Artistic Director, imagineNATIVE

imagineNATIVE is seeking a dynamic individual who is First Nations, Métis, or Inuk for a senior leadership role as Artistic Director.

The Artistic Director reports to the Executive Director and is responsible for conceiving, developing and implementing the artistic vision and focus for imagineNATIVE’s Festival, year-round programming, and special artistic initiatives. This position requires someone who is enthusiastic, artist-first-minded, and is a team leader who works well through inter-departmental collaboration. Our ideal candidate would have a personal and professional knowledge of Indigenous communities (artistic, cultural, social), with experience working in an arts Festival environment and is passionate about Indigenous-made media arts.

The Artistic Director directly oversees the Programming team, including: the Programming Coordinator, Programming Assistant, and Digital + Interactive Coordinator. Leads in the selection and formation of Festival Programmers, Curators and Jury, in addition to any other contract or support roles associated with artistic initiatives.

Working under the guidance and supervision of the Executive Director, the roles and responsibilities of the Artistic Director include, but are not limited to:

Festival Programming

  • Develop and deliver Festival artistic programming and Digital + Interactive Industry initiatives including screenings, panels, gallery exhibitions, and special events;
  • Create critical path to align programming goals with festival production, marketing, grant and fundraising timelines;
  • Oversee complete submission process for film/video, audio and digital media works;
  • Selects Programmers and ensures that the imagineNATIVE mandates and policies are adhered to with the selection of official programming for Festival and Tour and partner initiatives;
  • Oversee process for final Festival selection of works including artist engagement, final text, print source, permissions, exhibition copies, etc.;
  • Develop and oversee annual Festival exhibition(s), selecting and working with independent curators;
  • Develop and oversee Festival special programming such as commissions, spotlights, panels/masterclasses, focuses, Art Crawl, etc.
  • Maintain project budgets in keeping with approved allocations from Executive Director;
  • Write, edit and give final approval for all text written about artistic programming for Festival Website, publications and all associated marketing/promotional and communications collateral, including catalogue notes, curatorial texts, etc.;
  • Serve as moderator for screening intros, Q&As and other relevant programming as required during the Festival;
  • Conduct print and video interviews on Festival programming as required/requested for marketing/promotional and artistic purposes;
  • Negotiate reasonable screening fees as required and ensure screening fees are paid in keeping with IMAA rates;
  • Manage the Jury/competition of the Festival, acting as or appointing nonpartisan facilitator;
  • Oversee marketing campaign and trailer production for the annual Festival, as well as support festival publicity;
  • Work collaboratively with all departments, attending meetings and providing relevant programming information in a timely manner and as needed toward a successful festival and cooperative work environment.

Year-Round Programming and Administration

  • Lead on project grant writing for artistic Festival and year-round initiatives, including any final reporting;
  • Contribute to the relevant artistic components and Digital and Interactive Industry initiatives of annual operating/core grants, foundation grants, and private sector applications, including any final reporting;
  • Oversee year-round artistic programming selection including for the Tour and all imagineNATIVE-curated co-presentations or special screenings, in keeping with mandate;
  • Manage Programming Coordinator, Programming Assistant, and Digital + Interactive Coordinator as well as any other programming related positions, including participating in performance evaluations;
  • Participate in the Indigenous film and media arts community to ensure open access point for Indigenous artists;
  • Develop and maintain relationships with Indigenous film and media artists and organizations, as well as non-Indigenous organizations, festival and industry partners at the local, national and international level;
  • Build strategic relationships and partnerships that advance imagineNATIVE’s mandate and to serve Indigenous media artists;
  • Scout and track works in development and new works by Indigenous media artists, as well as larger industry trends;
  • Represent imagineNATIVE at other festivals and relevant events locally, regionally, nationally and internationally in keeping with strategic direction and resource capacities;
  • In conjunction with Leadership team, contribute to and maintain imagineNATIVE Year-Round Master Timeline;
  • Work with Executive Director and Operations Manager, on critical path documents;
  • Collaborate with Executive Director, Associate Director, and other department leads with the implementation of strategic plans directions and program delivery;
  • Contribute to research, prospecting and stewardship of public and private sector supporters and funders;
  • Embody the organization’s values internally as a leader of the team and externally as a representative of imagineNATIVE.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Great attention to detail and strong organizational and leadership skills
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work on multiple projects/initiatives simultaneously and meet deadlines
  • Works well in a team and independently with minimal supervision
  • Positive, professional, solution-focused approach
  • Knowledge about the Indigenous film, television, and screen-based industry is a valuable asset
  • A demonstrated interest in film, the arts, and Indigenous communities
  • Proven track record of financial proficiency and expense budget management
  • High level of professionalism and ability to interface with diverse partners, community members, artists, and staff;
  • Knowledge of the independent arts landscape in Canada
  • Knowledge of Indigenous media arts in Canada
  • Knowledge of international Indigenous media arts an asset
  • Excellent computer skills (G Suite,, Excel, Microsoft Suite) and a willingness to be trained


  • 5+ years experience as an arts administrator, events planner and preferably for an arts/Indigenous organization(s)
  • Strong, effective writing and verbal communication skills
  • Must be able to work from home with own computer/laptop, phone, and reliable internet

Additional Details

  • Salary: $70,000 – $80,000 per annum for full-time (40 hours per week)
  • 2 week paid vacation + 2 week paid time off for holiday closure
  • Supplementary health benefits
  • Submit CV/Resume and cover letter to: with subject “Artistic Director”
  • Position open until filled

imagineNATIVE values a diverse workplace and strongly encourages BIPOC, women, LGBTQQIP2SAA individuals, and people with disabilities to apply.

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