Since 1946, the Community Arts Council of Vancouver has been a powerful force in the establishment of Vancouver’s cultural institutions, including the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver Opera, City Opera, Vancouver Playhouse, UBC School of Music, Vancouver International Film Festival, Museum of Vancouver, and more.
In recent years, CACV has made it a mission to practice and support community arts in Vancouver. CACV explores critical social issues through creative processes, program development,and establishing practices and initiatives that build common understanding through shared experiences. Our mandate is to create community through the arts and help citizens shape their city through creative action. Ultimately, we envision an inclusive, socially-engaged and vibrant city alive with community arts.
The Community Arts Council of Vancouver (CACV) is seeking a visionary, creative and team-inspired leader to be the face of CACV to actively engage our community and achieve our strategic goals:
- Advance community arts in Vancouver for social transformation
- Raise the profile of the Community Arts Council, and its programming
- Develop and implement the existing CACV Strategic and Capacity Enhancement Plan
- Identify and procure funding opportunities
We advance our vision across Vancouver through community arts programs that create inclusive and creative opportunities, and sustainability in the arts sector.
The Executive Director is the full-time manager of CACV operating from the Vancouver office; reporting to the Board of Directors through the President; is responsible for the overall day-to-day management and administration of the organization. The Executive Director also serves as Producer of the annual 3-day Vancouver Outsider Arts Festival (VOAF). As the face of the CACV, the Executive Director must have a knowledge of and passion for the arts and for cultivating and managing relationships.
- University degree in fine arts, business or arts administration or non-profit society management;
- Proven success in grant and proposal writing, fundraising and revenue generation;
- Non-profit leadership experience an asset, including strategic planning and capacity enhancement particularly in arts organization, community arts organization, or arts council or experience with a membership-based service organization;
- Demonstrated experience organizing/producing events and/or festivals;
- Strong management experience in office systems, budgeting, finance, marketing and communications strategies and development of digital programming;
- Experience with a non-profit sector organization and a volunteer Board of Directors;
- Ability to demonstrate leadership, work collaboratively, delegate tasks as appropriate, exercise independence of judgment in determining priorities and evaluate projects and programs;
- Experience with recruiting and managing employees, contractors and volunteers;
- Proven communication skills in various media including superior written and verbal skills, proficiency in computer skills (MS Office, GSuite);
- Willingness to work flexible hours to include evenings and weekends as required for community engagement and fund development.
- Managing the day-to-day activities, including office administration, financial, programming and human resources areas;
- Identifying, applying for, and managing funding opportunities (grants, sponsorship, fundraising) in collaboration with the Board;
- Producing annual 3-day Vancouver Outsider Arts Festival (VOAF) with part-time and contracted seasonal staff;
- Working with Program Manager and Board to develop and deliver programming; working with the Communications Coordinator to send out a monthly e-newsletter, blog posts, and social media posts; working with the bookkeeper to maintain accounting procedures and prepare materials for quarterly financial reports and annual review engagement statements;
- Managing operations of CACV within the Board approved annual budget, policies and procedures as well as creating and monitoring budgets for individual projects and programs;
- Supervising, supporting and motivating staff and volunteers in carrying out the mission of the CACV its programs, activities and administrative and financial components;
- Establishing and maintaining good working relationships with community arts councils, arts organizations, government agencies, funding agencies, and promoting CACV and its mission in every possible way;
- Working with the President and the Board developing and implementing policy for the organization;
- Ensuring CACV operations are in accordance with the CACV By-laws, BC Society Act and the Canadian Income Tax Act;
- Collaborating on the strategic plan and implementing goals;
- Ensuring the annual priority-setting exercise for programs is linked to the community with systems of accountability in place keeping the community and funders informed of CACV’s work.
$50,000 per year, commensurate with the candidate’s experience. Full-time position with flexible hours, includes medical & dental benefits after 3 months probation, plus 3 weeks paid vacation and statutory holidays.
CACV is committed to equity and inclusion and removing barriers so the organization reflects the diversity of the community we serve. We strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented and marginalized groups, including but not limited to culture, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, and/or disability.
Qualified applicants should submit a letter of interest and CV via email to:
Valerie Smaller, Board President
Application deadline: April 12, 2021 @ 5:00 pm PST
Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.