Job Title: Artistic Director
Date Posted: Oct 20, 2023
Application Deadline: Nov 12, 2023
Start Date: Jan 02, 2024
Salary From: 29K
City: St. Catharines
Employee Benefits: Health
Organization's Field/Discipline: The Arts
Job's focus: Creative
Job Type: Part-time
Career Level: Upper management
Founded in 2001, Suitcase in Point (SIP) is a courageous ensemble of artists and producers who engage and excite the Niagara community with original multi-arts performances and events, including In the Soil Arts Festival and Suitcase in Point’s Comedy Cabarets. Through original work and collaborative community projects, they provide audiences with unique perspectives on contemporary life and culture. Suitcase in Point’s approach and their work aim to challenge perspectives and encourage change, tolerance, and self-awareness with an aim to promote a healthier, more connected community. Suitcase in Point nurtures new generation artists through arts mentorship and residency programs, provides studio space for development and rehearsal, and creates meaningful connections between emerging and established artists from Niagara and across Turtle Island.
SIP is seeking to hire a creative, collaborative spirit for the role of Artistic Director (AD), to lead the programming and production of our festival, comedy cabarets, original programming and events and arts mentorship initiatives. Working alongside the Managing Director, the AD carries the overall responsibility of setting the artistic direction and programming of the company and leads selection of all artistic staff members. In conjunction with the Managing Director, the AD is responsible to the Board of Directors for the execution of all artistic activities of the company as well as the financial and operational success of the company.
The Artistic Director (AD) works in partnership with the Managing Director (MD) and reports to the Board of Directors. The AD shares the role of Executive Director with the MD.
The Artistic Director is responsible for interpreting the mission of the company in the development of all artistic programming. The creative leadership of the company will inspire others with a strong artistic vision and collaborative energy that supports productive work with artists, staff, volunteers and a wide range of community partners. The AD will be the primary public face of the company and is thus responsible for reflecting our values and priorities when speaking on behalf of the company.
The AD is responsible for the following:
The AD plays a critical role in the overall success of the company. Working with the Managing Director and staff, the AD will:
STAFF SUPERVISORY/MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITIES
The AD is responsible for the hiring, management, evaluation and oversight of:
The AD shares responsibility with the Managing Director for the financial health of the organization and shall undertake the following work related to this:
WORK AREAS SUMMARY
The AD’s areas of responsibility have been estimated to be broken into the following percentages of time spent per area:
Artistic Programming (35%)
Artistic Producing for Original Programs (Scratch Night, Cabarets, etc.) (25%)
Community Engagement (15%)
Marketing & Communications (10%)
Income Development (10%)
Board Relations (5%)
WORKING CONDITIONS AND ENVIRONMENT
Suitcase in Point operates an office and studio space in downtown St. Catharines that is used for office, meeting, rehearsal and performance purposes. We support a hybrid work environment, with partial work-from home arrangements to be negotiated with the Managing Director. Staff presence in the SIP space is required to support various operational and artistic activities and the AD is jointly responsible with the MD for ensuring these times will be suitably covered. Our current office and studio are on the third floor of a building with no elevator.
The work of the Artistic Director requires flexible hours, and work on evenings and weekends. It is a part-time position with the exception of the month leading up to and including the In the Soil Festival, which will require full-time hours.
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS REQUIRED
Aptitude & Attitude
HOW TO APPLY
We encourage interested individuals to apply by midnight on Sunday November 12, 2023 for consideration. Please submit applications to email@example.com. Include your name in the subject line.
Applications must be submitted as a single pdf attachment including a letter of interest and CV. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please, no phone calls.
Letters of interest should include the following:
Suitcase in Point Multi-Arts Company advocates equal opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment and is committed to diversity in the workplace. We are actively seeking submissions from candidates of all backgrounds, abilities, and ethnicities as we are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion within this selection process.
Suitcase in Point Multi-Arts Company sincerely thanks all applicants for their interest in this position, however only those invited for an interview will be contacted.
Suitcase in Point recognizes a richly diverse society in Ontario and beyond; as well as a duty to act in a manner that promotes equity across race, gender identity, sexual orientation, economic position, creed, age, national origin, physical and mental abilities. You can read our Policy to Promote a Culture of Anti-Racism, Anti-Harassment, and Equity here.
Suitcase in Point is a St. Catharines-based arts organization that lives and works on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabeg, the Haudenosaunee, Wyandot peoples and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nations. This territory is covered by the Upper Canada Treaties and within the land protected by the Dish With One Spoon Wampum agreement. Today this gathering place is home to many nations and we offer our sincere gratitude to the original and continued stewards of this land, and to all nations, recorded and unrecorded, who take care of this land and have since time immemorial.