Job Posting: Eastern Bloc General Director

2 May - 10 June 2019

Photo: Cécile Lopes / Artist: Kelly Andres

Eastern Bloc is looking to fill the position of General Director!

The vision at Eastern Bloc is to explore and push the creative boundaries situated at the intersection of art, technology, and science, as well as all other emerging digital practices. Hybrid processes and new modes of production are at the core of the centre’s mandate, as is to support the work of emerging artists by providing them with an exchange platform with more established artists, through initiatives of a local and international scale.

Position Summary

The General Director is responsible for the overall vision and management of the centre, first and foremost, but also for the implementation of its artistic mandate, in conjunction with the programming committee and guest curators.

We seek a strong leader who is willing and able to meet the challenges of running an arts organisation with enthusiasm and success. The ideal candidate must have an acute sense of organization, enjoy working in a team, and have a general interest in digital arts and culture.

Reporting directly to the Board of Directors, the General Director will be responsible for the development of the organization, its financial well-being, the management of organizational resources, the centre’s outreach as well as strategic relations with partners.

General Responsibilities

  • Develop (with the Board of Directors) and implement organizational strategies and policies in line with the Centre's mandate 
  • Ensure the proper functioning of the Centre's management and administration
  • Develop (with the Board of Directors) and implement funding strategies, including public and private financial support and new sources of funding
  • Set realistic financial objectives and manage operating budgets and relevant material resources
  • Manage strategic planning and development for the centre, both short and long term
  • Supervise and actively participate in the writing of grant applications
  • Hire, supervise and guide staff members
  • Attend board meetings and actively support the Board of Directors by participating in committees with requisite administrative responsibilities and reporting duties
  • Expand the local and international reach of Eastern Bloc, participate in the promotion of digital art through community engagement and networking opportunities
  • Act as a spokesperson for Eastern Bloc vis-à-vis its members, funding bodies, other cultural organizations, and the general public
  • Develop partnerships with local, national and international artistic organisations
  • Ensure adequate and relevant programming of artistic activities in collaboration with the programming committee and guest curators, in keeping with the organization's artistic vision

Skills and Competencies

  • Strong management experience, fuelled by a creative sensibility and strategic vision
  • Proven ability to establish and supervise operating and project budgets and meet financial objectives
  • Experience in financial planning and management, including fundraising in the public and private sectors
  • Ability to demonstrate positive leadership in a collaborative work environment, with staff, a Board of Directors, volunteers and as a representative of the centre   
  • Strong organizational and planning skills, including project and time management
  • Excellent writing skills, including grant writing
  • Excellent research, analysis, evaluation, and synthesis skills
  • Good knowledge of how digital technologies relate to artistic practices
  • Good understanding of artist-run culture and the contemporary issues that it entails
  • Ability to develop relationships with artists and arts organisations at the local, national and international levels
  • Familiarity with office management software
  • Excellent command of French and English, written and spoken

Employment Conditions

  • Permanent full-time employment (5 days a week - 35 hours)
  • Annual salary: $35,000 - $40,000 per year, six weeks of vacation in the summer and two weeks in the winter.
  • Start date: End of July 2019

Eastern Bloc encourages applications from candidates who identify as visible minorities, women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to effectively engage within diverse communities.

How to apply?

  • Applicants are asked to send their CV and a letter of intent, with two references no later than June 10th, 2019 at 5pm to dev@easternbloc.ca
  • Please no phone calls. We thank all candidates but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

The Human Resources Committee,

2 May - 10 June 2019