Art Gallery of Hamilton: Executive Director Position
The Hamilton Arts Council has a vision to strengthen the role of the arts and culture in the City...

The Hamilton Arts Council has a vision to strengthen the role of the arts and culture in the City of Hamilton by making the arts accessible and relevant to the entire community. Our mission is to communicate,  advocate and mediate for the arts and the role of the arts in the  community of Hamilton. Founded in 1969 and incorporated in 1973, the Hamilton Arts Council is the second largest and one of the oldest community arts councils in Ontario and is an affiliate member of Artist-Run Centres & Collectives of Ontario (ARCCO).

The Executive Director will possess strong arts administration knowledge and report to the Hamilton Arts Council Board. A proven leader, the ED is responsible for the overall performance, impact and growth of the organization. Displaying strong financial, fundraising, administrative and project management experience, the ED will be responsible for a $300,000 budget.

As a strategic thinker, the ED will lead government relations, activities, develop and nurture strategic partnerships, and bring the strategic plan to life through incorporating the goals and objectives of the organization. Demonstrating a strong knowledge of the arts, the ED will demonstrate the highest professional ethical standards, inclusion and  thoughtfulness while leading a team of staff and volunteers.

Holding a degree in a relevant field and arts management experience, the successful candidate will have a passion for the Hamilton Arts community and the ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously.

To Apply:

Attention: Hiring Committee

Please send cover letter and resume in PDF.

Closing Date: Monday, December 17 at 4:30 pm.

Please email your application to:
with the subject line Executive Director Application

Please be aware the selection process may involve any of interviews, test, and presentations or any combination thereof.

The Hamilton Arts Council is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection processes. Accommodations are available for all applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you require accommodations for interviews or other meetings, please contact Interim Executive Director. We appreciate your interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be notified.

Executive Director,  Job Description:

The Executive Director of the Hamilton Arts Council is responsible for the implementation, advocacy and communication of the vital role and importance of arts and culture in the strategic development of the City of Hamilton. The ED will report to the Board of Directors of the HAC under its direction and will be the champion for the arts of Hamilton.

The ED will have a strong public relations background or a solid relationship with the local media. The ED will also be a relationship builder, one that may act as a mediator and conduit among artists, arts organizations, the business community and government. Attending events outside of regular business hours is a requirement.

The ED is expected to have a solid foundation in non-profit finance and to be a strong fundraiser. The ED will need to develop partnerships with arts organizations, artists, the business community and government, modeling through advocacy the value of the arts and cultural sector to the community as a whole.


Policy Development

Work with the Board to develop, maintain and implement the strategic
and tactical direction of the Hamilton Arts Council.

Achieve short, medium and long term benchmarks as they relate to our
mission statement

Recommend potential community members for Board membership

Communication and Advocacy

Meet with and engage other members of the arts community to
determine needs in the community with respect to funding, advocacy,
and service duplication while facilitating the building of relationships
between organizations

Meet with and engage leaders, decision makers and the public across
industries including art and cultural sector, government and business
community. Continue to create seats at the table for the arts and
cultural sector

Advocate the value of the arts and cultural sector in a progressive
economic and social development strategy and encourage active
support and participation in the arts and cultural sector through social
media, blog entries, quarterly reports to City Council and regular
opinion pieces submitted to the Hamilton Spectator.

Be a strategic presence in the media to maintain and continue to build
a public dialogue and illustrate the achievements of the arts in Hamilton

Speak at and attend public functions and events

Respond to any negative comments or concerns from the community
and membership

Provide leadership and support the mobilization of the arts and cultural
community and act a spokesperson for that community

Promote the role and importance of HAC

Facilitate program development and implementation (LivingArts
Hamilton, Hamilton Arts Week, Art Bus Studio Tours, Artist-In-
Residence Programs) in alignment with the HACs Strategic Plan.


Assist the Board President Director in moving towards the long term
goal of becoming a funding provider

Hire, train, manage, evaluate and performance management of staff,
student and grant-based positions, in accordance with HAC policies
and provincial and federal law.

Facilitate monthly Board meetings, the annual general meeting and
fundraising operations.

Prepare and monitor annual budget for Board approval with Treasurer

Supervise day to day financial operations including preparation of the
monthly financial reports

Funding/ Grant Writing

Develop and implement fund development strategy with Board and
staff consultation

Identify fundraising, funding, grant and philanthropic opportunities

Supervise, write and apply for grants in a timely fashion

Pursue and incorporate additional revenue sources through a variety of
mechanisms consistent with the mission of the organization.

Manage donor relations and annual donation campaigns

Seek and implement fee-for-service opportunities including research
and consultation contracts with the City of Hamilton

Engage in research and development of arts sector initiatives; for
example, micro-granting and affordability research