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Artist Residency Coordinator
Artist Residency Coordinator
Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design
Post Date: 04 Aug 2021


Application Deadline: Sep 10, 2021
Start Date: Sep 20, 2021
Salary From: 40K To 45K
Province: Nova Scotia
City: Sydney
Employee Benefits: Health, Other (e.g. flex time, comp tickets, etc.)
Check Additional Info section for more Employee Benefits
Organization’s Field/Discipline: The Arts
Job’s focus: Creative & Administrative
Job Type: Full-time
Career Level: Intermediate

Organization Description

Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design
As a not-for-profit charitable organization, Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design (the Centre), has been serving the needs of the Unama’ki-Cape Breton craft sector for 49 years. The Centre’s mandate is to promote, develop and support excellence in craft and design, both professional and recreational, through education and training. The Centre’s role as an integral and leading force within the craft sector on Unama’ki – Cape Breton Island is essentially educational, promotional and developmental. 

The Centre is a well-respected arts, community and enterprise development organization. The Centre is membership-based with over 300 professional artists who are engaged in full time or part time craft businesses. In partnership with government, other craft agencies and various cultural and tourism partners, the Centre assists artists and the overall development of arts and culture in Unama’ki – Cape Breton through:

  • Fostering of community and economic development
  • Development of Indigenous craft programs
  • Development of award-winning craft tourism marketing campaigns
  • Development of craft incubator and artist in residency programs
  • Development of artistic training programs
  • Development of provincial creative economy conferences
  • Development of entrepreneurship programs; and
  • Facilitating participation in trade shows and missions in various parts of the world.  

The Centre brings professional artists and local residents together by providing space for dynamic studio exploration in facilities that house educational and professional artistic programming. We strive to integrate professional and personal art practices in ways that respect the requirements of each while building synergies, shared experiences, and community. The Centre demonstrates commitment to sharing and honouring processes of making, through a model of community care and responsiveness. The Centre is committed to exploring the role of practicing artists as creative catalysts in the community and developing partnerships, programs, and collaborative projects with art and community organizations.

The Centre fosters and shares practices of excellence in craft by:

  • providing studio space for artists to develop or produce their work
  • providing paid and professionally mentored development opportunities to practising artists, including exhibitions, residencies and artist talks
  • sharing expertise and resources with local educators and leaders
  • providing opportunities for the public to engage with the skills and expertise of practicing artists in projects, classes, and workshops

The Centre explores artistic leadership by: 

  • developing community programming that nurtures artistic exploration
  • encouraging hands on learning that investigates materials, processes, ideas, and problem solving
  • prioritizing emerging artists and ensuring they have genuine support in working creatively alongside mentors
  • providing opportunities for volunteering, mentoring and community-based project development in craft 
  • being sensitive to issues of rural isolation and providing opportunities to gather with others through making
  • connecting participants with a larger community of arts and culture

The Centre aims to listen, recognize many voices, and foster a sense of belonging by: 

  • embracing collaborations and developing partnerships to meet artistic goals 
  • sharing studio based programming and prioritizing outreach to support more equitable access to making 
  • expanding our collective awareness of working from frameworks of anti-oppression and community building, which are reflected in the policies developed by the board and implemented by staff, instructors and facilitators

Job Description

Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design
L’sipukt-Sydney, Mi’kma’ki-Nova Scotia
Salary $40-$45K depending on experience 
Benefits include paid holidays, vacation, paid sick leave, extra paid time off from December 24-January 2 and health insurance

The Artist Residency Coordinator is a position reporting to the Executive Director, supporting the artistic direction of Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design’s artist residency programs including the Customs House artist incubator, our emerging artist residency programParks Canada residencies and the NSCAD Community Studio Residency. The ideal candidate has experience in working for a non-profit arts organization and has professional experience liaising with artists in a working studio or exhibition setting. The position entails coordinating and supporting residencies for 5­-10 artists over the course of a year, and supporting artists’ participation in exhibitions, public programs, and events.

The Artist Residency Coordinator will work as part of a team of 10 staff members who together support the annual cohort of residencies and related public events. We are looking for an energetic and enthusiastic team player with excellent communication skills who takes personal accountability to deliver on what is expected in their role. 


  • Coordinate recruitment and selection of artists for residency programs
  • Onboarding artists through finding housing, providing on-site support and access to resources, etc.
  • Organize orientations, exhibition/pop-ups, open studio events, etc.
  • Communicate daily with artists-in-residence, actively seeking feedback
  • Act as community and stakeholder liaison for residency programs  
  • Assist in the preparation of the incubator space and Centre studios for the arrival of artists
  • Maintain lists of community resources and events for incubator participants 
  • Work with Executive Director to research and develop other incubator sites in Unama’ki
  • Ensure good relationships with the Town of Port Hawkesbury and other partners
  • Research and write proposals to support cultural activities to expand upon residency programs
  • Ensuring safety procedures, efficiency, and professional courtesy within a communal studio space
  • Manage budgets related to program and report to funding partners
  • Manage summer student and maintenance staff
  • Other related duties in support of a successful team, program, and organization


  • Undergraduate degree or diploma in Fine Arts or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work as part of a team 
  • Organized and detail-oriented
  • Experience in supporting visual arts and traditional craft development and programming
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Proficient with current office productivity software i.e.: Microsoft Office suite
  • Flexibility in working hours, including some evening and weekend work
  • Access to a vehicle, a valid driver’s license, and ability to travel

Additional Info:

Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design encourages applications from IBPOC, 2SLGBTQIA+ and Official Language Minority individuals. Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design values the diversity of the people it hires and serves. Diversity at the Centre means fostering a workplace in which individual differences are recognized, appreciated, respected, and responded to in ways that fully develop and utilize each person’s talents and strengths. Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity and inclusiveness in all its work. We work proactively to be fair and equitable in practice and to build diversity into our teams, creative communities, programs, and services.

Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design is located in Unama’ki, the land of fog, the unceded and traditional territory of the Mi’kmaq. At the Centre we strive to honour and uphold the Treaties of Peace and Friendship made with the Mi’kmaq by celebrating the ongoing tradition of beautiful and creative craftsmanship of the First Peoples of this land. 

How to Apply:

To apply: 
Interested applicants should submit their resume, cover letter and three references no later than Friday, September 10, 2021 at 4pm to:

Lori Burke, Executive Director [email protected] or 
Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design 
P.O. Box 1686
Sydney, NS B1P 6T7

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


Sydney, Canada

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