Oakville Galleries is hiring an Executive Director!

As one of Canada’s leading contemporary art museums, Oakville Galleries is driven by a belief in the singular power of art and artists to deepen our understanding of ourselves and our communities and move us toward a better world. Oakville Galleries engages communities through-out Oakville, and wider audiences generally, with an outstanding track record of presenting the work of early and mid-career artists from across Canada and around the world. Oakville Galleries’ award-winning exhibition and educational programming is rooted in commitments to the visionary, the forward-thinking, and the responsive.

Currently in two locations - one alongside a public library in downtown Oakville, and the other in a lakeside mansion and park - Oakville Galleries is easily accessible to more than 7-million people who live in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). When the time is right, a high-priority for the organization will be to launch a major capital campaign to relocate its two separate operations into an iconic heritage building in central Oakville, which will be transformed to provide more than 30,000 square feet of museum-standard space for the Galleries’ exhibitions, collections and programs.


The Executive Director (ED) is a dynamic and inspiring leader, who is passionate about engaging broad audiences with contemporary art, who champions principles of equity, diversity and inclusion, and who demonstrates a robust track record for generating both civic and financial support. The ED will be both visionary and effective, working with the Board, staff, and Oakville community to skillfully steer the organization through its next phase of development and growth.

The Executive Director will provide exceptional artistic and organizational leadership through a period of transformative and exciting change. Responsible for the institution’s vision, strategic and financial direction, and overall management, the ED will bring both artistic and business leadership to the position to realize the full potential of Oakville Galleries’ curatorial, operational, and capital capacities.


- Strategic Leadership:

  • Accountable for Oakville Galleries’ strategic direction, work closely with staff and Board to ensure the institution’s vision, values, and policy statements are developed ambitiously and embodied compellingly.
  • Develop the Galleries’ institutional and artistic identity through oversight of all curatorial, communications, and development activities.
  • Define the Galleries’ audiences clearly and expansively, develop and implement appropriate strategies for engaging with and growing diverse audiences
  • To realize the Galleries’ strategic goals through comprehensive and effective business planning.
  • Develop audience and membership growth and build community engagement.
  • In an ex-officio capacity, attend Board and Board subcommittee meetings as required.

- Capital Development

  • Oversee the development of the Galleries’ capital plans in close partnership with the Board, manage feasibility work, develop operational plans, and assemble and execute on an appropriate capital fundraising strategy in alignment with the organization’s relocation goals.
  • When appropriate, lead Oakville Galleries’ relocation project, serving as a persuasive and effective champion for the organization’s operational and capital expansion with all current and potential stakeholders.

- Fundraising

  • Develop and execute a multifaceted income generation and fundraising strategy that builds community, civic support, and trust, along with financial security.
  • Lead annual fundraising campaigns. Be active in fundraising activities through various external relations initiatives and strategic stakeholder engagements. Investigate and develop new methods for raising revenue.
  • Nurture and cultivate contacts with existing and potential donors, sponsors, and members, both individual and corporate.
  • Research and write grants for municipal, provincial and federal arts councils.

- Finance & Administration

  • Develop and recommend to the Board an annual operating budget that appropriately balances public sector support with private sector contributions.
  • Manage all income and expenditures, implementing suitable financial controls and providing effective monitoring and reporting throughout the year.
  • Manage audits for the granting bodies and AGM.

- Talent Management

  • Recruit, manage, support, and retain a tight-knit team of arts professionals, appropriately engaging staff in the organization’s long-term goals and delegating responsibilities and authority efficiently and effectively.
  • Recommend to the Board the appropriate organizational structure, HR policies, and salary schedules to carry out the Galleries’ operations effectively and within its resources.
  • Develop a culture that encourages inclusivity, promotes respect and teamwork, builds loyalty and trust, drives engagement, and maximizes employee potential.

- Advocacy

  • Ensure and assert Oakville Galleries’ robust role in the cultural landscape, cultivating appropriate context and visibility for the organization at regional, national, and international levels.
  • Develop collaborative relationships, both within the local community and among institutional peers in national and international arts contexts.
  • Serve as the Galleries’ primary representative to civic leaders, government agencies, arts communities, and local audiences.


  • 5 to 7 years of experience in a leadership role at a contemporary art museum or similar type of organization.
  • Proven track record of success in identifying and securing opportunities to diversify funding and grow income from a range of sources, including in the context of a capital campaign.
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, with a demonstrated capacity for engaging, persuading, and inspiring a broad variety of audiences, stakeholders, and partners.
  • Comfortable creating and stewarding relationships with all levels of government.
  • An active commitment to—and passion for—contemporary art and the institutions that support it.
  • A history of dynamic strategic thinking and entrepreneurial approaches to organizational development.
  • Ability to develop and maintain strong relationships with national and international artists, partners, donors and funders.
  • Experience effectively developing and managing a budget, with an ability to make difficult choices where necessary.
  • Experience or ability to work effectively with and report to a board.
  • A proven ability to lead, motivate, and develop a committed team of staff.
  • A commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion strategies.
  • Familiarity with artists working across a range of disciplines and contexts.
  • Graduate degree(s) in an arts or business related discipline.


  • Brings a passion for contemporary art and its potential to help deepen our understanding of ourselves and our communities.
  • A high-energy visionary with business savvy, drive and dedication; demonstrated ability to bring creative thinking.
  • A values-based leader. Clearly articulates and models expectations, is accountable and holds others to account in a positive manner.
  • Excellent communications and relationship building skills.
  • Culturally aligned with Oakville Galleries’ mission, vision and mandate of accessibility and equity.
  • Engenders confidence and trust from stakeholders, the community, staff, Board, and government.
  • Highly articulate, with exceptional team-building skills.
  • Enjoys mentoring people and helping to achieve agreed upon goals.
  • High professional standards and honesty, integrity, and authenticity. Exercises influence and empowerment to achieve mutual success.
  • Possesses high EQ; able to use emotional information to guide thinking and behaviour and handle interpersonal relations judiciously and empathetically.
  • A practical, calm, and creative problem solver and strategic thinker, who can react nimbly to the unexpected and be flexible in their decision-making.
  • Ability to work well under pressure, independently or as part of a team.
  • Results-oriented and disciplined; accepts ownership with a hands-on approach.
  • Active listener, with a collegial management approach.
  • Vision-oriented leadership, with an ability to set clear, ambitious goals and support them through detailed business planning.


Oakville Galleries offers a competitive salary of $110k to $135k for this position, commensurate with experience. The compensation package also includes comprehensive health and dental benefits, a generous pension contribution, and an annual travel allowance.


Please apply by email with your cover letter and resume by end of day December 20, 2020. Send to:

We thank applicants for their interest, however, only those advancing in the process will be contacted.

Oakville Galleries is committed to building and maintaining an inclusive work environment that reflects the diversity of the audiences we serve. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates, including from racialized persons/persons of colour, Indigenous persons, and persons with disabilities.

Oakville Galleries acknowledges that the land on which it operates is the Treaty Lands and Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit.