Staff and Volunteers

AX‘s success hinges on hard work and support from our local community – we can offer great programming because we have great staff and volunteers.

Our volunteers help in countless ways, but here are a few examples:

  • Serve on committees
  • Help coordinate events
  • Greet gallery visitors
  • Promote arts and culture programming

Yes, I’d like to volunteer with AX!


AX is hiring for the summer!

Please email execdirector@axartscentre.ca with your resume and a cover letter stating which job you’re applying for and why you’re suited to the position – don’t forget to put the job title in the subject line of the email, please. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis, so early submission is encouraged.

NOTE: For students attending university who are enrolled in a program with “experiential learning” (ex. Co-op), please let us know in your cover letter.

 

Gallery Docent and Reception

Details

Gallery Docent and Reception

AX, the Arts and Culture Centre of Sussex, is seeking a dynamic and driven Gallery Docent to welcome visitors to our centre, take visitors on guided tours of the gallery, and act as an ambassador for arts and culture in our region. While the primary focus will be in greeting visitors, answering the phones, and processing inquiries and payments for AX programs, the successful candidate will play a vital role in fulfilling AX’s strategic objectives and mandate to support, promote and foster arts and culture in the region.

Student tasks and responsibilities:

The Gallery Docent and Reception position reports directly to the Executive and Artistic Director (EAD) at AX. Specific responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Act as an arts and culture ambassador for AX in the community; respond to general and program inquiries from donors, volunteers, and the public;
  • Welcome visitors to the arts and culture centre and guide them through the exhibitions and our programs; professional artists will provide you with insight into ongoing exhibitions and programs.
  • Process art and retail sales, donations, event ticket sales, and memberships;
  • Help with events associated with exhibition launches, literary readings, workshops and classes, music concerts, and youth art camps;
  • Help install and dismantle art exhibitions, working with professional gallery curators;
  • Interact with visitors to get gallery visitor data and statistics;
  • Help with other duties and projects as required by the EAD.

Qualifications

  • Excellent interpersonal skills with an ability to interact effectively and professionally with individuals in both a corporate setting and informal setting.
  • Strong team player and able to work independently.
  • Excellent communication skills, including written and verbal.
  • Excellent time management skills.
  • Experience with dealing with the public, and a love of arts and culture.

35-40 hours per week, including Saturdays and occasional evenings, May 19 – Aug. 28.

Note: The hours per week, number of weeks, and position start and end dates depend on funding and availability.

 

Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Details

The Marketing and Communications Coordinator, reporting directly to the Executive and Artistic Director (EAD), will help grow awareness of AX and inspire engagement with our programs. The successful candidate will be responsible for writing, designing, editing, and updating a variety of communications and marketing platforms including our website, monthly e-newsletter, social media, and internal and external communications. The EAD may assign tasks or ask the Marketing and Communications Coordinator to work on other projects as required.

 Student tasks and responsibilities:

  • Create new and update existing promotional and marketing materials, print and online (ex. posters, social media posts, e-newsletter); coordinate distribution.
  • Prepare and distribute communications materials (ex. news releases, public service announcements, posters), in coordination with EAD and committee volunteers, considering audience development and expansion.
  • Liaise with 3rd party suppliers to source quotes, print materials.
  • Work with the EAD to create a formal marketing and communications plan for the Centre.
  • Maintain the AX website (once trained).
  • Attend public events as required – some evenings and weekends.
  • Must be able to work independently and as part of a team, and be able to prioritize and manage multiple projects with tight deadlines, following them through to completion.
  • Must have excellent communications skills, including verbal and written.
  • Other assigned tasks and projects as required by EAD.

Knowledge of Microsoft Word required. On-site training in some marketing software provided – be ready and willing to learn! Previous experience working with WordPress, MailChimp, Canva, Adobe, social media platforms, or a combination of these skills is an asset but not necessary.

Must be able to climb stairs.

35-40 hours per week, including occasional Saturdays and evenings, May 19 – Aug. 28.

Note: The hours per week, number of weeks, and position start and end dates depend on funding and availability.

 

Administration and Operations Assistant

Details

AX is seeking a personable and organized Administrative and Operations Assistant to help with the centre’s day to day operations. The primary focus will be to perform various administrative duties for the Executive and Artistic Director (EAD) and provide administrative support to other staff and volunteers. The successful candidate will play a vital role in fulfilling AX’s strategic objectives and mandate to support, promote and foster arts and culture in the region.

 Student tasks and responsibilities:

The Administrative and Operations Assistant position reports directly to the Executive and Artistic Director (EAD) at AX. Specific responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Support the work of the EAD;
  • Edit and format correspondence; process incoming correspondence and help respond to inquiries;
  • Coordinate meeting arrangements for EAD, Board of Directors, staff, and committees;
  • Maintain filing system (electronic and paper);
  • Attend and take minutes at committee meetings, distribute;
  • Coordinate and manage AX calendar of events and workshop rooms and gallery space rental inquiries; coordinate invoices for rentals
  • Assist with gallery and workshop room event set-up, including exhibition launches, literary readings, workshops and classes, music concerts, and youth art classes;
  • Manage incoming proposals for workshops, music concerts, and exhibitions;
  • Source content for marketing and communications materials from artists, instructors, committee volunteers.
  • Create and manage internal forms and templates.
  • Work with Fund Development and Business Officer to create statements and coordinate invoices payments associated with workshops, events, and other programming;
  • Help train new volunteers and coordinate volunteer schedules for special events and services;
  • Provide general assistance during peak times;
  • Maintain office supplies;
  • Light cleaning, maintenance, space organizing;
  • Attend public events as required – some evenings and weekends.
  • Must be able to work independently and as part of a team, and be able to prioritize and manage multiple projects with tight deadlines, following them through to completion.
  • Must have excellent communications skills, including verbal and written.
  • Other assigned tasks and projects as required by EAD.

Some on-site training provided; exposure to Microsoft Word and Excel required.

Must be able to climb stairs.

35-40 hours per week, including occasional Saturdays and evenings, May 19 – Aug. 28.

Note: The hours per week, number of weeks, and position start and end dates depend on funding and availability.


Our Staff

Jane Simpson, BA  Executive and Artistic Director

Jane has worked extensively in marketing and communications in both the private and public sector. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Honours English from the University of New Brunswick as well as a Certificate in Business Communications from St. Mary’s University. Jane is also an award-winning writer and the regional representative for the Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick (WFNB).

Laura MacInnis-Fulton, BA – Fund Development and Business Officer

Laura MacInnis-Fulton has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from St. Thomas University and worked in the newspaper industry for 12 years as a reporter and managing editor that included efforts promoting the arts. She previously did writing for non-profit agencies. In her spare time, Laura is a supporter of the province’s art, music, theatre, and film scene including involvement in the NB Film Co-op.

Our Volunteer Board of Directors

Peter Powning, D.Litt, RCA – President

Peter has been active in arts and culture organizations for more than forty years. His work has been exhibited on six continents and he has an active studio practice producing public art commissions and gallery exhibitions. Peter is a founding director of AX, was on the founding board and vice president of ArtsLink (Arts Association of New Brunswick) from 2008 – 2012, on the Advisory Council of the NB College of Craft and Design 2011 – 2015, as well as the New Brunswick Arts Board as vice-chair 1990-1991 and the Premier’s Advisory Committee for the Arts, 1987-88.

Peter is the recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for High Achievement in the Arts, 2017, the 2006 Bronfman Governor General’s Award, and an honorary doctorate from UNB in 2014.

Megan de Graaf, BSc, MSc – Vice President

Megan holds a Master of Science degree in Forestry and a Bachelor of Science degree in biology, and is a farm and woodlot owner in southern New Brunswick. Megan’s vocations are as a Forest Ecologist and fibre artisan; she has worked in the non-profit sector for fifteen years and serves on the Boards of Directors for two New Brunswick charities.

Donna Floyd – Treasurer

Donna Floyd graduated from UNB Saint John in 1999 with a Bachelor of Business Administration and obtained her CGA designation in 2002. Donna has worked in the accounting industry for more than 18 years, in both industrial accounting and public accounting, and in 2009, she opened an accounting firm of her own. Donna is actively involved in her community, currently serving on the Board of the Sussex Regional Library as well as past Chair and Treasurer of the Sussex Area Community Foundation Inc. When she’s not in the office, Donna loves baking and spending time with her husband Derrick as well as family and friends.

Mary Lea Stafford, MAEd – Secretary

Mary Lea Stafford obtained a BA from Mount Allison University in 1975 with a major in history and a music minor, in 1976 a Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University in Kingston Ontario, and in 1994 a Master of Education from UNB in Fredericton. Mary Lea retired from teaching in 2006 as the Principal of Sussex Elementary, having taught at elementary schools in Rothesay, Sussex Corner, Aphoqui and Sussex for 30 years. She is currently on the Board of the Sussex Public Library and is a former board member of the Sussex Area Community Foundation. Mary Lea is the choir director of St Paul’s United Church and chair of their Worship Committee, and is an active member of the Sussex Golf and Curling Club and Class Act.

Bonny Hill, BAEd – Director

Bonny Hill completed a Bachelor of Art in Art Education at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and has been teaching art in public schools in the area for 30 years. In 2011, she was recognized by the Canadian Society for Education Through the Artswith the Canadian Art educator of the Year award for her work in the visual arts department at Sussex Regional High School (SRHS). Bonny has also been active in the SRHS theatre, directing the spring musicals, building and designing sets, and teaching choreography. Bonny is a professional artist who has held solo exhibits at the Saint John Arts Centre, Gallerie Capitol Gallery in Moncton, Sunbury Shores Arts and Nature Centre in Saint Andrews, and SEEDS Gallery in Halifax. She was chosen for the 2017 emerging artists’ series, Studio Watch,at the Lord Beaverbrook Art Gallery, and she sits on the provincial Visual Arts Curriculum Committee.

Bonny is an active volunteer in the community – she is a member of Class Actand the Sussex Choral Society, the Sussex Artists’ Co-op, and Bloomin’ Artists.

James Brown – Director

Jamie is a president of Craft NB. His medium is steel and he produces work that ranges from the intimate to large public sculpture. Jamie previously worked in management with a large mining corporation, where he learned many successful skills that are now helping him establish a career in sculpture.

Joe Waugh – Director
Joe is the owner of  J. Waugh Construction Ltd., a residential construction company specializing in energy efficient construction. One of New Brunswick’s first R-2000 builders, Joe has presented training sessions across Canada on a wide range of technical topics related to housing. He is past national chair of the Canadian Home Builders Association’s Technical Research Committee, winner of the Cement Association of Canada’s  2004 award for the most energy efficient R-2000 house in Canada, and a former energy advisor at Efficiency NB and NB Power Energy Efficiency Services.