Wednesday, 14 December 2011

JOB: EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - Open Sky Creative Society Fort Simpson NWT

JOB: EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - Open Sky Creative Society Fort Simpson NWT

Deadline for Applications: Jan 31, 2012

Company Name: Open Sky Creative Society
Contact: Ryan Good (
Occupation: Visual Arts & Crafts - Administrator

City: Fort Simpson
Province/State: Northwest Territories
Country: Canada
Education Level: University (Undergraduate)
Languages: - English

Type of Work: - Full Time - Part-Time

Start Date: Feb 22, 2012
Deadline for Applications: Jan 31, 2012
Prefered Method(s) of Application: By E-Mail:

By Phone: 867-695-3005

 Job Description Wage: $25.00/hr
Hours: 25 – 40 hrs/week
This position is dependent on the availability of funding levels therefore hours and terms of contract are somewhat variable.

• Implement the OSCS's programming and administrative operations in consultation with the Board of Directors.
• Research, write and submit operating, project and special grants.
• Research and identify new funding opportunities
• Liaise with funders and prepare project final reports.
• Participate in the curatorial process for the OSC Gallery
• Work with independent contractors where necessary to meet the society's needs (ie. Website development, accounting, graphic design, festival contractors, etc)
• Perform general administrative management activities including correspondence with press, artists, applicants, OSCS members and partner organizations in the Dehcho Region & beyond.
• Coordinate the annual Open Sky Festival
• Research and formulate community outreach strategies. Coordinate performance coffee houses, seasonal workshops & special events.
• Manage & schedule volunteers
• Develop and revise ongoing biannual budget projections & maintain accurate financial records.
• Assist in the development and implementation of fundraising strategies and events
• Network and liaise with advocacy groups & networks locally, provincially, and nationally
• Maintain a clean, well organized, safe working environment

Preferred Qualifications:
• Self-motivated and able to work independently.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• Previous administrative experience
• Knowledge & sensitivity of Aboriginal cultural practices (Dene & Metis of the Dehcho)
• Confidence in the handling of artworks and installation of exhibitions
• Effective interpersonal skills and the ability to work in partnership with the OSCS Board, committees, artists, volunteers, partner organizations & community members
• A strong working knowledge of PC computer applications (word, excel spreadsheets, adobe InDesign).
• Ability to work comfortably with A/V Technology

Additional Assets:
• A certificate in arts administration or a post-secondary degree in business admin/visual arts/visual studies/museum studies and/or demonstrated experience in artist-run centres, not-for-profit organizations, public/private galleries or museums or equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Proven experience working with budgets, researching and writing government & foundation grants
• Previous management experience
• Fundraising and Public Relations experience
• Experience working for the non-profit sector
• Experience working with indigenous cultures

Application must include:
1) A cover letter outlining your experience and interest and relevant skills as they relate to an artist run centre and your views and previous experience regarding volunteerism
2) A current CV
3) Names of three references with contact information

Submissions via email with "OSCS Executive Director" in the subject line should be delivered to:

We will review all applications, but only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Potential candidates will be contacted after the Christmas break.

Open Sky Creative Society
Box 575
Fort Simpson, NT X0E 0N0

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