Employment Opportunity | Artistic Director

April 8 2024

Employment Opportunity | Artistic Director

Access Gallery is seeking applications for the part-time position of Artistic Director (AD).

Salary per annum: $29,232 at 3 days/21 hours a week
Healthcare benefits: Included.
Location: Vancouver, BC, with hybrid work options available.
Vacation: 42 hours + Paid December closure.
Deadline for applications: Reviewing applications starting April 23; open until filled. 

About the position
The Artistic Director (AD) will be the artistic leader of Access Gallery and their scope will cover the artistic direction and programming of the gallery, alongside big picture financial management, collaboration on grant writing, public communications, and management of support staff. This role is intended to ensure Access has public facing leadership that delivers on our mandate and shared values.

The AD will report to the Board of Directors (BoD) and work closely with the Operations Manager (see description here). The AD and Operations Manager (OM) will work together in parallel roles, under a non-hierarchical organisational structure, supported by the BoD.

The successful candidate will be available 3 days a week or a 21 hours work week. The AD’s work schedule is negotiable and can be a mix of work from home and in-gallery, so long as open exhibitions are staffed adequately and responsibilities are covered. The compensation will include an annual health benefit allowance or insurance which may be negotiated within the contract according to the hired candidate’s needs.


Leadership + Artistic Vision

Articulate and lead the organisation’s artistic vision to the membership of the society and the public

→ Develop programming partnerships and collaborations

→ Work with a Programming Committee to curate, develop and execute Access’ exhibitions, and develop robust and engaging programming via events such as talks, performances, readings, etc. 

→ Oversee development and production of publication projects + gallery texts



→ Collaborate with the BoD and colleagues to engage in strategic planning of the gallery’s artistic vision

→ Collaborate with the BoD and colleagues to achieve the organisation’s strategic priorities, mission, vision and mandate

→ Collaborate with the BoD on special committees or working groups, such as the programming committee
→ Supervise additional staff when applicable

→ Provide the OM with public/member communication workflows, advice on equipment/software and facilities purchases, and report on budget activity


Financial + Funding

→ Work alongside the OM to oversee all big picture fiscal matters of the organisation, including budget forecasting

→ Work alongside the BoD to fulfil fundraising initiatives and campaigns

→ Work alongside the BoD and the OM to steward and grow the organisation’s donor base and membership

→ Research and write grants with assistance from the OM to secure funding through arts councils, foundations, consular offices, and other cultural organisations

→ Prepare year-end reports including interim and final grant reports

Communication + Community

→ Create strong values based communications, social media messaging, and public relations

→ Cultivate relationships with artists regarding Access Gallery programming

→ Every other month, attend board meetings and report to the BoD on gallery affairs such as the budget, programming and other pertinent topics, and participate in decision-making processes.

To apply
Interested applicants are encouraged to send a CV and cover letter in one PDF to personnel@accessgallery.ca, with the subject line: ARTISTIC DIRECTOR. The position will remain open until filled.

Access would welcome applications from individuals who already work together and feel suited to take on the Artistic Director and Operations Manager Roles together. If you wish to apply with a suitable partner in the Operations Management position, please indicate so in your cover letters.

Access Gallery welcomes applicants with different skills and lived experiences who may be new to working in an artist-run organisation. We are committed to being a caring, transparent, and flexible employer. Persons who identify as Indigenous Host Nations (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and səlilwətaɬ), Urban Indigenous, Two-Spirit, Black, racialized, LGBTQIA+, or disabled are encouraged to apply. Questions about the position or application process can be directed to the email above.