The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is currently accepting applications for the following role:


A rare opportunity to work at one of Canada’s leading arts organizations celebrating its 18th year October 18-22, 2017

Application Deadline: April 14th, 2017

(NOTE: late applications will not be accepted)

Temporary, trainee position 32 hrs/week

Rate: $16.50 CAD per hour

May 15th, 2017 –March 30th 2018 (Firm End Date)

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:

Ariel Smith, Executive Director

imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival

401 Richmond St. West, Suite 446

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, individual who wants to learn more about fundraising for a registered charitable organization.

Now entering its 18th 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.



(Temporary, trainee position, contract staff)


REPORTS TO: Fundraising Manager and Executive Director The Fundraising Trainee will support the Fundraising Manager and the Executive

Director in planning, executing and reporting on all Festival related fundraising (sponsorships, donations and stewardship). The training provided will cover fundraising from the private and public sectors (including foundations, corporate sponsorships and individual/corporate donations). The Fundraising Trainee will receive training related to fundraising and sales at the world’s largest Indigenous film festival. The successful candidate will be at the centre of development for a successful annual event that attracts19,000+ Festival attendees. 

This position is an excellent opportunity for an individual interested in working in the cultural fundraising sector.

Reporting to the Executive Director and Fundraising Manager, the duties and responsibilities of the Fundraising Trainee include, but are not limited to:


Fundraising and Development

• Researching funding prospects and compiling comprehensive reports on potential targets for Fundraising Manager and Executive Director

• Approach sponsors with the guidance of the Development Manager

• Update Fundraising Database contacts regularly – keeping detailed notes regarding sponsors

• Under the supervision of the Fundraising Manager ensure and track receipt of deliverables

• Solicit Ad Sales for the 2017 Catalogue and Website

• Connect with local retailers, restaurants and tourist attractions to provide discounts for festival visitors;

• Assist Fundraising Manager with acquiring swag for delegate packages given to festival VIPs;

• Become familiar with fundraising software and respective documents (Foundation search, letters of agreement, contracts); update and provide drafts for review as required by Executive Director and Fundraising Manager

• Assist Executive Director and Fundraising Manager with preparation for pitches and presentations of proposals.

• Follow up with funders regarding paperwork and payment

• Assist Fundraising Manager and Executive Director with the creation of Sponsorship proposal documents as needed.


Stewardship and Special Events

• Assist Fundraising Manager with the creation and execution of sponsor-related events (Private screenings, receptions,) including coordinating logistics and managing budget.

• Attend meetings with Fundraising Manager and Executive Director as needed with Festival Stakeholders (Funders)

• Assist with other special sponsor stewardship events: off-season dinners, lunches, and meetings as needed.


Corporate/Sponsor Hosting During Festival

• Coordinate Sponsor’s tickets and passes for Festival

• Provide VIP service to Sponsors at Festival as needed (Greeting Sponsors, ensuing they have their tickets, ensuring they get to their reserved seating, touching base with them before during and after screenings and events

• Helping to Manage the Sponsorship Concierge Desk during the 5 day Festival

• Under supervision of the Fundraising Manager assist with planning end execution of Sponsor receptions, and other special Sponsor VIP events during the Festival; including coordinating logistics and managing budget.


General Tasks and Responsibilities

• Assist as a team-member with basic in office administrative duties to ensure the office environment is professional and efficient.(answering phones, taking messages, answering general inquiries)

• Post-Festival reporting with Fundraising Manager

• Participate in job-related training activities as necessary.

• Participate in job-evaluations, as necessary.

• Prepare monthly position-related reports for Executive Director and Board of Directors


Skills and Qualifications:

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

• An interest in fundraising;

• Excellent communication and motivational skills; Strong writing is a preferred asset;

• Experience with research and reporting is preferable

• High level of professionalism and ability to interface with senior-level professionals and junior-level colleagues;

• Strong, meticulous attention to detail;

• Comfort and familiarity with working with computer systems and applications such as: Excel, online database software, Word and mail merge. (training will be provided but adeptness with computers is required);

• Friendly, professional, demeanour;

• Works well in a team, individually and without supervision;

• Commitment to work scheduled business hours is required;

• Commitment to Work Festival Hours (nights and weekends) during peek season and during festival week (Compensated with time in Lieu when appropriate)

• Can function in an often fast-paced work environment with an aptitude for remaining “cool under pressure”

• Ability to multi-task, think creatively and constructively on-the-spot, with a “what else can I do?” attitude.

• Connections and familiarity with the Indigenous and media arts communities, organizations, businesses are an asset;

• Experience working in a competitive sales environment is preferred and will be considered a definite asset

• Interest and willingness to work in a competitive sales environment is required

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