Position Title: Executive Director
Place of employment: Montreal – currently on a work-from-home basis (frequent
travelling in Quebec, Canada and abroad required)
Status: Full-time, permanent – renewable three-year contract
Conditions: Competitive wage, benefits and retirement savings plan
The incumbent is a member of a First Nation, an Inuk or a Métis. Reporting to the Board of Directors, he
or she will be responsible for carrying out the vision, the orientation, the direction and the management
of the organization.
Wapikoni Mobile is a not-for-profit, charitable and world-renowned Indigenous national organization that
was co-founded in 2003 by filmmaker Manon Barbeau, the Atikamekw Nation Council and the First
Nations of Quebec and Labrador Youth Network, with the support of the Assembly of First Nations
Our mission is to:
● Support and promote the expression of Indigenous creativity through creation (short films,
music, XR projects) and mobilization;
● Foster the ongoing development of Indigenous talents through focused training, personalized
coaching and knowledge sharing via mentoring;
● Share artwork that promotes mediation, awareness and education both nationally and
● Give our artists a space for personal, artistic and professional development where they can meet,
be inspired, see themselves and fulfill their potential;
● Build bridges, create meetups, facilitate workshops and training sessions on inclusion, diversity,
awareness, education, collective responsibility, tolerance, and reciprocity.
Wapikoni Mobile lifts the narrative sovereignty of Nations through artistic creation and excellence. We
consider that in order for Indigenous artists to contribute fully to the influential cultural life, systemic
hurdles must be removed for Indigenous creators as well as audiences.
Our business model focuses on the impact of our services on Indigenous artistic and cultural expression
and its significant contribution to the social and societal shifts towards collective healing, identity
affirmation, the decolonization of opportunities and fair distribution of privilege.
Our actions allow for the promotion of Indigenous talent in a way that recognizes the needs of the
participants and collaborators as well as their aspiration to improve the social climate, intergenerational
connections, empowerment, collective pride, dialogue, and mediation, and thus promote healing,
resilience, revitalization and solidarity.
Wapikoni believes that creation is a powerful agent of
transformation, so we work within the intersectionality of all the
factors of well-being. The interrelation between our priorities,
our principles and our operations is always guided by balance and
unity. Therefore, our four strategic orientations are circular,
progressive, continuously growing, and complementary.
For our participants as well as for their art, the journey is as inspiring as the destination. The creative
process is one of many teachings that drive significant shifts in personal growth, community development
and citizen engagement. Our approach seeks to unite, inspire, and spotlight a powerful human collective
of which thousands of young artists, participants and community collaborators are a part of. We know
that the impressive artwork collection is an invaluable cultural heritage of artistic and identity expression
that promotes pride, revitalization, dialogue, and connection.
We also provide teaching institutions with pedagogical guides and tools and share our expertise and
experience through research and co-creation partnerships. With the help of several international
collaborators, our methodology is adapted to other First Nations and other populations that are made
vulnerable, invisible, or marginalized.
The Wapikoni team is made up of thirty motivated, involved, full-time employees who work to develop,
implement, and oversee the organization’s activities. Each year, approximately sixty contractual and
temporary employees lend their expertise and skills to activities that contribute to Wapikoni’s mission.
The organizational structure comprises three main teams.
1. The operations and outreach team includes the accounting, administrative, funding,
partnerships, and communications services. These services respectively manage accounting
operations, oversee, and implement internal policies, draft funding applications, strengthen the
organization’s partnerships and promote the organization and its values.
2. The creation and innovation team oversees the creative studios, the technical and innovative
sectors and professional development. It is responsible for ensuring that the necessary tools,
equipment, and creative spaces are available, sharing their knowledge, facilitating intercultural
meetups, and mentoring talent.
3. The mobilization and distribution team includes the following sectors: mobilization and
leadership, broadcasting and audience development, research partnerships and international
growth and postproduction. Its mission centres around mobilizing and empowering the members
of the collective, creating awareness activities, honouring, and protecting the organization’s
1300-piece collection and establishing strong partnerships with academic and international
Wapikoni devotes its expertise to the Nations through its services and the following activities.
● Mobile studios
● Virtual studios
● Professionalization studios
● Co-creation studios
● Mediation and awareness workshops
● Empowerment workshops
● Pedagogical training
● Participation in conferences, panels, or
● Sharing and youth mobilization circles
● Issue tables
● Participation in working committees and
● Cinema on Wheels
● Vélo Paradiso
● The “White trail” (snowmobile trail)
● Travelling Dome
● Distribution (events, festivals, digital
NATURE AND SCOPE
The Executive Director is an inspiring role model and a unifying leader. He or she humbly strives to
continuously improve and Indigenize the strategies, partnerships, approaches, and initiatives that aim to
allow the collective’s talents to fully benefit from Wapikoni’s opportunities.
As an actor of change and mobilization, the Executive Director believes in the power of Art and cultural
expression and knows the strategic zones of influence and mobilization. He or she participates in social
debates, political and corporate conversations, understands how important it is to stay ideologically
connected to the Nations’ priorities and supports their rights to self-determination.
As the main liaison between the organization and Indigenous communities and collaborators, the
Executive Director establishes and maintains open, productive, and constructive dialogue in order to
recognize and tackle the main issues and leverage the network’s mobilization, reciprocity and
collaboration to that end. He or she advances Wapikoni’s strategic vision thanks to the team’s collective
brainpower while promoting transparency, ethics, and integrity in order to unify, inspire, gather, motivate
and foster adherence and belonging.
The Executive Director is responsible for meeting the organization’s objectives as set out by the Board of
Directors, leading and managing Wapikoni. He or she liaises with various strategic partners and oversees
the implementation of the strategic impacts plan, the operational plan, and the yearly budget. He or she
is also responsible for maintaining political and government relations and representing the organization.
Along with the Board of Directors, the Executive Director works closely with the Deputy Executive
Director as well as a team of co-leaders and its internal working committees (human resources and
ethics) and provides guidance for the following:
● The organization’s strategic vision and governance
● Strategic impacts plan
● Political and government relations
● Cultural protocols, reciprocity, and consent in Indigenous storytelling
● Narrative and creative sovereignty
● Artistic and pedagogical visions
● Funding strategy and philanthropic development
● Communications and public relations plan
● National and international development plan
● Innovation and technical and technological development
He or she is also responsible for the following:
● Operations and activity programs planning and management
● Financial planning and management
● Human resources management
● Material resources management
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE
● University degree in a relevant field or equivalent.
● A minimum of five years’ experience, of which at least three were spent managing organizations
in a complex environment.
● Proven experience in government relations, public and private funding, public relations, and
● Strong knowledge of the various Indigenous communities, especially with regard to their needs,
their priorities, and their interests.
● Knowledge of Wapikoni and the organization’s history and impact.
● Excellent organizational and business management skills, especially with regard to financial
planning, strategic planning and human resources.
● Ability to foster relations, networks, and partnerships.
● Ability to engage in discussions and achieve consensus.
● Excellent communications skills and ability to write and speak using clear, convincing, and plain
language while demonstrating professionalism and diplomacy.
● Excellent judgment and ability to analyze and solve problems and make decisions.
● Knowledge of both official languages is required, and fluency in an Indigenous language is always
HOW TO APPLY
Please send your résumé and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 24 at 9 h, in precising the
job title you are applying for in the object line of your email.
Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Take note that the job is exclusively offered to
members of First Nations, Inuits and Metis.