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BEING is seeking candidates for the position of Executive Director (56,000-67,500)


BEING Studio welcomes applications for the position of Executive Director. The position is offered as a one-year contract, renewable to full-time permanent in 2023.

This position is based in Ottawa where the executive director works under a hybrid model. 



The position pays an annual salary range of $56,000 to $67,500 based on experience and ability to raise funds for the organization.

The position includes four-weeks paid vacation which can be taken in up to two-week blocks.

Flexible schedule with some evening and weekend hours required; overtime is compensated with time off in lieu. 


Important Dates

Application deadline: Sunday, August 7, 2022 at 11PM Eastern Time. 

Position starts: September 2022



BEING is a not-for-profit Disability Arts organization dedicated to supporting the participation  and professional practice of artists 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 a  passionate and dedicated leader who can advance the Disability Arts mandate of the  organization while steering the next phase of its evolution. 


Position Summary 

Working in a supportive and collegial environment, the Executive Director will have the  opportunity to grow the impact of BEING Studio, and to support and amplify the artistic vision  and leadership of artists with disabilities, who are currently still vastly  underrepresented in exhibitions and collections in Canada and abroad. 

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, diverse team. 

The Executive Director is responsible for: building and managing relationships with donors and funders; promoting community membership; advocacy work; writing grants; and the  financial management of the organization. 

The Executive Director reports to the Board Chair and the Executive Committee. This position will directly oversee the work of the Program Director, the Artistic Director and the Lead Facilitator. 

Main areas of responsibility



The ED is responsible for ensuring that the day-to-day operations of the organization align with  the strategic direction. Overseeing and collaborating with staff, 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 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.  



Collaborating with and reporting to a volunteer Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED)  supports policy development and guides strategic planning. This work is varied and includes  supporting the development of HR policy, helping to recruit new board members, engaging artists in the strategic planning process, and planning for the long-term financial health of  BEING. 



Collaborating with and reporting to the Treasurer and the Finance Committee, the ED sets and  tracks the annual budget, and makes decisions to maintain a sound financial position. 


The ideal candidate: 

-Has at least 5 years in a not-for-profit environment, ideally in a progressive leadership role.

-Is committed to advancing Disability arts. 

-is a strong communicator with a clear vision in Disability arts

-Has a history of successfully leading, coaching or guiding teams of people

-Has proven skills in fundraising

-Is good at building and maintaining relationships with communities of supporters

-Thrives in team environments and promotes collaboration, inclusion and accessibility

-has proven ability to organize, manage and oversee several projects at once, including creating and managing budgets

-is a confident public speaker, good at delivering presentations and leading meetings

-Excels at dealing with people in a sensitive and effective way

-excels at strategic thinking and problem solving



-Advanced communiciation skills

-access to a remote workshpace, ideally a home-based office

-Access to a strong internet connection

-comfort collaborating online using video conferencing

-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 and Microsoft Office 365 login with software and remote file storage. The successful candidate will have access equipment through BEING Studio.


To Apply 

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. 

Interested candidates are invited to send their application in one PDF document to: 


Applications must include:  

- Current professional resume 

- A brief statement of interest 


The deadline for applications is Sunday, Aug 7, 2022 at 11:00 pm Eastern Time. Candidates  selected for an interview will be contacted the following week. Interviews will be held via Zoom.  No phone calls, please.


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