CVAC Managing Director  
(35 Hours per week)

About the Cowichan Valley Arts Council
CVAC operates two community art galleries and a workshop space for youth and adults featuring about
30 exhibits annually at the Cowichan Community Centre in Duncan. CVAC recognizes that it is on the
ancestral and unceded homelands of the Cowichan Tribes and is grateful to be on this territory.

The purpose of the Cowichan Valley Arts Council is to enrich community through the lens of arts and
culture. CVAC operates a community gallery and studio that acts as a cultural hub. CVAC hosts the
largest non-juried art show (held in May) on Vancouver Island. In addition to regular gallery shows,
CVAC programs include summer art camps for children, a speaker series and numerous workshops and
courses. CVAC’s outreach programs include a downtown art fair and a studio tour. The non-profit group
was founded in 1971 and is a registered charitable organization.

The Opportunity
The Managing Director is responsible for overseeing, directing and developing the administrative and
operational functions of CVAC, including its resources, strategy and communications, and physical and
online spaces. The Managing Director oversees several part-time employees, supervising a team that
handles social media marketing, programming and summer programs as well as volunteer coordination.

Reporting Structure
The Managing Director reports to the CVAC Board through the Board President, works closely with the
Board Executive and liaises with several board committees.

Candidate Profile
You are community-driven and you know how to develop and maintain relationships with stakeholders
including businesses, schools, elected officials and other non-profit groups. You are an enthusiastic team
leader delivering the message that CVAC is a great place to work or volunteer. You have a vision of the
important role of arts in the community and can seize opportunities to attract new groups and
exhibitors to the gallery. Financially, you pay attention to the bottom line, and you are able to build on
CVAC’s financial foundation to develop new funding opportunities and fundraising capacity.

The successful candidate should have
• An understanding of the CVAC vision for the art gallery in the creative life of the community
• A certificate/diploma/university degree in a relevant discipline, ideally fine arts, cultural
management and/or non-profit management or equivalent experience
• Experience in arts management
• Marketing, public relations and fundraising experience
• Effective grant writing skills and adherence to application deadlines
• Strong written and verbal communication skills
• Ability to work in an environment with both MS Office and MAC
• Commitment to collaboration with diverse groups

• Excellent interpersonal and time management skills  
• Demonstrated experience with website creation and management
• Flexibility and responsiveness while managing multiple responsibilities
• Appreciation of and connection to the Cowichan Valley arts community

Terms of employment
This is a salaried position that pays $45,000-50,000 per year, paid bi-weekly, including vacation time,
with an annual contract review and renewal. An additional 10% in lieu of benefits is paid.

The Managing Director will have a 30-35 hour work schedule and will be required to work an occasional
evening or weekend in order to accommodate gallery openings + activities, including one monthly
board meeting.

Interested candidates are encouraged to forward a cover letter and resume, in confidence, to CVAC
President Janet Magdanz at Further information and a full job description is
also available through the Board President.
The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is chosen. Applications will be reviewed
beginning January 31, 2023.