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December 20, 2022

Job Opportunity: Gallery Co-Director

TRUCK Contemporary Art Gallery is seeking a co-director to support our ongoing transition from a hierarchy-based staffing model to a lateral staffing model led by two co-directors, with the support of the TRUCK board of directors and contract staff positions.

The incoming co-director will work closely with our current director, Alicia Buates McKenzie, and the TRUCK board of directors to build and establish a lateral staffing framework grounded in the core values of equity, collaboration and respect. The successful candidate is someone committed to developing, resourcing and presenting programming in alignment with the vision and values of TRUCK, and growing the network of relationships that such projects require. They will be curious and passionate about our ongoing internal work to build capacity to further enact non-hierarchical governance structures and create more accessible modes of engagement with contemporary art and related practices.

Hours: 35 hours per week Salary: $50,960 per year Location: Mohkinsstsis/Calgary, AB Start Date: Mid-late January 2023 to early February 2023 Apply by: December 20, 2022

Benefits:

  • Health benefits package available after 3 months
  • Flexible working hours
  • 4 weeks paid vacation
  • Consideration for artistic development/leave when possible

Detailed Responsibilities The co-director will work in collaboration on the following five broad areas:

  • Manage the overall strategic direction of TRUCK’s artistic programming and administrative operations.
  • Be an advocate for contemporary art in Calgary, responding to the interests of local and regional arts communities, facilitating partnerships and engaging with other community-based activities.
  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to lateral, non-hierarchical, and collaborative leadership.
  • Engage and lead discussions and programming in support of equity, anti-oppression and inclusivity in our region.
  • Participate in the hiring process and provide training, mentorship for new staff members and interns.

Requirements Applicants may have some, many, or all of the following requirements. Training, mentorship, and professional development opportunities will be prioritized to support the co-director’s needs and experiences.

  • A minimum of two years’ experience (or equivalent) working in an artist-run space, public art gallery or cultural institution.
  • An advanced degree or equivalent experience in arts administration, fine arts, curatorial studies, art history or visual culture.
  • A record of successful fund development, including grant writing.
  • Experience managing staff, interns and volunteers, and working with a board of directors.
  • Tangible commitment to collaborative, anti-oppressive and lateral leadership models.
  • Excellent self-management, organizational, leadership and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong knowledge of contemporary art practices and an understanding of artist-run culture.
  • An exemplary commitment to community, inclusivity, equity and anti-racism.
  • A record of successful budgetary and financial experience within a cultural institution in the nonprofit sector.
  • Excellent verbal skills, written communication skills and commitment to working collaboratively within groups/committees.
  • Strong attention to detail, ability to anticipate and plan ahead, adaptability and reliability.
  • Ability to work flexible hours including weekends and evenings when necessary.
  • Proficiency in a breadth of computer programs and applications for administrative skills, design skills, social media and web development.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the functional role of digital platforms, social media and web development for contemporary cultural institutions.
  • Confidence in the handling of artworks and installation of exhibitions.
  • Access to reliable transportation, a Class 5 driver’s license considered an asset.

Apply Step 1: Application: Apply by sending the following documents to board@truck.ca by December 20, 2022:

  • Your CV or resume
  • A cover letter to introduce yourself, your qualifications, and your interest in the position (500 words or less)

Step 2: First Interview: Selected applicants will be emailed to set a date to meet with the hiring committee. Interview questions and procedures will be emailed to candidates three days before the interview. Each person interviewed will receive a $100 honorarium for their time spent preparing for and attending the interview. Step 3: Second Interview: Selected applicants will meet with the hiring committee for an in-depth discussion on what the co-directorship may look like, and which aspects they are most interested in. Candidates will receive a second $100 honorarium for this interview. After the second interview, the hiring committee will reach out to the chosen candidate with a job offer for the role of co-director.

TRUCK is committed to inclusivity in employment and acknowledges systemic inequities create barriers to employment and other opportunities. We strongly encourage applications from equity-seeking groups, including those who are Indigenous, Black, People of Colour, Gender Diverse, LGBTQ, Two-Spirit, Persons with Disabilities, and others with the lived experiences, skills and knowledge to engage equity-seeking communities.

Accessibility

We are committed to accommodating applicants with barriers to the recruitment process outlined above. Please be in touch if you require accommodation in respect to the materials or procedures used at any time during this process, and we will work with you to determine how to best meet your needs. You may reach us at board@truck.ca.