Executive Director, Gallery TPW


Excerpted Installation View, Alyssa Bistonath and Hiba Abdallah, Are You Ok?


Job Posting: Executive Director
Location: Gallery TPW, 170 St Helens Ave, Toronto, ON M6H 4A1
Reporting to: Board of Directors
Start Date: June 1, 2020
Application Deadline: May 5, 2020 @ 5:00pm EST

About Gallery TPW
Founded as The Toronto Photographers Workshop in 1977, Gallery TPW was created by a group of fifty artists and curators who were passionate about the need to support photography as an art form. As conversations about contemporary art practice evolved and photography gained legitimacy, the gallery expanded its medium-specific mandate to include new forms of imaging and time-based work. In the 1980s, when a new wave of artists joined, the gallery began to also address issues related to feminism, Latin American liberation struggles and LGBTQ rights. Since its inception, Gallery TPW has exhibited the work of more than a thousand artists, regularly advocated on behalf of the arts community, and developed an outstanding curatorial program.

Following the retirement of Founder Gary Hall, Gallery TPW is emerging from a period of transition and self-reflection. Once again, a community of artists is rallying together to affirm the gallery’s vision and values. Building on the legacy of our past we are asking ourselves: how does an artist-run centre with our history best serve its communities today? While our values remain, we are reimagining our role in the present context.

Gallery TPW extends a commitment to equity in every aspect of the organization and recognizes that structural inequalities create significant barriers to equal opportunity employment. We strongly encourage applications from candidates of visible minorities, from women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of minoritized sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the experience and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. Please let us know if you have any access needs for the interview process and we will work with you to meet them.

About the Job
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director leads all aspects of the operations of Gallery TPW. They define and implement strategic initiatives to foster the vitality of the gallery through programming, community engagement, financial stability, and human resources management.


Installation view, Luis Jacob, Habitat, 2017, at Gallery TPW, Documentation: Toni Hafkenscheid.

The Executive Director works with the staff and Board to set short and long-term goals to fulfill TPW’s mission and mandate. As the senior officer and spokesperson for TPW, the Executive Director is a leader in the arts community in Toronto and beyond, and a vocal advocate for the gallery and artist-run culture.

Please review the detailed job description as well as list of responsibilities at gallerytpw.ca/jobs

Position Qualifications

  • 5-10 years experience as a senior manager in the non-profit sector and in a culture-related field
  • strong knowledge of contemporary art – photography, time-based practices, performance and/or public programming experience an asset
  • demonstrated commitment to decolonizing art practices
  • knowledge of the historic and contemporary contexts of Indigenous peoples in Canada
  • a familiarity with the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
  • a history of working side-by-side with marginalized communities including but not limited to LGBTQ2 people, Black people, Persons of Color as well as Indigenous communities; and an understanding of issues of representation in the arts ecology in Canada
  • history of working with diverse staff, artists and community members
  • proven success with programming contemporary art and an excellent rapport within the arts community
  • must be highly organized, detail oriented, committed to quality and able to work independently with minimal supervision
  • outstanding skills in financial management, strategic thinking and project management
  • demonstrated success in grant-writing and fundraising
  • strong knowledge of arts councils and funding agencies in Canada
  • proven ability to cultivate donors
  • proven ability to promote financial sustainability
  • demonstrated ability to foster a collaborative work environment
  • demonstrated ability to fluidly and effectively articulate ideas, orally and in writing
  • competence with word processing, spreadsheet and database software
  • working knowledge of a widely spoken language in the City of Toronto, other than English, is an asset

Additional Information
Salary: Compensation ranges from $55K – $65K per annum, commensurate with experience. This position is subject to a six month probationary period.

How to Apply
Please submit a cover letter outlining your interest in the position and your relevant background, a resume, and any other support material you feel is pertinent by May 5, 2020 @ 5:00pm EST to jobs@gallerytpw.ca.

Only those shortlisted will be notified.


Installation view, Denise Ferreira da Silva and Arjuna Neuman, 4 Waters: Deep Implicancy, 2019 at Gallery TPW, Documentation: Toni Hafkenscheid