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Executive Director

Date Posted: November 07, 2018
Application Deadline: November 30, 2018
Salary: TBD
Term: Full-time
Career Level: Executive

The Art Dealers Association of Canada Inc. (ADAC) is a national not-for-profit organization founded in 1966. ADAC is the only National Association of art dealers representing artists throughout Canada. ADAC maintains a high standard of connoisseurship and adherence to ethical practice within the profession. Dealers are selected for their knowledge and scholarship in their respective fields of expertise.

The ADAC mandate includes stimulating the art market in Canada, and encouraging the awareness of the visual arts both nationally and abroad.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director oversees all aspects of the Association’s activities and those of its Foundation in accordance with the ADAC mandate and by-laws.  Leading a small team and working closely with the Board of Directors and Committees, this role includes organizational development, human resources, management of the Appraisal Service, public outreach and administrative, financial and operations management.  In addition the Executive Director represents the Association on  numerous external Boards  and  Committees,  at  public  events  and  champions  ADAC’s  goals,  activities  and  accomplishments  to  potential  sponsors,  partners  and  members.

Financial Management:

  • Manage all financial processes including accounts receivable, accounts payable, cash flow, forecasting and reporting
  • Develop and administer annual and project budgets in consultation with the Treasurer
  • Coordinate year-end audit in consultation with Treasurer, bookkeeper and auditors 


  • Develop, write and implement policies and guidelines in consultation with the Board of Directors.
  • Recruit and manage staff, including conducting annual review, managing benefits and scheduling
  • Sourcing  and  managing  external  service  providers
  • Coordinate and prepare Committee, Board and annual general meetings
  • Timely filing of annual returns and other reporting obligations
  • Management of office operations and day-to-day activities

Marketing, Communications and Events:

  • Implement  effective  short-  and  long-term  communication  and  promotional  strategies
  • Manage print, e-news and social media marketing and communications in accordance with ADAC style guide
  • Ensure timely communication with members and Board on important or pressing  matters affecting the art market or association
  • Plan,  develop  and  implement  programming  and  special  events such as ADAC’s participation at Art Toronto, the AGM and the Canadian Museum Association Conference

Appraisal Services:

  • Oversee the ADAC fine art Appraisal Service
  • Meet weekly with the Appraisal Coordinator to review deadlines and progress
  • Periodically review processes, set targets and implement improvements in consultation with the Appraisal Coordinator
  • Keep up to date on standards within the industry
  • Promote the ADAC Service to industry stakeholders

Membership Management:

  • Work with the membership committee on recruiting and reviewing potential new members
  • Answer membership inquires and provide guidance and mentoring
  • Annually review member benefits and negotiate new ones 

Development and Outreach:

  • Research and pursue public and private funding opportunities
  • Develop strategic partnerships that are in line with ADAC’s mandate and grow its profile including collaborative opportunities
  • Research and write grant applications


  • Advocate on behalf of the membership on topics that effect the art business
  • Keep up to date on policy changes, government reviews, and government programs
  • Forge relationships with other arts organizations and government influencers



  • A degree in art history, art administration, or related
  • Relevant experience in a not-for-profit setting with a volunteer board
  • Considerable knowledge of the art market
  • Demonstrated success in grant writing
  • Experience managing people
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to create long-term partnerships
  • Team-oriented
  • Ability to problem solve in a fast paced environment
  • ‘Roll up your sleeves’ attitude
  • Experience handling all social media platforms
  • Knowledge of fine art appraisal methodology a strong asset
  • Fundraising experience an asset
  • Bilingualism an asset


Please send your cover letter and resume to hr@ad-ac.ca using the subject line ‘Executive Director Position’

The ADAC thanks all applicants in advance. Only those candidate selected for an interview will be contacted.

The ADAC is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to an inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection process and work environment. We will be happy to work with applicants requesting accommodation at any stage of the hiring process. We invite individuals who reflect the diversity of Canada to apply.


Internships and Work Experience

Are you a student or recent graduate from an Arts Management Program? The ADAC accepts applications for internships in communications, marketing, events and member services. If you are interested in gaining work experience at the ADAC, please send a cover letter stating your area of interest and resume to hr@ad-ac.ca


For other opportunities in the visual arts sector, visit the follow sites: 


Cultural Heritage Information Network (CHIN)

Ontario Association of Art Galleries Jobline

WorkInCulture Job Board

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