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Executive Director – Closed

The Organization

The Burnaby Arts Council is a community arts council serving artists, members and the general community in Burnaby. Founded in 1969, Burnaby Arts Council is a federally registered charitable organization.

The Burnaby Arts Council has a mandate of supporting, promoting and expanding the arts throughout Burnaby. From painting, to dance, to music, to theatre and poetry, we provide a community-based outlet for people of all ages to express their creativity and expand their appreciation for Arts and Culture. Our Deer Lake Gallery features a 750 sq. ft. exhibition space located in the Deer Lake culture hub, just steps from Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, the Burnaby Art Gallery and the Burnaby Village Museum.

In addition to showcasing rotating local artist exhibits in our gallery, we also host monthly Live at the Gallery music events. Burnaby Arts Council has several annual showcase events including Luminescence, the Summer Arts Festival, Park’s Edge Paint Off, Burnaby Summer Theatre and the Deer Lake Craft Festival in November. Our gallery space has also become a gathering place for many local arts organizations. We are also very excited to be celebrating our 50th anniversary throughout 2020.

The Burnaby Arts Council is currently poised for a new phase of significant transformation to reposition itself in the communities we serve and to enhance and grow our capacity, and we are looking for a new Executive Director who is ready to take on this exciting challenge.

The Opportunity

The Executive Director we are looking for is a community-oriented leader with a passion for working with established and emerging local artists and expanding the audience for arts in Burnaby.

They collaborate with many stakeholders and lead a professional team (including a Gallery Coordinator and Volunteer Coordinator), providing direction and oversight in the development and delivery of dynamic programs including exhibitions, education, and outreach initiatives.

The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing, directing and developing the administrative and operational functions of the Burnaby Arts Council, including its resources, strategy and communications, and physical and online spaces.

Candidate Profile

You are an inspiring, driven and inclusive leader who prioritizes people and relationships. You are adept at making authentic connections internally with staff, board and volunteers, and externally, with diverse stakeholders, including artists, members and supporters, community partners, elected officials and government liaisons, sponsors, donors and others.

The next Executive Director will build on the Burnaby Arts Council’s successful programming to develop and move forward a plan for continued organizational development and audience engagement.

You will continue to build the Burnaby Arts Council’s financial resources by developing streams of earned, private and public revenue, with an emphasis on building fundraising capacity by cultivating new donor relationships.

You’re passionate about art, you’re curious, and you’re eager to learn. You provide vision and guidance and empower members of the team to lead in their own areas and stimulate collaboration internally and externally to amplify the impact of the organization’s work and create inspiring and challenging encounters with art for multiple, diverse communities. 


  • A certificate/diploma/university degree in a relevant discipline, ideally fine arts, cultural management and/or non-profit management
  • 3-5 years in a senior leadership role in a non-profit and/or arts organization, ideally as an ED
  • Experience creating a highly effective and collaborative organizational culture; a demonstrated ability to recruit, lead, and develop staff; a proven track record building and supporting teams
  • Demonstrated success developing and optimizing financial resources; experience cultivating, soliciting and stewarding donors; experience developing and implementing a successful fundraising strategy
  • Solid knowledge of the funding landscape and a successful track record securing public investment through grants
  • Experience working with a non-profit Board of Directors and knowledge related to governance structures
  • Recognized leader in community engagement
  • Demonstrated success in arts programming (including both large- and small-scale events)
  • Appreciation and connection to the local Burnaby arts community

Key Performance Areas

The Executive Director will be responsible for, and evaluated on the following key performance areas:

  • Provides vision, leadership and strategic direction that guides the overall path and sustainability of the organization
  • Manages and develops the organization’s human resources effectively; empowers individuals and builds the capacity of the team; the Executive Director is responsible for hiring, supervising and evaluating the performance of staff and encouraging their professional development
  • Builds and tends to relationships with the diverse communities the Burnaby Arts Council serves; provides leadership and participates in networks to strengthen the sector and advance the work of the organization
  • Oversees the development, implementation and evaluation of all programming working collaboratively with staff, including exhibitions, educational, outreach programs and other initiatives
  • Leads and directs a fundraising strategy to support the organization’s programming and operations; plays a key role in identifying and preparing grant applications and proposals for public and private funders
  • Oversees the development of an annual budget for the consideration of the Board, with staff support manages the Burnaby Arts Council income and expenditure, and contributes to the process of annual audit
  • Attends Board meetings and participates in Board Committees; works closely with the Board in an advisory capacity, and contributes to the research and development of organizational policies for approval by the Board; ensures that the decisions of the Board are communicated to staff and implemented
  • Ensures that legal, contractual and other obligations of the organization are met; is responsible for the overall security of the gallery and its people.
  • Acts as public spokesperson and ambassador for the Burnaby Arts Council, participates in community events, maintains professional and supportive relationships with a range of stakeholders locally and provincially, including artists, organizations, donors, public funding bodies, governments, and others
  • Develops and oversees marketing and communications, implements the organization’s digital strategy and advances the revitalization of online infrastructure
  • Manages the relationship with the City of Burnaby, and relationships with tenants in the City-owned building the Burnaby Arts Council stewards


The Executive Director should have concrete experience demonstrating the following competencies which are important to the success of this role at the Burnaby Arts Council.

  • A commitment to inclusivity, equity, and participation that will infuse all aspects of the organization’s approach
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills; ability to condense complex concepts for a range of audiences, ability to inspire and motivate
  • Confident and engaging speaking to and interacting with groups of all sizes
  • Able to work in an environment with both MS Office and Mac, digital knowledge and competency (desirable: experience with Adobe products and Asana)
  • Ability to produce articulate, effective grants and applications under strict deadlines
  • Deep capacity for strategic thinking, pro-active and entrepreneurial
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and confident, optimistic outlook
  • Capable of identifying and leveraging the skills of others to build and manage a high-performing team
  • Commitment to collaboration and ability to build consensus within the Gallery and the community; experience guiding public relations within a non-profit context
  • The ability to be flexible and responsive while managing multiple responsibilities
  • A collaborative, thoughtful leader who listens, creates opportunities for staff to grow, helps build capacity and continues to challenge staff to examine their work

Reporting relationship

The Executive Director reports to the volunteer Board of Directors. The Board is responsible for evaluating the performance of the Executive Director. The Board holds the Executive Director accountable for the Burnaby Arts Council’s organizational performance against clear and measurable goals and objectives established by the Board and agreed to by the Executive Director.

Terms of employment

This is a salaried, full time position $50,000 – $55,000/year, paid bi-weekly (commensurate with experience). The gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday, and the Executive Director will have a flexible 35 hour work schedule (may be required to work an occasional evening or weekend in order to accommodate other gallery activities, including board meetings).

Interested candidates are encouraged to forward a cover letter and resume, in confidence, to recruitment@burnabyartscouncil.org or apply down below. Closing date for applications has been EXTENDED to March 9th, 2020. Those selected for an interview will be contacted in March.