Executive Director

    Organization Description

    Art Metropole is an internationally renowned artist-run centre that promotes the appreciation of artist-initiated publishing in any media, especially those formats predisposed to sharing and circulation. Art Metropole specializes in the contextualization and distribution of artist’s books, multiples, and related materials, including innovative formats and emergent technologies.

    Art Metropole was founded in 1974 by the artists' collective General Idea as an artist-run centre. Art Metropole is a not-for-profit corporation incorporated under the laws of the province of Ontario and a registered charitable organization.

    Job Description

    Art Metropole is seeking a motivated, experienced and dedicated individual to lead the organization through a period of transition, as we move to a new space and work to redefine our services to artists and commitment to the distribution and promotion of artist-initiated publishing, in Canada and internationally.

    The ideal candidate will have strong interest in artist-run culture and institutional structure, a proven record in management and fundraising, and a desire to actively contribute to the institution’s mandate, history and continued service. As Art Metropole enters this period of research and development, moving locations and shifting its institutional structure, the Executive Director will lead a team of three permanent staff and several contract workers through a multi-phase transition toward a new model of operation.

    Reporting directly to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will have the governance and administrative skills indispensable to overseeing the day-to-day operations of a public shop and programming space with a strong online presence.The Executive Director will actively research and execute fundraising initiatives and be able to create and maintain strong relationships with private and public partners. The Executive Director will engage in community outreach, sustaining the long-lasting, positive relationships Art Metropole has with artists, collectors, curators and the public. This position promises an ambitious, hard-working individual the opportunity to engage with a sophisticated international art community and to make a significant contribution to contemporary art by leading Art Metropole into the future.

    Responsibilities for the Executive Director position include:

    • Administer day-to-day operations and act as the public face of Art Metropole
    • Ensure the maintenance of Art Metropole’s mandate, and carry forward the organization's principles of accessibility, inclusiveness, and criticality.
    • Lead all grant writing and fundraising, including corporate sponsorship and donor relations, in coordination with the Board of Directors and staff
    • Oversee financial and administrative operations and planning of the organization, including annual budgets and plans, in collaboration with Director, the Board of Directors, staff, and bookkeeper
    • Oversee the development and control of project budgets and planning for programming, publishing, and travel
    • Develop and submit annual operating, travel, and project grants and other funding applications, and oversee their timely reporting
    • Manage year-end reports and audits, including completing CADAC financial forms
    • Develop and coordinate member and donor rolls and activities, including the planning of annual events, in coordination with the Board of Directors
    • Report to the Board of Directors regarding operations and human resources
    • Support strategic planning and other Board of Directors-led initiatives

    Key Qualifications

    • Excellent management and organizational leadership skills
    • At least 5 years in arts management with significant responsibilities, or comparable experience
    • Excellent financial management skills including budgeting and forecasting
    • Successful track record in grant writing in the arts and/or cultural sectors
    • Demonstrated ability in fundraising, including corporate sponsorship and donor relations
    • Familiarity with financial management including budgeting, reporting, and cost control
    • Experience with strategic planning and policy development
    • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of contemporary art practices and non-profit artist-run centres
    • Demonstrated ability to liaise with other arts organizations, advocacy groups, and the media
    • Strong partnership-building skills
    • Ability to work well in a team and with diverse constituencies
    • Experience in leading and managing a team of staff and working with a Board of Directors and membership

    How to Apply:

    Please email a PDF containing your resume and cover letter to the Hiring Committee at hr@artmetropole.com by 5pm October 9, 2018.

    The salary range for this position is $45,000 to $55,000 per year, commensurate with experience.

    Art Metropole encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including those who identify as Black, Indigenous, POC, or visible minority, and individuals of diverse genders, abilities and sexual orientations. Art Metropole is committed to employment equity, and to fostering a positive, supportive working environment for all. Discrimination of any kind is not tolerated.

    We thank all applicants for their interest but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

    Contact Info:

    Email: hr@artmetropole.com

    Website: www.artmetropole.com


    Open Call for applications :

    Art Metropole Board of Directors

    Art Metropole is currently seeking volunteers who are passionate about its mandate and history, and excited to offer leadership, expertise and fundraising support as members of the Board of Directors. Skills and experience in arts management, development, finance, legal, and human resources are particularly welcome. Board positions are 3-year terms.

    Art Metropole is an internationally renowned artist-run centre that promotes the appreciation and importance of conceptually based art. Founded by General Idea in 1974, Art Metropole specializes in the contextualization and distribution of artist’s books, multiples, and related materials with an emphasis on innovative formats and emergent technologies.


    Roles and Responsibilities of AM Board Members

    The Board of Directors provides strategic leadership and ensures effective governance of the organization by developing and overseeing the vision, mission, strategic direction, and values of Art Metropole; ensuring the development of, and adherence to, policies that guide staff in organizational operations; fundraising and exercising fiduciary responsibility to ensure financial viability and sustainability.

    The Members of the Board will:

  1. Be knowledgeable about the values, mission, programs and performance of the organization.
  2. Be accountable to stakeholders (artists, members, volunteers, funders).
  3. Employ the Art Metropole staff and evaluate their performance.
  4. Monitor and evaluate organizational performance.
  5. Organize, oversee and participate in fund development activities: work with staff to identify and recruit new funders, be aware of and acknowledge the organization's key donors, participate in donor recognition and stewardship activities.
  6. Treat any information acquired in the role as a board member in a confidential and professional manner.
  7. Act as ambassadors, promoting the values and work of the organization.
  8. Roles and Responsibility of Board Members:

    + Attending ALL board meetings. Board Meetings are currently held every 2 months on the second Tuesday between 7-9pm. Board Members must read the material provided before each meeting (minutes, agenda), and pass on any items to be added to the agenda to the Secretary in a timely manner. Board members who miss three consecutive board meetings shall be deemed to have resigned from office.

    + Board members are asked to sit on at least one committee. Time commitment to said committees may fluctuate between approximately 5-15 hours/month. Committees currently include Finance, Fundraising, Facilities, HR and Executive, with subcommittees where needed.

    + All members are required to actively participate in fundraising.

    + Members are expected to attend or participate in at least four events a year.

    + All members are required to prepare for and attend the Annual General Meeting.

    Applications accepted until: Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018

    First meeting: Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018


    Please send a short email outlining your interest in Art Metropole and the skills and experience you would bring to the Board, along with a current CV, to board@artmetropole.com. Please include “Board application” in the subject line.