Executive & Artistic Director, ArtSpring

City/Town: Ganges, Salt Spring Island, BC
Date Posted: August 24, 2021
Application Deadline: Friday October 8, 2021


As a result of the decision by the incumbent to step down after an extremely successful seven-year term, ArtSpring invites applications for the position of Executive & Artistic Director (EAD).

ArtSpring, as an employer and as a provider of cultural services to and with the community, strives to embody equity, diversity, and inclusion in its staff and in its programming. The island community on Salt Spring is equally committed to diversity and is open and welcoming to newcomers from all backgrounds. Interested applicants of all identities with relevant experience in facility management and programming in the arts are encouraged to apply.

The Executive & Artistic Director (EAD) of ArtSpring is a professional, full-time position at an arts centre on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia. Salt Spring is idyllically situated, in the Salish Sea between Vancouver and Victoria. The community has more than 10,000 permanent residents who demonstrate an uncommonly high level of support for the arts. Salt Spring enjoys a temperate climate and unlimited opportunities for life in the outdoors, as well as a library, bookstores, restaurants, hospital, and K-12 schools.

The EAD works with significant independence directing the operations of ArtSpring under the guidance and authority of a volunteer governing board. As a professional responsible to the board, the EAD provides skilled management, fiscal and artistic direction, leadership in artistic innovation, and continuity to succeeding boards. The EAD represents the public face of ArtSpring and provides for the day-to-day management of programmes, finances, personnel, and the physical plant. The Director is always guided by the Society’s mission to promote the appreciation and practice of artistic creativity, and the vision to make ArtSpring a recognized centre of artistic excellence.

Two main roles

As a performing arts director with wide latitude for programming decisions and initiative, the Director will maintain and enhance an established programme of live music, theatre, and dance, including performances of national stature.

As an administrator, the EAD is responsible for grant writing, financial management, administrative support for the board’s fundraising efforts, personnel administration, and management of the building. A major responsibility of the EAD is facilitating the use of ArtSpring by community-based arts organizations.


The Island Arts Centre Society (ArtSpring) offers a package of salary and benefits competitive with arts organizations with an operating budget approaching $750,000.

Application instructions

Review the full Executive & Artistic Director job description here (pdf).

Please send your resume and cover letter to: eadsearch@artspring.ca


5pm, Friday October 8, 2021

Please no phone calls. We will acknowledge receipt of all applications via email.

We want to thank in advance all candidates who apply.

We plan to review applications starting mid-October. We will contact selected candidates for an initial interview by Zoom in late October/early November.

A short-list of candidates will be interviewed at ArtSpring in November or December 2021.