1080 Keewatin St,
Thunder Bay, ON, P7B 6T7

ACCOUNTANT

Employment: Full-time

Closing Date:  June 1, 2020

The Opportunity

Thunder Bay Art Gallery is seeking an Accountant to join the senior leadership team. The Accountant is responsible for the effective and efficient accounting, financial reporting, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, sales, inventory, capital asset and banking and investment requirements of the organization.  Responsibilities also include improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the Gallery’s financial business processes, preparing various financial reports and analyses, grant and charitable reporting, and undertaking other special projects as requested.

Plans for a new 37,500 square foot Gallery to be built on the shore of Lake Superior on the City’s waterfront are advancing, making this a period of substantial growth and opportunity for the organization. The Accountant will also be responsible for the accounting and financial reporting for all capital projects, including the Waterfront Art Gallery Project.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • As part of the Management Team, participates in the development of strategic initiatives, planning and implementing short- and long-term goals and objectives.
  • Accountable for the accurate and timely financial reporting, preparation of the annual financial statements in accordance with Canadian accounting standards for not-for-profit organizations, preparation of year-end working papers, and all external financial reporting as may be required.
  • Maintains the books of account (including but not limited to preparing cheques, coding and posting invoices, preparing deposits, reconciliations and petty cash); completing monthly reconciliations for all accounts; and maintains accurate and complete supporting documentation for all financial activities and transactions.
  • Ensures that effective internal controls are in place, legal and regulatory reporting requirements (including grant reporting) are met, record keeping meets the requirements of auditors and outside agencies; and appropriate insurance coverage is maintained.
  • Prepares budget and financial forecasts; and prepares monthly financial statements/variance analyses for project staff, Executive Director and Board of Directors.
  • Administers various modules of the corporate financial information systems, providing technical support (including software updates, trouble shooting and backups).
  • Oversees capital project accounting, accounts payable, accounts receivable, and charitable receipting, sales, inventory and internal system of handling funds.
  • Completes all HR functions: payroll, personnel records, and benefits administration and updates internal databases.
  • Researches best practices, funding opportunities, changes in accounting/reporting standards and trends to keep knowledge current.
  • Performs such other related duties as may be assigned.
  • Leads by example demonstrating corporate values in an enthusiastic manner to achieve results individually and through team participation.

Requirements

  • University degree in business administration, commerce, or related discipline with an accounting major and a professional accounting designation; together with three years of accounting experience in a computerized environment with responsibility for financial reporting and payroll functions.
  • Proven acumen in business and financial management, planning and human resources.
  • Understanding of and proficiency in computerised accounting systems; advanced working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite (advanced experience with Sage 50 Premium is an asset).
  • Knowledge of relevant regulations/legislation, generally accepted accounting principles and accounting standards.
  • Proven analytical, evaluative, and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to identify, understand and meet/exceed the requirements of internal and external customers and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Strong leadership skills.
  • Highly self-motivated and directed team player
  • Excellent organizational, time-management and prioritizing skills.
  • Competent within the meaning of the Occupational Health & Safety Act.

Condition of Employment

  • Must undergo a successful Criminal Background Check
  • Must sign and abide by Employee Confidentiality Statement

 

Thunder Bay Art Gallery and the Community

Thunder Bay Art Gallery has a mandate to exhibit and collect contemporary Indigenous art and the work of emerging and established regional artists is unique within the city and region. Each year, the Gallery presents about 20 exhibitions, drawing from our permanent collection and featuring work by local and regional artists in solo and group exhibitions. The Gallery regularly schedules relevant touring exhibitions on loan from other institutions. Through its programs and partnerships, the Art Gallery is a strong contributor to the cultural life of Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario.

 

How to Apply

Submit a cover letter and resume by email to:

Holly Rupert,

Assistant to the Director

directorassistant@theag.ca

Thunder Bay Art Gallery
PO Box 10193
Thunder Bay, ON, P7B 6T7

CURATOR

Employment: Full-time

Closing Date: Posting will remain open until the position is filled.

 

The Opportunity

Thunder Bay Art Gallery is seeking a Curator to join the senior leadership team and guide the exhibition program and the daily activities of the curatorial department. Plans for a new 37,500 square foot Gallery to be built on the shore of Lake Superior on the City’s waterfront are advancing, making this a period of substantial growth and opportunity for the organization. The Curator will play an essential role in building the future for the Gallery in its exceptional new location. Thunder Bay Art Gallery offers an environment of possibility, creativity and growth that the right candidate will find challenging and satisfying.

 

We are seeking an individual who is …

Knowledgeable and passionate about art

You enjoy enlivening gallery spaces with both original and touring exhibitions that are thoughtful and relevant. You look for innovative connections that will invite people to see visual art in new ways. You are familiar with the visual style, the honouring of tradition, and the historical relationships expressed in works by contemporary artists who are Indigenous.

Committed to the collection in your care

You undertake plans with a solid understanding of proper storage, handling and conservation of a unique and growing art collection. You seek out donations and opportunities to build the collection as you come to know its depth and character.

Talented at networking

You value the collaborative energy in a small organization and readily draw on the skills and knowledge of the Gallery leadership and your colleagues. You recognize that building connections with emerging and established artists is key to keeping the Gallery relevant within the art community. Networking with other professionals comes naturally, as does advocating for the Gallery with art organizations and funding agencies when required.

Committed to engagement

You are enthusiastic about the learning opportunities at the Gallery. You share the information about exhibitions with Gallery colleagues as a support to programming, promotion and fundraising. You are happy to do media interviews, speak at openings and help orient Gallery guides. You write for the Gallery’s various audiences, while drawing on the artistic discourse in Canada and beyond. You have experience in the production of exhibition catalogues.

Bold in your thinking

You are inspired by the Art Gallery’s planned move to Thunder Bay’s waterfront. You are ready to take on the big tasks associated with new acquisitions, exhibition planning and moving the collection. The opportunity to dream and grow with the Gallery fits with your career path.

 

Qualifications

  • Three to five years of experience working in a cultural institution in a curatorial capacity.
  • Masters level degree in Art History or a related discipline.
  • In-depth knowledge if both historical and contemporary Canadian art, with an emphasis on contemporary Indigenous art.
  • Experience developing and managing a permanent collection.
  • Experience managing/supervising staff.
  • Demonstrated success in writing grant applications.
  • A publication record.
  • Exceptional writing and public speaking skills.

 

Thunder Bay Art Gallery and the Community

Thunder Bay Art Gallery has a mandate to exhibit and collect contemporary Indigenous art and the work of emerging and established regional artists is unique within the city and region. Each year, the Gallery presents about 20 exhibitions, drawing from our Permanent Collection and featuring work by local and regional artists in solo and group exhibitions. The Gallery regularly schedules relevant touring exhibitions on loan from other institutions. Through its programs and partnerships, the Gallery is a strong contributor to the cultural life of Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario.

The city of Thunder Bay is on a journey of reflection and reconciliation with the goal of building a safe and inclusive community where all citizens are honoured for their value and contribution.

 

How to Apply

Submit a cover letter and resume by email to:
evan@spezialerecruiting.ca
Thunder Bay Art Gallery
PO Box 10193
Thunder Bay, ON, P7B 6T7

Please direct questions to Holly Rupert, directorassistant@theag.ca

Thunder Bay Art Gallery is committed to employment equity and to fostering a positive and diverse workforce that reflects the community. We welcome applications from individuals of all backgrounds and abilities. Given the Gallery’s mandate and location, we particularly welcome applications by individuals who are Indigenous.

Upon request, suitable accommodations are available under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act (AODA) to applicants invited to an interview.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.