A rare opportunity to work at one of Canada’s leading arts organizations celebrating its 17th year October 19-23, 2015

Application Deadline: May 20, 2016 (NOTE: late applications will not be accepted)

Temporary, trainee position (24 weeks), 32 hrs/week

Rate: $15.00 CAD per hour

June 1-November 4, 2016

Send your C.V./Resume along with a cover letter by email, with the job title in the subject heading, to

You may address the cover letter to: Jason Ryle, Executive Director imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival 401 Richmond St. West, Suite 349 Toronto, ON M5V 3A8

The annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival – the largest Festival of its kind in the world – is seeking a dynamic, detailed-oriented, media-savvy individual who wants to learn more about multi-platform communications and executing marketing projects. Now entering its 17th year, imagineNATIVE is an international showcase for Indigenous film, video, audio, digital media, and installation art. Located in a beautiful arts-focused building at 401 Richmond Street West in Toronto, imagineNATIVE is a community-based festival and charity committed to the development and promotion of Indigenous artists and their work. This is an amazing opportunity to join one of Canada’s most successful arts organizations and learn from leaders in Toronto's vibrant independent film festival scene.

This position is funded through Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment and Training and subject to government funding through Service Canada. Applicants must meet requirements for employment as determined by Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment and Training, including: all applicants must be Aboriginal (First Nations, Métis, or Inuit), must be a registered client of Miziwe Biik, must be legally eligible to work in Canada, and must be currently unemployed or underemployed. We strongly encourage you to contact Miziwe Biik for complete details prior to applying.

Should you have questions regarding this posting, contact 416-585-2333.


COMMUNICATIONS TRAINEE JOB DESCRIPTION (Temporary, trainee position, contract staff)

REPORTS TO: Communications Coordinator

The Communications Trainee will assist the Communications Coordinator with imagineNATIVE’s digital communications and with coordinating the assets and publication of print and online Festival marketing materials and advertising. In addition, the Communications Trainee will work in concert with the Festival Publicist to enhance imagineNATIVE’s public profile and help raise awareness of the 17th imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival (October 19-23, 2016)

This position is an excellent opportunity for an individual looking to work in the arts administration sector with a particular interest in learning about digital communications and social media & marketing practices.

The duties and responsibilities of the Communications Trainee include but are not limited to:

Festival Collateral Production

                 Work with Communications Coordinator to help produce collateral for the 17th imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival including: Festival posters, post-cards, vouchers and Festival Catalogue, Pocket Guide and Website/App.

                 Liaise with printers, proofreader, designer (Beehive Design) and App platform to help ensure all required information is submitted and work is completed within set timelines.

                 Help ensure that all film, ad, venue, maps, & logistical information are correctly entered and updated in Festival Website and Database, Shared Google document and the Festival Catalogue.

                 Assist in obtaining, overseeing and organizing all ads and logos for Festival Catalogue from co-presenters, sponsors and partners.

                 Help collect letters of greeting from various Indigenous and government officials for Festival Catalogue.

                 Assist in organizing and coordinating the printing and distribution of the Festival catalogue, flyers, signage, banners and other marketing materials, as necessary.

                 Liaise with Office Manager and Beehive Design to help coordinate catalogue and poster distribution including revising distribution lists and researching organizations for potential drop locations for marketing materials.

                 Support the Communications Coordinator in creating Pre-screening PowerPoint slides (with approval from appropriate departments).


Website and Social Media

                 Actively contribute to online social media communications strategies including developing social media schedules and daily tweets, monitoring and updating social media accounts and live-tweeting and covering Festival and year-round events and screenings.

                 Help to enter all Festival and year-round event information into website, including film and exhibition descriptions, artist bios and event times and help to maintain and update website on a daily basis.

                 Help to develop and schedule Daily Highlights listings for e-blast and social media distribution.


Publicity and Promotion

                 Assist in writing and proofing press releases and external public announcements (including press releases, articles, e-bulletin etc.)

                 Help to promote and cover Festival and year-round events and activities through website, social media and e-bulletin, including assisting with contests and ticket giveaways.

                 Support the Communications Coordinator in researching, coordinating and placing external print and web advertisements for the 17th imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival.

                 Help to track and maintain a record of daily media coverage for the Festival.

                 Assist Festival Publicist where necessary – and as directed by the Communications Coordinator – with all Festival-related communications.

                 Nurture beneficial relationships with external, relevant media and community stakeholders.


Additional Duties

                 Assist as a team-member with basic administrative duties to ensure the office environment is professional and efficient;

                 Post-Festival reporting;

                 Participate in job-related training activities as necessary;

                 Participate in job-evaluations, as necessary;

                 Work directly with volunteers, artists and Board Members.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

                 A willingness to be trained and an openness to receive and offer critical, practical feedback on processes and training;

                 Solid computer skills, specifically with Word and Excel;

                 Excellent communication skills, specifically writing;

                 Excellent and professional interpersonal skills in person, by phone and online;

                 Strong organizational skills and a demonstrated attention to detail;

                 Ability to interact with multiple and diverse individuals and groups;

                 Ability to accomplish projects within a deadline;

                 An ability to work independently and as a team in a fast-paced environment that requires multi-tasking and ability to think creatively on-the-spot;

                 Experience with basic web design and content management an asset (but not required);

                 Strong social media skills and knowledge of trends in communications an asset (but not required);

                 Must show initiative and drive to complete projects and reach target goals;

                 An interested in the arts, film, and Indigenous communities;

                 Commitment to work scheduled business hours and Festival Hours is required.


Note that this position involves “Festival Hours,” meaning that leading up and to during the Festival, all employees work additional hours beyond standard business hours. Set lieu time is provided following the Festival.


Contact Miziwe Biik for registration details

Should you have questions regarding this posting contact 416 585-2333