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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS from Disability communities:

Executive Director
$40,000 – $50,000 for one-year remote work contract with possibility of becoming a full-time permanent position. Salary offer based on experience.

BEING is looking for an ambitious, creative, and community-minded individual to join the team as Executive Director.  The ideal candidate is someone with a background in the arts, who is embedded in Disability community and passionate about creating a more accessible art world.   



30 hours per week (flexible schedule, 4 or 5 days per week). Benefits include paid wellness leave, on-the-job training, a dedicated leadership coach, and a remote work allowance. Some evening and weekend hours may occasionally be required; overtime is compensated with time off in lieu.



Deadline for applications has been extended to Friday, June 18, 2021.



Click here to download a PDF version of the call for applications
 
Click here to download a Word version of the call for applications


This is a remote work opportunity, and we welcome candidates from anywhere in Canada to apply. Willingness to relocate to Ottawa in 2022 would be preferred. BEING operates on traditional, unceded and un-surrendered Algonquin Anishinaabe territory.
 

BEING Studio is a not-for-profit Disability Arts organization dedicated to supporting the participation and professional practice of artists with developmental disabilities. BEING operates an accessible art studio and serves a diverse community of over 50 member artists. BEING has been continually adapting to the pandemic, launching several new initiatives aimed at keeping our members connected, creating, and sharing their work in the digital environment.



BEING amplifies the artistic vision and leadership of artists who are vastly underrepresented in exhibitions and collections in Canada and abroad. Join a dynamic and talented team of staff and help take BEING Studio and its artists to the next level.  



Although we hope applicants will bring some experience leading a team or managing budgets, the most important qualities we are seeking are a strong vision for Disability Arts, and a willingness to learn and grow in the role. The opportunity includes on-the-job training and access to one-on-one coaching sessions with a professional leadership coach.  



Your experience contributing to community-led movements or programming, your strengths as a grant writer, and your confidence sharing ideas with communities of supporters, will set your candidacy apart.



The successful candidate will also highly value diversity and will have a proven ability to create empowering, inclusive, and affirming space. We are looking for someone who collaborates well on a team, and who is open to and supportive of the ideas and experiences of others.  

If you believe in what we are doing, and you are ready to take on a challenging and rewarding leadership opportunity in the arts, we urge you apply.



Position Summary

The Executive Director is responsible for collaborating with the Board of Directors to determine the strategic direction of the organization, and for ensuring the successful delivery of programs, projects and fundraising initiatives that support the mission and vision of the organization. This includes managing a small and diverse team of staff, all currently working remotely and collaborating online.  The Executive Director is responsible for writing grants and for the financial management of the organization, together with the Treasurer and bookkeeper. Other duties include building and managing relationships with donors and funders, promoting community membership, and some advocacy work.



The Executive Director reports to the Board Chair and the Executive Committee. The position directly oversees the work of the Artistic Director and Program Director. 



Main areas of responsibility:



Working with the Board of Directors

The Executive Director (ED) collaborates with an experienced and supportive volunteer Board of Directors and contributes to the development of policies and strategic planning. This work is varied and includes supporting the development of HR policies, helping to recruit new board members, building leadership opportunities for artists to contribute to governance, and planning for the long-term financial health of BEING.



Fundraising
The ED writes most grants for BEING, including municipal, provincial, and federal arts funding, and additional grants as they arise. The ED also produces writing for and oversees the implementation of fundraising and community membership campaigns and works with the board to seek sponsorship opportunities.



Finance
The ED collaborates with the Treasurer, the Program Director, and an external bookkeeper, to set and track the annual budget. Together with the Finance Committee, the ED makes decisions to maintain a sound financial position.  



Leadership
The ED is responsible for ensuring that the day-to-day operations of the organization align with the strategic direction. Overseeing and collaborating with the Program Director and Artistic Director, the ED guides and gives feedback on the operations and artistic programs of the organization. The ED leads team meetings and supports the development of all staff at BEING.

 

The ideal candidate:

·         Has a clear and passionate vision for Disability Arts.

·         Thrives on teams and promotes collaboration, inclusion, and accessibility.

·         Has contributed to community-led or not-for-profit work.

·         Is a strong writer with a proven ability to write successful grants, particularly in the arts.

·         Has experience creating and/or managing budgets, ideally in the arts.

·         Has a proven ability to organize, manage and oversee several projects at once.

 

Requirements:

·         Advanced skill level using Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.

·         Access to a remote workspace, ideally a home-based office.

·         Access to a strong internet connection. 

·         Comfort collaborating online using video conferencing.

Assets:

·         Experience successfully leading, coaching, or guiding a team.

·         Experience using QuickBooks Online accounting software is an asset.

·         Experience using creative design software (Adobe, Canva) is an asset.

·         Post-secondary education in the field of Art History, Arts Management, Disability Studies, or a related field is an asset.

BEING will provide email, software, and remote file storage. The successful candidate will have access to a remote work budget for the purchase of home office equipment.

 

To Apply, send you current professional resume and a brief statement of interest to careers@beingstudio.ca

BEING nurtures practices of racial equality and diversity. We encourage applications from First Nations, Métis, and Inuit persons; persons from the Black Community, People of Colour, and people who identify as LGBTQ2S+. We will prioritize applications from Disability-identified candidates. We encourage applicants to self-identify in their statement of interest.

The Deadline for applications is now extended to Friday, June 18, 2021.

Interviews will be held via Zoom. No phone calls, please.





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CALL FOR BOARD MEMBERS:
 

We are looking to fill a couple spots on our volunteer Board of Directors for the upcoming year. You do not have to have any formal training or prior Board experience.
 

Click here to download a PDF version of the call for board members
Click here to download a Word version of this call for board members
 

BEING is a charitable, not-for-profit Disability Arts organization dedicated to supporting the participation and professional practice of artists labelled with developmental disabilities. Based in Ottawa, BEING runs an accessible art studio located in the Bronson Centre and serves a diverse community of over 50 artist members. We highly value diversity and strive to create an inclusive and affirming space for all our members, staff, volunteers, and collaborators.

 

The organization has been continually adapting to the pandemic, launching several new initiatives aimed at keeping our members connected, creating, and sharing their work in the digital environment. BEING is experiencing a dynamic period of growth and is searching for passionate and dedicated Board members who can help steer the organization towards a sustainable future. 

 

The Board of Directors governs BEING by making decisions and adopting policies that are sound, ethical, and legal, to ensure that the organization is moving in the right direction and has adequate resources to advance its mission.

 

If you live in the Ottawa/Gatineau region, are inspired by the work we do, and you think you could contribute to the ongoing evolution of BEING, we encourage you to apply.

 

We are particularly seeking candidates with experience in one or more of the following areas:

·         Business and Regulatory Law, Labour Law, Human Rights Law, other areas of practice.

·         Not-for-profit management and fundraising experience.

·         Knowledge of and/or practice in Disability Arts and culture.

·         Experience in non-profit governance and/or working with committee frameworks.

·         Experience running a social enterprise (particularly in the arts).

·         Social justice and equity seeking advocacy at the local, provincial, or federal level.

·         Experience in marketing, branding, media relations and/or communications.

·         Experience in the fields of Technology and digital products.

Remote work requirements:
The Board of Directors meets virtually over Zoom. BEING will provide an email and Office 365 login with basic software and remote file storage.

·         Access to a remote workspace.

·         Access to a strong internet connection. 

·         Comfort collaborating online using video conferencing, email, and Google Docs.

 

Time Commitment
Board members are voted in for a term of 2 years and can be re-elected twice, up to 6 years’ total service.  There are six Board meetings per year (two hours each) and one Annual General Meeting in addition to serving on at least one committee (committee meetings are 90 minutes to two hours and they meet once before each Board meeting or as required).

 

About BEING’s Board and Your Commitment

The Board’s responsibilities include the governance and oversight and monitoring of:

·         Strategic plan and organizational performance

·         Annual operating and capital budget and results

·         Strategic risk management

·         Acting as a sounding board and support to the Executive Director

Board members will be required to:

·         Be members in good standing of BEING, when nominated.

·         Demonstrate high ethical standards and integrity, meet the accountabilities outlined in the law and in by-laws of the Board, seeing oneself as serving the interest of BEING.

·         Read and understand financial statements and the organization's financial performance, including the ability to assess the financial impact (whether internal or external) of a decision or circumstance.

·         Be aware of the impact of organizational issues, policies, and decisions; be capable of being sensitive to diverse perspectives.

·         See the big picture, ask relevant and probing questions at the strategic level, challenge management's assumptions when needed, and differentiate between governance and management responsibilities.

 

BEING nurtures practices of racial equality and diversity. We encourage applications from First Nations, Métis, and Inuit persons; persons from the Black community, People of Colour, and people who identify as LGBTQ2S+. Applications from disability-identified candidates will be prioritized. Kindly use the subject line: BEING Board of Directors, and address your application to Zoë MacNeil zcmacneil@gmail.com

 

Applications must include:

-          Biography (max 250 words) and a brief expression of interest (max. 500 words) 

  

 The deadline to apply to be on the board is Thursday, May 27th, 2021 at 5:00 pm Eastern Time. 

Thank you for your interest! We will only be contacting candidates selected for an interview.