ArtStarts in Schools is seeking a full-time Co-Director, Development to join our team for parental leave coverage contract ending April 30, 2024 (with a potential for extension). This position reports to the Board of Directors, is an active member of the shared leadership team, manages the Communications and Development Manager, and actively collaborates with all team members. We are looking for someone to build and activate a mission-aligned network of supporters through community-centric fundraising principles to raise funds and resources needed to achieve the mission and revenue goals of ArtStarts in Schools.
The Co-Director, Development co-leads, with two other Directors, these areas of overall organizational responsibility and accountability: governance, financial health, strategy, advocacy, and people & culture, including development and implementation of organizational strategy, organizational oversight, liaison and support to the Board of Directors, and planning and implementation of the vision and mission of ArtStarts in Schools.
As one of the active members of the leadership team, this role have joint accountability over the following:
The following will enable you to excel in this role:
In addition, we are looking for someone who is:
We encourage all applicants who are interested in this role to apply, regardless of background and experience. We particularly encourage applicants from members of communities that are marginalized or that experience structural discrimination, including those identifying as Black, Indigenous, people of colour, LGBTQ2IA+, and those living with a visible or invisible disability.* Please consider self-identifying in your cover letter via email to help us prioritize your application.
ArtStarts is a charitable, not-for-profit organization, dedicated to promoting art and creativity in young people’s lives. We focus on creating meaningful change where young people benefit most equitably and directly – in their schools and classrooms. By providing young people with access to arts-based learning experiences, we develop a generation that values the creative, collaborative and innovative skills necessary to thrive in the 21st century. You can read more about our mission, vision, and guiding principles here: https://artstarts.com/about
COMMITMENT TO ANTI-OPPRESSION
As an arts organization aimed at working with young people, we have an important role to play in advancing and strengthening the values of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion. As part of this active learning journey, we are taking a magnifying lens to our core programs and also taking a birds-eye view of ArtStarts as a whole and identifying how we can apply an equity and decolonization lens to our work. Social justice issues are no longer the responsibility of activist organizations, but instead a moral responsibility for all of us as human beings. Social justice through the arts is a powerful approach and now an integrated part of our work towards mission impact.
SHARED LEADERSHIP AT ARTSTARTS
ArtStarts has implemented a shared leadership structure where three co-directors report directly to the Board of Directors. Shared Leadership allows for a more equitable workplace where power, control, decision-making, and accountability do not rest solely on one individual. It offers an alternative structure to engrained colonial notions of leadership and organizational management. Each director has a distinct area of responsibility and shared responsibility for financial health, people & culture, strategy, advocacy, and governance. You can read the press release about this co-director model here.
ABOUT THE TEAM
Our current staff team is made up of 7 full-time and 4 part-time employees. We are all committed to our own anti-oppression learning journey and focused on finding ways to embody our commitment to equity and decolonization both internally and externally at ArtStarts.
Staff are currently working remotely from home with the option of working from the office on a rotating schedule.
OUR ORGANIZATION CULTURE
At ArtStarts, our culture is rooted in shared values and shared purpose. We align first and foremost around our mission and vision. We work towards shared goals that drive mission impact. Our work is not just about keeping our organization afloat, it is about making our mission happen.
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