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Events Manager 

A rare opportunity to work at one of Canada’s leading arts organizations for its 19th annual Festival October 17-21, 2018 and Industry Days October 15-19, 2018.


Application Deadline: Tuesday, August 7th 2018, 5:00pm (NOTE: late applications will not be accepted)

Position: Temporary part-time position, Immediate Start

Compensation:  $7,000 per contract

(2 days a week in August and September, 32 hours a week first two weeks of October, and Festival hours October 12-26)


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

You may address the cover letter to:

Jason Ryle, Artistic + Managing Director

imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival

401 Richmond St W, Suite 446

Toronto ON M5V 3A8


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



The annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival – the world’s largest presenter of Indigenous screen content – is seeking a dynamic individual with a genuine interest and passion for event planning and execution. Now entering its 19th year, imagineNATIVE has established itself as an important fixture of the ever-growing local, national and international Indigenous film and media arts community. 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 one of the leaders in Toronto's vibrant independent film festival scene.


Should you have questions regarding this posting, contact 416 585-2333, ext. 4.


The duties and responsibilities of the Events Manager include but are not limited to:

Under the supervision and guidance of the Artistic+Managing Director (and in consultation with the Events + Marketing Committee), the Events Manager will plan, manage & coordinate events for the Festival, including:


  • Book equipment, talent, catering, technical personnel, supplies, and marketing materials for all Festival non-screening events including:

  • Press Launch

  • Welcome Gathering

  • Opening Night Gala including Party

  • Happy-hour Receptions

  • Art Crawl

  • The Beat

  • Awards Presentation

  • Closing Night Gala

  • Closing Delegates Only Gathering


  • Implement the vision for each event in conjunction with the Artistic+Managing Director and Events + Marketing Committee, including (but not limited to) event logistics, themes, programming, communications, budget and coordination with the board of directors and other management as appropriate;

  • Create and revise room layouts for each event;

  • Create and revise event agendas/run of show for each event;

  • Liaise and consult with service providers including venue managers, caterers, talent and any other personnel associated with Festival events;

  • Negotiate the type and costs of services to be provided within a budget, and arrange payments/cheques for such services and talent;

  • Manage the movement of all equipment, talent, staff, volunteers, supplies, marketing materials, etc. associated with all Festival events;

  • Liaise with the Technical Coordinator and Operations Manager to coordinate the movement of equipment including speakers, projectors, screens, etc. as needed;

  • Organize the set-up and tear-down of all Festival event locations with attention to layout, seating and décor and integrate the annual design campaign into events aesthetics;

  • Ensure in advance, the functionality of all technical and décor elements at each event including lighting, sound, projections, slides, hangings, etc.;

  • Ensure that adequate staff, board members and/or volunteers are assigned to all duties associated with events, venues and catering;

  • Run and manage each event during the Festival and act as the point-person for, volunteers, suppliers, service providers and talent;

  • Find solutions to problems concerning services, events or personnel and immediately advise senior management on matters requiring their attention;

  • Oversee Events Assistants and volunteers;

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

  • Post-Festival reporting;

  • Work directly with volunteers, artists and Board Members.



Should you have any questions about this position, please contact the office at +1 416-585-2333.