Call for Applications: Executive Director

The Artist-Run Centres and Collectives Conference (ARCA) is seeking applicants for the position of: Executive Director

Application deadline: July 14, 2020  *The call is now closed – Thank you for your interest!*


Established in 2004, ARCA represents some 180 artist-run centres and collectives across Canada, working directly with the nine associations of artist-run centres and affiliates that form its membership. ARCA works to connect and support the national artist-run community and advocates on its behalf on issues of common concern.

The ideal candidate is independently motivated and brings an in-depth knowledge of the cultural and political issues relevant to the Canadian artist-run milieu. The candidate has experience in the successful management of a not-for-profit organization, is particularly good at interpersonal relations, consensus building, and negotiation, and is committed to gender equity and anti-racism. The candidate is flexible and comfortable managing several files simultaneously. The candidate excels in communications, in both official languages.

Reporting to, and working in close collaboration with ARCA’s Board of Directors, the responsibilities of the Executive Director include:

  • Directing the organization and supervising all of ARCA’s activities, in continual dialogue with its members;
  • Acting as the organization’s spokesperson, representing the organization to stakeholders and beneficiaries, drafting media releases and other communication tools;
  • Working alongside the board of directors to determine the organization’s strategic priorities and action plan, and supervising their implementation;
  • Participating in the organization’s meetings, and preparing and delivering reports to the Board on the organization’s activities and finances;
  • Identifying and preparing grant applications to government, para governmental, private, and other partners with an emphasis on diversifying revenue sources for ARCA’s long-term sustainability, and preparing and submitting subsequent grant reports as required;
  • Working with the Board treasurer, preparing annual and quarterly budgets; supervising production of the annual financial report, and ensuring fulfillment of other legal obligations of the organization;
  • Planning, producing, and supervising the production of research and other specialized resources for the benefit of the membership; and
  • Planning biennial national conferences in partnership with the host region (conference planned in 2020 was postponed and will be delivered in 2021), and planning regional or community meetings in partnership with ad hoc initiatives.

This is a full-time position averaging 35 hours/week.
Base salary is set at $42,000
Place of work to be determined.

Application deadline: July 14, 2020

Please submit your letter of interest (two pages maximum), with resume and references, to the hiring committee via email:
More information about ARCA can be found at
Only shortlisted candidates selected for an interview will be notified. We thank you in advance for your interest.


ARCA acknowledges the barriers within the artist-run sector and our organization that affect applicants from equity-seeking groups. We encourage applications from people historically underrepresented in our sector, more specifically, people who identify as gender diverse, Queer, 2-spirit, Indigenous, Black, People of Colour, Official-Language Minority, and Persons with Disabilities. ARCA is committed to providing a safer and supportive work environment that mitigates barriers to equity and the challenges of precarious labour.