Job Call: Engagement Coordinator

Position: Engagement Coordinator
Project: Blue Cabin Floating Artist Residency
Location: Throughout the Lower Mainland
Reporting to: Blue Cabin Committee

Terms: $25-$27/hour, 18 hours per week. Some evening and weekend work. Flexible schedule.

Start date: January 4, 2021

About the Blue Cabin:
The Blue Cabin Floating Artist Residency (BCFAR) provides artists with a unique opportunity to work in a completely restored and outfitted heritage cabin/studio with deep historical roots along the waterways of unceded Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh territories. The Blue Cabin figured heavily in both the foreshore past of North Vancouver and the early years of Vancouver’s contemporary art scene. Situated on a floating platform and anchored in a marine environment, the residency features an off-the-grid sustainable deckhouse as accommodation. Responding to the unique environment, landscape and heritage of the region, the BCFAR provides site-specific thematics to resident artists. This is an artist–centered residency space that welcomes local, regional and national participants as well as international guests.

The BCFAR is open to artists in all disciplines and supports creative development of all kinds, for artists at all stages of their careers. It is intended to support artists who wish to undertake research, reflection, contemplation, production or presentation activities. Artists are asked to propose a program of public engagement as the only outcome required of the residency.

BCFAR is a collaboration between Creative Cultural Collaborations, grunt gallery and Other Sights for Artists’ Projects. The collaborating organizations have formed the Blue Cabin Committee to direct the ongoing management of the BCFAR.

General Description of the Position:
The Engagement Coordinator will work within the communities the facility inhabits making connections and strengthening relationships, while increasing visibility and access. A major focus will be with heritage, cultural and Indigenous communities. The position will require the incumbent to familiarize themselves with the many different heritage stakeholders in Vancouver and on the North Shore including community groups, non-profits, government departments, universities and museums and archives. The Engagement Coordinator will work with these groups to develop and deliver programming for the BCFAR in the form of lectures, panels, open houses, exhibits and discussions around the Blue Cabin that are part of the project’s broader curatorial activities.

The Engagement Coordinator is a planner, implementer, and relationship builder who is responsible for developing the BCFAR project in conjunction with multiple and diverse communities across the Lower Mainland. They are responsible for developing strategies around programming, retention and recognition of audience members, volunteers and other communities, as well strategies for outreach.

The Engagement Coordinator will work with the Blue Cabin Curatorial Committee to maintain relationships within the three Indigenous host nations; as the BCFAR will move throughout waterways in the region, we are committed to strong relationships with Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh. The incumbent will play a fundamental role in continuing our conversations with the host nations and continuing to build strong relationships and opportunities for collaboration.

The Engagement Coordinator will maintain relationships within the infrastructure of the cities of Vancouver, North Vancouver and the District of North Vancouver, including targeted relationships with stakeholders at Northeast False Creek, the North Shore and Port Metro.

The Engagement Coordinator works with the Managing Director, staff, contractors, volunteers, and membership to develop contacts, programming and strengthen relationships between the Blue Cabin Floating Artist Residency (BCFAR) and its partners in the community. This is a professional position that reports to the Blue Cabin Committee and associated staff.

Preference will be given to candidates of Indigenous ancestry (First Nations, Inuit, Métis).

General Responsibilities:

  • Work with staff and committees to develop and enhance contacts within the identified communities.
  • Develop strategies for outreach and active community development.
  • Produce, develop, and deliver programming at the BCFAR engaging heritage and cultural communities
  • Design and implement a community plan that builds strong, long-term, and loyal relationships with audience members, supporters and communities.
  • Forge relationships within heritage and cultural communities across the Lower Mainland, and explore opportunities for co-programming, cross-promotion and outreach.
  • Continue to develop relationships with Indigenous partners and collaborators from the host nations (Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh) as well as wider Indigenous communities locally.
  • Explore engagement opportunities from other communities as necessary, and in conjunction with the Blue Cabin Committee’s vision for programming and the residency.
  • Produce a news feed around community engagement that is aligned with BCFAR’s social media, website and newsletters focusing on their respective membership and community activities.
  • Collaborate and communicate with neighborhood organizations to develop activities that promote the BCFAR’s role in the community (eg. community events and festivals).

Required Skills and Education:

  • Superior networking skills for arts and cultural-based environments.
  • Have established relationships working with Indigenous nations; preferably Musqueam, Squamish & Tsleil-Waututh Nations
  • Strong knowledge and commitment to bridge-building within diverse community frameworks.
  • Good understanding of artist-run culture.
  • Post-secondary education in an arts related program, educational program or a relevant discipline is an asset.
  • Previous experience (work or volunteer) in an arts organization, community centre, educational centre or activist organizing is an asset.
  • Demonstrated supervisory and interpersonal skills; ability to perform well in a team environment and collaborate with others.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills; ability to target events outreach materials to varying audiences and age groups.
  • Strong organizational skills, able to identify and prioritize tasks with minimal supervision, work independently, and take initiative.
  • Experience with youth/adult education programming an asset.
  • Working knowledge of Social Media, e.g. Facebook, Twitter and mass email systems;
  • Resourceful, hands-on and pro-active.
  • Previous experience in developing and maintaining strong internal and external relationships.
  • Demonstrated success with strategy development, implementation and evaluation.
  • Proven ability to act in an assertive but professional manner and to represent oneself and an organization in a positive manner.
  • Ability to work flexible hours.
  • Ability to travel throughout the Lower Mainland.

To apply: Please send cover letter and resume by email to info@thebluecabin.ca

Application Deadline: Friday November 13th, 2020