job posting: Executive Director @ Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery


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2017 Annual Report

2018-2021 Strategic Plan Executive Summary

Application Deadline: February 28, 2018

Start Date: August 1, 2018



The Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery seeks a dynamic, inspiring Executive Director to lead this contemporary ceramic and glass gallery as it grows and develops new audiences with greater outreach into the community, and onto the national and the international stage. The Executive Director will work to fulfil the Gallery’s artistic vision, tell its story, advocate publicly for the Gallery and lead development efforts to support the expansion of its programs and to ensure the Gallery’s financial stability.

The Executive Director is responsible for leading and mentoring a dedicated team of staff professionals, and for building strong collaborative relationships with other galleries and community partners, locally and in a wider context. The Executive Director will effectively manage the operation of the Gallery, adhere to Board policy and carry out its strategic vision. The Executive Director will report to a committed and engaged Board of Directors.


With an emphasis on Canadian artists, the Gallery brings exhibitions to the public that are grounded in craft processes, engaged in contemporary experimentation and meaningful to diverse audiences. By exhibiting and collecting contemporary works in ceramics and glass, the Gallery inspires dialogue, critical discourse and new ways of thinking. The Gallery is committed to supporting artists at all stages of their career, from emerging to established, and actively seeks to feature artists from diverse cultural backgrounds. The Gallery’s media specificity is its distinguishing characteristic and greatest strength. Through exhibitions that address issues relevant to our times and intriguing public programs that engage, educate and inspire, we are accessible to all. The Gallery Shop, a fine-craft gallery in its own right, is an integral part of the Gallery, featuring exclusively Canadian artists from across the country. Having adopted a national mandate in the early stages of its organizational development, the Gallery continues to develop its reputation as a national centre of research, scholarship and artistic excellence.


The Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery opened in 1993 in a purpose-built, award-winning building designed to showcase contemporary Canadian ceramic and glass art. Now in its 25th year, it has recently undergone a $1.3 million renovation to bring the Gallery to a new standard of excellence. The Gallery is supported by the City of Waterloo, the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts, along with corporate, foundation and individual funders.


The Gallery is located in Waterloo Region, an area of entrepreneurship, collaboration, fresh ideas, innovation, world-class technology, arts activity, economic initiatives and educational excellence on a world-class scale. Waterloo is one of the fastest-growing regions in Canada.


The successful Executive Director will raise the profile of the Gallery locally, nationally and internationally; lead its artistic vision; implement its recently completed Strategic Plan; lead its next level development and fund-raising; lead connections with other galleries; lead the Gallery to more diverse audiences; communicate the Gallery mandate; advocate for the Gallery; incorporate a digital strategy into the Gallery’s offering; and manage all administrative and functional assets of the Gallery.


  • 5-10 years experience as a senior manager in an visual arts institution
  • advanced degree in arts/arts administration or equivalent education or experience
  • in-depth knowledge of contemporary Canadian and international art
  • in-depth knowledge of best practices for Gallery management
  • strong leadership and mentorship skills and the ability to lead a team
  • the ability to forge innovative collaborations with other galleries and community partners
  • creativity and ability to develop programming to reach a wider, more diverse audience and engage with them in a meaningful way
  • demonstrated experience in securing major gifts and stewarding donor relationships
  • an optimistic problem-solver

Interested applicants are invited to submit, in confidence, a letter of application, and a detailed résumé outlining their qualifications for this position, along with names, titles, and contact information for their three professional references.

Canadians, permanent residents, and/or foreign nationals with a valid work permit will be given priority consideration. The Gallery is committed to employment equity and diversity and encourages applications from culturally diverse persons, Indigenous persons, Deaf persons and persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.

Applications should be submitted electronically in a single PDF file to the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery Executive Director Search Committee at:

We would like to thank all applicants for their interest in this position but regret that we are only able to personally contact those individuals whose backgrounds best match the requirements of the position.

CAREER OPPORTUNITY: Communications & Marketing Coordinator


This is a leadership position responsible for planning, developing
and implementing communications, marketing and public relations
strategies for all aspects of Medalta – in the Historic Clay District.
This is a fast-paced position that requires management of multiple
projects and the ability to make quick, well-informed decisions within a
team environment.

Reports to: Executive Director


Develop and implement a comprehensive marketing plan to ensure that
the organization’s programming is delivered to the widest possible
audience. All communication will be layered to address local, regional,
national, and international audiences.

Develop a comprehensive integrated sales strategy for the organization’s various business units.

Plan and undertake cooperative communications and public relations
projects, such that the various publics are kept informed about
activities and developments at the various sites within the Historic
Clay District.

Oversee the major annual fundraising event (Medalta’s Black &
White Gala), including sponsorships, ticket sales, auctions and event

Work with the Fundraising Team to ensure there is clear, efficient
communication with the public about the donor programs. Continue to
develop and manage the Medalta and Historic Clay District brands.

Plan and implement special events for the District in cooperation with other members of the Medalta team.

Develop metrics to adequately monitor the success of the programming.
Establish and maintain partnerships and relationships with local media,
organizations and business to meet approved communications and
marketing goals.

Undertake related tasks and projects consistent with these responsibilities, as assigned.


Diploma or Degree in Public Relations, Marketing, or related discipline

At least five (5) years successful experience working in advertising, media relations, publicity or a related field

Experience in the not-for-profit and museum environments are considered an asset

Experience in developing community partnerships

An equivalent combination of training and experience may be considered


Excellent written, oral and presentation skills, along with strong
interpersonal skills and the demonstrated ability to establish effective
working relationships with the public and team members.

Excellent organizational skills and highly developed computer skills consistent with the position.

Knowledge of and experience in graphic arts or advertising design is considered an asset.

Knowledge of the ceramic arts process is considered an asset.

Ability to work comfortably in an environment that requires fast and high-quality output.


Commensurate with experience; negotiable; permanent staff position, following three month probationary period.


Interested applicants, please provide a detailed resume along with three professional references.

Resumes will be accepted until October 28, 2015 at 4:00pm MST

Attention: Laurie Switzer


Mail: 713 Medalta Ave SE • Medicine Hat, Alberta • T1A 3K9

Fax: 403.580.5868