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Call for applicants

Executive Director

Term: Full-time, Permanent
Location: Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Brandon, Manitoba
Application Deadline: September 24, 2018

Our organization

We are the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, a community engaged and inclusive contemporary art gallery located in downtown Brandon, Manitoba. The AGSM is Manitoba’s largest arts organization outside of Winnipeg, and has served the broad and diverse population of Southwestern Manitoba for the past 111 years. We have a national reputation for the excellence of our culturally diverse exhibition and education programming. We believe art is an essential element of what defines community, culture, and nation. As such, we are committed to the artists and deep art history of this land as we collectively work towards the betterment of our shared community, and towards rebuilding and strengthening relationships between Indigenous communities and the many diverse peoples who now make up Southwestern Manitoba. The AGSM is a leading advocate for cultural development, the revitalization of downtown Brandon, and the creative economy in the region. Our 22,000 square foot facility attracts more than 22,000 people per year and nearly 3,000 children and adults take part in over 250 onsite public programming activities every year.

Our city

Brandon is Manitoba’s second largest city and a regional hub for culture, education, and commerce for the surrounding areas of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and North Dakota. A growing multicultural community with a historic downtown and strong connections to its rural economy, it is home to Brandon University and Assiniboine Community College. Brandon is located on the TransCanada Highway between Winnipeg and Regina and serviced by a regional airport with daily flights to the west by WestJet.

Position available

The Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba is seeking an energetic, ethically and critically-minded individual to serve as our next Executive Director. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director leads an accomplished and professional staff of five and is responsible for a budget of $730,000.

Working closely with curatorial and art education staff, the Executive Director fosters an environment that creates links between contemporary art and everyday life, foregrounding artistic excellence and community engagement in equal measure. The Executive Director will provide energetic leadership and guide the overall vision for the gallery with care and attention given to the specificity of this region.

The successful candidate will be charged with approaching our exhibitions and events with a spirit of radical experimentation that honours our current strengths and offers opportunities to strive towards innovative new understandings of art and our environment. They will be asked to actively engage community groups and members through reciprocal exchange with the purpose of developing and maintaining long-term relationships with the many communities of Southwestern Manitoba including our large Indigenous and New Canadian populations. They will be leading a phased approach to facilities improvement with the goal of completing a bold new entrance for the AGSM as well as undertaking a needs assessment for the interior of the gallery. They will be asked to nurture and support our staff in order to expand their capacity for leadership and innovation. And they will also be asked to take a responsible and ambitious approach to managing our finances by stewarding and expanding our current funding opportunities.


Duties include

  • Oversee the vision, direction, and development of exhibitions, education, and community programming for the AGSM.
  • Undertake the majority of writing responsibilities for all operating grants and continually seek new project and capital specific funding to expand the gallery’s capacity.
  • Identify, nurture, and develop existing and new sources of revenue through fundraising, grant writing, corporate sponsorships, planned giving, annual appeal, effective donor recognition, and other innovative fund development practices.
  • Continue to provide a friendly, inclusive, and accessible community space where AGSM staff, volunteers, artists, and community feel valued.
  • Undertake the majority of Human Resource management responsibilities.
  • Collaborate with cultural and community organizations, academic institutions, and the business community to build capacity and extend our reach.
  • Work with the Board of Directors to increase organizational capacity, revise and develop policy, and support good governance.
  • Prepare and report on the annual budget. Oversee financial operations and resources, equipment repair or acquisition, insurance, and risk management. Monitor results, reallocating resources as needs arise.
  • Work alongside the Curator to develop the Artistic Vision for the organization and assist in the planning of three year programming schedules that create a cohesive and relevant narrative for the community.
  • Have the option to occasionally curate exhibitions for the Main Gallery with assistance from the Curator.
  • Work with Curator/Assistant Director and Graphic Designer to develop a cohesive marketing strategy.
  • Work alongside the Art Educator to create engaging and dynamic art education opportunities.
  • Work alongside the Gallery services coordinator to help plan annual fundraising activities and to oversee the Gift Shop.
  • Work alongside the Facility Manager to ensure the AGSM facilities operate smoothly and effectively meets the needs of our members and visitors.

Qualifications: The successful candidate

  • Will have an advance degree in a relevant discipline (including Art Admin, Art History, Visual Studies, Curatorial Studies, etc.).
  • Be a respected leader in your field that inspires your teams to achieve their best through a charismatic approach that attracts resources, commitment, and support.
  • Have demonstrated experience and success with both operating and project-based grants from government and private funders.
  • Have five years of progressively senior-level cultural leadership experience.
  • Have proven capacity to set goals and design/execute institutional strategies.
  • Demonstrable active knowledge of contemporary art, community-based curatorial practices, Indigenous art, and the dynamics of prairie arts communities.
  • Possess strong project management, writing, communication, and interpersonal skills
    • Be eager to learn and innovate.
    • Be a community builder—passionate and innovative about using contemporary art to engage diverse cultural groups and build enduring social bonds, a strong advocate for inclusion within the arts, and able to forge lasting partnerships and collaborations across diverse communities, sectors, and organizations.
    • Possess a keen business sense with a demonstrated ability to develop a sustainable business plan, lead operations and manage resources effectively while furthering the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba’s mission, strategic plan and core values.
    • Will foster collaborative work environments
    • Have excellent organizational skills, time-management skills and orientation to detail
    • Be able to work in digital environments including G-Suite (Google Docs, Drive, and Calendar)

The AGSM is committed to equity and diversity in all aspects of its operations. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals including women, racialized, and Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions. If you are contacted for an interview, please advise us of any accommodations needed to ensure you have access to a fair and equitable process.

To apply:

If this opportunity is of interest to you, please forward your cover letter outlining your interest in this position and relevant experience as well as a C.V. to, Subject: Executive Director

Deadline: September 24, 2018

Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba
710 Rosser Avenue Unit 2
Brandon, MB
R7A 0K9





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