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February 16, 2018

Opportunity to Join ArtStarts' Board of Directors

ArtStarts Board of Directors

The ArtStarts Board operates as a governing body and concentrates on developing and monitoring goals, plans and policies. It focuses primarily on external factors and the future rather than internal operations and the past. We regularly assess our performance and effectiveness as a board and have an active board development plan. This approach ultimately supports ArtStarts to successfully deliver its mandate of promoting art and creativity among British Columbia's young people.

ArtStarts Board Members look at their responsibility through three lenses: strategic (setting priorities and monitoring performance), generative (big picture questions and thinking) and fiduciary (stewardship of assets and accountability).

ArtStarts is committed to ensuring our Board reflects the communities we serve. Our recruitment processes strive to ensure a diversity of backgrounds and experiences are represented, including culture, ethnicity, gender, age, geography and area(s) of expertise.

We are currently seeking to fill more than one opening on our Board of Directors. The ideal candidate(s) will have previous Board experience, and bring professional expertise in one or more of the following areas:

  • Indigenous perspectives
  • Education
  • Fund Development

Candidates must reside in British Columbia. We particularly welcome applications from those based outside of the Lower Mainland.

Deliverables / Duties

  • Commit to the mission and vision of ArtStarts
  • Familiarize themselves with ArtStarts programs and initiatives
  • Contribute in the areas of board governance, strategic planning, the not-for-profit sector, finance, human resources and/or resource development (human and capital)
  • Prepare for and attend monthly board meetings
  • Serve on a committee
  • Support special events as required
  • Act as an ambassador of ArtStarts to external stakeholders

Board meetings typically take place monthly, from 5:30pm to 7:00pm, on the second Thursday of each month. Directors are expected to read all materials in advance and come prepared to contribute to the discussion. Directors can attend in person or join by conference call. Three times per year the Board meets in person (on a Friday night and Saturday from 9am to 3pm): typically in January, May and October. ArtStarts reimburses travel expenses for out-of-town members to attend.

Board members are also expected to serve on a committee, which involves attending approximately 4 to 6 meetings per year and working on deliverables between meetings.

The approximate time commitment is 5 to 10 hours per month.


Required attributes of ArtStarts board members include:

  • Clear understanding of (or strong commitment to learn about) non-profit governance
  • Analytical thinking and ability to make substantive contributions to the strategic plan
  • Visionary approach and ability to see the organization in broad terms
  • Ability to work on diverse teams and communicate effectively
  • Passion for expanding the role of art and creativity in young people's lives
  • ArtStarts is committed to providing all members of the Board with an appropriate orientation to the Society and their role as Directors, to ensure all Board Members are familiar with and equipped to effectively carry out their responsibilities.

How to Apply

Please apply with a cover letter and resume to: ArtStarts Governance Committee at
To strengthen your cover letter, please outline how your skills and experience clearly match our requirements, and also address the following two questions:

  • What do you hope to gain from being an ArtStarts Board Member?
  • What do you hope to contribute as an ArtStarts Board Member?

Interviews will take place on a rolling basis.

Mission and Vision

ArtStarts in Schools provides innovative arts programs for young people, practical resources for teachers and artists, and leadership in advocacy for arts in education. ArtStarts Board Members look at their responsibility through three lenses: Strategic (setting priorities and monitoring performance), Generative (big picture questions and big picture thinking) and Fiduciary (stewardship of assets and accountability).


Volunteers who contribute their time and knowledge as ArtStarts Board Members benefit from:

  • Opportunity to influence the future growth and success of ArtStarts
  • Opportunity to develop personal leadership through committees and/or projects of the Board;
  • Professional growth through guest speakers, workshops and events
  • Building meaningful relationships with fellow volunteers, staff and community
  • Networking opportunities in the arts, education and non-profit sectors
  • Improved strategic and visionary thinking skills
  • Opportunity to spark individual creativity

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