Job Opportunity: Public Programs Coordinator
Term: Full-time, permanent. Workdays are Tuesdays-Saturdays; evening and weekend work is required for committee meetings and events.
Compensation: $22/hour at 35 hours/week, two weeks of paid vacation per year.
Benefits: Employer-paid health benefits following a three-month probationary period.
Start Date (flexible): May 25, 2021
Application Deadline: April 30, 2021 at 6:00pm EST
As an artist-run centre, Hamilton Artists Inc. (the Inc.) empowers artists of all career levels to take risks with their contemporary visual arts practices and present their work in a critical context. Our exhibitions, publications, and special projects offer education and mentorship, facilitate regional and national dialogue, and encourage collaboration, conversation, and critical inquiry. The Inc. aspires to connect with our changing communities by taking an intersectional approach, identifying and removing systemic barriers, and supporting artists and art practices that reflect the people of our region.
For this position, we are actively seeking a person with lived experience of systemic oppression, including first-hand knowledge of the barriers many people experience when accessing programs and opportunities. While education and work experience will be considered, the hiring committee will prioritize the expertise of relevant lived experience. This reflects the vision and values outlined in our 2018-2023 Strategic Plan, as follows: We aspire to connect with our changing communities by taking an intersectional approach, identifying and removing systemic barriers, and supporting artists and art practices that reflect the people of our region. Supervised by the Executive and Programming Directors, the Public Programs Coordinator will help to deliver a range of public programming, foster ongoing community partnerships, develop communications, and enhance membership, volunteer and visitor relations with a focus on equitable and accessible models. The successful candidate will receive training and professional development opportunities.
The Inc. is committed to equity and anti-oppression in all aspects of its operations, recognizing that systemic oppressions in our society cause considerable barriers to accessing equal employment. We welcome applications from members of equity-seeking communities (including, but not limited to): Indigenous, Black, people of colour, refugees, newcomers, immigrants, Two-Spirit, LGBTQI+, gender diverse persons, persons with disabilities, and those on low-incomes or living in poverty. Please advise us of any accommodations needed to ensure you can complete the application or interview process.
The successful candidate will possess:
A willingness to develop new job related skills through mentorship or other professional development opportunities.
Experience in building and facilitating relationships with various community groups with sensitivity and care.
Lived experience of systemic oppression and a commitment to centering equitable, anti-oppressive, and anti-racist frameworks in all aspects of their work.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Strong research, critical thinking, attention to detail, and problem solving skills.
Ability to work collaboratively and independently in a busy office environment, organize and prioritize work effectively.
Experience working with artists, interns, volunteers, donors, and/or the general public.
Computer skills (PC), Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office, GSuite and Social Media.
An understanding of the Hamilton and regional community and its growing needs.
The following skills would be considered assets:
Experience with MailChimp, Hootsuite, and WordPress.
Event planning experience such as with fundraisers or other community programs.
Knowledge of Canadian contemporary art practices and artist-run culture.
Experience working within the non-for-profit or gallery sector.
Knowledge of a second language, including ASL.
Primary responsibilities include:
Organizing new and ongoing public programs, including the Professional Development Workshop series, Outdoor Screening Series, and Photophobia: Contemporary Moving Image Festival.
Working closely with the Programming Director and NEW Committee to extend community partnerships and outreach programs that help dismantle structural barriers and introduce equitable models for access and engagement.
Managing the Inc.’s social media presence and helping to develop communications strategies that engage numerous audiences.
Maintaining the Inc.’s website, digital archives, and online accessibility measures.
Developing membership and positive member-relations, including overseeing membership benefits.
Leading volunteer recruitment, training, and retention.
Supporting ongoing marketing activities including writing text, preparing press packages, liaising with the media, designing print and online promotional materials, updating press and mailing databases as needed.
Contributing to raising the profile of the Inc.’s contemporary art exhibitions, installations, and public programming regionally and nationally.
Assisting the Special Events Committee with the planning and execution of fundraising initiatives.
Overseeing and contributing to the activities of the Communications Committee, and attending other Board and Committee meetings as required and preparing reports.
Assisting with the organization’s day-to-day operations, including exhibition installation, administration, and liaising with the general public as needed.
How to Apply:
Please submit a cover letter, CV/resume, and names and contact information for three references. Please combine all files into a single PDF and email to show contact info
with Public Programs Coordinator Applicant in the subject line by 6:00pm on April 30, 2021.
We thank all applicants for their interest, but due to the high volume of applications we receive only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
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