Executive Director

The Textile Museum of Canada (TMC), a small but dynamic museum located in downtown Toronto, is seeking a new Executive Director. The TMC is the only museum in Canada (and one of eight worldwide) exclusively devoted to the collection, exhibition, and documentation of textiles and related artifacts from around the world. The Museum uses textiles to explore local, national and international cultural histories and the ways such histories inform contemporary art, craft and design today. In addition to 15,000 square feet of gallery space, accessible for public, research, and educational uses, the Museum boasts innovative interactive digital platforms and an award-winning institutional website, on which all of its holdings can be seen. A specialized reference library, conservation laboratory, gift and book shop, and collection management/research area support the TMC operations; a 50-seat auditorium supports meetings and seminars; and an education gallery provides space for public programing and hands-on, interactive experiences. Building on the Museum’s growing social and cultural relevance, the new Executive Director will lead this vibrant institution into the future and its next phase of excellence.

The committed staff, volunteers, donors and Board of Trustees work as a team to convey to a growing audience the exciting potential of this significant collection of international textiles to increase cultural understanding, and to share vibrant artistic expression from around the world. With approximately 30% of its operating revenues generated from government and granting agencies, the Textile Museum relies on earned revenue from memberships, admissions, tours, and its shop; contributed revenue from individual, foundation, and corporate supporters; and the dedication of its 120 volunteers. For additional information, please see: textilemuseum.ca

The Executive Director will report to a volunteer Board of Trustees and will oversee a staff of 14 and an annual operating budget of approximately $1.3 million. The Textile Museum is seeking a visionary leader who can build on the Museum’s existing strengths while re-imagining a bold new future. The Executive Director will lead the Museum through a strategic planning exercise and have an exciting opportunity to expand the TMC’s cultural profile by implementing the resulting new vision. The Executive Director will possess demonstrated abilities to implement change, effect revenue generation, profitability and growth as an institution; will lead fundraising efforts from public and private-sector sources; will enhance the TMC’s online and digital presence; and will oversee Museum operations to ensure efficiency, quality, service and cost-effective management of resources.

The ideal candidate for Executive Director of the TMC will be a strong, visionary and energetic leader with experience in arts and cultural management. He/she will possess the ability to lead staff, work effectively with a volunteer Board, and motivate volunteers. The Executive Director will have proven strategic thinking, planning, and execution expertise; financial management strength; demonstrable marketing and communications skills; extensive fundraising experience, including creating and nurturing donor relationships; and the personality to motivate and engage diverse stakeholders.


The Search Committee will begin consideration of candidates immediately. All inquiries
regarding this position will be treated in strict confidence and should be directed to tmc@jwasearch.com.