Executive Director

Date Posted: Jan 26, 2021
Application Deadline: Mar 07, 2021
Start Date: Apr 30, 2021

Salary From: 150K To 100K
Province: Ontario
Region: Metro Toronto Area
City: Toronto
Employee Benefits: Health
Organization's Field/Discipline: The Arts
Job's focus: Creative & Administrative
Job Type: Full-time
Career Level: Executive/board member

Organization Description

Ontario Arts Foundation
The Ontario Arts Foundation’s (the Foundation) sole mandate is supporting the arts. For 30 years, the Foundation has been effective in providing access for arts organizations of all sizes to professional asset management of endowment funds and a sustained annual source of unrestricted operating revenue. As well, the Foundation is a partner with government in the management of matching programs.

As of January 2021, assets administered by the Foundation were $90m representing over 250 arts organizations throughout the province, totalling 365 different funds.

The Foundation is administered by a volunteer Board of Directors and managed by two full-time staff.

Job Description

This is a unique opportunity to lead a foundation in the important role of supporting the arts in Ontario. The Board of the Ontario Arts Foundation is seeking an Executive Director to lead the Foundation’s strategy, operations and relations with arts organizations, donors and other funding partners.
The ideal candidate is creative, outgoing and holds strong executive leadership skills – a person bringing energy, ideals and personal initiative to grow the Foundation’s presence in Ontario.
  • As Executive Director, you will develop organizational strategy, working collaboratively with staff and the Board of Directors, all stakeholders, and government funders, providing inspiring leadership that builds the profile of the Foundation and its financial support to the arts.
  • You will be responsible for developing and executing a strategy to grow Foundation assets, meeting the arts philanthropy goals of individuals, and providing long term financial support for arts organizations through endowments. This includes oversight over asset management and the day-to-day operations of the organization – finance, communications, marketing, human resources, and government relations.
  • Work with and provide endowment advice to Ontario’s arts organizations, assisting them in the establishment and/or growing of their assets.
  • Working with the Director of Administration, you will co-ordinate all Board meetings, agendas and providing reports on the operations and finances of the Foundation and providing updates on strategic issues, risks, and opportunities.
  • You will work with the Board in developing investment strategy/policy, maintaining working relationships with external asset managers, ensuring effective oversight over Foundation investments and keeping current with economic, investment and market trends.
  • You will ensure the foundation is responsibly managed, with oversight accountability for finances, capital assets, human resources, and all reporting (audit, tax), working closely with the Director of Administration in developing operating budgets and financial reports.
  • You will develop and build relationships with all stakeholders – arts organizations, donors, community and government funders - be an advocate for the arts community with government.
  • An important role is being an effective communicator, through written communication pieces, including a social media strategy to increase the public profile of the Foundation.
  • You will foster a collegial working environment with staff, partners, the Board and the arts community.
  • You will attend performances, arts events and related community activity with existing and prospective art organizations, with some travel across Ontario, representing the Foundation and supporting the arts programs of Foundation clients.



  • Working knowledge of investment management, endowments, and investment oversight of external managers.
  • Working knowledge of planned giving and estate planning /tax planning related to personal philanthropy.
  • A minimum of 10 years’ experience in leadership roles in the arts, not-for-profit and/or private sector.
  • An understanding and interest in the arts and the value that they bring to enriching lives.
  • Experience reporting to and working with a board.
  • Sound financial and accounting control practices; ability to plan for the long-term financial needs of the Foundation.
  • Exposure to or experience in government relations.
  • Astute business acumen, with an eye to organizational detail and oversight.
  • Outstanding reputation for building and growing relationships.
  • A confident public speaker with outstanding communications skills, verbal and written.
  • Experience and comfort with all forms of social media and digital platforms – you are digitally aware.
  • Demonstrated ability to create a positive, inclusive work environment.
  • Relevant undergraduate/graduate degree or equivalent.
  • Fluency in French is an asset.
  • Dynamic, engaging, and creative.
  • Warm, empathetic, and high personal energy.
  • A strategic, long-term thinker who is politically astute.
  • Able to leverage the capabilities of others.
  • Engenders trust, with a commitment to consultation and consensus-building.
  • Capacity to lead, coach, motivate, inspire staff, and work with Board members on effective governance matters
  • A capable manager who balances the demands of the role and holds high professional standards as well as personal integrity.
  • Self-motivated and outward looking.
  • Pragmatic, analytical, and effective at problem solving.
  • An enthusiasm for the arts in all of its diversity.
  • Dedicated to the principles of equal opportunity and broad access to the arts.

Additional Info:

A competitive compensation package will be offered, complete with salary (range between $140,000 to $160,000) and benefits and commensurate with experience.

How to Apply:

Please apply by email with your cover letter and resume by no later than Sunday, March 7th, 2021. Send to: OAF@searchlightpartnersgroup.com
The Ontario Arts Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.

We are committed to providing accommodation for people with disabilities and we welcome qualified candidates of all backgrounds to apply.

We thank applicants for their interest, however, only those advancing in the process will be contacted.

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