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THE COMMONS at 401 Richmond is currently accepting applications for the following role:


A unique opportunity to manage a newly renovated multi-purpose arts space in the historic 401 Richmond Building


Application Deadline: August 21, 2018

(NOTE: late applications will not be accepted)

Temporary, trainee position (16 weeks), 35 hrs/week

Rate: $18.50 CAD per hour

September 4, 2018 – December 21, 2018


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:

Hiring Committee

The Commons @ 401 Richmond

401 Richmond St. West, Suite 440

Toronto, ON M5V 3A8


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 Indigenous/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.


REPORTS TO: imagineNATIVE’s Managing Director & Vtape’s Development Director


Five of Canada’s leading specialized arts organizations - Vtape, imagineNATIVE, South Asian Visual Arts Centre (SAVAC), Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, and FADO Performance Art Centre - have transformed a 7,500-sq.-ft. space at 401 Richmond St. West into an exciting and sophisticated, barrier-free, community arts space known as The Commons @ 401 Richmond.


The Arts Venue Manager Trainee will learn to book and manage internal and external events taking place in The Commons, work to ensure safe and respectful operations of all productions within the space, and learn to oversee maintenance of the space and equipment. Under the guidance of imagineNATIVE & Vtape, the Arts Venue Manager Trainee will learn the skills necessary to oversee the following duties and responsibilities:



  • Manage venue inquiries and oversee bookings of the Commons (three multi-purpose spaces and a research centre) from start to finish

  • Develop event budgets and timelines pertaining to projects and rentals

  • Liaise and consult with service providers, e.g. caterers, rental equipment suppliers; book equipment and services required for events

  • Issue invoices, collect fees for use and manage Commons accounting



  • Maximize space occupancy by generating space rental marketing materials and promoting the venue on the Commons info website (Wordpress) and various social media platforms

  • Schedule class visits and introductions to the space

  • Add and update News and Events on the Commons info website

  • Create, share, and promote Facebook events



  • Install specialized equipment, including speakers, projectors, screens, etc.

  • Open and secure facility before and after the event; manage event production including setups, strikes, coordination of additional technical personnel, assistants, volunteers, signage and equipment movement


General Admin

  • Maintain compliance for all building code legislation including health & safety requirements, liquor licenses, fire code policy, sound restrictions, and 401 Richmond Building ’s and City of Toronto’s policies and bylaws

  • Manage internal/external usage of the research station; be available on-site for access to gallery hours

  • Participate in Commons Committees as required

  • Order vinyl signs for exhibition; create and revise room layouts for each event

  • Write, review and submit reports electronically after each event reporting any incidents, risks and opportunities encountered


Training Responsibilities:

  • Participate in job-related training activities

  • Participate in job-evaluations, as necessary

  • Prepare monthly position-related reports for Commons Executive, imagineNATIVE and Vtape


Desired Skills and Qualifications:

  • Experience in event planning, project or venue management or equivalent education and experience is an asset

  • Basic computer skills; Microsoft Office, Gmail, Excel, Google Drive, etc.

  • Basic graphic design skills: Adobe Creative Suite, Photoshop. etc. are an asset but not required

  • Knowledge of social media platforms including Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook

  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs., and stand on feet for extended periods of time

  • Experience in managing   a budget, create invoices, and maintain the Commons accounting files is an asset

  • Excellent time-management skills and attention to detail

  • Excellent interpersonal skills

  • Friendly, professional demeanour

  • Demonstrated flexibility, dependability and a high level of team and service orientation

  • Ability to multitask effectively and think creatively on the spot

  • A demonstrated interest in the visual arts, performance, film and Indigenous communities