Executive Director – The Ottawa School of Art

Published January 12, 2022

Open until filled

Executive Director / Directeur Général


The Executive Director is an entrepreneurial, creative, and inspiring individual who will provide visionary leadership for the Ottawa School of Art (OSA) to develop and execute a forward-thinking strategic plan that advances the OSA’s mission, vision, values, short- and long-term goals. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director leads all aspects of OSA’s programs and operations to foster the financial, organizational and programming vitality of the school. Result-oriented, this resourceful individual will foster and nurture a collaborative, creative and inclusive work environment, direct and mentor OSA staff and faculty, enhance the curriculum, and ensure efficient and effective management of human, financial, and technological resources. This individual will identify, cultivate, and secure revenues for OSA’s growth and sustainability as an institution in service to Ottawa-Gatineau diverse community and lead fundraising efforts from public and private sector sources. As a thoughtful leader, this individual will participate in current conversations concerning equity, diversity, inclusion, and access and act as a passionate advocate for OSA and arts education in the community, in Ottawa and beyond.

Duties will include:

1. Program direction and development

2. Budgeting, Financial management and Fundraising

3. Administrative duties and governance

4. Personnel management

5. Community liaison and development

Education and Experience:

  • A Master’s degree in Fine Arts or a related discipline, or equivalent experience; with demonstrated experience in education programming;
  • 3-5 years’ experience in business management for arts/not-for-profit organizations;
  • Demonstrated success in organizing and executing charity fundraising events;
  • 3+ years’ experience in program/project development and management;
  • 3+ years’ experience managing employees, human resource programs; and
  • Full computer literacy in word processing and spreadsheet software packages, eg. Microsoft Word and Excel.


  • A broad and comprehensive knowledge of the contemporary art scene and of fine arts training
  • Highly analytical with experience in strategic and financial planning
  • Understanding of theories of policy development and governance
  • Knowledge of the granting practices of government agencies, charitable foundations and corporations
  • Ability to supervise staff and take disciplinary or corrective measures when necessary
  • Experience in dispute resolution/de-escalation
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Ability to plan and coordinate multiple projects with fixed deadlines
  • Experience in a non-profit environment (working with staff, board and clients in a variety of capacities)

Assets to this position:

  • Bilingual in both official languages (oral and written)
  • Knowledge of OSA’s origins, history and role in the community
  • Knowledge of OSA’s programs and educational philosophy
  • Experience in volunteer management
  • Experience in using database query and reporting tools

Interested candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, please email a cover letter and curriculum vitae to hiring@artottawa.ca.

See more details about the position on the OSA website here.

OSA offers a strong benefits package and a stimulating, professional work environment. The starting salary will be based on the successful candidate’s training and experience. The position is full-time, hours of work are flexible.

The Ottawa School of Art is an equal opportunity employer and invites applications from individuals of all backgrounds (BIPOC, LGBTQ+ and persons with disabilities).

OSA thanks all applicants for their interest in this position; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

OSA has a ramp access to enter, an accessible washroom, unobstructed pathways within the interior, an elevator to access multiple levels, automatic doors at the entrance.

OSA is located in the Byward Market and Orleans in Ottawa, ON.

The school is located in Ottawa, the national capital with a population of 1 million people. Ottawa is 2 hours from Montréal and 6 hours from Toronto. The city features beautiful parks, the Rideau Canal and Rideau River, tree-lined streets, 300+ km of bicycle paths, 6 national museums and galleries, local galleries, theatres, music festivals, sporting events and access to numerous outdoor activities in Ottawa or in the Gatineau Hills.