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Interested applicants may apply until July 25, 2022.

Toronto’s funding agency for the arts, Toronto Arts Council (TAC) and its affiliate city-wide charity for the arts, Toronto Arts Foundation have started the search for their next Director & CEO. This is a joint position for a dynamic, tenacious and visionary arts leader and advocate. Anyone interested in applying is encouraged to do so. 

In March of this year, current Director & CEO Claire Hopkinson announced that after 17 years she will be stepping down. December 2022 will be Claire’s final month leading the organizations. Shortly after Claire’s announcement, a search committee co-chaired by Celia Smith and Gaëtane Verna, with TAC and Foundation Deputy Director Susan Wright and board members Gary Crawford, Dr. Sara Diamond, Jason Ryle and Michael Sinclair, was established to begin the hiring process. 

The Search Committee is committed to attracting a strong representation of applications from Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour, thereby reflecting Toronto and Canada’s diverse population. All interested applicants are encouraged to apply, although Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

The Search Committee has engaged BIPOC Executive Search to manage the recruitment. Located in Toronto, BIPOC Executive Search specializes in inclusive and diversity recruitment. The firm has begun its work with the goal for TAC and the Foundation to fill the position by early fall 2022. 

The job posting for Director & CEO, Toronto Arts Council and Toronto Arts Foundation is available here. The ideal candidate is a visionary leader; is knowledgeable about the issues of creation, distribution, dissemination and funding of the arts in Canada; has a proven track record of support for equity and inclusion initiatives; has a superior capacity to build community through fundraising and strong relationships with staff and key stakeholders, and more. For a full list of key attributes and to learn more about the role, read the job posting.

The salary for the role of Director & CEO will be approximately $190,000 depending on skills and experience. We thank everyone for their expression of interest—and are truly appreciative of the time individuals put into applying—but with the limitations of time only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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