CAPTURE PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Title: Executive Director
Reporting to: Board of Directors
Salary Range: $45,000–$60,000, based on experience
Contract Terms: 4 days (on average 28 hours) per week (flexible working schedule; weekly hours are an average and seasonally based, with fewer hours in summer, more in the winter/spring, Festival is the month of April).
Work Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Application Deadline: 31 May 2019
Interview Dates: Early June
Start Date: July 2019 TBC
Please submit your CV and a cover letter in one PDF to [email protected] with EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR APPLICATION in the subject heading.
ABOUT THE ROLE
Reporting directly to the Capture Photography Festival Society Board of Directors and working alongside the Director/Curator, the Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs, and strategic plan of the Capture Photography Festival and other strategic projects. Other key duties include audience engagement, sponsorship, fundraising including grant writing, marketing, and community outreach.
Capture Photography Festival is devoted to presenting the most compelling lens-based art from local and international artists.
Launched in 2013, the annual not-for-profit Capture Photography Festival is Western Canada’s largest lens-based art festival. Each April, photography and lens-based art is exhibited at dozens of galleries and other venues throughout Metro Vancouver as part of the Exhibition Program, alongside an extensive Public Art Program, a youth-oriented Learning Program, and an Events Program that spans tours, films, artist talks, and community events.
We believe that a collective appreciation for and celebration of lens-based art deepens the cultural landscape in Metro Vancouver and is a catalyst for new and exciting exchanges, collaborations, and partnerships between diverse audiences, artists, and communities.
Capture Photography Festival supports artistic excellence in diverse lens-based practices, with a focus on critical and challenging work, while nurturing emerging talent. Capture enables meaningful local and international collaborations and facilitates public interest, critical dialogue, and education around lens-based art as a progressive medium and significant vessel for communication.
We value critical programming, dialogue, and publications; creative partnerships and collaborations; meaningful public engagement; diversity and inclusion; compelling learning opportunities; and fostering opportunities for lens-based artists.
Capture Photography Festival Society is a not-for-profit whose mandate is:
- To celebrate and foster an appreciation of lens-based art through an annual festival in Vancouver, British Columbia, including exhibitions, public art, community engagement, and learning opportunities that facilitate dialogue around photography in all its forms.
- To showcase the work of critically acclaimed artists from around the world and to support emerging lens-based artists by providing a platform for them to develop their practice.
- To cultivate partnerships with local and international cultural institutions with the goal of collectively presenting the most compelling and current lens-based art.
- To present perspectives from diverse backgrounds, including from a variety of geographic regions and those who identify as women, Indigenous, LGBTQ/2S+, visible minorities, or members of other underrepresented groups.
- Working closely with the Director/Curator and the Board of Directors, shape and maintain a vision and strategic plan that guides the Capture Photography Festival Society. You will act as a professional advisor and guide to the Board of Directors on all aspects of the organization’s activities.
- Identify, assess, and communicate to the Board of Directors any internal and external issues that affect the organization.
- Foster effective teamwork between the Board and the Executive Director and between the Executive Director and staff.
- Act as a champion and spokesperson for the organization.
- Take a leadership role in positively shaping the Vancouver photography and visual arts community through involvement in associations, mentorship, sector advocacy, and collaboration.
- Build relationships with diverse communities by listening to other leaders and to artists and communities who are traditionally underrepresented.
- Leading and inspiring others using a deeply informed, well-articulated vision of the future.
Operational planning and management
- Develop an operational plan that incorporates goals and objectives that work toward the strategic direction of the organization.
- Oversee the day-to-day operation of the organization ensuring that they align with the mandate and mission of Capture and provide support to the Board.
- Oversee the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the organization’s programs and services as well as special events
- Spearheading sales of ads in Capture Magazine and other ad spots; directing Capture’s ad buys and production; growing Media Sponsor relationships; creating ad collateral lists for design contractor and overseeing timelines; directing PR contractor.
Human resources planning and management
- Identify and engage appropriate staffing for organizational management and program delivery success.
- Oversee the implementation of human resources policies, procedures, and practices.
- Establish a positive, healthy, and safe work environment that encourages diversity and engagement.
- Maintain a performance management process for all staff that includes monitoring, coaching, and mentoring staff on an ongoing basis and conducting periodic performance reviews.
Financial planning and management
- Work with staff and the Board (Finance Committee) to prepare comprehensive budgets (annual and multi-year).
- Oversee the development of fundraising plans and write funding proposals (corporate and public) to ensure that the organization reaches financial targets and goals.
- Support and mentor appropriate staff to research funding sources, as appropriate.
- Approve expenditures within the authority delegated by the Board.
- Ensure that sound bookkeeping and accounting procedures are followed.
- Manage the funds of the organization according to the approved budget.
- Provide the Board with comprehensive, regular reports on the revenues and expenditures of the organization.
- Foster and uphold community relations and advocacy.
- Communicate with stakeholders to keep them informed and engaged of the work of the Festival.
- Establish and maintain positive working relationships and collaborative arrangements with community groups, artists, funders, politicians, and other organizations to help achieve the goals of Capture.
- Identify and evaluate the risks to the organization’s people (artists, staff, audiences, volunteers), property, finances, and reputation and implement measures to control risks, with the support of the Board.
- Ensure good governance in all aspects of the organization’s activity and introduce management best practice and continuous improvement to company processes.
ESSENTIAL SKILLS AND ATTRIBUTES
- 3–5 years senior non-profit management experience
- Degree in liberal arts, fine arts, business administration, or equivalent experience
- Demonstrated leadership skills and ability to work flexibly within a small team
- Excellent planning and time management, with the ability to multitask, delegate and prioritize within a busy working environment
- A willingness to carry out a wide variety of tasks
- Strong financial management experience
- Ability to negotiate with stakeholders and potential funders
- Successful fundraising from trusts and foundations; individuals; federal, provincial, and local authorities; and other funding bodies
- Experience developing networks that support organizational fundraising and financial resilience
- Experience in business planning and strategic management
- Strong written and oral communication skills, including public speaking
- Ability to convey a vision of Capture Photography Festival’s strategic future to staff, board, volunteers, donors, and government representatives
- Ability to work flexible hours
- Capacity to work calmly under pressure
- Professional demeanour and comfortable working in both artistic and corporate environments
- Ability to give and receive feedback and cultivate strong team enthusiasm, motivation, and collaboration.
DESIRABLE SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
- Knowledge of national and international arts organizations and a good network of contacts
- Experience contract drafting and negotiation
- Experience working directly with artists, writers, curators, and other cultural producers
- Knowledge of marketing and audience development in the arts
- Experience in event and exhibition planning and production.
Featured image: Matthew Brooks, The Telephone Salesman, 2017 Capture New West Public Art Project. Photo by David C. Oberman