Job Posting

Chief Executive Officer

Arts Umbrella is a world-class children’s arts and education organization serving the community around it, and a model for children’s arts institutions around the globe.  Located in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia, Arts Umbrella is a not-for-profit arts education centre that provides the highest quality art programming to those aged 2 to 19.  

A rare opportunity to be the leader of a well-established arts organization dedicated to making a real impact.  As the CEO, you will work closely and collaboratively with the Board to support their bold vision for the future of Arts Umbrella and lead a team of dedicated professions in the implementation of a plan. As an advocate for the arts, you will also look at avenues for collaboration within the creative and business constituencies to support and enhance art and culture within the province as a whole.

Arts Umbrella is a unique organization in all of Canada, therefore, the new CEO will be unique as well.  The search for the new CEO will be inclusive and transparent and a candidate looking at this opportunity will look at the role and feel compelled to be part of an amazing organization.

The role is multi-faceted, so the new CEO coming into the position (which is coming available through a pending retirement of the incumbent) must embrace both the creative culture of Arts Umbrella and balance that with the business realities of such an arts oriented institution in this more fiscally constrained times.

The selected candidate will be a senior leader with a passion for the arts, a leader who inspires, a leader who cares deeply for the mission and vision of Arts Umbrella but also brings a unique set of skills and knowledge around organizational leadership and who is connected to the community that Arts Umbrella serves.  A gifted relationship builder and communicator, the CEO will bring a successful track record in creating innovative fund development initiatives that have resulted in increased value and revenue for an organization.    

Yes, a CEO coming into this role must have a proven track record of success.  The Board of Arts Umbrella needs to focus on its policy governance work and connecting to donors and community leaders but the CEO will need the experience of working with a volunteer Board, helping to create a lens around the operational issues and setting out initiatives related to the Strategic Plan which needs to be updated and refreshed.  There are practical realities of being a CEO which include experience in working with budgets, grants, human resource issues and facilities management.  While Arts Umbrella is all about the kids, the organization needs a CEO who keeps an eye on the sustainability piece of the operations of the not-for-profit.  Make no mistake, these are challenging times for not-for-profits across Canada and beyond, so as described above, this is a unique role for a uniquely qualified individual.  

If you are a proven leader and interested in joining one of the world’s best children’s arts institutions, visit our website and submit your application to Shelina Esmail and George Madden at


PFM Executive Search / Panorama Search Partners

Suite 2020 – 1055 West Hastings Street

Vancouver, BC V6E 2E9

Tel 604.689.9970

Application Deadline: 
Thursday, October 22, 2015
Start Date: 
Thursday, September 17, 2015
Type of Work: 
Full Time
British Columbia
Education Level: 
University (Undergraduate)
Prefered Method(s) of Application: 
Apply Online

Employer Details

PFM Executive Search

Brittany Stansfield
2020-1055 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC V6E 2E9

A boutique executive search firm in Vancouver, BC.