FCG is Hiring a New Gallery Director!

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Forest City Gallery Director 


The Board of Directors of Forest City Gallery invites applications for the Executive Director position.


Salary: Remuneration based on experience ($24.22 for 32 hours per week) / 2-Year Renewal Contract

Closing Date: February 28, 2020

Anticipated Start Date: April 6, 2020

Reporting To: Board of Directors


Forest City Gallery (FCG) is a community of artists who thrive off creative interplay and foster relationships between artists at all stages of their career, with a particular emphasis on supporting emerging artists. Situated in London, Ontario, FCG was founded on the principles of artistic autonomy and a celebration of its regional context. FCG is committed to extending the discourse between established and experimental art forms, responding to the rich history of artistic production in the region, and advancing relevant contemporary practices in visual/media arts, performance, literature, and music. We invite qualified applicants to apply for the position of Gallery Director.



  • A minimum of two years experience (or equivalent) in the leadership of an artist-run space, public art gallery, or cultural institution with a proven track record of successful management;

  • Record of successful fundraising and development including grant writing with Arts Councils, donors, and crowdfunding;

  • An advanced degree or equivalent experience in fine arts, arts administration, curatorial studies, art history, or visual culture;

  • Exemplary knowledge of contemporary art practices, CARFAC Canada & Ontario, and an understanding of artist-run culture;

  • Strong commitment to community, inclusivity, and equity;

  • Demonstrated successful budgetary and financial experience within a cultural institution in the nonprofit sector;

  • Knowledge of Indigenous and First Nations arts programming;

  • Excellent verbal skills, written communication skills, and proven ability to work within groups/committees;

  • Ability to work flexible hours including weekends, evenings, and holidays when necessary;

  • Proficiency in various computer programs including Microsoft Office and Google Drive with working knowledge of Adobe Suite an asset;

  • Knowledge and understanding of the role of digital platforms, social media, and web development for contemporary cultural institutions;

  • Confidence in the handling of artworks, shipping, and installation of exhibitions. 



  • Implement the Gallery's artistic programming and administrative operations;

  • Articulate the organization’s vision, mission, and goals; 

  • Strategize and produce all operating, project grants, and final reports with municipal, provincial, and national funding agencies to maintain a healthy, transparent budget with the Gallery’s bookkeeper and Treasurer;

  • Research and identify new funding opportunities, as well as maintain and grow the organization’s donor base and fundraising capacities;

  • Direct the development implementation of diverse programming in all areas of visual arts, media arts, and writing through collaboration with the programming committee;

  • Work with the Hear Here committee to curate and organize music events highlighting local and Canadian musical acts;

  • Coordinate all exhibition logistics, including shipping, budgeting, transportation, and travel activities of visiting artists and their works;

  • Oversee and schedule support for exhibitions installation, including activities related to auxiliary events, such as media screenings, and literary and music events;

  • Work with Volunteer Coordinator to manage and schedule volunteers;

  • Implement and organize all gallery events and community outreach initiatives, including opening receptions, Hear Here shows, lectures, screenings, and fundraising events; 

  • Work with Fundraising Chair to develop and implement fundraising strategies and events;

  • General administrative management activities, including correspondence with exhibiting artists, speakers, submission applications, members, and donors;

  • Network and liaise with advocacy groups locally, provincially, and nationally;

  • Maintain a clean, well-organized, safe working environment. Planning for future facility needs.



  • Working knowledge of QuickBooks software and CADAC

  • Website management abilities

  • A working understanding of design principles and best practices

  • Fluency in another language in addition to English

  • Access to a vehicle 



Please merge the following documents in a single PDF and email to with the subject line “Application: Forest City Gallery Director.”


  • 1 page cover letter describing your qualifications and interest in the position

  • CV

  • The names and contact details of three references 

  • 1-2 examples of writing which can include past grant proposals, press releases, or arts-related content (sensitive information can be redacted)

(References will only be contacted if the candidate is shortlisted.)


All questions can be directed to the email above.


FCG encourages applications from women, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, people of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of FCG. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.


Forest City Gallery is situated on the traditional land of the Anishinaabeg, Haudenausaune, Lenape,  Huron-Wendat, and Attawandaron peoples who have long-standing relationships to the region of southwestern Ontario and the City of London. In close proximity, there are 3 local First Nations communities: the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, Oneida Nation of the Thames, and Munsee Delaware Nation. In the region of southwestern Ontario, there are 9 First Nations and a growing Indigenous urban population. We would like to recognize the significant historical and contemporary contributions of local and regional First Nations and all of the Original peoples of Turtle Island (North America) to the development of Canada.




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