Leadership Opportunity at YVR Art Foundation

May 28, 2022


YVR Art Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit charitable foundation with a mandate to support BC and Yukon First Nations artists through scholarships, grants and award programs, and research and exhibition opportunities. Our offices are located on the unceded, traditional and ancestral territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people and our work spans the territories of many Nations throughout BC and Yukon.

Position Summary

Contract position; part-time; flexible hours.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director provides leadership, strategic thinking, vision and operational management to enable the Foundation to fulfill its mission.

It is an exciting time to join the YVR Art Foundation as we collaboratively update our vision for the future. The successful candidate will work with a dedicated Board of Directors, and will share the Foundation’s commitment to providing opportunities for Indigenous artists to develop skills, acquire knowledge, access ancestral belongings and exhibit their work in public venues.

This is a unique opportunity for an arts administrator or nonprofit manager, with experience and/or commitment to working with Indigenous communities, to lead a small but impactful charitable foundation with the sole mandate to provide funding and other opportunities for BC and Yukon First Nations artists.

  • Provide leadership and direction on all aspects of the Foundation’s operations
  • Collaborate with the Board of Directors to shape and execute the vision that guides the Foundation, and work with the Board to ensure policies, procedures and strategic plans are developed and successfully implemented
  • Manage and oversee any consultants and contractors engaged by the Foundation
  • Direct and oversee the development and implementation of all Foundation programs
  • Direct all day-to-day financial operations including developing an annual operations plan and budget
  • Develop and maintain all external partnerships with key stakeholders, including donors, museum partners, Indigenous community partners and program delivery partners
  • Lead and expand all fundraising initiatives, including donor, funder and sponsorship relationships, as well as grant writing, proposal writing and fundraising events
  • Manage and oversee all external communications and outreach to key audiences including traditional, digital and social media
  • Passion for and understanding of BC and Yukon First Nations history, arts and cultural practices
  • Minimum five years relevant experience in management roles in nonprofit, arts, granting, educational and/or Indigenous organizations
  • Proven leadership and organizational management experience
  • Strong knowledge of the BC arts and culture ecosystem
  • Innovative and strategic thinker who will embrace the opportunity to participate in developing the Foundation’s future vision
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively work independently as well as collaboratively with diverse groups of stakeholders
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Excellent relationship-building and interpersonal skills
  • Financial and budgeting experience and knowledge of nonprofit sector accounting regulations
  • Experience with fundraising, including donor cultivation and grant/proposal writing
  • Strong understanding of marketing/communications strategies and tools
Work Environment
  • Workspace provided in a professional shared office with option for some hybrid remote work 
  • Proof of full vaccination required
  • Applicants must be based in the Lower Mainland

YVR Art Foundation is committed to building and maintaining a respectful, equitable and inclusive work environment. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates and in particular those identifying as BC or Yukon First Nations.

How to Apply

Please apply by email with your cover letter and resume attached in one PDF document  by June 30, 2022 with “Executive Director Position” in the subject line to:

Please direct all questions regarding this posting to the above email address.

We thank all candidates for their interest, however only those short-listed will be contacted.


Contract position; flexible hours; approximately 20 hours per week.
$48,000-$55,000 per annum depending on experience and hours of service.