Job Opportunity | Executive Director at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery

Date: Mar 3, 2021

The Southern Alberta Art Gallery ("the Gallery") is a leading Canadian contemporary art gallery committed to the learning, growth and transformative experiences through the visual arts for our visitors. We are a bridge between artists and audiences, an active and generative space to access and experience ideas. The Gallery is actively engaged in the cultural, social and business fabric of our community.

The Executive Director works to further the Gallery’s mandate to foster the work of contemporary artists who challenge boundaries; encourage broad public engagement; and promote awareness and exploration of artists expression. 

In 2021 the Gallery will begin a refresh project focusing on program renewal (exhibitions, education and outreach); enhanced community engagement; recalibration of our brand; and ongoing communication, operational, and financial sustainability. The Executive Director (he/she) will work toward the Gallery's goal of revitalizing its offerings, deepening its relationship with its stakeholders, and broadening its impact in our community.

Primary Responsibillities

  • Internal Operations & Management – policy development and implementation, maintain formal records and present written reports for approval.
  • Program Development – ensure high quality programs are developed and presented in conjunction with appropriate partners and stakeholders.
  • Financial Management & Revenue Development – prepare both short-term and long-term financial plans and annual budget; manage organization’s resources and complete monthly monitoring; ensure sound accounting/bookkeeping practices are followed; increase and develop alternate funding streams; complete funding proposals and grant applicatins; and oversee the development of fundraising efforts.
  • Human Resources Management – lead and support employees and volunteers; complete annual performance evaluations; determine staffing positions and ensure recruitments are completed in accordance with proper protocols and regulations; set employee renumeration rates based on current budgets; and maintain inclusive work culture and environment while providing effective leadership.
  • Artistic Management – With input from curatorial and programming staff, fulfill the artistic mandate (exhibitions, education, programs and community engagement) for the Gallery and cultivate relationships with major stakeholders, donors, members, and artists.
  • Operations Management – ensure all activities align with organizational strategy; seek opportunities for improved governance and operations; manage service contracts to ensure quality services are being provided; and ensure appropriate insurance coverage.
  • Communications Management, Advocacy, and Relations – Build strong relationships with community partners, professional associations, and stakeholders to positively represent and promote the Gallery; actively work to increase membership engagement; market and promote artistic achievements; and serve as an active member on relevant boards and committees. 

Specific Requirements

  • Post-secondary education with a focus in Visual Art, Art History, Museum, or Curatorial Studies, and equivalent work experience 
  • A relevant Master’s Degree (in the Arts) or MBA would be considered an asset
  • Exceptional communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Organized, with the ability to prioritize 
  • Ability to execute quickly and effectively
  • Excellent critical thinking, problem solving, and decision-making skills
  • Extensive knowledge and experience with managing financial resources 
  • Strong leadership skills with experience in leading teams
  • Knowledge of human resources and related legal requirements
  • Experience working with a Board of Directors
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and communicate new initiatives
  • Experience with grant writing and management 
  • Demonstrated interest in the local creative communities and impact of a gallery on the individual, family and community
  • Must be willing to live in Lethbridge on a full-time basis

Culture Notes

  • Our team is very close and works well together
  • The Gallery has a strong artistic presence in Lethbridge and Southern Alberta
  • Both the Board and the staff are supportive and inclusive
  • Benefits upon completion of probationary period

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