We’re Hiring: Executive Director of Cultural Programming


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Hélène Descoteaux



Carving on the Edge Festival, a dynamic arts and culture charity with a mission to inspire the growth of the traditional and contemporary coastal carving arts through celebration, education and relationship-building, is seeking an experienced and visionary Executive Director of Cultural Programming. This key leadership role offers a unique opportunity to support arts & culture in our community while overseeing an annual operating budget of $200,000.

Note: This job description can be adjusted to meet requirements of the organization and the applicant. Applicants that are able to fulfill certain aspects of the responsibilities are encouraged to apply as job-sharing may be possible. We invite conversation from enthusiastic applicants and are open to discussing creative ideas for structuring this unique role.

Job Title: Executive Director of Cultural Programming

Organization: Carving on the Edge Festival Society

Location: Alberni-Clayoquot Area C, Tofino, Ucluelet, Port Alberni

Reports To: Board of Directors

Position Type & Wage

  • Quarter-Time Contract
  • August 1st, 2023 – Dec 31st, 2024
  • $38/hour, equivalent to $30,000 over the entire contract period.
  • This is a base salary provided by the BC Arts Council Accelerate Pilot Program funding. There is an opportunity for increased hours based on fundraising success.


  1. Strategic Leadership:
  • Develop and implement a comprehensive strategic plan to advance the organization’s mission, vision, and goals, with a specific focus on promoting Indigenous arts and culture.
  • Provide visionary leadership and guidance to the staff, artists, volunteers, and stakeholders, fostering cultural diversity, inclusivity, and reconciliation.
  • Monitor industry trends and emerging opportunities to enhance the organization’s cultural programming offerings, particularly within the Indigenous arts and culture sector.

  1. Fundraising and Financial Management:
  • Oversee the development and execution of fundraising strategies, including grant writing, sponsorship cultivation, and donor stewardship, with an emphasis on securing funding to support Indigenous arts and cultural initiatives.
  • Ensure the organization’s financial sustainability by managing the annual budget, monitoring expenditures, and identifying revenue generation opportunities that align with the focus on Indigenous arts and culture.
  • Cultivate relationships with business partners, government agencies, Indigenous communities, and community organizations to secure financial support and in-kind contributions.

  1. Cultural Programming:
  • Develop and curate a diverse range of high-quality cultural programs, exhibitions, performances, and educational initiatives that celebrate and promote Indigenous arts and culture, while also engaging the broader community.
  • Collaborate with Indigenous artists, performers, curators, and community stakeholders to develop innovative and authentic programming that reflects the organization’s commitment to artistic excellence, cultural diversity, and the voices and perspectives of Indigenous peoples.
  • Ensure the effective planning, implementation, and evaluation of all cultural programs, maintaining high standards of quality, inclusivity, and accessibility, with a focus on promoting Indigenous cultural heritage and contemporary expressions.

  1. Community Engagement and Partnerships:
  • Act as a visible and influential advocate for the organization’s commitment to Indigenous arts and culture within the local community and beyond, fostering positive relationships and partnerships with Indigenous artists, cultural institutions, educational institutions, community groups, and government agencies.
  • Develop and nurture strategic collaborations with Indigenous communities and organizations to authentically represent and promote Indigenous arts and culture.
  • Represent the organization at public events, conferences, and forums, raising awareness of its mission, achievements, and the importance of Indigenous arts and culture.

  1. Staff Management and Development:
  • Provide leadership and guidance in hiring, training and mentoring staff with an emphasis on fostering cultural sensitivity, respect, and understanding.
  • Foster a positive and inclusive work environment, encouraging professional growth and collaboration among team members.
  • Facilitate effective communication and teamwork, ensuring the successful execution of organizational goals and objectives that promote Indigenous arts and culture.


  • A minimum of 3 years of leadership experience in the arts and culture sector, preferably within a non-profit organization, with a specific focus on Indigenous arts and culture.
  • Demonstrated success in strategic planning, organizational development, and program management, specifically within the context of promoting Indigenous arts and culture.
  • Proven track record in fundraising, including grant writing, donor cultivation, and sponsorship acquisition.
  • Strong financial management skills, with the ability to develop and manage budgets effectively, including those related to Indigenous arts and cultural initiatives.
  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of Indigenous arts and culture, including protocols, traditions, contemporary expressions, and issues affecting Indigenous communities.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to engage diverse stakeholders, build strong relationships, and foster cultural sensitivity and respect.
  • Experience in curating and implementing cultural programs, exhibitions, or performances related to Indigenous arts and culture.
  • Strong leadership and team management abilities, with a passion for mentoring and developing staff.
  • A bachelor’s or master’s degree in arts management, cultural studies, Indigenous studies, or a related field is preferred, or equivalent experience in the field of Indigenous arts and culture.

Application Process:

To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter, resume, and any relevant supporting materials to norma@carvingedgefestival.com. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Carving on the Edge Festival Society is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, inclusion, and reconciliation. We encourage applications from individuals of all backgrounds, including Indigenous peoples, and experiences. 



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