Director Position -Centre for Craft Nova Scotia

Centre for Craft Nova Scotia
Full-time position (35 hours/week)
Starting Salary:  $35,000

The Centre for Craft Nova Scotia was established in 1991 as a public institution dedicated to education, promotion, and the provision of opportunity for Nova Scotia craftspeople and artists.  The Centre plays an important role in supporting the development of individual craftspeople, from emerging makers to master artisans.  The Centre for Craft Nova Scotia (Centre) is managed by Craft Nova Scotia, a not for profit, charitable organization.

Located within the Centre is the Mary E. Black Gallery, Nova Scotia’s only public gallery with a fine craft mandate.  Hosting a mix of local, regional, national and international fine craft exhibitions annually, the Gallery presents exhibitions which educate the public about craft and design, and promote the pursuit of excellence within the provincial craft community.  The Centre also is home to six well-equipped studios in pottery, jewellery, metal, woodworking, textiles, and multi-purpose where we offer courses to the public in fall, winter, and spring semesters.  Our studios also house several unique craft-focused residencies for emerging artists and craftspeople, providing them with an opportunity to develop their skills in a professional setting beyond traditional training centres.

We are seeking a Director for the Centre for Craft Nova Scotia to provide strategic leadership which connects the Centre to our regional crafts community, through their knowledge of craft.  The candidate is responsible for managing the Centre, organizing exhibitions, special events, writing grants, supervising staff, facility management, planning and promotion of events and activities, and ensuring the financial stability of the Centre in the long term.

The successful candidate will have a BFA, Master’s preferred, with 5-7 years’ experience and a demonstrated commitment to craft, a knowledge of contemporary fine craft, with specific knowledge of the Nova Scotia craft community and Craft Nova Scotia’s membership preferred, curatorial experience, a knowledge of exhibition standards, project management skills, excellent communication skills, both oral and written, and social media acumen.  Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with Craft Nova Scotia and the Centre’s programs and services is an asset, along with demonstrated commitment to fostering the development of craft artists’ careers from emerging to master. The candidate will be an excellent facilitator of collaboration among both internal and external stakeholders.

To be considered for this opportunity, please submit a cover letter and a curriculum vitae in confidence to Susan Hanrahan, Executive Director, Craft Nova Scotia at   

The deadline for applications is 5:00 pm, 18th December 2019.