Call for Board Members, Western Front

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Western Front is one of Canada’s leading non profit artist-run centres, located on the unceded, ancestral, and occupied, traditional lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations in Vancouver. We support a multidisciplinary program that provides opportunities to artists working across music, media art, visual art, performance, and literature to create and present work. Through commissions, exhibitions, performances, concerts, publishing, residencies, and workshops, Western Front promotes public exchange at a local, national, and international level. We also preserve and provide access to an ever-growing audio-visual archive that documents the organization’s history of artistic programming and production.

As Western Front approaches its 50th anniversary, we are moving through a period of organizational renewal to support greater sustainability and operational excellence. As part of this process, we are looking to expand our board of directors and to strengthen our governance processes. There are currently a number of exciting opportunities to be actively involved in a strategic and governance capacity in the following areas of expertise: practising artists including writers, filmmakers, dancers, musicians, designers, and visual artists; finance and governance.

Roles and Responsibilities

Western Front’s board is a Governance Board. Board members are elected to serve a two-year term that is renewable to a maximum of six years. The time commitment for a board member may fluctuate throughout the year, but is approximately two to four hours a month. The position of board member is a volunteer position.

The board has three standing committees: Facilities, Finance and Audit, and Governance and Nominations.

All board members are required to:

  • Ensure that Western Front meets its legal and financial responsibilities as a registered charity.
  • Develop the strategic direction of the organization with management and staff.
  • Approve policy and procedures and monitor their implementation.
  • Act as passionate advocates for Western Front.
  • Help attract funding, in-kind support, and sponsorship.
  • Contribute to annual reviews of the organization.
  • Attend bi-monthly board meetings and/or committee meetings.
  • Join a committee and perform committee work.
  • Review relevant documents and provide advice as necessary.

Required Skills and Attributes

  • Recognition in one of the identified areas of expertise.
  • Knowledge and awareness of the impact that cultural not-for-profit organizations such as Western Front have in contributing to and transforming society.
  • Fluent communication skills with the ability to represent the organization externally.
  • A commitment to ensuring equity, diversity, and inclusion throughout the organization.
  • A willingness to engage in fundraising and gaining in-kind support.

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Western Front actively supports equity, diversity and inclusion. We believe that diversity strengthens and enriches us, and are committed to helping to make the arts and cultural sector a more diverse and equitable place. We encourage Indigenous people, people from racialized communities, women, people with disabilities, people of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage within diverse communities to apply. If you wish to self-identify, please do so in your cover letter.

Application Process

Applications will be assessed for the potential to perform the role, as well as for specific skill in the identified areas of expertise we seek. Individuals who are shortlisted will be asked to attend a brief interview with a board member. Successful applicants may be asked to attend meetings as observers in advance of their start date. Applications will be assessed for actual and perceived conflicts of interest that could adversely impact board member’s ability to perform their duties. A board member is not able to directly participate in Western Front’s programming (e.g. curate, or exhibit or present work) while serving on the board of directors.

Please submit a cover letter expressing your interest in Western Front and the role of board member, along with your resume/curriculum vitae, and two professional references to info@westernfront.ca with the subject line “Board Member Search”.

Applications close on: Friday, December 17, 2021 at 5 p.m. (PST)

Western Front will support applicants who require accommodation to fully participate in the application process. The board of directors works in a hybrid format (online and in-person) and is happy to receive applications from candidates outside of British Columbia.

Accessibility

Western Front is partially accessible. We are currently conducting feasibility planning to improve the accessibility of our beloved but challenging heritage building. If you have specific questions relating to accessibility, please email info@westernfront.ca

Western Front
303 E 8th Ave
Vancouver BC V5T 1S1
p: +1 (604) 876-9343
e: info@westernfront.ca
westernfront.ca
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