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Job: Director, Eyelevel Gallery

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Friday, April 10. 2009 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

Job Posting: Director

Eyelevel Gallery is a non-profit artist-run centre in Halifax dedicated to the promotion of contemporary art and its practices. We are presently seeking a highly motivated individual to fill the position of Director.

Description: The Director works in consultation with the Board of Directors, and with the assistance of a network of volunteers, to carry out and develop the gallery’s activities including:

- planning, organizing, and animating all exhibitions
- assisting in budget preparations
- writing grants and external funding applications
- coordinating other gallery-related fundraising activities
- maintaining the gallery space
- maintaining archives, updating and maintaining gallery files
- maintaining the website
- developing community relations locally, nationally and internationally
- coordinating volunteers
- representing the gallery to cultural organizations and at official functions

When possible, the Director is encouraged to develop curatorial projects and pursue professional development opportunities.

Qualifications: The successful candidate will be self-motivated, energetic, and will have the ability to work both independently and collaboratively; will have a strong knowledge of national and international art, a commitment to supporting local artistic practice, and a familiarity with and enthusiasm for artist-run culture; will be community-minded and interested in outreach activities that engage the art community as well as the wider public and will be able to work cooperatively with diverse groups of people to develop exciting programs. Most importantly, the successful candidate will be able to contribute a unique vision and personality to the gallery and its programming.

The successful candidate will have:

- a post-secondary degree/diploma in Fine Arts, Arts Administration or equivalent experience
- experience working or volunteering with an artist-run centre
- proven grant writing ability and fundraising skills
- strong planning and organizational skills including the ability to prioritize projects
- proven office or similar managerial experience
- strong interpersonal skills
- experience working with a Board of Directors and volunteers
- excellent verbal and written communication skills
- experience with budget preparation, financial management and working within fixed budgets
- strong computer literacy, preferably both Mac and PC platforms
- graphic design and website maintenance experience is an asset

Terms of Employment: Hours: full-time (35 hours per week), with four weeks paid vacation in the first year, increasing one week per year to a maximum of six weeks. Starting salary of $26,000. Salary enhancements (to be suited to the successful candidates needs) begin in the second year of employment. There is an initial six-month probationary period. The director hired may serve in this position for a maximum of five years.

To apply: please send a cover letter, a detailed CV, and a sample of your critical and/or professional writing (max 3 pages) to:

Eyelevel Gallery
Attn: Hiring Committee
2063 Gottingen Street
Halifax, NS
B3K 3B2

Applications must be received by: Thursday April 30, 2009 @ 5pm
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