Executive Director, MacLaren Art Centre


Job Posting
Executive Director

This is a rare and exciting opportunity for an exceptional art museum professional and senior executive, with the drive and ambition to realize the MacLaren Art Centre’s vision, to lead an important regional art gallery to a new level of prominence.


Located in the city of Barrie, the MacLaren Art Centre is the regional public art gallery serving the more than half a million residents of the County of Simcoe and the surrounding area. Each year we engage more than 58,000 people in activities at the Gallery, in the schools and in the community.

The Permanent Collection comprises 4,347 works of art representing visual culture in Canada with an emphasis on contemporary art. We also house 23,116 vintage Soviet press photographs (Sovfoto Archive).

Housed in a 24,000 sq. ft. award-winning architectural landmark in downtown Barrie that showcases a renovated Carnegie library with a contemporary addition, the MacLaren includes multiple galleries, an education centre, sculpture courtyard, café, gift shop and framing department. We present a year-round programme of exhibitions, workshops and special events that nurture artistic talent, inspire creativity and stimulate intellectual curiosity. Each year we deliver over 650 arts education activities for audiences of all ages, interests and abilities.

As a cornerstone of culture for Barrie, the MacLaren adds to the social, intellectual, creative and economic fabric of the community. It is a central meeting place, a destination for visitors from across the province, and a catalyst for downtown revitalization.

The organization is governed by a volunteer board, and managed and operated by thirteen full-time staff, plus part-time/contract personnel, artist instructors and more than 220 active volunteers.


The Executive Director (ED) will provide both strategic leadership and tactical oversight to the development, implementation and management of the MacLaren’s strategic and annual plans, fundraising, collections, programming, and general operations.

The ED is an engaging, collaborative, and strategic visionary who will increase audiences while taking the organization to the next level. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the ED is an energetic leader of change, knowledgeable and passionate about Canadian contemporary art and effective in engaging support. They will communicate and drive the vision, broaden the museum’s presence and extend its reach.

For more information on the role, please visit https://maclarenart.com/jobs/


Please apply by email with your cover letter and resume by no later than Friday, August 21st, 2020. Send to: MacLaren@searchlightpartnersgroup.com

The MacLaren Art Centre is an equal opportunity employer serving our diverse communities. We thank applicants for their interest, however, only those advancing in the process will be contacted.

We acknowledge the traditional territory of the Anishinaabek, which include the Odawa, Ojibwe and Pottawatomi Nations, collectively known as the Three Fires Confederacy. The local bands consist of the Chippewa Tri-Council, who are made up of Beausoleil First Nation, Georgina Island First Nation and Rama First Nation. We would also like to acknowledge the Wendat Nation (Huron) who occupied these lands prior to the middle of the 17th century.


As a registered charity, the MacLaren Art Centre relies on public and private support for its operations and programmes. The MacLaren Art Centre gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of its Members, Patrons, Donors, Sponsors, Partners, the City of Barrie, the Ontario Arts Council, the Government of Ontario, the Canada Council for the Arts and Canadian Heritage.

Gallery Location
37 Mulcaster Street, Barrie, Ontario, L4M 3M2, 705-721-9696 www.maclarenart.com
From Toronto: From highway 400 north, 90 km north of Toronto, take the Dunlop Street East exit to Mulcaster Street and turn left. The MacLaren is one block north on the right hand at the intersection of Collier Street and Mulcaster Street.

Gallery Admission
Suggested admission $5

Gallery Hours
Tuesday to Friday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Wheelchair accessible