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Chief Operating Officer - Art Canada Institute (ACI)

Launched in 2013, the Art Canada Institute is a not-for-profit educational organization and the only national institution whose mandate is to promote the study of an inclusive multi-vocal Canadian art history to as broad an audience as possible, in both English and French, within Canada and internationally. Before the ACI, accessible and authoritative information on the lives and work of Canadian visual artists was hard to find. The ACI is creating a central digital resource to tell the world about Canada’s most important works of art and where they are located. By functioning as an online art museum, a digital library, and an interactive Canadian art encyclopedia, the ACI is an indispensable resource on Canada’s visual heritage.

Reporting to the Founder and Executive Director (ED), the Chief Operations Officer (COO) is an executive leader with demonstrated experience leading an organization in a time of growth and evolution, as well as in managing vital organizational operations including Finance, People & Culture, Project Management, Strategic Planning, and Marketing & Communications. The COO champions best practices, effective planning, prioritization, and timely decision-making, while creating a positive workplace environment for all staff and promoting a culture of hard work, engagement, and empowerment. The COO understands ‘the big picture’, finding creative, strategic, and practical solutions to complex problems and ensuring that the ACI is well positioned to meet future challenges. The COO also provides guidance and advice on the organization’s growth and business diversification strategies.

As the ideal candidate, you possess a “roll-up your sleeves” approach and an entrepreneurial and innovative mindset to help the ACI evolve and scale up, and you are a resourceful and data/evidence-informed administrator with a performance and process-improvement focus and exceptional judgement in operational decision making. You are known as an active listener and a credible leader with excellent relationship management skills and demonstrated experience directing and leading staff to accomplish organizational targets and objectives, while maintaining consistent office practices and procedures. You have a solid understanding of how technology can support an organization of similar nature, continually evaluating opportunities for streamlining systems, and improving performance and decision-making. Your experience in a comparable organization would be an asset, as would your advanced degree in a related field of business administration, day-to-day project management, and or people and culture.

To apply for this position, please submit your application and related materials to Alain Pescador at Please include “ACI, Chief Operating Officer” in the subject line of your e-mail.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those under consideration for the role will be contacted.

ACI is committed to building diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible working environments and welcomes those who would contribute to the further diversification of staff including, but not limited to, women, racialized persons, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity to apply.

Application Deadline: 
Friday, June 16, 2023
Type of Work: 
Full Time
Education Level: 
University (Graduate)
Prefered Method(s) of Application: 
By E-Mail

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