Call for Application – Executive Director

Application Deadline: Friday July 17, 2015 at 5pm

The Inuit Art Foundation is seeking a leader who can engage with Inuit artists, Inuit art enthusiasts, public sector partners and the private sector to develop meaningful relationships and support the organization’s position as a leading advocate for Inuit art.

Established in 1987, the Inuit Art Foundation is a non-profit, Inuit-led charitable organization providing support to Canada’s Inuit art communities. The sole national body mandated to promote Inuit art within Canada and internationally, the Foundation undertakes advocacy on behalf of artists and realizes a number of strategies aimed at enhancing the appreciation and interpretation of Inuit art. The Foundation works with the rich history of Canada’s Inuit artistic expressions while actively contributing to the development of contemporary practices. The Inuit Art Foundation publishes the Inuit Art Quarterly Magazine. As a registered charitable organization in Canada and United States, the Foundation welcomes donations, sponsorships, legacy gifts and in-kind contributions.


Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is an experienced not-for-profit sector executive who is responsible for the successful leadership and management of the Inuit Art Foundation and its programs and services in accordance with the strategic direction established by the Board of Directors. Working from Toronto, the Executive Director oversees the daily operation of the organization and works with the Board of Directors to ensure that programs meet the needs of the community and key stakeholders.

The Executive Director creates a culture and environment that fosters the values and philosophy of the Inuit Art Foundation by establishing an organizational structure to ensure accountability of programs, volunteers and staff. As a leader, the Executive Director cultivates an appreciation of volunteers and engages with Inuit Artists and business partners and develops meaningful relationships that establish credibility for the organization.

Leadership Responsibilities

  • The Executive Director reports directly to the Board of Directors
  • Identify, assess, and inform the Board of Directors of internal and external issues and trends that impact Inuit art locally, nationally and internationally
  • Act as a spokesperson for the organization and represent the Inuit Art Foundation as requested by the Board of Directors
  • Promote the Inuit Art Foundation’s programs to Inuit artists, stakeholders, government and media
  • Participate in the development of a strategic plan to realise the artistic mission and goals of the Inuit Art Foundation
  • Provide comprehensive reports to the Board regarding the ongoing operation of the Inuit Art Foundation and its associated programs and projects including the Inuit Art Quarterly Magazine
  • Establish professional working relationships with funding agencies, government and community stakeholders to ensure the sustainability and growth of the Foundation and its programs
  • Participate in committees of the Board of Directors as an ex-officio member to provide guidance and direction

Operational and Fiscal Management

  • Develop an operational plan that incorporates goals and objectives that align with the strategic direction of the organization
  • Work with the Board to prepare comprehensive operational and project budgets, identify resource requirements, research funding sources, prepare related proposals and maintain fundraising records and documentation
  • Ensure that the all aspects of the organization are compliant with not-for-profit governance standards
  • Ensure appropriate financial management policies, processes and systems are in place and manage the financial controls over the organization according to authorized policies
  • Develop an operational plan, which incorporates goals and objectives that align with the strategic direction of the organization.
  • Oversee the efficient and effective day-to-day operation of the organization and the design, marketing, promotion, delivery, and quality of programs and services including the Inuit Art Quarterly.
  • Ensure appropriate HR policies, processes and systems are in place and manage the human resources of the organization according to authorized policies.
  • Assures there are effective performance evaluations of staff and provides overall management and direction of personnel and benefit issues to ensure effective staff teams
  • Develop and oversee a robust performance measurement system to meet the needs of the Board and external partners/funders.
  • Establish a positive, healthy and safe work environment in accordance with all appropriate legislation and regulations.
  • Ensure that staff, client, donor and volunteer files are securely stored and privacy/confidentiality is maintained.
  • Identify, evaluate and manage the risks to the organization’s people (clients, staff, management and volunteers), property, finances, goodwill, and image.
  • Work with auditor, accountants and financial administration staff to ensure timely and proper reporting to governments, funders and collaborating groups
  • Ensure timely preparation, review and filing of all regulatory or donor-related filings.
  • Prepare an Annual Budget
  • Ensures that contribution grant budgets are done accurately and that appropriate/timely invoicing, and receiving payments are accomplished on time and within the guidelines of government contribution agreements and other operative grant requirements.
  • Provide the Board with comprehensive, regular reports on the financial status of the organization
  • Oversee community, funder, philanthropic and donor based fundraising initiatives
  • Manage effective rollout of the organization’s key programs including the Inuit Art Quarterly and Igloo Tag
  • Management of the organization’s human resource assets including the direct supervision and motivation of staff and volunteers with an emphasis on creation of a team focused and collaborative environment
  • Assure that there are effective performance evaluations for all staff and volunteer resources
  • Develop and oversee a robust organizational performance measurement system to meet the needs of the Board and external partners and funders

Knowledge and Experience

  • Education profile can comprise: minimum of a bachelor’s degree or professional certificate from an accredited university or college; equivalent study in a non-traditional learning environment; or significant professional experience in a related position
  • Education or experience in not for profit sector an asset.
  • Proven track record of effective leadership in a not-for-profit context
  • Proven core financial management, administration and governance skills
  • Relevant experience in effective financial management of a not-for-profit organization including planning, budgeting and forecasting
  • Minimum 5 years of progressive management experience in a not for profit organization. Proven track record of effective leadership.
  • A knowledge of the Inuit art scene is an asset
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills along with strong business and political acumen
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and proven track record with respect to establishing and maintaining effective relationships with community stakeholders
  • Proven ability to maximize services and programs with limited funding

Applicants should submit a letter of intent and resume. Your interest in this opportunity is appreciated however only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Salary is commensurate with experience. The Inuit Art Foundation is committed to diversity and encourages applicants from all backgrounds to apply.

Application Deadline: Friday July 17, 2015 at 5pm

Inuit Art Foundation
@Centre for Social Innovation
215 Spadina Avenue, Floor 4
Toronto ON   M5T 2C7
Phone: 647-498-7717 or 855-274-0109
Fax: 416-973-1003

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