Executive Director / Directeur Général, The Ottawa School of Art


Executive Director – Job Post / Directeur Général – Offer d’emploi

Le français – EOA

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The Executive Director is an entrepreneurial, creative, and inspiring individual who will provide visionary leadership for the Ottawa School of Art (OSA) to develop and execute a forward-thinking strategic plan that advances the OSA’s mission, vision, values, short- and long-term goals. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director leads all aspects of OSA’s programs and operations to foster the financial, organizational and programming vitality of the school. Result-oriented, this resourceful individual will foster and nurture a collaborative, creative and inclusive work environment, direct and mentor OSA staff and faculty, enhance the curriculum, and ensure efficient and effective management of human, financial, and technological resources. This individual will identify, cultivate, and secure revenues for OSA’s growth and sustainability as an institution in service to Ottawa-Gatineau diverse community and lead fundraising efforts from public and private sector sources. As a thoughtful leader, this individual will participate in current conversations concerning equity, diversity, inclusion, and access and act as a passionate advocate for OSA and arts education in the community, in Ottawa and beyond.

Duties will include:

1. Program direction and development

  • Direct and actively participate in the development of a comprehensive visual arts education program consistent with the school’s strategic objectives, including digital programming
  • Oversee the programs’ delivery across two campuses, online, as well as in the community through outreach initiatives
  • Review, evaluate and modify (if necessary) the programs as well as the pedagogy to meet changing needs of students
  • Ensure that there is effective marketing and promotion for all programs offered by the school

2. Budgeting, Financial management and Fundraising

  • Develop the annual budget with the Finance Officer for approval by the Finance Committee and the Board
  • Implement Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to measure school performance and success
  • Track the school’s financial performance and ensure operations are on budget
  • Ensure that clear and comprehensive financial records are kept, financial systems are secure and software and hardware are up to date.
  • Oversee funding opportunities from the public and private sectors, and grant application
  • Oversee fundraising strategy and donor stewardship

3. Administrative duties and governance

  • Develop, revise and maintain policies, procedures and standards to ensure sound and efficient financial, human resources and administrative oversight
  • Actively participate in all board meetings and committees, including the Executive Committee and Finance Committee meetings
  • Prepare materials for the Board and its committees and report on the school’s programs and activities to the Board of Directors
  • Assist the Board Secretary with the provision of minutes
  • Report to funding agencies and any public bodies as required.

4. Personnel management

  • Provide collaborative, sound and supportive leadership and guidance to both permanent employees and contractors.
  • Facilitate all hiring, on-boarding and off-boarding tasks as required
  • Develop and execute employee engagement, retention and attraction strategies and programming
  • Maintain standards for instructors’ contracts for service
  • Maintain and implement OSA’s personnel policies to ensure a safe, equitable and inspiring workplace
  • Carry out regular performance evaluations of staff

5. Community liaison and development

  • Develop contacts and liaise with other arts organizations and related institutions locally, provincially and nationally
  • Represent and advocate for the school including to municipal and government bodies
  • Promote a better understanding of the role, policies and programs of the school.


Education and Experience:

  • A Master’s degree in Fine Arts or a related discipline, or equivalent experience; with demonstrated experience in education programming;
  • 3-5 years’ experience in business management for arts/not-for-profit organizations;
  • Demonstrated success in organizing and executing charity fundraising events;
  • 3+ years’ experience in program/project development and management;
  • 3+ years’ experience managing employees, human resource programs; and
  • Full computer literacy in word processing and spreadsheet software packages, eg. Microsoft Word and Excel.


  • A broad and comprehensive knowledge of the contemporary art scene and of fine arts training
  • Highly analytical with experience in strategic and financial planning
  • Understanding of theories of policy development and governance
  • Knowledge of the granting practices of government agencies, charitable foundations and corporations
  • Ability to supervise staff and take disciplinary or corrective measures when necessary
  • Experience in dispute resolution/de-escalation
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Ability to plan and coordinate multiple projects with fixed deadlines
  • Experience in a non-profit environment (working with staff, board and clients in a variety of capacities)

Assets to this position:

  • Bilingual in both official languages (oral and written)
  • Knowledge of OSA’s origins, history and role in the community
  • Knowledge of OSA’s programs and educational philosophy
  • Experience in volunteer management
  • Experience in using database query and reporting tools

Interested candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, please email a cover letter and curriculum vitae to hiring@artottawa.ca.

OSA offers a strong benefits package and a stimulating, professional work environment. The starting salary will be based on the successful candidate’s training and experience. The position is full-time, hours of work are flexible.

The Ottawa School of Art is an equal opportunity employer and invites applications from individuals of all backgrounds (BIPOC, LGBTQ+ and persons with disabilities).

OSA thanks all applicants for their interest in this position; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

OSA has a ramp access to enter, an accessible washroom, unobstructed pathways within the interior, an elevator to access multiple levels, automatic doors at the entrance.

We are located in the Byward Market and Orleans in Ottawa, ON.

The school is located in Ottawa, the national capital with a population of 1 million people. Ottawa is 2 hours from Montréal and 6 hours from Toronto. The city features beautiful parks, the Rideau Canal and Rideau River, tree-lined streets, 300+ km of bicycle paths, 6 national museums and galleries, local galleries, theatres, music festivals, sporting events and access to numerous outdoor activities in Ottawa or in the Gatineau Hills.

35 George Street Ottawa, ON K1N 8W5
info@artottawa.ca | Tel. (613) 241-7471

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245 Centrum blvd. Orléans, ON K1E 0A1
osao.info@artottawa.ca | Tel. (613) 580-2765 | Fax. 613.580.2771

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