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Nova Scotia

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Director, Finance and Operations

The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (AGNS) is at the forefront of contemporary art in Canada. With locations in downtown Halifax and Yarmouth, the AGNS is the largest art museum in Atlantic Canada and an anchor of cultural tourism in the province and region. As a Crown Agency of the Government of Nova Scotia, the AGNS acquires, preserves and exhibits exceptional works of art and promote arts education and life-long learning, improving the social well-being of communities, enhancing cultural experiences for tourists and residences and by fostering artistic and expressive excellence in the province. With a collection of over 18,000 works, the AGNS is an incredible resource that provides the people of Nova Scotia and its visitors with a unique way to explore the province, country and world through art.

Today, the AGNS is on the cusp of significant change and growth. This past year, the AGNS posted record visitation, grew its revenue from admissions by over 154% and saw a five-fold increase in retail sales. The AGNS is also working on a proposal to create a new Gallery as part of a larger cultural hub on Halifax’s waterfront in partnership with the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and the Waterfront Development Corporation.

Reporting to the Director and CEO, the Director of Finance and Operations will play a key role in shaping the future of the AGNS. As the Director, you will work with the Board and in collaboration with other members of the senior leadership team to realize the organization’s broader strategic vision. You will lead the development of all finance and operations strategies, serve as a capable steward of the organization’s $4.5m budget, and provide sound management of all administrative, financial, facilities, human resources, legal and risk management operations. You will act as a key liaison for all government departments including Executive Council, Communities, Culture and Heritage, Finance and Internal Services.

As the ideal candidate, you have a post secondary degree with an accounting designation and financial management experience in a complex, multi-stakeholder environment. Positive, energetic and solutions oriented, you have exceptional interpersonal skills and have proven your ability to build strong working relationships with your colleagues, internal and external clients and third-party contract partners. You are proactive and forward thinking and you manage day-to-day operations with the big picture in mind, always finding ways to do things better. Finally, you have a deep appreciation for the arts and the vital importance of a strong cultural economy in Nova Scotia. 

If you’re interested in this opportunity, please contact Andrea Forbes-Hurley, or Leah Cunningham at 902.424.1102 or by email at, or please apply online by clicking “Apply Now” on the button below.

The goal of the Government of Nova Scotia and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is to be a diverse workforce that is representative of the citizens they serve. The Government of Nova Scotia has an Employment Equity Policy and we welcome applications from Aboriginal People, African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities and Women in occupations or positions where they are under-represented. If you are a member of one of the equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify, on your application form, cover letter, or on your resume.

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