Call for applications: Executive Director


UNIT/PITT Projects is a non-profit artist run centre dedicated to the promotion of experimental contemporary art that addresses social, political, cultural and critical issues.

Founded by art students in 1975 as the Helen Pitt Gallery, the Pitt has provided crucial early-career support for hundreds of Vancouver artists, as well as presenting music, dance, and film. Since our re-launch in 2011 as UNIT/PITT Projects, the Pitt’s programme of exhibitions has been augmented by adventurous programming that did not require the four walls of a conventional gallery, including broadcasting, public processions, publishing, street posters, lectures, screenings, festivals of art bands, and performance. Building on the success of our non-gallery programming, in 2018 UNIT/PITT relocated to 8 East Pender Street and shifted its focus to supporting and presenting innovative projects by new artists, directly reaching a wider public outside of the gallery system.


General Description
The Executive Director (ED) supports the organization’s mandate and public position, and shares responsibility for the overall mission and vision with the Board of Directors. The ED also runs and maintains the shared physical space at 8 East Pender and the gallery’s relationships with donors, foundations, members, artists, patrons, stakeholders, and the general public. The ED will ensure that the core values of UNIT/PITT Projects are honoured and expressed in all of its operations: fair treatment of artists and cultural workers; support for emerging artists and emerging practices; active opposition to all forms and expressions of bigotry, oppression, and inequity; and valuing the fusion between visual art, music, dance, literature, DIY culture, critical theory and social activism.

The ED is not afraid to take risks, and has a dedication to radical critical inquiry, queer inclusiveness, gender and class consciousness, Indigenization, and racial equality. The ED should be highly motivated to pursue fundraising and grant applications, and should have extensive familiarity with local art communities. The ED is responsible for developing key connections to determine, develop,and coordinate the annual programming of UNIT/PITT Projects.

The ED is also responsible for managing all day-to-day operations, and establishing the curatorial direction and strategic planning of the organization. The ED reports monthly to the Board of Directors, providing them with budget tracking and updates on personnel, programming, and administration. The ED will be the sole staff member employed at UNIT/PITT Projects at the time of hire.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Strategic planning
  • Curatorial research
  • Working with artists and curators for the development and presentation of new projects within the presentation space at 8 EAST and beyond the physical facility
  • Financial management including budget planning and tracking, and liaising with accountant
  • Fundraising duties, including writing grant applications and reports, and donation appeals
  • Hiring and supervising the work of interns, co-op students and volunteers when applicable
  • Managing contractors, suppliers and service providers
  • Building UNIT/PITT Projects’ community reputation via networking, development and community engagement
  • Attending Board of Director meetings to provide programming and budget updates Stocking and operating the storefront and office as required

Additional Duties
May be delegated to short term staff and volunteers if resources permit.

  • Planning and hosting events
  • Communications: publicity, advertising, basic graphic design, social media, website maintenance and mailing list updates
  • Other duties as required


  • Exceptional communication and coordination skills
  • Proven ability to write and report on grants, manage finances and work within budgets
  • Proven ability to solicit individual donations
  • Proven success with art programming
  • Proven experience in project management and meeting deadlines
  • Detail oriented and organized
  • Public speaking and interpersonal skills
  • Critically relevant curatorial experience with knowledge of diverse communities
  • Excellent understanding of artist-run centres and non-profit policies and requirements
  • Analysis of and experience in working within social justice frameworks
  • Experience in public relations, media relations, communications and community outreach, is an asset
  • A post-secondary education in an arts related field is an asset
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to work flexible hours

Position Details
Position: Executive Director
Location: UNIT/PITT Projects at 8 East Pender St.
Term: Full-time, permanent 32 hours/week. Evening and weekend work as needed. Flexible schedule.
Compensation: $40,000 annual salary, 3 weeks paid vacation.
Start Date: May 1st, or as soon as position is filled
Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until the end of the day on April 5th, 2019.

To Apply
Please forward your application as a PDF to [email protected] including:

  • Cover letter outlining your interest in this position and relevant experience
  • C.V.

Those shortlisted for an interview will be asked to share their vision for the first 6 months of programming, a writing sample, and references.

This position is subject to a six month probationary period.

UNIT/PITT Projects welcomes and encourages applications from members of under-represented groups and communities in the arts. UNIT/PITT Projects is located on unceded Coast Salish territory, including the lands belonging to the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ/Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

About Kay Higgins

Executive Director of UNIT/PITT from 2010 to 2018. Artist, writer, publisher.
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