Arts Manager (Northern Operations)

Date Posted: Jul 13, 2019
Application Deadline: Jul 31, 2019
Start Date: Sep 09, 2019

Salary Range: 80K - 100K
Additional Salary Information: Northern Allowance and Vacation Travel Assistance
Province: Nunavut
City: Cape Dorset
Employee Benefits: Health, Pension
Organization's Field/Discipline: The Arts
Job's focus: Creative & Administrative
Job Type: Full-time
Career Level: Upper management

Organization Description

West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative
Established in 1959, West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative has enjoyed an international reputation for the exquisite prints, drawings and carvings created by its Inuit artist members. In addition to operation of the Kinngait Studios at the Kenojuak Cultural Centre in Cape Dorset, the cooperative maintains a Toronto office, Dorset Fine Arts, which is responsible for interfacing with galleries, museums, cultural professionals, Inuit art enthusiasts and the art market globally. The role of West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative has significantly expanded to include communications, promotion, advocacy, government relations and special projects as related to the Inuit art of Cape Dorset. The cooperative is equally engaged with the business of art sales as it is with functioning as a resource centre and archive while at the same time developing meaningful and ongoing relationships with a variety of organizations across Canada, the United States and Europe. Governed by an all-Inuit Board of Directors, the organization also maintains a local retail grocery/department store, a restaurant, rental properties and various utility contracts. As a community owned organization, 90% of Cape Dorset adults are shareholders, profits are distributed back to the community in the form of annual dividends.

Job Description

The West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative is seeking to hire an Arts Manager to administer the printmaking, drawing and carving programs at Kinngait Studios in Cape Dorset, Nunavut. The successful applicant for this position will oversee all studio operations and related programming. The Arts Manager will report directly to the General Manager while working in collaboration with his or her colleagues at Dorset Fine Arts in Toronto. An important member of the management team, the Arts Manager provides related reports and contributes expertise to the Cooperative Board of Directors and the Arts Advisory Committee. The Arts Manager is responsible for the supervision of one direct report along with printmakers and support staff at Kinngait Studios.


- Demonstrated expertise in a range of printmaking processes
- Possess a background in artmaking, preferably drawing, painting and printmaking
- Experience in management of an artmaking studio or equivalent supervisory experience
- Possess an ability to work with culturally diverse artist stakeholders
- Willingness to function collaboratively with colleagues
- Detail oriented with excellent communication skills
- Possess a post-secondary degree in fine arts or a related field
- Willingness to relocate

Additional Info:

- Salary commensurate with experience
- Relocation assistance and subsidized staff housing are available
- Candidates must provide a portfolio of professional artwork
- This employment opportunity is open to all applicants
- Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted

How to Apply:

A complete application will include a cover letter, résumé and professional portfolio. Applicants should use the contact information below:

William Huffman
West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative
Phone: 416-985-0452
FAX: 416-961-7749

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