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Employment Opportunity - Executive Director
Southern Alberta Art Gallery

The Southern Alberta Art Gallery (SAAG) is seeking applications for a full-time Executive Director.

SAAG is a leading Canadian contemporary art gallery committed to the learning and growth of our visitors and community. We are a bridge between artists and audiences, a platform to access, experience and engage in the ideas of our time. The Gallery is in an extraordinary phase of growth having secured $2.7 million to expand administrative, storage, programming, and visitor facilities by 2020.

Job Summary:
The Executive Director works to further the Southern Alberta Art Gallery’s mandate: to foster the work of contemporary artists who challenge boundaries; encourage broad public engagement; and promote awareness and exploration of artistic expression. SAAG’s work extends to local, national and international communities.

The Executive Director reports to SAAG’s volunteer Board of Directors, sits on the Board Executive, supervises all curatorial and administrative staff, and is responsible for leading, developing and enacting the strategic vision of the Southern Alberta Art Gallery.

The position is accountable for leadership in all areas of operation including finance, human resources, fund development, government relations, communications, and gallery programming. The Executive Director will ensure the continued development of advocacy, engagement, and strong relationships with our local, regional, national and international communities.

Masters degree in Arts Administration, Curatorial Studies, Management, or a similar field of study is preferred although equivalent combination of education and experience will also be considered. 8 to 10 years related experience in an art gallery, museum, or not-for-profit organization. Excellent governance and leadership skills should be evident as should strong networks of communication across Canada’s cultural landscape.

Skills and Experience:

  • Excellent organizational, administration, verbal and written communication and curatorial skills. Proven leadership ability and financial management skills
  • Excellent skills with strategic development and organizational planning
  • Demonstrated experience with fund development including major gifts and capital campaigns
  • Experience with project management pertaining to capital expansions
  • A proven ability to work effectively with a Board of Directors, with professional staff, volunteers, artists, members of the community, other community based organizations and municipal government organizations
  • Previous experience with municipal, provincial and national cultural government agencies, related institutions and funding bodies
  • Demonstrated commitment and expertise in contemporary art and culture
  • Possess an open-minded, progressive attitude valuing creativity, innovation, collaboration, diversity, and inclusiveness.
  • Strong critical writing skills and critical thinking about art and culture in Canada.

Employee status: Full-time, permanent

Application deadline: December 17, 2017

Please email cover letter and comprehensive Curriculum Vitae to:
Carol Williams
Chair, SAAG Board of Directors
601 3rd Avenue S.
Lethbridge, AB
T1J 0H4

The Southern Alberta Art Gallery is an equal opportunity employer and thanks all applicants for their interest in the Gallery. Only those short-listed will be contacted.






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