SNAP Board Update June 2022
Posted: Jun 4, 2022 in News
Over the last 4 months, SNAP’s board of directors has undertaken a robust and lengthy search for a new Executive Director to lead our organization. As part of our recruitment process, we received twelve applications from across the country, interviewed seven excellent candidates and extended two offers, but unfortunately our search did not yield the result that we had hoped for. To ensure we find the best candidate for the role, the board of directors has decided to re-evaluate and continue our search. As our recruitment efforts have taken longer than anticipated, SNAP’s board of directors have made the necessary decision to hire an Interim Director. The primary reason for this is due to the fact that while SNAP has been able to continue to operate at full capacity, the need for someone to fill a leadership role in day to day operations and maintain our commitments to the community, staff and shareholders has become evident.
As a result, we are pleased to announce that our board Vice President, Chelsey Campbell, has accepted a temporary contract for SNAP’s Interim Director, for the term of May 26th, 2022 until September 25, 2022. As part of the contract, Chelsey will be stepping down from the board, effective immediately, in order to focus on the interim role. In this position, Chelsey will mentor staff, manage Canada Summer Jobs hires and projects, work with community groups on a number of events and partnerships, and maintain our standing with funders. Having served on the SNAP board for 5+ years, Chelsey has a deep knowledge of the organization and community, and brings a wealth of experience managing and mentoring staff. Poised to complete their MFA in printmaking this August, Chelsey also has a solid understanding of SNAP’s technical needs which will be a tremendous asset as we hire and onboard a new Programs & Printshop Coordinator and summer staff. The board is excited for Chelsey to bring an abundance of invested experience and renewed energy to our organization as we move forward with exciting community outreach events, including exhibitions and programming celebrating SNAP’s 40th anniversary this summer. This temporary appointment will also allow SNAP to move forward in planning programs and exhibitions, while enabling the board to focus on re-evaluating and reopening a second call for applications. It is our hope to conduct interviews over the summer and have a permanent hire in place by the fall.
The Executive Director role is integral to the continued success of SNAP and it is imperative that we find a candidate that maintains the momentum our organization has built over the past 40 years and build upon it as we move towards the future. The board of directors recognize our community’s patience through this transitional period and we extend our sincerest thanks for understanding. We will continue to provide updates as we move forward in this process.
The board of directors will be hosting a renters update on June 12, 2022 at 4pm. Please join us online to hear about next steps at SNAP and to learn more about all the exciting programs running this summer. The board will be available to answer any questions or concerns you may have.
Thank you so much.
SNAP Board of Directors
Chelsey Campbell (they/she) is a queer crip artist, educator, and cultural worker. A nonbinary white settler of Scottish descent, Campbell graciously resides as an uninvited guest in amiskwacîwâskahikan (Edmonton) on Treaty 6 Territory. Exploring tender narratives of disability justice, feminized care labour, and crip kinship, their practice intertwines autoethnographic storytelling with community-oriented practices of access, care, and interdependence. Through a combination of printmaking, 3D modelling, installation, and photography, their work seeks to make space for the body in pain, celebrate disabled narratives as complex and whole, and build radical access for community through artistic practice.