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POSITION TITLE: Executive Director, White Water Gallery

IDEAL START DATE: December 2, 2019 – January 6, 2020


30-35 Hours per week including gallery hours, Tues – Sat: noon – 5:00 pm

Some evenings and weekends (Sunday/Monday) are required for committee meetings and events. Hours are flexible and negotiable.


2-year renewable contract

Starting salary of $28,000 – $32,000 (salary to be commensurate with experience) 

Benefits negotiable after first 6 months 

2 weeks paid vacation per year  


About the White Water Gallery:

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.


Job Description and Requirements:

As the Executive Director of White Water Gallery, the successful candidate will conduct the operational, artistic, developmental, and financial management of the organization, in accordance with the strategic and operational plan. Reporting to and working collaboratively with the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will lead artistic programming and administrative operations in line with the gallery’s vision and mandate. The ideal candidate will have a wide range of skills relating to curation and programming, bookkeeping and financial reporting, policy development and implementation, working as part of a diverse team, and project management. They will also be highly organized, self-directed, and able to manage their energy efficiently, work under pressure and meet deadlines. 


The Idea Candidate Should Possess:

  • A minimum of two years experience (or equivalent) in the leadership of an artist-run space, public art gallery, or cultural institution with a proven track record of successful management;
  • A record of successful fund development, including grant writing for submission to Arts Councils;
  • A record of successful budgetary and financial experience within a cultural institution in the nonprofit sector;
  • An advanced degree or equivalent experience in arts administration, fine arts, curatorial studies, art history, or related field;
  • Demonstrated success in developing reciprocal and meaningful relationships in and with Indigenous communities; 
  • Experience managing other staff, interns and volunteers and working with a Board of Directors;
  • Excellent self-management, organizational, leadership and interpersonal skills;
  • Strong knowledge of contemporary art practices, CARFAC Canada & Ontario, and an understanding of artist-run culture;
  • An exemplary commitment to community, inclusivity, equity and social justice in the arts;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and a proven ability to work communicate effectively within groups/committees;
  • Ability to work flexible hours including weekends, evenings and holidays when necessary;
  • Proficiency in a breadth of computer programs and applications for administrative skills, design skills, social media and web development;
  • Knowledge and understanding of the functional role of digital platforms, social media and web development for contemporary cultural institutions;
  • Confidence in the handling of artworks and installation of exhibitions.


Reporting to WWG’s Board of Directors, the Executive Director Will:

  •   Implement White Water Gallery’s artistic programming and administrative operations while adhering to the gallery’s constitution, mandate and strategic plan;
  •   Provide day-to-day administrative management activities including carrying out document and records management and correspondence with exhibiting artists, speakers, submission applications, members and donors;
  •   Produce all operating and project grants (and final reports) to maintain a healthy, transparent budget with the organization’s Treasurer;
  •   Work with the Treasury Committee to prepare and monitor budgets; maintain accurate records, process payments, deposits and payroll duties, lead annual audit, manage accounts, update CADAC, conduct CRA requirements;
  •   Research and identify new funding opportunities, as well as maintain and grow the organization’s donor base and fundraising capacities;
  •   Direct the development and implementation of diverse programming in all areas of visual arts, media arts and writing through collaboration with White Water Gallery’s Programming Committee;
  •   Coordinate all exhibition logistics, including payment, shipping, transportation, and travel activities of visiting artists and their works;
  •   Work the White Water Gallery’s Board of Directors to monitor membership, and recruit, manage and schedule volunteers;
  •   Manage other gallery staff, such as summer students and interns;
  •   Maintain a clean, well-organized and safe working environment while planning for future facility needs;
  •   Implement, organize, and schedule assistance as needed for all gallery events and community initiatives, including exhibition installs, opening receptions, workshops, lectures, and screenings;
  •   With the assistance of the Fundraising Committee, develop and implement fundraising strategies, sponsorships, and events;
  •   Attend monthly Board of Director meetings and Chair the Programming Committee, and sit on the Fundraising and Finance Committees;
  •   Manage website; update, plan, create and share relevant social media content;
  •   Create and distribute press releases, respond to media requests; actively promote the gallery’s activities and exhibitions on a regular basis;
  •   Coordinate the development, print and distribution of online and print catalogs and publications;
  •   Be an advocate for contemporary art in North Bay, responding to the interests of the local and regional arts communities, facilitating partnerships and engaging with other community-based activities.




Qualified candidates are invited to submit by e-mail only to hiring@whitewatergallery.com using the subject heading “APPLICATION TO EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JOB POSTING” by November 15th at 5pm EST.  


Interviews will be held November 28-30th and the successful candidate with begin sometime between December 9, 2019 – January 6, 2020.  We thank all applicants for their interest, but only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.  


Application packages should include:

  •       a cover letter (maximum 2 pages)
  •       CV (maximum 2 pages)
  •       contact information for three professional references 
  •       one writing sample (such as a curatorial text, critical art analysis)
  •       one sample grant project statement (max 750 words) & sample project budget


White Water Gallery

122 Main Street East, North Bay ON P1B 1A8