Assistant-Director JOB posting
send + receive: a festival of sound
Deadline for submitting is January 15, 2019
send + receive is a non-profit arts organization based in Winnipeg, Manitoba which focuses on celebrating and supporting artists working in the fields of sound art and experimental music. send + receive’s primary focus is an annual festival in the fall that features live performances, artist talks and workshops. This event is surrounded by additional programming that includes public programming, gallery exhibitions, radio features, screenings, collaborations, lectures, and installations.
Through confident and considered programming, send + receive: a festival of sound delivers an international festival to a local community encompassing a diversity of sonic arts. As a festival, we celebrate a space where artists can excel in their varying approaches, philosophies, and techniques, and can be presented together in a context that helps create a dialogue connecting their interests. By presenting a global range of artists, from emerging to established, we curate to inform and bring awareness to the historical context of the medium and the exciting new developing forms.
As the longest established organization in the prairies focusing on audio art, we recognize that bringing artists from across Canada and abroad to our region is essential in nurturing growth in the art form here in the prairies. This opportunity also offers a unique perspective to our visiting artists. The festival functions very much as a community building and networking forum for all of our guests, creating a space for creative dialogue, education, exchange, and collaboration.
send + receive seeks an Assistant Director to help coordinate the annual festival. This is an annual contract position with variable hours through the year averaging at 15 hours per week. The primary responsibility is to assist the Director to ensure a smooth and successful festival.
The Assistant Director will work in collaboration with the current Director to coordinate the planning and presentation of the annual sound festival. Their key responsibility is to promote the festival to ensure it is well-attended, and coordinate with artists and technical staff in a professional and timely manner. They will assist the director in helping to implement and maintain the festival’s mission, artistic mandate, and programming, including: artistic direction, research, marketing, production, outreach, festival evaluation, and follow up. The successful candidate will have a commitment to advancing the field of sound art.
Duties and responsibilities will include:
- Under the guidance of the board of directors and in cooperation with the director, participate in strategic planning of the festival.
- Help coordinate the details of the festival (flights, hotels, venues, tech, etc.).
- Work closely with the programming committee to develop and maintain the curatorial direction of the festival.
- Ensure the artists, sponsors, attendees, and volunteers involved in the festival have a positive experience.
- Research and pursue funding opportunities, including grants, foundations, and sponsorships.
- Assist in the completion of grant applications and reports.
- Oversee publication and design of festival program, and all aspects of marketing and distribution to ensure the festival is well attended.
- Negotiate contracts with artists and technical staff.
- Coordinate with volunteers and identify ways to broaden the festival’s community and audiences.
- Represent and promote send + receive locally, nationally, and internationally.
- Liaise with private, public, cultural, and educational organizations to increase send + receive’s capacity to program
- Attend board meetings and assemble board materials.
- Other duties as required.
The successful candidate must have proven skills in project and event coordination / management. The ideal candidate must have excellent time-management skills and be a strong self-directed worker. Experience working with a board of directors and non-profit organizations is an asset. A flexible schedule to accommodate periods with more demanding schedules (around festival season for example) is essential. A strong understanding and passion for the history of audio art and experimental music is a must.
This position is meant to grow into the senior staff position after the current Director resigns next fall. Remuneration for this position is negotiable based on qualifications and experience.
Please send your CV, letter of interest, and three references to: firstname.lastname@example.org by January 15th, 2019. send + receive thanks all candidates for their interest but only those to be interviewed will be contacted.
Candidates will be contacted in January 2019.