Nocturne is hiring - Executive Director

Posted on May 6th, 2022
by Nocturne

Be our next Executive Director!

Deadline for applications: We will begin reviewing applications on May 27, 2022
Start Date: Immediately
Contract: Full-time permanent
Rate of Pay: Salary, $47,000 per annum, 3 weeks vacation*
Hours: 40 hours per week**
Location: Executive Director will work out of the Nocturne office (currently located at 2309 Maynard Street) but can also work remotely from home. Must be located in Kjipuktuk (Halifax).


Nocturne is a not-for-profit organization founded in 2008 located in Kjipuktuk (Halifax) in Mi’kma’ki (Nova Scotia), the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People. In all our work, Nocturne is committed to access, inclusion, and artist care. We work to provide points of entry for the public through welcoming and engaging programs and provide professional opportunities for artists that foster mentorship and growth. The objective of the organization is to present critical and relevant art event(s) of a high artistic and professional standard that focuses on the strengths of the local art community which includes a regional, national and international representation. Through a collection of arts programming, including our flagship art at night festival, we use art as a catalyst for connection.


The Nocturne: Art at Night Society (Nocturne) is looking for an Executive Director to lead all aspects of operations. Reporting to Nocturne’s Board of Directors, we are looking for someone who will bring commitment and excellence to the role by leading and managing all aspects of operations and programming implementation including our annual art at night festival, artist talk events, workshop series, and other programming.

Building on Nocturne's existing strengths as an organization, you will bring your leadership, vision, and commitment to operational excellence to the challenge of taking Nocturne to the next level—improving sustainability for the organization while remaining sensitive to regional and community priorities and concerns.

Please see the Job Description for full details on the position, including a full list of job Responsibilities and Qualifications.



The Executive Director will advance the vision, mission, mandate and goals of Nocturne through:


The Executive Director will continue to lead the organization in vital transformation informed by justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. While collaborating with the Board in the development, engagement, and execution of the organization’s vision, mission, mandate and strategic objectives and engaging the community in Nocturne’s mandate.

Operations and Financial Management

The Executive Director will be leading Nocturne in its Financial management and resource allocation including budgeting, cash flow, bookkeeping, payroll, year-end reporting, and regular reports to the Board of Directors with support from the contracted bookkeeper. Manage all aspects of grant funding, sponsorship with support from contracted Sponsorship Consultants. Hiring, training and supervising staff, interns, and contracts. Overseeing and strategizing media and public relations, social media, and graphic design

Stakeholder and Partnership Relations

Manage and support fund development, including stewardship and fulfillment. Participate in presentations and meetings, and attend events as appropriate. Develop and manage partnerships with local, national and international stakeholders and participate in local and provincial networking/relationship-building opportunities.

Program Implementation

Manage the execution of the organization's flagship program, The Nocturne: Art at Night festival, contribute to the annual programming vision, developing and tending to local partnerships and co-sponsorships, and lead and monitor the effective and efficient delivery of programs.


  • 5 years experience working in arts administration.

  • Experience working with a Board of Directors.

  • Post-secondary education with a degree in Fine Art, Arts Management, Communications, or an applicable field of study.

  • Experience with financial management software like Quickbooks, would be an asset.

  • Demonstrated success with grant-writing and partnership relations.

  • Experience budgeting for both projects and organizations.

  • Strong knowledge of contemporary art and displaying art in non-traditional settings.

  • Outstanding skills in strategic thinking and project management.

  • Strong knowledge of the local, regional and national arts community would be an asset.

  • Proven ability to foster a collaborative and diverse work environment.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.


  • Nocturne offers flexible hours of work, paid position-related professional memberships fees (Atlantic Presenters Association, Atlantic Art at Night Alliance etc), $500 per annum towards professional development, and extra time off in December based on individuals' needs.

  • Nocturne currently has an office space and cellphone for the Executive Director to use.

  • 3 weeks vacation, plus 5 personal days to start and you have the joy of working with a team of dedicated and talented volunteers and additional contract staff!

*Note about benefits: Nocturne will discuss benefits with the incoming Executive Director.

**Note about hours: This position will be 5 days/week for most of the year, during the festival and other special events, weekends will be required. The Executive Director is welcome to create a schedule around important programming times that provides additional time off in-lieu.


Submit a cover letter, and CV, by email only with the subject line “Nocturne Executive Director Application - Your Name" to [email protected].

We will acknowledge receipt of your application by email.

We will begin reviewing applications on May 27, 2022.

Nocturne: Art at Night Festival is an equal opportunity employer. Nocturne recognizes our participation and complicity with the historic barriers to accessing job opportunities in the arts. Applicants are welcomed (and encouraged) to self-identify as BIPOC, LGBTQ2SIA+, disabled, femme, or any other community that is important to their identity. We are in an ongoing process of making our festival and programs as welcoming and available to all as possible. If you have specific needs that you would like us to address, or any concerns please reach out or mention them in your application. We encourage applicants to self-identify but it is not a necessity.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. In line with Nocturne’s values, if you are selected to be interviewed Nocturne will pay for your time, at an hourly rate of the Executive Director's position. Learn more about our organization and programs at