Executive Director


Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society


Sep. 30, 2016 (Extended)

Organization Description: 

Cineworks is a Vancouver-based artist-run production and exhibition centre that has been supporting independent filmmakers and media artists through production, exhibition and dissemination of work since 1980. Through initiatives that foster dialogue and experimentation we engage our membership and broader communities through the transformative power of the moving image.



Job Description: 

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for establishing the overall artistic and development goals for the society; for guiding and implementing its strategic plans; for representing the society to the public, funders and other stakeholders; and for planning and overseeing the society’s operations, which are currently run by a management team of three employees. 

Proposed Start Date: mid October - early November 2016


Key Role Accountabilities
1. Create a stable organization by translating the Board approved strategic plan into
the operational deliverables for the Cineworks staff team.
2. Oversee the financial stability of the organization through effective business practices and requisite board and committee reporting.
3. Exercise the appropriate care, diligence and skill required to act in the best interests of the
4. Develop a highly engaged, diverse, capable workforce and management structure to execute the business plan.
5. Provide ongoing management of Cineworks staff; annual goal settings, regular performance
reviews and evaluation, effective staff meetings and planning processes
6. Advance the artistic mandate of the organization through partnerships and outreach to local communities. 
7. Build and strengthen relationships with key stakeholders, external funders and agency contacts.
8. Actively source out and maintain networks within the arts and film communities of practice.
9. Work closely with the Board led fundraising committee.

Key Management Accountabilities
• Building a team of increasingly capable direct reports.
• Exercising effective leadership. 
• Promoting clear lines of communication with team, board and membership.
• Creating an environment for continuous improvement.
• Providing a safe and respectful environment for the staff and volunteers.

Key Leadership Competencies Required
• Communication
• Planning
• Execution and scheduling
• Delegation
• Creativity
• Problem solving

Skills & Experience
• Leadership
• Communication – written and oral
• Team leader
• Knowledge of the local, national, and international contemporary art community, with media arts focus
• Business relationships and political agility

Technical & financial
• Grant applications
• Agency models
• Charity law
• Board governance
• Trends in technology
• Meeting management

Business knowledge/ business admin/acumen
• Systems management
• Financial acumen
• Computer/social media.
• Project management
• Aptitude for technology

Critical attributes
• Change management
• Resilience


The successful candidate will have significant experience in arts administration, a strong financial management and fund development background, a track record of successful cultural grant applications, and proven leadership ability. A background in the media arts is an asset.

How to Apply: 

Applicants are invited to apply by sending a cover letter and curriculum vitae ( pdf attachments please) via email addressed to: The Hiring Committee at <admin@cineworks.ca>


Commensurate with experience

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