ELAN Executive Director

The  English-Language Arts Network (ELAN) is a not-for-profit organization that connects, supports and creates opportunities for Quebec’s English-speaking artists and arts communities. ELAN members are individuals and organizations from a wide array of artistic disciplines, cultural and geographic backgrounds and linguistic and cultural communities. This network reflects an evolving Québec identity and celebrates the province’s cultural, artistic and social diversity.

ELAN’s Executive Director reports to a board of 17 members and works with a staff currently composed of five full-time employees, as well as support staff (bookkeeper, IT), project staff, short-term employees and students. Full-time core staff: Director of Operations, Program Manager, Project Manager (Quebec relations),  Communications Coordinator and Membership Coordinator. ELAN’s Executive Director maintains relations with a broad variety of artistic and community organizations (English and French) as well as funders, elected officials, and policymakers.

Job Description:

  • Oversee the ongoing operations of ELAN and ensure that it fulfills its Mission and Mandate,
  • Work with the DoO on developing and implementing staff policy,
  • Work with Program Manager and support staff to develop staff work plans and track progress,
  • Work with HR committee on ELAN’s HR functions: salary reviews, staff evaluations, job descriptions and application of ELAN’s HR policies,
  • Contribute to the budgeting and financial operations of the organization,
  • Lead strategic planning and development of new projects and initiatives,
  • Promote ELAN and its members and represent them at public events,
  • Advocate on behalf of ELAN and its members and maintain positive relations with funders and elected officials,
  • Work with Executive Committee to support recruitment of new board members,
  • Contribute to the planning of public events including ELAN’s Annual General Meeting,
  • Work with DoO and Program Manager to ensure that ELAN’s revenue base remains diverse and adequate for ELAN’s needs.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

ELAN’s activities encompass an extensive range of areas. The candidate should be able to demonstrate an understanding of current issues in these areas or an interest in acquiring a deep knowledge of them:

◦              artistic disciplines (dance, film, music, theatre, visual arts, writing),

◦              cultural programs and policy (federal, provincial and municipal),

◦              federal official language funding programs and policy,

◦              Quebec culture/politics, including an understanding of the unique role of language in the province,

◦              Quebec’s English-speaking communities, including regional and marginalized populations.

Requirements

◦              Experience managing a team,

◦              Excellent English skills and a working knowledge of French (written and oral),

◦              Demonstrated interest in the arts,

◦              Ability to handle challenging situations with tact,

◦              Experience working with funding bodies and government officials,

◦              Commitment to inclusive and anti-oppression practices.

Additional Assets

◦              Experience in the arts as an artist (formally or informally),

◦              Experience in remote team management,

◦              Experience working with Indigenous communities,

◦              Multilingualism.

Additional traits sought: collaborative, communicative, flexible, decisive and approachable.

ELAN encourages candidates to highlight additional qualifications, including non-traditional skills and experience.

 

Working Conditions:

  • The Executive Director position is a permanent, full-time position.
  • Start date: February 1, 2022
  • Salary range: $64 500 – $74 900

DEADLINE: Submissions will be reviewed on October 30, 2021. Interviews will take place in November.

 

Please email the following materials to the Succession Committee at elansuccession@gmail.com:

  • CV/Resume in Word or PDF format
  • Cover letter in Word or PDF format

In your cover letter, detail your interest in the position and highlight your qualifications for the position.

Please note: ELAN appreciates all interest in the position; however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

ELAN is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity in its workforce, encouraging applications from all qualified individuals. We strongly encourage applications from members of the Government of Canada’s job equity groups (i.e. persons with disabilities, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, and newcomers to Canada), and from all groups who experience marginalization. We encourage applicants to self-identify in their cover letter if they are comfortable doing so.

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ELAN is currently looking to work with consultants with provincial grant-writing experience!

ELAN is seeking qualified individuals to join its roster of Quebec Relations Grant Consultants. Grant Consultants will work directly with applicants via Zoom to offer feedback and editing assistance that will allow applicants to learn key grant-writing skills and submit their applications for Quebec-based funding with greater confidence.

As part of our Québec Relations project, ELAN offers one-on-one grant assistance to artists and arts organizations preparing applications to public funders in Quebec, including CALQ, SODEC and la Ministère de la Culture et des Communications, as well as various other ministries of the provincial government (Ministère du Tourisme, Ministère des Affaires municipales et de l’Habitation, etc.). Consultants will work with Québec Relations’ Project Manager according to demands for services and their availability to:

  • Set availability each month with the Project Manager;
  • Receive referrals for grant assistance from the Project Manager and ensure the applicant’s completion of an intake form;
  • Conduct up to 6 hours of Zoom sessions with each applicant;
  • File a brief exit report when sessions with the applicant have concluded and ensure the applicant completes our feedback survey.

Ideal candidates should possess relevant skills and experience including:

  • Grant-writing experience, either in a freelance capacity or with an arts organization;
  • Knowledge of Quebec’s public funding system, in the arts and/or other sectors (e.g. tourism, regional development);
  • Familiarity with funders’ grant programs and institutional priorities;
  • Ability to help applicants tailor their applications with a particular funder’s evaluation criteria in mind;
  • Grant budget preparation and formatting;
  • Experience teaching grant-writing skills through workshops, one-on-one services, etc.;
  • Ability to work independently;
  • Experience with municipal (e.g. Conseil des arts de Montréal) or federal (e.g. Canada Council, Heritage Canada) grant programs is not required but considered an asset.

Interested applicants are invited to send a brief cover letter and CV to research@quebec-elan.org by Sunday, September 26th. In your cover letter, please detail your interest in the position, and highlight your qualifications and any relevant experience. We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. This is position pays on an hourly basis at industry standard contractor rates; pay rate to be discussed upon hiring.

About Québec Relations: Since its launch in 2018, ELAN’s Québec Relations project has sought to better understand the needs and experiences of the English-speaking arts community and to develop resources that facilitate artists’ access to funding in Quebec through hands-on support and guidance, including one-on-one funding consultations and referrals for free grant assistance. For more information, please consult our project webpage (https://www.quebec-elan.org/quebec-relations/) or contact us directly at research@quebec-elan.org. Québec Relations is funded by the Secretariat for Relations with English-speaking Quebecers.

ELAN is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity in its workforce, encouraging applications from all qualified individuals. We strongly encourage applications from members of the Government of Canada’s job equity groups (i.e. persons with disabilities, visible minorities, Indigenous peoples, and newcomers to Canada), and from all groups who experience marginalization. We encourage applicants to self-identify in their cover letter if they are comfortable doing so.