case, Demi-boy). I’m an avid consumer of LGBTQ+ media (television shows, movies, novels, music etc.). I am also a  barista at Starbucks, and have organized Pride Month for our Kingston stores for this year!  I’m passionate about giving back to the LGBTQ+ community, as I have found the strength to be open about who I am through my friends, mentors, and allies in the community. I want to be a part of the support for LGBTQ+ people of Kingston and continue to advocate for tolerance and acceptance!

Kingston Pride

Public Service Announcement 

Kingston Pride Road Closures

Kingston, Ont.—On Saturday, June 16, 2018, the Kingston Pride Parade and Community Fair will be taking place in the downtown Kingston area.

There will be some street closures during these events, which will affect vehicle traffic in the McBurney Park and downtown area.

  1. Ordnance Street, from Alma/York to Sydenham Street and Clergy Street from Ordnance to Colborne will be closed from 8 AM to 4 PM; and
  2. Starting at Noon, the Pride parade will be impacting traffic flow in the downtown core. The parade route includes Clergy Street, Princess Street, Ontario Street, and Brock Street (see map below).

The Community Fair will be taking place from 10 AM to 4 PM in McBurney Park.

The Pride parade will start at noon from McBurney Park, proceeding along Clergy to Princess to Ontario to Brock to Clergy and ending at McBurney Park. All members of the community are welcome to come out and enjoy the festivities that will be taking place. 



For more information:

Janet Lang, Kingston Pride Inc. Communications Director

Cell: 613-539-0122


Visit Kingston Pride at for more details about the 2018 Kingston Pride parade and Community Fair and all the other Pride events.

City Hall, City of Kingston

When you are out and about this coming Kingston Pride weekend, why not check out City Hall!  This year, the City of Kingston wanted to show its support for Pride.  As has been the practice for many years, there will be a Pride flag raised at City Hall on June 16th (no official ceremony scheduled).  Also, who can forget the Pride crosswalk right in front of City Hall?  Plus, the evening of June 16th, City Hall will be lit up rainbow Pride colours.  This is all to honour Pride in Kingston.  After checking out the Community Fair and Pride Parade, why not take a stroll past City Hall and check out these wonderful displays this Saturday!

Thank you, City of Kingston, and Happy Pride!

Photo courtesy of Doug Kerr on Flickr

If you thought celebrating Pride wasn’t contagious, you would be wrong!  A welcoming neighbour has installed the biggest Pride flag facing into Dunham Park.  Brian Melady and Vicki Powers painted their Pride flag on the back fence!  They welcome everyone to come by and have a photo taken with it. Along with the massive Pride flag, a tote of props such as smaller pride flags and feather boas will be there enticing people to get into the spirit of things while taking their photos.   They said, “If it’s anything like our BIG 150 sign we put up for Canada’s Birthday last year, hopefully we’ll have hundreds and hundreds stopping around Dunham Park for photos!”

Thank you, Brian and Vicki!  You are so fabulously outrageous!  Happy Pride!

More information on Vicki and Brian’s projects, travels and initiatives can be found on their Facebook page, M-Powers Life.

Kingston Pride

Kingston Pride is proud to announce your candidates for the first Kingston Pride Ambassador.  Please come out and support your candidates for the two day selection process on Sunday, June 10th (Meet and Greet) and Monday, June 11th (Final Selection).

Below you will find a short bio of our candidates in no particular order.

Emrys De Sousa

Emrys De Sousa
Emrys – They/Them

Hi, my name is Emrys De Sousa! I am 18 years old, and I am a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community.  I am pansexual, and I identify within the umbrella term of Non-Binary (specifically Demigender, in this case, Demi-boy). I’m an avid consumer of LGBTQ+ media (television shows, movies, novels, music etc.). I am also a  barista at Starbucks, and have organized Pride Month for our Kingston stores for this year!  I’m passionate about giving back to the LGBTQ+ community, as I have found the strength to be open about who I am through my friends, mentors, and allies in the community. I want to be a part of the support for LGBTQ+ people of Kingston and continue to advocate for tolerance and acceptance!

Ian Burns (Rowena)

Ian Burns - Pride Bio Photo
Ian – He/Him (Rowena – She/Her)

My name is Ian Burns and I want to be Kingston’s Pride Ambassador.  I was raised in Kingston, and have experienced many parts of the city: as a child, as a student, community volunteer, athlete, and while working for the military, government, Queen’s, and local businesses. Every day people are still fighting for acceptance in Kingston, myself included so I constantly aim to grow and learn about the struggles of members of our community, so that I can properly fight for the acceptance of others.

I have had the pleasure to experience a range of Canadian pride. I have been involved in Pride celebrations in 3 different cities, as a volunteer and entertainer, and I am a frequent community volunteer and LGBTQA* activist. As a drag entertainer, I have a unique platform to reach people of all ages, orientations, and in multiple cities. As Rowena Whey I was a member of a non-profit organization in Edmonton supporting LGBTQA* and equal rights charities for which I organized multiple events to raise funds for awareness.

I believe I have the strength, commitment, and motivation required to represent Kingston Pride and continue the fight for LGBTQA* rights. I hope I will be your representative this year. Happy Pride!!

CJ Stevenson

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Kingston Pride logo

Are you or your group planning a special pride event in honour of Kingston Pride?  If so, why not share your event details with Kingston Pride?

Kingston Pride is calling out to the community groups and organizers to share your pride event details with us.  If your event is pride inspired, Kingston Pride will make an effort to:

  • Publish your event on our website,
  • Share your Facebook event on our Kingston Pride Page (@PrideKingston)
  • Depending on print deadlines etc, print a synopsis in a printed guide (still TBD)

Please send your details and/or hyperlinks to our email address

Kingston Pride logo

It is with Kingston Pride’s pleasure to announce a new contest to find the first Kingston Pride Ambassador for this pride season!

In previous years, Kingston Pride held contests for titles of Miss Kingston Pride and Mister Kingston Pride. These titles were for self-identified drag kings and drag queens only. The duties of these titleholders were to represent Kingston Pride and be an advocate of the LGBTQ+ community of Kingston in other communities but more importantly to be the figureheads/grand marshals of the Kingston Pride Parade.

Consulting with the community and community leaders, Kingston Pride Inc. has decided to create a new title of Kingston Pride Ambassador and run a new contest to fill this very important role. This contest will be more encompassing and inclusive by giving opportunities for all advocates of the LGBTQ+ community to participate to represent Kingston.

If you think you got what it takes, don’t hesitate and complete your application form today (found below).  Deadline for applications is May 31, 2018.  For contest rules and the roles and responsibilities, please read them by selecting this hyperlink.

Sorry, we are no longer accepting applications.