Call for Board Members

Organization Details
Organization Name: Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art Gallery
Address: 203-290 McDermot Ave
Winnipeg MB  R3B 0T2
Organizational Description: Urban Shaman presents contemporary Indigenous Aboriginal art with integrity while remaining rooted in our diverse Aboriginal cultures.
Volunteer Opportunity Details
Volunteer Opportunity ID: 4741
Description of Duties: The board has four standing committees: Facilities, Finance and Audit, Human Resources, and Governance and Nominations.

All board members are required to:
Ensure that Urban Shaman meets its legal and financial responsibilities as a registered charity.
- Develop the strategic direction of the organization with management and staff.
- Approve policy and procedures and monitor their implementation.
- Act as passionate advocates for Urban Shaman.
- Help attract funding, in-kind support, and sponsorship.
- Contribute to annual reviews of the organization.
- Attend bi-monthly board meetings and/or committee meetings.
- Join a committee and perform committee work.
- Review relevant documents and provide advice as necessary.

Required Skills and Attributes
- High passion for the mission: knowledge and awareness of the impact that cultural not-for-profit organizations such as Urban Shaman have in contributing to and transforming society.
- Credibility: engagement in your sector prior to board service.
- Connection to Indigenous arts - Importance of the arts through community or lived experience.
- Reflective of the community your organization serves.
- Fluent communication skills with the ability to represent the organization externally.
- A commitment to ensuring equity, diversity, and inclusion throughout the organization.
- A willingness to engage in fundraising and gaining in-kind support.

Experience and Competency
- Prior non-profit board experience
- Writing skills
- Facilitation skills
- Prior volunteer experience
- Public Speaking
- Experience working in collaboration with others through work
- Strong networker with broad sphere of influence

- Leadership potential
- Diplomacy - receptive to alternative points of view
- Contagious enthusiasm about the work of the organization
- Team player
- Humble confidence (ego in check)
- A sense of joy in being of service
- Respectful - responsive to emails and requests
- Excited about sharing the impact of the work with their networks

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Skills Required: Recognition in one of the identified areas of expertise.

- Treasurer: Finance (CPA, Budgeting).
- Legal: copyright, real estate, MOUs
- Public Relations: lobbying/advocacy, communications, digital strategy, community organizing.
- Governance: human resources, strategic planning, non-profit leadership, professional fundraising.

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Skills Gained/Related Careers: Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Urban Shaman is an Indigenous-led organization that actively supports equity and inclusion. We believe that diversity strengthens and enriches us, and are committed to helping make the arts and cultural sector a more equitable environment. Our governing body is comprised of 60% Aboriginal board members and 40% of members from diverse communities. We encourage people from racialized communities, women, people with disabilities and people from the 2SLGBTQ+ communities with the skills and knowledge to apply. If you wish to self-identify as Indigenous, please do so in your cover letter.

what you'd gain in experience with Urban Shaman (US)...
-how a non-profit artist-run gallery functions
-meeting the art community locally, nationally and internationally
-being a part of the exciting process of our organization's move into the soon-to-be-built MarketLands (a project of Center Venture. Estimated move in 2025)
-contribution to the future of an Indigenous contemporary art-focused organization with a history of over 20 years. (note Urban is, a rare gem nationally, as one of a handful of artist-run galleries that focus year-round programming on contemporary Aboriginal/Indigenous art. We're pretty proud of this.)

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Age: 18-30, 31-54, 55+
Time Commitment:

Roles and Responsibilities
Urban Shaman's board is a Governance Board. Board members are elected to serve a minimum two-year term that is renewable to a maximum of six years. The time commitment for a board member may fluctuate throughout the year, but is approximately two to four hours a month. The position of board member is a volunteer position.
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Location of volunteer opportunity: Winnipeg
Does opportunity require a criminal record check? No
Does opportunity require a child abuse registry check? No
Opportunity is available to candidates that: General Populace
Organization will provide: A letter of reference
should the candidate need the unchecked items, we can discuss possibilities.
How to Apply: Email:
Phone: 204-942-2674
In Person
Closing Date: Dec 31, 2023
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