Call for applicants

The Artist-Run Centres and Collectives Conference (ARCA), is seeking applicants to the position of:

Executive Director

Established in 2004, the Artist Run Centres and Collectives Conference (ARCA) is a confederation of regional and culturally-specific associations of artist-run centres. The organization operates by consensus and on issues of common concern. ARCA, by way of its member associations, represents approximately 170 artist-run centres and collectives across Canada.

The ideal candidate is highly motivated with an in-depth knowledge of the Canadian artist-run milieu and strong experience in the management of a not-for-profit organization; she or he is well-informed of political issues affecting the arts in Canada and can count on a network of contacts in various organizations, among peers as well as funders; the candidate is exceptionally skilled at interpersonal relationships, consensus-building and negotiation; she or he is flexible and able to manage multiple tasks; the candidate excels in communications and is fluent in both official languages.

Under direct authority of and in close collaboration with the Board of Directors, the responsibilities of the Executive Director include:

  • Establishing direction for the organization out of dialogue with member organizations and overseeing the totality of ARCA’s activities;
  • Acting as a spokesperson; representing the organization to members, the public, news media, partners and funders, and drafting press releases and communiqués on a regular basis;
  • Working alongside the Board of Directors to determine strategic priorities and action plan, and supervising their realization;
  • Preparing and participating in the organization’s meetings; assisting the Board in its function; reporting on the progress of activities of the organization;
  • Determining the need for human, financial and technical resources necessary to the functioning of ARCA, and ensuring and supervising its accomplishment;
  • Preparing annual budgets in concert with the Board of Directors and ensuring follow up; supervising the production of the annual financial report;
  • Identifying and planning grant applications to government agencies, private funders and partners, and ensuring execution and follow up;
  • Producing and/or supervising the production of requested reports and fulfil the legal obligations of the organization;
  • Planning, producing and/or supervising the production of documentation, information and communications tools of ARCA.

This is a part-time position, averaging approximately 28 hours / week.
Salary commensurate on experience and qualifications.
Place of work to be determined.
A first face-to-face Board meeting is planned in mid-May 2012.

Deadline for application:
April 23rd, 2012

  • Please send in letter of interest (2 pages max.), resume and references to the hiring committee via email to
  • Further information on the organization can be found at
  • Only shortlisted candidates selected for an interview will be notified. We thank you in advance for your interest.