South Asian Visual Arts Centre seeks Executive Director
Employer: SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Centre)
Application deadline: Jul 25 2011 (All day)
SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Centre) is seeking an Executive Director to build on its accomplishments and lead its future development. Since 1993 SAVAC has been dedicated to the development and presentation of contemporary visual art by South Asian artists. As an artist-run centre with charitable status, our mission is to produce innovative programs that critically explore issues and ideas shaping South Asian identities and experiences. SAVAC works to raise the profile of South Asian artists in Canada and to actively contribute to the development of a critical discussion on South Asian art practices and cultural diversity.
SAVAC operates according to a unique model. Working out of an office in a downtown Toronto arts building, SAVAC collaborates with a range of public galleries, artist-run centres, community and educational organizations to co-produce and co- present programs. SAVAC’s main activities are to produce exhibitions, public interventions, performance art events, screenings and artist talks, alongside professional development activities for artists, community outreach and educational programs for schools. The organization plays a unique and vital role in the Canadian cultural landscape.
Who you are:
The Executive Director works closely with the Board of Directors and is responsible for leading the artistic and administrative direction of a unique and significant artist-run centre.
The successful candidate will not only be passionate, entrepreneurial and creative but also be the key spokesperson, developing the organization’s profile in the community. You must have superior inter-personal skills to manage a two-person staff team and work in collaboration with a range of visual arts and community organizations. You must have an understanding of the non-profit and/or artist-run sector in Canada, and develop the participation of South Asian artists in this sector. You must demonstrate an attention to detail and follow-through with work across a range of stakeholders including artists, funders, donors and co-presenting partners.
Role and Responsibilities:
- The Executive Director provides leadership across all aspects of the organization in governance, administration, artistic programming, marketing, outreach and community relations;
- Develops and manages annual operational and programming budgets and maintains fiscal accountability;
- Develops funds through grants, donations and sponsorships;
- Develops co-presentation partnerships and provides artistic direction and leadership in developing and executing programs;
- Demonstrates strong project management skills to undertake and realise collaborative exhibition projects;
- Provides leadership in developing media relations, marketing, outreach initiatives and works to develop the profile of the organization;
- Facilitates the work of the Board, including strategic planning, audit and Annual General Meeting preparations, policy development, and Board-lead fundraising initiatives;
- Oversees efficient day-to-day management of all aspects of operations and undertakes all tasks related to the general administration of the organization;
- Demonstrates an ability to lead and work in a team environment with knowledge of good human resource practices
- Minimum Bachelors degree, with emphasis on working skills and experience;
- Advanced degree is an asset
- Minimum 5 years experience in the non-profits arts sector;
- Knowledge of issues and practices in the South Asian visual arts community
- Experience writing grants and proposals
This position requires a minimum of 35 hours per week. Annual salary will commensurate with experience. The position is for one year and renewable based upon performance, which is reviewed annually. There will be an initial probationary period of 3 months.
Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.
All applicants selected for an interview will be required to submit one writing sample of a grant application, curatorial writing or proposal in advance of the interview.
No telephone inquiries please. Electronic applications are preferred.
Please forward your resume and cover letter by July 25th, 2011to:
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