Executive Director, Bonavista Biennale


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Executive Director
Bonavista Biennale

Compensation: Permanent, year-’round, with flexible hours. $45,000-$50,000 annually (salary or contract), depending on qualifications and experience
Application deadline: December 23, 2021
Expected start date: March 1, 2022

The Bonavista Biennale is looking for an Executive Director to lead all aspects of operations. Reporting to the Board of Directors and working closely with the Artistic Director, you will bring your commitment to operational excellence to leading and managing all aspects of operations and programming implementation (exhibitions, public engagement, education, etc.).

The Bonavista Biennale is an innovative, rural-based, public art event occurring every two years on Newfoundland and Labrador’s Bonavista Peninsula. It provides a unique platform for artists and audiences to explore, engage, challenge and express ideas on societal and cultural issues through contemporary visual art. Our mission is to make a positive cultural, economic and social impact on the Bonavista Peninsula through curatorial excellence in the presentation of contemporary visual art.

In 2021, the third edition of the Bonavista Biennale featured 26 artists from Newfoundland and Labrador and across Canada, exhibiting at 26 sites in 14 communities around the Bonavista Peninsula. Public engagement programming included 25 artist talks, demonstrations, artmaking and other workshops.

Building on what the Biennale has achieved to date, you will bring your leadership, vision and commitment to operational excellence to the challenge of taking the Bonavista Biennale to the next level—improving sustainability for the organization while remaining sensitive to regional and community priorities and concerns.

The Executive Director will advance the Biennale vision, mission, mandate and goals through:


  • Lead, cultivate and demonstrate operational excellence
  • Lead and manage support staff and key contractors
  • Represent and strengthen the Biennale brand internally and externally
  • Foster a harmonious, supportive and inclusive work environment
  • Ensure adherence to Biennale policies and guidelines


  • Develop, implement and manage operations and programming strategies, budgets, work plans and timelines
  • Manage overall and day-to-day finances including budgets, cash flow, payables and receivables, contracts and agreements, internal and external reporting, preparation for financial statements
  • Lead and manage marketing and communication strategies, timelines, budgets and implementation
  • Work closely with the Artistic Director to implement exhibitions and related programming, and other public engagement programming
  • Liaise critical logistics among all stakeholders (Artistic Director, curators, artists, staff, contractors, site partners, community leaders) during installation planning and implementation


  • Develop and manage partnerships with local, national and international stakeholders (funders and supporters, program delivery partners, community partners, arts organizations)
  • Participate in local and provincial networking/relationship-building opportunities
  • Work with the Artistic Director to identify and enhance positive effects, and manage possible adverse effects, of a large-scale event on the communities of the Bonavista Peninsula


  • Identify and seek new funding and revenue opportunities, in consultation with the Fund Development Committee of the Board
  • Manage and support fund development, including stewardship and systems
  • Develop funding and sponsorship proposals in collaboration with the Artistic Director
  • Participate in presentations and meetings, attend events as appropriate


  • Management experience in the not-for-profit sector, preferably with an arts festival or presenting organization
  • Experience working with a volunteer Board of Directors and committees
  • A proven track record in operational leadership and management, including budget and financial, human resources, marketing and communication
  • Demonstrated experience in planning and implementing community-level festivals and/or large-scale events
  • Demonstrated strength in relationship building, and management and motivation of staff, colleagues and the Board of Directors
  • Strong grant and proposal writing ability, and willingness to participate in other fund development activities
  • Excellent verbal and written communication in English; French not mandatory but an asset

Location: The Bonavista Biennale organization is based on the Bonavista Peninsula in eastern Newfoundland and Labrador. Staff and contractors work remotely; however, preference will be given to candidates who reside in the province. The Executive Director will need to be physically present on the Peninsula periodically.

Position type: Permanent, year-’round, with flexible hours (approximately 75% of full-time commitment). This position requires flexibility as work demands vary throughout the two-year Biennale cycle.

Compensation: $45,000-$50,000 annually (salary or contract), depending on qualifications and experience.

Start date: March 1, 2022

To apply: Submit a cover letter, resumé and two (2) professional references by email only, to info@bonavistabiennale.com. We will acknowledge receipt of your application by email. Application deadline: December 23, 2021 5:00 pm EST

Bonavista Biennale is an equal opportunity employer. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Interviews will be in January 2022. Learn more about us at bonavistabiennale.com.

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