We’re Hiring an Engagement Coordinator for the Mount Pleasant Community Art Screen

Position: Engagement Coordinator
Project: Mount Pleasant Community Art Screen
Reporting to: Program Director
Hours: $27/ hour, 12 – 14 hours per week. Some evening and weekend work. Flexible schedule.
Start date: TBA

Project Description:

The Mount Pleasant Community Art Screen (MPCAS) is a 7m x 4m outdoor urban screen located at the intersection of Kingsway and Broadway in Vancouver. The screen is maintained and programmed by grunt gallery, and aspires to enrich and engage the public through the presentation of media art that reflects the diversity, historical richness and creative capacity of the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood. Through commissions, exhibitions, co-productions and partnerships, the screen features works for and about Mount Pleasant and the people who live here alongside programming that connects these local issues to global practices, ideas and concerns.

About the Mount Pleasant Community Art Screen and grunt gallery

The Mount Pleasant Community Art Screen is a place for media and interactive content both home-grown and far-flung, presented through the distinctive lens of the neighbourhood. Working with neighborhood producers and filmmakers MPCAS mirrors the community it calls home.

Programming the video screen on the new Independent building at Kingsway and Broadway is an exciting opportunity for grunt. We plan to develop the screen to encourage collaboration and represent the area in ways that showcase the cultural and community organizations in the neighbourhood and support the work they do.

grunt gallery has been a part of the Mount Pleasant community since 1984 and has seen tremendous changes over this period. During the past 36 years the area has gone from one of Vancouver’s poorest neighbourhoods to one of its richest. This transition hasn’t been easy and the social costs of thirty years of gentrification have been intense. The MPCAS has been born of this tension, and we seek to acknowledge both the Mount Pleasant that is fading away and the new communities  coming into being.

General Description of the Position:

The Engagement Coordinator works with staff and community partners to develop contacts, programming and strengthen relationships between the MPCAS and its partners in the community. This is a professional position that reports to the Program Director and associated staff.

The Engagement Coordinator is a planner, implementer, and relationship builder who is responsible for developing this new initiative in conjunction with the multiple and diverse communities in Mount Pleasant. We are looking for a candidate with deep roots in the neighbourhood who has knowledge of the diversity of its residents, businesses, community organizations and art communities..They will work with grunt staff to  develop strategies around programming, commissioning, and interactivity that engages the community and brings their visions to the screen. This is NOT a fundraising position.

The Engagement Coordinator will work within the communities in Mount Pleasant making connections and strengthening bonds between stakeholders and increasing visibility and access. The Engagement Coordinator is expected to work independently, but will play a key role in the MPCAS team, alongside the Program Director, curatorial staff and the technical manager.

Required Competencies:
Collaborative
Reliable
Committed
Independent
Community Minded
Tolerant
Creative
Flexible
Social
Resourceful

General Responsibilities:

  • Work with staff and committees to develop strategies and enhance contacts within the Mount Pleasant community in conjunction with the MPCAS’s vision for programming and the neighbourhood.
  • Design and implement an outreach plan that builds strong, long-term, and loyal relationships with audience members, supporters and communities.
  • Develop programming for the MPCAS engaging the heritage and cultural communities as well as community groups, seniors, youth and more.
  • Continue to develop relationships with partners and collaborators from the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations as well as the wider Indigenous communities of Vancouver.
  • Assist with content creation around community engagement that is aligned with MPCAS’s social media, website and newsletters focusing on their respective membership and activities.
  • Collaborate and communicate with neighbourhood organizations to develop activities that promote the MPCAS’s presence (eg. community events and festivals).
  • Work with grunt staff and established partners to bring local content to international networks.

Required Skills and Education:

  • Awareness of and experience working within the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood.
  • Strong knowledge and commitment to bridge-building within diverse community frameworks.
  • Good understanding of artist-run culture.
  • Post-secondary education or experience in community engagement, public programming, communications, activist organizing or arts-related disciplines is an asset.
  • Some knowledge of media art practices and production requirements.
  • Experience with youth/adult education programming an asset.
  • Ability to perform well in a team environment and collaborate with others.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills; ability to target outreach materials to varying audiences and age groups.
  • Strong organizational skills, able to identify and prioritize tasks with minimal supervision, work independently, and take initiative.
  • Working knowledge of Social Media, e.g. Facebook, Twitter and mass email systems;
  • Resourceful, hands-on and pro-active.
  • Proven ability to act in an assertive but professional manner and to represent oneself and an organization in a positive manner.
  • Ability to work flexible hours.

Business Ethics and the Workplace:

  • Must promote and set the example for ensuring a friendly, courteous, respectful and professional work environment.
  • Must maintain confidentiality of all personal, private, and professional information obtained within the course of employment.
  • Must not accept any gifts, loans or anything of value from any individuals with whom contact is had during the course of employment.

To apply: Please send cover letter and resume to Meagan Kus by email at meagan@grunt.ca

Application Deadline: Friday, April 17th, 2020 @ 5:00pm

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