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Job Call: Interim Artistic Director (parental leave hire)

Eyelevel is seeking an experienced and enthusiastic individual to take on a temporary contract position as Interim Artistic Director. The Interim AD will be responsible for supervising Eyelevel’s contract employees - currently the Mother Tongues Assistant Curator and a planned YCW summer student position in 2022, and maintaining the sound operations and planned programming, including annual grants and Eyelevel’s year end, for the duration of the AD’s parental leave. The Interim AD will be expected to maintain bookstore hours and be available during Eyelevel’s regular office hours (Tue-Fri 10-5). The Interim AD will also be required to attend after-hours meetings and events on a regular basis. 

The Interim AD will work alongside the Board of Directors and Eyelevel’s Committees to ensure that existing programs and projects remain on-track and are carried out with care. This position will receive significant training from the AD with a long overlap period between the two directors, and is an ideal position for someone who has gained some experience working in nonprofits, community organizations or artist run centres who would like to challenge themselves with an autonomous leadership position. The Interim AD will report directly to the Board of Directors and will be subject to a 3-month probationary period.

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Contract Details:

Duration: 36 weeks (October 3rd, 2021 to June 22, 2022 - start date negotiable)
Hours: 35 hours per week (28 scheduled, 7 unscheduled)
Salary: $700 per week
Other benefits: 2 weeks paid vacation, medical benefits, 1 paid sick day per month

DEADLINE TO APPLY: SEPTEMBER 6TH @ MIDNIGHT

To apply, please submit the following as a single PDF document to HRcommittee@eyelevel.art by the deadline. 

  • A cover letter (2 pages maximum) detailing your experience and interest in this position
  • A Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  • 2 professional references
  • 1 writing sample (critical, academic, creative or administrative) 1 page max

Please direct all questions to Sally Wolchyn-Raab, Eyelevel’s Artistic Director. She can be reached at director@eyelevel.art or 902-425-6412 (call or text)

Primary Responsibilities

These duties are the sole accountability of the Interim Artistic Director, but may be carried out through the hiring and management of sub-contractors and service providers or volunteers as they see fit

Programming & Artistic

  • Planning, organizing, and animating all artistic projects including residencies, exhibitions, publications, workshops, artist talks, etc. 
  • Offering care, support and feedback to artists as-needed, including support with community connections and resources needed to carry out their projects
  • Ensuring proper coverage and open hours of Eyelevel’s Bookstore and any temporary exhibition or project sites
  • Ensuring the proper maintenance and upkeep of Eyelevel’s Bookstore and studios 

Operational and Financial

  • Writing grants and external funding applications, and preparing all final reports for funders
  • Managing and maintaining office files, and updating the archives
  • Overseeing the day-to-day financial upkeep of the organization including bookkeeping, accounts payables, preparing financial reports to the Board and maintaining operating and project budgets
  • Maintaining office hours from 10AM - 5PM Tuesday to Friday

Management

  • Engaging service providers and contractors as-necessary 
  • Hiring and supervising contract employees as-needed
  • Coordinating volunteers and supporting the Board of Directors with carrying out their duties and accessing Eyelevel’s resources
  • Attending monthly Board and Committee meetings and other after-hours meetings as deemed necessary
  • Acting as first point of contact for all service providers, landlords, Registry of Joint Stocks, etc. 
  • Preparing contracts for artists, studio residents and contract employees

Marketing & Outreach

  • Ensuring that Eyelevel’s website, newsletter and social media say up to date and active
  • Ensuring that all projects, events and Eyelevel news is properly marketed to the public and press contacts
  • Acting as the public face of Eyelevel

 

Collaborative Responsibilities

These duties are carried out in partnership with Eyelevel’s Board of Directors and committees, with accountability ultimately resting on the Board and Committee Chairs 

  • Working with the Board and Engagement Committee to coordinate fundraising activities and cultivating financial support through donations
  • Working with the Programming Committee to coordinate regular juries and proposal reviews
  • Working with the Board to implement Eyelevel’s strategic plan
  • Working with all those involved with Eyelevel to develop, grow and uphold anti-oppression frameworks within the organization’s operations and programming

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Qualifications & Skills

  • a post-secondary degree/diploma in Fine Arts, Arts Administration or equivalent work experience
  • experience with presenting and planning arts or community events, including working with and caring for artists
  • experience working or volunteering with an artist-run centre, small nonprofit or similar organization
  • proven grant and/or proposal writing skills (personal or organizational)
  • experience working with a Board of Directors and volunteers
  • prior experience supervising or managing others
  • a proven record of strong communication and writing skills
  • experience with budget preparation, financial management, and working within fixed budgets
  • strong computer literacy including G Suite, MacOS and social media platforms
  • graphic design and website maintenance experience an asset
  • valid driver’s licence an asset
  • bilingualism an asset

Other skills and attributes

  • be self-motivated, energetic, and will have the ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • able to set their own tasks, manage projects independently and set priorities for the organization’s daily, monthly and annual needs
  • possess a working knowledge of local, national and international art
  • have a familiarity with and enthusiasm for artist-run culture
  • be community-minded and interested in outreach activities that engage the art community as well as the wider public
  • a strong knowledge of anti-oppression frameworks including anti-racism and accessibility initiatives within nonprofits and the arts
  • possess strong interpersonal skills to work cooperatively to develop quality programs;
  • be able to work cooperatively with an active Board of Directors, driven by a shared vision for Eyelevel

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ACCESS NOTES

Eyelevel is committed to employment equity, and we welcome and encourage applications from those who self-identify as women, trans or gender diverse, Black, Indigenous, Persons of Colour, 2SLGBTQIA+, and/or Persons with Disabilities. Eyelevel is particularly encouraging of those who are typically under-represented in contemporary art and artist-run centre staff, namely IBPOC, QTBIPOC and Persons with Disabilities, acknowledging the value and skills of these lived experiences. 

Eyelevel’s office and bookstore are wheelchair accessible, and we offer a flexible work environment with a great deal of autonomy and work-from-home options. Our office and bookstore is housed at 2482 Maynard Street, a low-stimuli, scent-free environment housing wheelchair accessible non gendered washrooms, artist studios, a quiet room, shared kitchenette, and the lovely community arts organization Wonder’neath. 

Eyelevel’s studios on Gottingen Street is only accessible by climbing a full flight of stairs (with a railing), and studios are located up a spiral staircase with a railing. The Studios have one non-gendered washroom and are located alongside Radstorm, a collective sharing Eyelevel’s principles of community equity. Please let us know any accessibility needs and/or allergies and sensitivities in your application.