NWIA: Artistic Director Job Posting






Native Women in the Arts (NWIA) is Canada’s leading arts organization for Indigenous women artists working at the intersection of traditional and contemporary practices. NWIA supports multi-disciplinary artistic expression by connecting, training and presenting emerging, mid-career and established female artists whose work reflects a commitment to art, culture, community, and the advancement of Indigenous people. NWIA serves as a site of artistic exchange, encouraging dialogue between artists and audiences about social, cultural and political issues and their relationship to artistic expression. Though focused on the development of Indigenous women as creators, our projects are inclusive of youth, men and two-spirited artists, and our programming connects to a diverse participant and audience base, predominantly across Ontario.


We are currently seeking a dynamic professional with proven experience in indigenous arts to become the creative and administrative lead of the organization as Artistic Director. This is an exciting leadership position, involving directing artistic and community projects, management of a small team of staff, leading grant writing and reporting, working with a dedicated Board of Directors, and allows for creative and professional growth including occasional travel in-province. This position offers a starting annual salary of $40,000, with 4 weeks paid vacation, sick days and cultural leave, is 4-days (32 hours) a week with some flexibility in terms of hours worked in-office.


Qualifications and Experience Required:

  • Strong leadership, organizational and communication skills: highly detailed; self-motivated.
  • A deep understanding of, commitment to and engagement with the vision of Native Women in the Arts
  • 3-5 years of not-for-profit experience in a management and/or production in the arts and culture sector
  • Knowledge of and experience within Indigenous arts and culture
  • Experience in managing and producing community-engaged arts projects or programs.
  • Proven success in grant writing, with an understanding of the current arts funding climate. Fundraising experience will be considered an asset.
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship-building skills, including a proven ability to engage sponsors, donors and community leaders
  • Demonstrated experience managing budgets, including budget preparation, forecasting and reporting to funders.
  • Demonstrated project management, administration and organizational skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, and strong computer skills (Excel, Word) required.
  • Experience working with volunteer boards and committees.


In brief, duties include but are not limited to:


  • Programs and coordinates all aspects of Native Women in the Arts’ projects: performances, concerts, exhibits, publications, symposiums, and community development projects.

 Fundraising and Grant Writing

  • Identifies opportunities and prepares grant applications for funding to all levels of government, these include but not limited to the Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, and Canadian Heritage.
  • Prepares final reports and financial information associated with government grants.
  • Works with the Board of Directors and consultants to develop fundraising strategies for individual donors, foundations, corporate sponsors, and special events.
  • Prepares proposals for funding to corporations, foundations, and other sources of sponsorship.


  • Manages all seasonal and contractual staff, delegating responsibilities in areas related to their employment contract with the Board of Directors.
  • Oversees budget and payment of staff and projects invoices
  • Oversees, with oversight and support from the Policy and Operations Committee, hiring of new staff, employee reviews, exit interviews if requested, and termination of employees.

Community Liaison

  • Represents NWIA to funders, arts presenters, partners, corporations, individuals, government, foundations, and sponsors, with support from the Board of Directors.

 Promotion & Marketing

  • Promotes and publicizes all projects, events and activities at NWIA with the assistance of the Events Committee and NWIA Staff.


  • Prepares all project and operating budgets, and final reporting, including annual audit with assistance from the Board and Bookkeeper.


How to Apply:

Qualified candidates should submit a detailed resume and cover letter no later than October 23, 2017 at 5:00 pm EST to info@nwia.ca. Flexible start date, with a desired start in November 2017. No phone inquiries, please. Due to the high-level of applications, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

We encourage applications from First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons, and members of diverse cultural communities and LGBT2Q-identified persons.


Contact Info: Hiring Committee, info@nwia.ca


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