Thursday, July 14, 2022

SAA: Call for Applications

Research Lead

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Research Lead - Saskatchewan Arts Alliance (SAA)

The SAA provides a collective voice for artists and arts organizations in Saskatchewan. Read more here

We’re in a time of renovation and renewal at the SAA; and entering into an exciting new phase. We have a new Executive Director and strategic plan. Our research and advocacy for the arts and artists in Saskatchewan is more important now than ever. For the first time, we are offering this Research Lead position full-time, and in-house at the SAA.

We’re looking for someone with experience designing, deciding, and delivering on  research projects, the skills to engage with and respond to artists and art organizations, and a demonstrated ability to share research findings in meaningful and compelling ways with a variety of audiences.

The right person will have these qualities: exceptional knowledge and technical expertise in research; a genuine interest in and love for the arts; a full toolkit of communication skills; personal and professional authenticity; and strong organizational skills.

We hope this is you! 

Here’s what we asking for:

This position reports to the SAA Executive Director, and works in close collaboration with other staff, Board, volunteers, and our members.

You’d be responsible for designing and delivering research projects that respond to the needs and interests of the arts community in Saskatchewan. Your role is to understand the needs of the artistic community in Saskatchewan, and to collect Saskatchewan-specific data, and present these data in compelling ways to advocate for SAA’s goals.

While meeting established ethical standards and excellence in research methods, you will contribute to shaping SAA’s advocacy strategy, develop the research framework and goals in response to the advocacy strategy, and carry out SAA’s research.

Your work will be about talking with and listening to the arts community, mobilizing those conversations, designing and conducting research, and communicating research results clearly and simply to the arts community, SAA members, decision-makers, and the public.

Here’s the skills, knowledge, and experience we hope you have:

  • Masters or PhD degree, with a strong foundation in research practice and methodology. Other relevant experience will be considered.
  • Experience designing and leading both qualitative and quantitative research projects.
  • Knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methods.
  • Knowledge of research methods such as focus groups, interviews, and surveys.
  • Knowledge of evaluation processes.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • A passion for the arts. 
  • Sound knowledge of how to locate data and information on the issues related to arts and the arts community.
  • Excellent people skills.
  • Wonderful writing across genres - from academic literature to blog posts.
  • An understanding of how research supports advocacy.
  • A full understanding of research ethics and practices.
  • Experience in community engagement is considered an asset.
  • Experience writing successful funding grant applications is also an asset.

What our research program looks like:

SAA has been doing research for decades, both with in-house researchers and through collaborations with universities. We have good research happening and great ideas ready to launch. Even still, we hope you will enjoy the freedom of helping design, decide, and deliver research projects relevant to the needs of the arts community in Saskatchewan.

We maintain a registry of artists in the province, and are in the process of conducting a ten-year longitudinal artists survey. We hope you’re excited to find ways to build on this work, and other respectful approaches with the registry.

We have a new exciting partnership to research access to the arts in Saskatchewan, establishing a baseline for arts access through a disability lens. Other research interests that have us excited are: decolonization in the arts, arts funding, arts education, arts infrastructure and the Status of the Artist Act.

Research moves our advocacy forward. We’d like you to have a way to make words and ideas meaningful. We hope you love writing short fun videos and snappy posts, as much as academic articles with footnotes. And especially talking with people about what you know.

Our culture and values:

The Saskatchewan Arts Alliance (SAA) has been speaking up for the arts since 1984.

The SAA is a non-partisan, member-driven coalition of arts organizations that provides a collective voice for the arts community to the public, government, and arts and culture agencies. The SAA works to strengthen, support and advance the arts ecosystem through advocacy, public education, research, policy development and proactive leadership. Since its establishment, SAA has been a prominent advocate on issues affecting artists and the arts, including public funding to the arts, provincial and federal arts policies, freedom of expression, and artists' working conditions.

We are a small team at the SAA and we care about keeping things simple, and efficient, especially through technology. We enjoy our work, our community, and treat each other with respect, and kindness.

SAA is committed to cultivating diversity and inclusion across the organization. This includes efforts towards decolonization and accessibility in our work and mandate. 

We’re offering  you:

  • A competitive non-profit salary with a healthy benefits package including health, dental and pension.
  • A dynamic environment, where new and innovative things are happening.
  • Supportive, intelligent, and respectful colleagues.
  • The chance to be a part of Saskatchewan’s amazing artistic community.
  • An office with big windows, and the chance to work from home within Saskatchewan.
  • Flexible hours and approach to work about getting the job done.
  • The week between Christmas and New Year’s off. We close the office then.
  • Respect for your personal time, because we’re organized and we love our families.
  • Support for your professional development goals.
  • We think it’s fun around here. We think you might agree.

We strongly encourage applicants from non-dominant cultural groups to apply.

We welcome candidates from across Canada.


Deadline for applications:  August 15, 2022

Please apply using this online application form.

If you are having technical issues, please contact us. We do not want technology to be a barrier to you applying with us. You will be asked to provide a resume or C.V., a short written statement (3 - 5 paragraphs) on your interest in the arts, and a short introduction video (3 -5 minutes) telling us about yourself and your experience. The video doesn’t have to be anything fancy, we’re not judging you on videography. A cell phone video is just fine.

We will contact candidates between August 30 and September 15.

If you have any questions, or any problems with the application process, please contact Executive Director Em Ironstar at

You can find the full job description here.

Terms and Conditions

Term of employment:  Permanent, full-time

Salary: range $55,000 to $65,000 per year depending upon experience

Location:  Our office is located in Regina. We’re flexible on your location, yet we’d like you to be working from somewhere in Saskatchewan.

Working hours: Normally 35 per week, with flexible hours for family and personal commitments. Some evening and weekend work. Some travel required.

Benefits:  Health, dental, pension, and healthy lifestyle benefit and professional development opportunities.

Open to Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents only.