Job Posting: Executive Director
White Water Gallery is seeking a fun, motivated rising-star who wants to make their mark on the arts sector by applying to be our next Executive Director. Our current team has achieved its strategic goal of organizational stability, so is seeking a leader to build on that base by charting and pursuing a new strategic direction in conversation with our communities.
Incorporated in 1977, White Water Gallery is a not-for-profit Artist-Run Centre on Nipissing territory that is committed to supporting artistic practices that are innovative and relevant. Understanding the need to advance the public’s threshold for viewing contemporary art, the gallery encourages outreach programming that promotes accessibility and shared knowledge.
MFA, BFA or MA degree in the Arts and/or Arts Administration, or a minimum of three years related work experience. The ideal candidate will have a wide range of experience in arts administration, arts programming, building strong professional relationships, project and financial management, grant writing and reporting, leading a diverse team, and fostering healthy communities. They will also be highly organized, self-directed, and able to manage their energy efficiently, work under pressure and meet deadlines.
Priority will be given to applicants with an existing contemporary arts practice.
Reporting to WWG’s Board of Directors, the Executive Director will:
- Research, write and compile all operating, special project, and employment grant applications; report on the
- Oversee the Gallery’s annual call for submissions and selections process as the head of the programming committee, and coordinate all exhibitions and special programs.
- Monitor and motivate the organization’s fundraising and corporate sponsorship campaigns.
- Engage in short and long-term operational planning in collaboration with the Board.
- Manage all press releases, promotions, social media, and publicity.
- Lead all gallery preparations and installations in accordance with internal guidelines and government regulations.
- Recruit, hire, train, and oversee secondary staff and volunteers.
- Develop the Gallery’s yearly budgets, oversee day-to-day financial transactions, and present quarterly financial reports.
- Attend monthly board meetings and report on all financial, operational, and programming activities.
- Be flexible and available on some evenings and weekends for opening receptions, meetings and other events.
- Develop and maintain partnerships in the regional, provincial and national arts communities.
- A strong knowledge of current trends in contemporary art, and media art, in particular.
- A background in the not-for-profit cultural sector, and an understanding of regional arts challenges.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills in English. Timely, consistent, and respectful communication practices.
- Strong computer skills, including proficiency with general office and design software.
- Ability to strategize short and long-term goals and develop an innovative vision for the organization, as it transitions to programming an increasing proportion of media art.
- Proven track record of seeing projects through to successful completion.
- The ability to implement curatorial standards for the exhibition of works and a working knowledge of archival and proper art handling procedures.
- An ability to accept challenges, and find latent possibilities therein or beyond.
- A passion for social justice, and commitment to improving our ways of living together through the arts. Demonstrated advocacy skills.
How to Apply:
Qualified candidates are invited to submit by e-mail only to email@example.com using the subject heading: ATTN: WWG HIRING COMMITTEE
Application packages should include:
- a cover letter (maximum 2 pages)
- short CV (maximum 2 pages)
- writing sample from a grant application (250-500 words)
- contact information for three professional references
We thank all applicants, but only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
Review of applications will begin June 16th and continue on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
The position is part-time/full time based on the needs and capacities of the organization, and the successful applicant. (NOTE: Additional staff roles will be developed to complement the needs and capacities of WWG and the successful applicant in the coming year.)
Remuneration for this position is dependent upon qualifications and experience but will fall within sector standards.
Start date: As soon as possible
Mitchell Ellam, Member of the Board of Directors
Phone: (705) 476-2444