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Executive Director

Application Deadline: November 12, 2017
Salary: $102,648 plus benefits (health plan, housing allowance, matching RRSP and vacation)
Northern Allowance: $17,914
Location: Iqaluit, Nunavut
Term: Full-time, salary


Founded in 1998, the Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association (NACA) is a non-profit incorporated society that supports and promotes the development and growth of Nunavut's arts and crafts sector through advocacy, communications, artist development, education and marketing. NACA works to build capacity within the Nunavut arts sector, to provide artists with artistic and professional development opportunities, to improve communication between artists and other stakeholders within the cultural economy, to disseminate and promote the work of Nunavummiut artists and to ensure that artist’s rights are respected.


The Executive Director reports to NACA’s Board of Directors, oversees organizational and financial operations and is responsible for the successful leadership and management of the organization according to the strategic plan set by the Board of Directors. The Executive Director is a widely respected community partner, a visionary, a builder, a mentor, and a professional with excellent knowledge and understanding of the communities that NACA serves. The ideal candidate has progressive experience in senior leadership roles, proven experience managing a team of qualified and dedicated staff, marketing, fundraising and financial management as well as experience with board governance, media and government relations. In addition, the Executive Director believes in and is driven to support NACA’s mandate and the important work the association does to support Nunavummiut artists and build capacity within the Nunavut arts sector.


Board Governance

  • Responsible for communicating effectively with the Board and providing all information necessary for the Board to function properly and make informed decisions;
  • Develop with the Board of Directors a strategic plan that incorporates the organizations goals and objectives;
  • Identify, assess, and inform the Board of Directors of internal and external issues that affect the organization;
  • Draft organizational policies for the approval of the Board and prepare procedures to implement new polices or to review existing policies;
  • Conduct official correspondence jointly and on behalf of the Board;
  • Oversee Board and committee meetings, ensure that meeting agendas and supporting materials are prepared;
  • Oversee the training and development of new Board Members;

Financial Management and Fundraising

  • Responsible for the financial management of the organization and the maintenance of a positive financial position;
  • Responsible for preparing an annual budget, business plan and quarterly financial statements and the coordination of an annual audit for Board approval;
  • Responsible for providing timely and accurate financial reports to funders in compliance with contribution agreements;
  • Administer funds according to the approved budget and monitor the monthly cash flow of the organization;
  • Ensure that sound bookkeeping and accounting procedures are followed to ensure the ongoing financial viability of the association;
  • Ensure that the organization complies with applicable financial legislation including taxation and other contributions;
  • Seek approval from the Board for expenditures and approve expenditures within the authority delegated by the Board;
  • Lead fundraising efforts from public and private sector sources to secure adequate funding for the operation of the organization;
  • Participate in the development of programming with an eye to revenue development;

Leadership and Strategy

  • Determine strategies to move the organization forward, set goals, create and implement action plans, and evaluate results;
  • Oversee the planning, implementation and evaluation of the organizations programming and services;
  • Monitor the day-to-day delivery of NACA’s programs and services to maintain and improve quality;
  • Ensure that the programming and services offered by the organization contribute to the organization’s mandate, current strategic plan and reflect the priorities of the Board and the needs of the membership;
  • Participate in visioning session to develop future programming that meet the ambitions outlined in the strategic plan and work with the Director of Programming to actualize projects and initiatives;
  • Maintain a positive image for the organization by communicating with NACA’s membership and other territorial, national and international stakeholders including hamlets, funders and other public and private sector partners to keep them informed of the organizations work and to identify changes in the communities served by the organization;
  • Establish good working relationships and collaborative arrangements with various territorial, national and international organizations to achieve NACA’s goals;
  • Serve as NACA’s primary spokesperson to the associations many stakeholders and to media;
  • Attend and/or oversee evening and weekend events and programming as required;
  • Oversee marketing and communications efforts;
  • Draw on a network of contacts within the Nunavut, Canadian and international arts and crafts community to spark collaborations that achieve NACA’s goals;

Operations and Administration

  • Ensure that the organization operates effectively and meets the expectations of its Board of Directors, members and funders;
  • Establish administrative policies and procedures for the day-to-day operation of the organization;
  • Responsible for signing agreements, and other instruments made and entered into and on behalf of the organization;
  • Review and approve contracts for services and oversee the work of external contractors;
  • Determine staffing requirements for organizational management and program delivery;
  • Responsible for the hiring and retention of competent, qualified staff that help to further the organization’s mandate including the priority hiring of Nunavut Land Claims Beneficiaries;
  • Ensure that all staff receive an orientation to the organization and that appropriate training is provided;
  • Oversee the implementation of human resources policies, procedures and practices including the development of job descriptions for all staff;
  • Implement a performance management process for all staff which includes monitoring the performance of staff on and on-going basis and conducting an annual performance review;
  • Actively coach and mentor staff to improve performance;
  • Maintain a positive, healthy and safe work environment in accordance with relevant legislation and regulations;
  • Understand ethical behaviour and business practices and ensure that your own behaviour and the behaviour of others are consistent with these standards and align with the values of the organization;
  • Identify and evaluate any risks to the organization’s people (staff, Board, members, partners), property, finances and image and implement appropriate measures to manage risk;
  • Ensure that the Board of Directors and the organization carries appropriate and adequate insurance coverage;
  • Ensure that the Board and staff understand the terms, conditions and limitations of the insurance coverage;
  • Ensure that the organization’s information technology needs are sufficient;
  • Work with staff to ensure for the care of all property belonging to NACA;



  • Related post-secondary education, preferably in the area of community development, arts, culture, business administration or an equivalent combination of skills and experience;

Computer Skills

  • Financial management software, Simply Accounting, Excel;
  • Word-processing software;
  • Project Management software, Basecamp;
  • E-mail and Internet;

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Progressive management experience with 5 or more years in the non- profit, charitable or arts and culture sector;
  • Experience working with and engaging a Board of Directors or equivalent strategic leadership experience;
  • Experience in financial management and accounting practices including budget preparation, analysis, decision-making, controls and reporting;
  • Experience in event planning, arts programming and audience development initiatives;
  • Knowledge of fundraising strategies unique to the non-profit sector and unique to Nunavut;
  • Ability to prepare and write grants, reports and proposals (preferably in the fields of arts and crafts);
  • Knowledge of federal and territorial legislation governing non-profit organizations including employment standards, occupational health and safety, charities, taxation, CPP and EI;
  • Experience in project management and the planning and organizational skills required to successfully launch and juggle multiple projects at once;
  • Knowledge of the territorial and national artistic community;
  • Knowledge of current challenges and opportunities relating to Nunavut’s arts and culture sector;
  • Ability to assess and strategically respond to trends and conditions in Nunavut;
  • The ability to assess situations to determine the importance, urgency and risks, and make clear decisions that are in the best interests of the organization;
  • Knowledge of human resources management and a demonstrated ability to oversee and work with others to set goals, resolve problems, and make decisions that enhance organizational effectiveness;
  • An ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with others, both internally and externally, to achieve the goals of the organization;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills including the ability to speak in public and the personality to engage diverse stakeholders;
  • Fluency in Inuktitut is an asset;


Interested and qualified individuals can submit a cover letter and resume to Applications must be received by November 12th, 2017.

We thank all applicants; only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. All applications are considered confidential.

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