Application Deadline: Nov 11, 2022
Start Date: Nov 18, 2022

Hourly From: $20/hr To $20/hr
Province: Ontario
Region: Kitchener/Waterloo Area
City: Waterloo
Employee Benefits: N/A
Organization’s Field/Discipline: The Arts
Job’s focus: Creative & Administrative
Job Type: Part-time
Career Level: Middle management

Organization Description

Button Factory Arts

Founded in 1994, Button Factory Arts is a non-profit, charitable organization offering a diverse range of arts programming. We are an inclusive hub in the Waterloo Region that inspires and facilitates artistic exploration & creativity. ​

​Job Description

Button Factory Arts is currently seeking a dynamic individual for our Program Director.

We are a registered charity with a mandate to enliven Waterloo Region by being an inclusive hub that inspires and facilitates artistic exploration and creativity. Over the past few years, Button Factory Arts has undergone many exciting developments, including the installation of a new elevator, (still under construction) to make the facility fully accessible and partnerships with a variety of local charities and art organizations in ongoing arts programming throughout Waterloo Region.

We welcome candidates who are interested in joining Button Factory Arts and supporting the next phase of Button Factory Arts’ evolution.

Reports to:
Executive Director. This is a part-time position at 20 hours/week.

Key Responsibilities

  • Schedule and lead the team of instructors in BFA programming.
  • Maintain relationships with a community of artists, ensure all program commitments are met, including ordering supplies, confirming room and equipment requirements with BFA staff, provide budget information to the Executive Director, oversee all aspects of online teaching including connecting with program registrants and registration systems for programs.
  • Review and adopt BFA health and safety procedures, ensure that BFA policies are followed by program personnel.
  • Assist Executive Director in the hiring of temporary staff, including summer staff and instructors.
  • Assist the Executive Director in preparing multiple grant elements, including generating program ideas and written descriptions for outreach, special projects, and organizational growth. Prepare and maintain budgets for grants in relation to programs with Executive Director.
  • Assist the Executive Director with Exhibitions and assist with their work in relation to exhibitions including coordination of artists, invitations to curators, installing of work, and online exhibitions. Design materials including exhibition text and related marketing material for the web, social media and print including visuals.
  • At times, the Executive Director may assign other tasks. All staff must recognize that BFA is a small team and allow flexibility to assist other staff to ensure deadlines and special projects’ requirements are met.


  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Arts or relevant field or equivalent work experience
  • Relevant leadership and management experience in arts and culture
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills
  • Excellent written and editorial skills
  • Demonstrated computer literacy
  • Ability to create new and innovative programming
  • Excellent relationship management skills, tact and diplomacy and the ability to work with diverse communities
  • Excellent organizational and management skills to coordinate multiple events and programs
  • Ability to motivate and develop staff to ensure the smooth operation of programs
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Knowledge of Waterloo Region’s local and art communities
  • Knowledge and understanding of the visual arts industry and non-profit operations
  • Must have a satisfactory Police Records Check
Additional Info:

This position includes 2 weeks’ holiday.

Statement On Equity
Recognizing the lack of diversity and equity in art and technology spaces, Button Factory Arts takes an intersectional approach toward inclusive representation. We promote initiatives to reduce financial barriers to access, collaborate with arts and community organizations that support equity-seeking groups, and work to increase representation in all levels of leadership and participation within the Button Factory Arts community.

Button Factory Arts welcomes and encourages people from marginalized communities and intersecting identities to apply. This includes racialized/people of colour, women, Indigenous persons, LGBTQ-identified persons, non-binary and non-conforming people, members of ethnic minorities, immigrants, and persons with disabilities. Should you require accommodation during the application or interview process, please let us know and we will work with you to meet your needs.

How to Apply:

Please send a cover letter and resume in a single PDF by November 11, 2022 to: Executive Director, Heather Franklin, at [email protected].

We thank all applicants for submitting, only applicants to be interviewed will be contacted.

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