Interim Executive Director, Eastern Edge

Executive Director Eastern Edge

Salary Range $45,000- $60,000 experience dependent

Established in 1984, Eastern Edge is committed to exhibiting contemporary Canadian and international art, as well as encouraging dedicated and rigorous activity locally. In providing an alternative venue where artists have greater control over how their work is represented, Eastern Edge facilitates critical dialogue concerning issues in contemporary art and society, actively encouraging emerging and established artists whose work speaks to feminist, multicultural, queer, and other diverse perspectives. Eastern Edge aims to provide a supportive space to develop skills, share information and resources, foster community and create a meaningful context for artistic activity.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) is accountable for all aspects of the effective and efficient management of the organization. Working with the Board and staff to define and articulate the short and long term vision for Eastern Edge as an artist run centre, and to determine the best approach and strategy to fully realize that vision. The ED leads all aspects of the operation including the financial, organizational, administrative and programming of the centre. The ED manages and supports all staff; creates a collaborative working environment; manages finances and fundraising; supervises facilities; engages with granting agencies and donors; and proactivity cultivates new supporters. As the senior staff member and spokesperson for the organization the ED is a leader in the arts community in the province and is a vocal advocate for artists, arts organizations, galleries and artist run centres in particular.


  • The key accountability for the ED is for ensuring the vision and mandate of the centre is the primary focus of all activities, programming and events held by or offered in conjunction with the centre.
  • The primary responsibility is to ensure the financial, operational and administrative viability of the organization.
  • Working closely with the Treasurer, drafting and ensuring approval from Board of the Annual operating budget, providing regular financial updates to the Board regarding changes to the budget and / or financial position of the organization on a monthly basis of expenses and revenues against approved budget.
  • Develop detailed short and long term planning documentation for Board discussion and approval including assessment of short and long term opportunities and risks for operational and programming funding, other potential funding and identification of opportunities as well as potential partnership opportunities.
  • Provide the Board with updates and information regarding government programs, policies and regulations that might impact the operation of Eastern Edge.
  • Provide recommendations and draft documentation regarding updating of Eastern Edge policies and procedures, support the Board discussion and approval of all policies and procedures for the organization.
  • Lead and manage all fundraising activities with the goal of increasing self-generated revenue.
  • Lead and manage all grant application processes, cultivate and foster relationships with granting agencies, government departments, donors, members and supporters.
  • Conduct all accounting and financial management functions including payroll, accounts receivable, accounts payable and HST filing, work with Bookkeeper to ensure all records are properly entered in a timely and accurate manner, work with the Treasurer on a monthly basis to complete bank reconciliation process and prepare a monthly summary analysis for the Board
  • Work with the Operations Manager to ensure the effective and efficient management and operation of the centre.
  • As required, assist in any facilities related needs including possible assistance with installations, special event activities, or special programming.
  • Manage and provide leadership to staff. Take primary responsibility for all hiring, management, evaluation and professional development of staff.
  • Foster and actively nurture a collaborative and diverse work environment.
  • Work closely with the Human Resources Committee to ensure the HR Policy is fully implemented.
  • Direct and oversee overall communications and marketing strategies.
  • Ensure clear and transparent internal communications between staff, Board, committees, members and supporters.
  • Conduct risk assessments of financial and operational activities and as required, report on overall risk management to the Board.
  • Act as primary spokesperson for the centre with the media, other art organizations and agencies, granting agencies, professional organizations and other external bodies.
  • Ensure that all policies and procedures as approved by the Board are followed and fully implemented at all times.

Qualifications and Skills

  • At least two years relevant experience plus an MFA or comparable masters level degree, OR, equivalent extensive senior management experience working in a management or supervisory role in an artist run organization or not-for-profit environment.
  • Strong knowledge of contemporary art, public gallery operations and artist residency programs.
  • Outstanding skills in financial management, strategic thinking, project management and ability to multi-task.
  • Demonstrated success in grant writing and fundraising.
  • Strong knowledge of granting agencies and arts related organization in Canada.
  • Proven ability to cultivate donors.
  • Proven ability to foster a collaborative, diverse and professional work environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Experience with curating and installation of art work.
  • Commitment to fostering and supporting a vibrant artistic community.
  • Understanding of risk assessment, quality assurance, application of internal and external policies and procedures.

Physical and Environmental Conditions

  • Extended periods of using a computer, sitting at a desk, and attending both on line and in person meetings
  • Assisting in gallery installation lifting and carrying weights up to 20lbs, occasionally above waist height and ascending ladders up to 10 feet
  • The work environment occasionally presents exposure to paints, solvents and other chemical hazards. The organization provides personal protective equipment and ventilation.
  • Primarily this position is a Monday to Friday work day position, with occasional evenings and weekend events.

Eastern Edge is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to creating and maintaining an equitable, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.
This is a one-year maternity replacement term position.
The full job description is available on the Eastern Edge website

Apply to Eastern Edge Hiring Committee
Send cover letter and resume (in pdf format) – subject line “ED Posting”
Closing date: Monday April 4, 2022 by 4:30pm
Email applications to,

Eastern Edge Gallery is a partially accessible venue.
Facebook and Instagram: @easternedgegallery

Eastern Edge Gallery
72 Harbour Drive
St. John’s, NL A1C 1B1