Associate Manager, Studio

Associate Manager, Studio
40 hours per week

Title: Associate Manager, Studio

Reports to: Director, Artist & Program Development
Direct Reports: 3 Studio Instructors + 2 Casual Studio Employees

The Associate Manager, Studio (AMS) works closely with the Director, Artist and Program Development (DAPD) and studio staff to understand and support the artistic needs of our participants and works to support our strategic plan, This is Our Moment. Working alongside and supervising the team of Studio Facilitators, the Director relies on the AMS to help implement a program plan that looks at the advancement of each of our artists through the self-directed studio. The AMS oversees the daily running of the studio, with the strategic foresight to bring outstanding artistic opportunities to artists at IAC.

The AMS will facilitate, mentor, and/or instruct our participating artists, carefully assisting them in reaching their goals as artists in all elements of the artistic process – from conceptualizing to exhibiting their works – within the boundary of ensuring that decisions made by the artists are theirs and theirs alone.

Our artists live with disabilities of varying forms but come to the studio because they want to be artists. To help them meet this goal, the studio staff will also need to make extra efforts to encourage, inspire and motivate them to conceptualize new ideas, create with new mediums, and exhibit their works when the opportunities arise. At the same time, all studio staff have a basic responsibility – and will be given ongoing training opportunities – to monitor and report on any behavioural/health concerns that can negatively impact the welfare of the artist him/herself as well as other artists participating.


Studio Operations

All studio staff are responsible for ensuring that the studio is well equipped and ready to meet the needs of our artists and their projects. Specific roles include but are not limited to:

  • Overseeing the organization and cleanliness of the studio, identifying areas that require attention and reporting to the appropriate staff.
  • Sourcing studio supplies, ensuring that supplies are well stocked.
  • Managing the documentation and organization of work produced in the studio with support from the studio staff.
  • Acting as team lead in the studio by providing guidance to studio staff and volunteers as well as the application of nonviolent crisis intervention training.
  • Overseeing development and execution of community classes, working closely with the Coordinator, Programs and Exhibitions as well as the community class instructors to ensure that the classes have the necessary equipment and supplies.


Under the overall direction of the DAPD, the AMS will lead and collaborate with all studio staff, spending the majority of their working hours interacting face-to-face with our artists. Their interactions will cover all elements of the artistic cycle, including:

  • Helping artists identify their goals as artists.
  • Assisting in conceptualizing new works.
  • Assisting/instructing/facilitating in the creation of works.
  • Coordinating the proper framing or display of artists’ finished works.

Given their daily interaction with artists, all studio staff will be responsible to report any suspected mental or physical health challenges faced by artists to the DAPD. All studio staff will also be responsible to report any behavioural concerns that negatively impact the artist and other surrounding participant artists to the DAPD. In consultation with the DAPD, the AMS will lead in the creation of individualized artist training plans to be administered by frontline staff. These plans will focus on helping artists to achieve goals set out in their annual goal planner.


The AMS will write and update Individual Service Plans (ISPs), will circulate to relevant service agencies, support contacts and PDD, and other tracking as required and directed by the DAPD.

Exhibitions and Other Event Assistance

Ensuring all studio staff, as required, assist with all Indefinite Arts Centre exhibitions and other events as requested. Tasks may include:

  • Event set up and tear down.
  • Hanging of art pieces.
  • Working with the CPE, ensures that any reporting/tracking contains relevant exhibition statistics.

Team Leadership

The AMS is responsible for the supervision of artistic instructor staff. Working closely with the Manager, Operations who oversees human resources and the DAPD, this responsibility will include but not limited to:

  • Annually reviewing the performance of all direct reports.
  • Setting performance goals for all direct reports that align with the organization’s mission/vision and strategic plan.
  • Evaluating any staff professional development needs
  • Recruit and manage a team of studio volunteers.
  • Supervise and support practicum participants from various programs.


Education and Experience

  • Formal training in the visual arts is a strong asset. Relevant experience can be also considered.
  • 2-5+ years in a facilitator, mentor, collaborator role in the arts.
  • Experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities a strong asset.
  • Exemplary verbal and written communication skills.
  • Meticulous attention to detail.
  • Strong team player.
  • A mature attitude and ability to work autonomously in a collaborative environment.

To apply, please forward a covering letter and resume to Karly Mortimer, Director, Artist and Program Development, by email