Job Opportunity: Executive Director


Hamilton Artists Inc. (the Inc.) is committed to the presentation of contemporary art and related cultural practices. The Inc. facilitates critical dialogue surrounding issues in contemporary art through exhibitions, publication, performances, and public events. The Inc. actively engages in community arts programming and educational initiatives that represent the breadth and depth of life in our city and beyond.

As the Executive Director for Hamilton Artists Inc., the successful candidate will conduct the operational, developmental, and financial management of the organization, in accordance with the strategic and operational plan. The Executive Director will work collaboratively with the Programming Director and the Board of Directors.

The Executive Director position for the Hamilton Artists Inc. is $35,000 at 32 hours/week, beginning October 27. Hours are flexible and negotiable. Evening and weekend hours are required for committee meetings and events. Vacation pay is calculated at 4% of wages.  The successful candidate will receive a one-year contract, with an option to renew.

The successful candidate will possess:

  • An MA, MFA, or equivalent experience in art history, visual culture, museum studies, curatorial studies, or fine arts.
  • Minimum of 4 years of experience in a non-profit art gallery or equivalent administrative experience
  • Ability to create and manage budgets, bookkeeping, audits and payroll.
  • Experience with grant writing for arts councils and foundations, and preparing CADAC, with a proven track record of success.
  • Experience cultivating strategic sponsorships, community partnerships and fundraising opportunities.
  • Supervisory experience working with staff and volunteers.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with Programming Director and Board of Directors.
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills (proficiency in French considered an asset).
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and attention to detail.
  • Experience with membership management and recruitment.
  • Computer skills (PC and Mac), Quickbooks, Microsoft Office, GSuite, Social Media. Experience with Hootsuite, WordPress, Adobe Creative Suite, MailChimp and HTML/Coding considered an asset.
  • Demonstrated commitment to reducing barriers to equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Solid knowledge of Canadian contemporary art, as well as an understanding of the local and regional arts community.

Primary responsibilities include:

Administration and Operations

  • Operational and facility management.
  • Writing grants and reports, and pursuing other funding opportunities.
  • Supporting human resources, including volunteers, staff and interns.
  • Implementing metrics to evaluate community impact of programs.
  • Working with the Board of Directors on strategic and operational planning.
  • Recruitment and Administration of memberships.
  • Timely and accurate reporting to the Board of Directors.
  • Overseeing and contributing to the activities of the gallery’s committees.

Financial Management

  • Administering the funds of the organization.
  • Auditing, bookkeeping, managing payroll, tracking cash flow, forecasting, and creating monthly financial reports.
  • Working with the Board Treasurer to oversee budgets and financial resources.

Fundraising and Sponsorship

  • Managing fundraising initiatives, sponsorships and revenue development and diversification.
  • Cultivating inclusive partnerships with diverse community groups and institutions while fostering relationships with curators, artists, donors and sponsors.
  • Overseeing and administering the facility rental program.

Exhibition & Community Engagement

  • Developing and maintaining community partnerships.
  • Helping out with day-to-day needs of the gallery, including support as needed for installations, exhibitions and special events.
  • Advocating for the rights of artists, artist-run culture and developing critical models of arts engagement on a regional and national level.
  • Overseeing all public communication and marketing.
  • In addition to the Chair of the Board and the Programming Director, the Executive Director is a public representative of the organization, and as such, attends and sits on several community groups and committees.

Hamilton Artists Inc. is committed to equity and diversity in all aspects of its operations. The Inc. welcomes applications from all qualified individuals and strongly encourages applications from members of equity-seeking communities, including women, racialized and Indigenous persons,  persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions.
If you are contacted for an interview, please advise us of any accommodations needed to ensure you have access to a fair and equitable process.

Interested candidates are requested to submit a cover letter, CV, two writing samples (such as examples of grants written, critical analysis, reports or sponsorship texts), and names and contact information for three references. Please combine all files into a single PDF and email to with Executive Director Applicant in the subject line by 5pm on October 8, 2018. (Candidates selected for an interview will be contacted by October 11th.)


NOTE: We have revisited our budgets, and the salary for this position has been somewhat increased from our original posting. 
Applicants should be aware that there is no hierarchy between the two directors (Executive Director and Programming Director), who work together in collaboration

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