imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival

imagineNATIVE's Employment Opportunity

A rare opportunity to work at one of Canada’s leading arts organizations

The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is currently accepting applications for OUTREACH COORDINATOR (PART-TIME TEMPORARY POSITION) Trainee position.

This position is funded through Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment and Training and subject to Government Funding. All applicants must meet requirements for employment as determined by Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment and Training: all applicants must be Aboriginal (First Nations, Mιtis, Inuit) and must be currently unemployed or underemployed.

The annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival – the largest festival of its kind in the world – is seeking a dynamic individual with a passion for community outreach. Now entering its thirteenth year, imagineNATIVE is an international showcase for Indigenous film, video, radio, new 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 one of the leaders in Toronto's vibrant independent film festival scene.

Reporting primarily to the Events & Communications Director, the duties and responsibilities of the Outreach Coordinator Trainee include but are not limited to:

• Connect to local, Indigenous, culturally diverse, and youth organizations in Toronto to provide ticket giveaways and arrange involvement during Festival;
• Organize and conduct talks in schools and other community organizations to promote the Festival (August-September, November-February);
• Connect to First Nations schools and organizations in Ontario (with a focus on southern-Ontario) to encourage and facilitate travel and attendance to the Festival;
• Assist in improving communications between the Festival and various types of community organizations (local, provincial, national and USA, arts, French, Indigenous) to build awareness about the Festival;
• Assist with executing Annual Festival Tour, travelling to approximately 13 First Nations communities across Ontario in February 2013.

Visitor Services
• Assist Guest Services Coordinator and Events + Communications Director with promotion of visitor Travel Packages;
• Assist in hosting out-of-town visitors while at the Festival;
• Assist Events + Communications Director in utilizing Tourism Toronto and other tourist services to improve promotion of Festival to tourist markets year-round;
• Arrange bus transportation for visitors during Festival to travel between events;
• Manage the transportation and hosting of visiting schools and First Nations groups;
• Improve Guest Services for out-of-town Festival visitors by providing maps, targeted visitor discounts, and information about transportation and other services in Toronto.
• Assist Development Manager to connect with local retailers, restaurants and tourist attractions to provide discounts for Festival attendees;
• Assist Development Manager with acquiring material for delegate packages given to Festival VIPs;

Festival Coordination & Execution:
• Revise and update community and educational contacts in database for the Festival’s Delegates List.
• Assist in the planning and execution of potential youth workshops/activities during the Festival;
• Work with Programming & Industry Manager and Development Manager to coordinate co-presentations of imagineNATIVE film programs with cultural organizations, film festivals, and other suitable co-presenting partners (June-August).

• Work under the supervision of the Development Manager to conduct ad sales for the 2012 Festival Catalogue, pre-screening slides, website and e-bulletin;
• Assist the Programming + Industry Manager to arrange and oversee gathering of permissions from artists/distributors and payment of artists fees for outreach screenings outside of the Festival;
• Assist as a team-member with basic administrative duties to ensure the office environment is professional and efficient;
• Post-Festival reporting on outreach conducted for the Festival, including updated contact lists;
• Participate in job-related training activities as necessary;
• Participate in job-evaluations, as necessary;
• Prepare monthly position-related reports for Board of Directors.

Skills and Qualifications:

• High level of professionalism and ability to interface with professional colleagues and members of the public;
• Strong written and verbal communications and interpersonal skills;
• Strong public speaking skills;
• A demonstrated interest in the arts, film, and Indigenous communities;
• Strong understanding of the local and provincial Indigenous community;
• An ability to work independently and as a team member in a fast-past environment that requires multi-tasking and the ability to think creatively on-the-spot;
• Fluency in languages other than English is an asset;
• Good computer skills and a willingness to be trained.

Deadline: April 27, 2012

Compensation for the Outreach Coordinator Trainee is set at $15.00 CAD per hour.

The Outreach Coordinator Trainee works 32 hours per week for a 40-week contract.

The position commences May 14, 2012 and terminates on February 15, 2013, with possibility for extension depending on funding.

Apply in writing with your CV and Cover Letter to: Executive Director, imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, 401 Richmond St. West, Suite 349, Toronto, ON, M5V 3A8 OR Fax: (416) 585-2313. You may also email your documents (as an .rtf or .pdf file only) to: Please write Outreach Coordinator Trainee Position in the subject line.

For more information about imagineNATIVE, please visit our website, We thank all applicants for their interest however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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