Employment Opportunity – Recruitment Coordinator (One Year Contract)



Employment Opportunity

Organization: Visual Artists Newfoundland & Labrador (VANL-CARFAC)

Position: One Year Contract – Recruitment Coordinator

 This project aims to increase VANL-CARFAC’s membership and supply our organization with a more diverse and robust network of artists from which to draw our board members and committee volunteers. We’re looking for a Member Recruitment Coordinator who is passionate about working with people and has great organizational skills. The ideal candidate will be detail-oriented, able to work independently and have a strong interest in arts advocacy and working with a membership-based organization.

VANL-CARFAC is the provincial sectoral organization for visual artists in Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as the provincial affiliate of Canadian Artists Representation/Le Front des artistes canadiens. Our mandate is to raise the socioeconomic status of visual artists in the province through advocacy, information services, professional development, and liaising with cultural stakeholders including the public, arts organizations, galleries and all levels of government.

Project purpose:

The purpose of this project is to develop and implement new strategies to recruit new members and board members to the organization, as well as to improve board governance and member services.  VANL-CARFAC’s motto, “artists working for artists,” is one we take very seriously and as the umbrella organization for the province’s visual arts sector it is important that we ensure that VANL-CARFAC reflects both the demographic and geographic makeup of our province. 

Job Description:

  • Actively recruit new members and board members and maintain our current membership base. 
  • Develop a comprehensive contact/network list of members, former and potential board members, current students and recent graduates from visual arts programs, stakeholder organizations, Indigenous governments, and arts organizations.
  • Recruitment for, and establishment of, a board nominations committee.
  • Develop and implement a reusable recruitment plan for new members to the organization and for new board members from across the province.
  • Determine the needs of artists and stakeholders in Newfoundland and Labrador through surveys and consultations to be better equip the organization to meaningfully advocate for a sustainable visual arts sector
  • Attend all VANL-CARFAC Board meetings, as well as all relevant committee meetings.
  • Update and expand VANL-CARFAC board orientation materials, governance agreement for incoming board members outlining responsibilities, relevant bylaws, and codes of conduct.
  • Grant writing
  • Plan and administer an outreach trip to Labrador to connect with Labrador artists and stakeholders.
  • Maintain bookkeeping and a record of all project expenses (in concert with VANL-CARFAC bookkeeper and staff).
  • Plan and administer a Fall board orientation meeting, governance and strategic planning sessions and our 2024 AGM.
  • Write and compile the final project report and present project outcomes to our membership at the 2023 annual general meeting.
  • Other duties as required.


  • Completion of a visual arts OR human resources related degree from a post secondary institution, OR the equivalent in professional experience in visual arts, human resources or a related field.
  • Some experience or specific interest in arts advocacy and policy development.
  • Organized, deadline oriented and a self starter.
  • Some familiarly with the visual arts sector in Newfoundland and Labrador.


  • Ability to self-direct and set ongoing goals and objectives, as well as ability to work with board of directors, committees and staff.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Grant writing experience will be considered an asset.
  • Some familiarity with Word, Excel, MailChimp, WordPress will be considered an asset.
  • Ability to think creatively and take initiative.
  • Highly organized.


This position is 35 hours a week for 50 weeks

This position will follow a hybrid work structure and include a combination of both in person and remote work, to be determined based on the requirements of specific tasks and situations.

Salary: $50,000

VANL-CARFAC Employees will also receive a partial contribution to the cost of a basic health and dental plan

Deadline for application: July 19th 2023

For more information, or to email a resume and cover letter contact: (toll free) 1-877-738-7303 or vanlcarfac@gmail.com   

Please include at least two references with your resume.

Resumes/Cover letters can also be mailed or delivered in person to:  *

Visual Artists Newfoundland & Labrador (VANL-CARFAC)

155 Water St.

St. John’s, NL

A1C 1B3

(*  Mailed applications must be postmarked no later than July 19th)


VANL-CARFAC is dedicated to accessible employment practices and is committed to being an equal opportunity employer.  We value a diverse and inclusive workplace that is reflective of our community and encourage applications from members of communities that have been marginalized based on age, race, color, gender, disability, national origin or any other protected ground under the Newfoundland and Labrador Human Rights Act.  If you require reasonable accommodation in applying for this position, interviewing or otherwise in participating in the employee selection process, please direct your inquiries to the contact information above. 



Winners announced for the 2023 Excellence in Visual Arts Awards

For immediate release:

ST. JOHN’S NL:  (June 2nd 2023) The seventeenth annual Excellence in Visual Arts Awards took place on June 2nd at The Rooms in St. John’s. The EVA Awards celebrate the achievements of visual artists and recognize the significant contribution the visual arts make to the vibrant and dynamic culture of Newfoundland and Labrador

The Emerging Artist Award (sponsored by Lat49 Architecture) honours the promising start made by an emerging visual artist in the early stages of their career.  The Emerging Artist Award 2023 was awarded to Daze Jefferies

The Mary MacDonald Award (sponsored by Perfect Day Design & Advertising) is named to honour NL’s beloved arts administrator, curator and writer Mary MacDonald, who passed away in 2017.  This award, thanks an individual or organization whose efforts have helped to sustain and build the visual arts sector.  The winner of this year’s Mary MacDonald Award is Bruno Vinhas

The Critical Eye Award (sponsored by Christina Parker Gallery) celebrates a piece of critical writing about Newfoundland art in any print or online publication worldwide. This year’s winner of the Critical Eye was Kate Lahey, for her piece “I’m Screeching!: Towards a Queer Newfoundland Aesthetic.”   

The Tara Bryan Endurance Award (sponsored by the Tara Bryan Legacy Fund) recognizes the consistent dedication and commitment of an artist to their professional practice, and to sustained creative output and performance.  This year’s winner of the Endurance Award was Shawn O’Hagan.

The Milestone Award celebrates a visual artist who has, in the last calendar year, achieved a significant milestone in their career, through exhibition or presentation, a breakthrough in their practice, or new and innovative exploration. This year’s Milestone Award went to Urve Manuel.

For more information or to arrange interviews, contact Program Coordinator, Em Nowlan at vanlcarfac@gmail.com or 709-738-7303.

The EVA Awards are a Visual Artists Newfoundland and Labrador initiative.


Recipient of the 2022 Cox & Palmer Pivotal Point Grant Announced Visual Artist, Craig Francis Power, Awarded $5,000

For Immediate Release   St. John’s, NLDecember 15th, 2022  Cox & Palmer and Visual Artists Newfoundland and Labrador (VANL-CARFAC) are pleased to announce Craig Francis Power as the recipient of the 2022 Cox & Palmer Pivotal Point Grant in support of “WELCOME TO CRUDE CITY”—a series of hooked rugs which will constitute a new body of work and culminate in Power’s first commercial gallery exhibition at Christina Parker Gallery in 2023.

“Cox & Palmer is delighted to congratulate Mr. Power on becoming the 2022 grant recipient,” says Greg Anthony, partner at Cox & Palmer. “Invitation to exhibit at a commercial gallery is certainly a pivotal moment in an artist’s career, and we wish Mr. Power all success with his project Welcome to Crude City.”

The Cox & Palmer Pivotal Point Grant is a funding opportunity offered through VANL-CARFAC for visual artists in Newfoundland and Labrador. It was created to provide financial support for working visual artists who have reached a crucial point in their artistic career, to allow them to evolve their practice and develop their reputation and visibility within the art world.

“We were very pleased to choose Craig as this year’s Pivotal Point recipient,” said the 2022 jury.  “This project is a bold step in a long and varied career and feels like a real breakthrough in realizing aspects and themes of his work that have always been there but are now having a chance to come to fruition.  There’s a level of professionalism to the work and to his overall approach that we really appreciated, and his application very clearly articulated why this project is so pivotal to his career at this point.”

For media enquiries, please contact VANL-CARFAC’s Program Co-ordinator, Em Nowlan, at vanlcarfac@gmail.com or (709)-738-7303.  


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