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POSITION TITLE: Executive Director, White Water Gallery

IDEAL START DATE:  March 1st or negotiable

30-35 Hours per week

Some evenings and weekends (Sunday/Monday) are required for committee meetings and events. Hours are flexible and negotiable; work by distance is also negotiable. 

2-year renewable contract

Starting 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, developmental, and financial management of the organization, in accordance with the gallery’s strategic and operational plans. Reporting to, and working collaboratively with, the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will lead administrative operations and manage artistic programming staff as well as additional staff in line with the gallery’s vision and mandate. The ideal candidate will have a wide range of skills relating to arts administration, including project management, financial planning and reporting, policy development and implementation, and working as part of a diverse team. They will also be highly organized, self-directed, and able to manage their energy efficiently, work under pressure and meet deadlines. 

 

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;
  •   Perform day-to-day administrative management activities including carrying out document and records management and correspondence with exhibiting artists, speakers, submission applications, members and donors;
  •   Be responsible for all operating and project grants (and final reports) to maintain a healthy, transparent budget with the organization’s Treasurer;
  •   Maintain a clean, well-organized and safe working environment while planning for a future facility and its needs;
  •   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;
  •   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;
  •   Implement, organize, and schedule assistance as needed for all gallery events and community initiatives, including exhibition installs, opening receptions, workshops, lectures, and screenings;
  •   Working with  the Fundraising Committee, develop and implement fundraising strategies, sponsorships, and events;
  •   Attend monthly meetings of the Board of Directors, 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, printing 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, including facilitating partnerships and engaging with other community-based activities.

 

 

The Idea Candidate Should Possess:

  • An advanced degree or equivalent experience in arts administration, fine arts, curatorial studies, art history, or related field;
  • 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 partnerships and partnership development.
  • A record of successful fundraising, including grant writing for submission to Arts Councils;
  • A record of successful budgetary and financial experience within a cultural institution in the nonprofit sector;
  • Demonstrated success in developing reciprocal and meaningful relationships in and with Indigenous communities; 
  • Experience managing 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 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 administration and communication (e.g. Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, WordPress, and familiarity with Sage is an asset);
  • Knowledge and understanding of the functional role of digital platforms, social media and web development for contemporary cultural institutions.

 

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;
  •   Perform day-to-day administrative management activities including carrying out document and records management and correspondence with exhibiting artists, speakers, submission applications, members and donors;
  •   Be responsible for all operating and project grants (and final reports) to maintain a healthy, transparent budget with the organization’s Treasurer;
  •   Maintain a clean, well-organized and safe working environment while planning for a future facility and its needs;
  •   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;
  •   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;
  •   Implement, organize, and schedule assistance as needed for all gallery events and community initiatives, including exhibition installs, opening receptions, workshops, lectures, and screenings;
  •   Working with  the Fundraising Committee, develop and implement fundraising strategies, sponsorships, and events;
  •   Attend monthly meetings of the Board of Directors, 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, printing 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, including facilitating partnerships and engaging with other community-based activities.

 

HOW TO APPLY:

Qualified candidates are invited to submit by email only to hiring@whitewatergallery.com using the subject line “ED APPLICATION ” by February 14th at 5pm EST.  

Interviews will be held Via Zoom. 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 sample grant project statement or proposal (max 750 words) & sample project budget

 

White Water Gallery

122 Main Street East, North Bay ON P1B 1A8

1-(705)-476-2444

www.whitewatergallery.com

 

Private: We’re Hiring!

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.

Requirements:

MFA, BA 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.  

Skills Required:

  • 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 applications by e-mail only to info@whitewatergallery.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.  

Position Details:

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

Contact Information:

Mitchell Ellam, Member of the Board of Directors

Phone: (705) 476-2444

Email: info@whitewatergallery.com

Website: www.whitewatergallery.com