Director of Programming | Toronto

Job Posting: Director of Programming
Call: PEERS Mentorship Program

1.Job Posting: Director of Programming
18 hours / week
$18 000 + $1000-$6000 in varying project-specific compensation
1 year contract, renewable, with potential for promotion to position of Executive Director
Deadline for Applications: Jan 6th, 2015

Whippersnapper Gallery is hiring a Director of Programming on a part time basis (18 hours/week). The Director of Programming will work alongside the Executive Director and will report directly to the Board of Directors. The Director of Programming is responsible for the direction and administration of year-round programming, mentorship facilitation, event coordination, and other special projects. The ideal candidate will be a motivated emerging arts professional who is committed to providing a platform for emerging artists, is passionate about arts and has a strong understanding of contemporary art and the particular concerns of emerging artists. This is an entry-level position, and as such there is opportunity for training and job shadowing on aspects of the position in which candidates may not have extensive experience.



  • Oversee all programming: exhibitions, publications, educational programs, and multi-disciplinary projects
  • Research and critical thinking to locate programming in contemporary arts discourse and other social issues
  • Support emerging artists and curators in refining and executing their projects
  • Ongoing cultivation of a strong Programming Committee
  • Define artistic vision and direction of Whippersnapper


  • Consistent planning and communication with artists, partners and venues with regards to upcoming projects
  • Oversee creation of all programming materials: texts, publications, project-specific websites, promotional materials
  • Maintain website, social media, and press lists
  • Write and publicize calls for submissions and process applications
  • Update tech and installation equipment according to programming needs


  • Determining funding plan and related conditions for future projects
  • Create project budgets and manage financial administration of all programming related expenses
  • Lead grant writing for all artistic projects and support emerging artists in their funding applications/exhibition projects
  • Cultivation of appropriate project partners and sponsors


  • Self-motivated, highly organized, resourceful
  • Emerging arts professional (artist, curator, writer)
  • Knowledgeable about contemporary art and the needs of emerging artists in Toronto and Canada, and in touch with other international art discourse.
  • Strong writing and communications skills
  • Arts administration skills gained from institutional settings or self-initiated projects.
  • Additional experience/skills that are of interest but not required: financial management, grant writing, media equipment, marketing, installation/construction, and graphic design.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please forward the following information to, subject line “Application for Director of Programming”:

  • Your CV
  • Cover letter (500 word maximum) explaining what you bring to the position, and why you’re interested
  • Three references: names and contact information
  • Links to any public social media accounts: (Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Facebook)
  • Optional: Links to your website or any other online platforms in which you participate
  • Optional: Succinct documentation on any projects in which you have played an administrative or curatorial role

Deadline for Applications: Jan 6th, 2015
Interviews: January 12-15th
Start date: February 2016 (Flexible)
Questions are welcome in advance of the deadline. Please contact Mohammad Rezaei


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