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Employment Opportunity - Gallery Manager


Gallery Manager, Full time


Federation of Canadian Artists




9 am to 5:30 pm, Monday to Friday


Location:  The Federation of Canadian Artists, 1241 Cartwright Street,


Vancouver, BC V6H 4B7




Organizational Description:


About the Federation:


The Federation of Canadian Artists is a non-profit, charitable visual arts organization, founded in 1941 by members of the Group of Seven.  From our office and permanent gallery location on Granville island in Vancouver, we coordinate a classroom, studios, workshops and dozens of in-gallery and online professionally juried exhibitions annually. We provide education and professional development, exhibition opportunities, accreditation within our organization, and promotion and advocacy for our 2900 members across Canada and internationally. 


What sets us apart is our approach to not only exhibiting art and offering programs to growing and developing artists, but also our process for determining merit and standards. Aspiring artists receive support in building an audience and practice through our peer review process, learning through ongoing education, and participating in professional development programs toward attaining an internationally recognized designation. We assist artists in their development through the provision of extensive education programs with evaluation and  instruction from successful professional artists.  Additionally, we provide opportunities for artists through the exhibition and sale of art, networking, and various platforms and locations.  All exhibitions are juried by our Signature members, who are established artists and have achieved recognition for their work.  


With 15 chapters across Canada, the Federation assists artists in their home communities to connect, grow and develop their own programs and opportunities to showcase members’ work.




Job Description: 


The Opportunity


Reporting to the Executive Director, the Gallery Manager is responsible for the commercial and artistic success of the Gallery. This role requires a combination of artistic awareness, strategic vision for the Gallery, business acumen, management, interpersonal skills, marketing, and working with team members for opportunities to promote and grow the work of the FCA, especially through the Gallery. The Gallery Manager oversees a team of 3 staff, including 2 Fine Art Consultants, and an Art Handler and Shipper. In addition, the Gallery Manager also recruits and supports Gallery volunteers who support the Gallery operations.  






  • Ensures the smooth running of the Gallery
  • Maintains ongoing promotion and advertising of the Gallery, including material for visitors and artists
  • Organizes and presents exhibitions and competitions
  • Plans, creates and promotes submission calls
  • Reviews incoming submissions and communicates with artists regarding incorrect and incomplete submissions
  • Acts as a first point of contact for artists regarding gallery related matters
  • Creates and keeps track of artist contracts for exhibitions
  • Manages public relations, regarding the Gallery, including social media
  • Organizes jurying and installation of exhibitions
  • Organizes and hosts exhibition openings
  • Oversees the maintenance of the Gallery’s physical infrastructure and aesthetics
  • Oversees the promotion and selling of artists’ works, through exhibitions, online and personal contacts
  • Ensures the payment of artists for sales, prizes and jury services 
  • Oversees the arrangement of transportation and maintenance of art work, to and from the Gallery
  • Provides direction and support to staff in their roles
  • Recruits and orients new Gallery staff as needed
  • Recruits and orients volunteers for events and Gallery Ambassador roles
  • Maintains records of artworks and sales
  • Reviews and reports on trends in sales
  • Maintains and updates the Gallery’s website
  • Maintains knowledge of industry developments and market trends
  • Manages the Gallery’s budget and produces reports for the Board of Directors






  • Bachelor’s degree in  related field such as Fine Art, Art History,  Arts Administration
  • Knowledge of the visual arts
  • Experience working in an art gallery
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational and time management skills 
  • Strong interpersonal skills, networking, and problem solving
  • Ability to take initiative and generate ideas for consideration
  • Experience in sales and in staff management
  • Proficient in use Adobe Creative Suites, especially Photoshop
  • Proficient in MS Office 
  • Have, or be willing to undergo certification, for ‘Serving it Right’
  • Driver’s license preferred




How to Apply


Please submit your cover letter and resume to:


Margaret McNeil


Interim Executive Director


Federation of Canadian Artists






$50,000 to $55,000 annually, depending on experience and education


Health benefits provided after a 3 months probationary period


Contact Name:  Margaret McNeil


Contact Email:


Contact Phone:  (604) 681-2744