Communications Manager, Images Festival

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Images Festival is seeking a Communications Manager to join our team!

The Communications Manager will play a central role in supporting programming and outreach for the annual Images Festival. This position oversees all aspects of Images Festival’s communications and accessible public outreach by managing the communications team, overseeing relationships with media outlets, planning community partnerships and outreach, and executing Images’ social media. Working under the supervision of the Executive Director, the position is ultimately responsible for communicating the festival’s messaging and activities to our community at local, national, and international levels.

The main duties for the Communications Manager include:

  • Supervise direct reports, including Designer and Communications Coordinator
  • Oversee all of Images Festival’s strategic communications, with support from the Executive Director and Programming Director
  • Manage the Communications critical path, establishing timelines for print production, press announcements, social media rollout, etc.
  • Publicize the Images Festival to a range of media outlets (print, radio, television, internet), securing a minimum of 25 pieces of coverage
  • Develop targeted story pitches and publicity for various aspects of festival programming (artist spotlight/s, On Screen, Off Screen, live performances, etc.)
  • Plan and support the execution of all social media output (FB, Twitter, Instagram)
  • Support the Programming team by coordinating barrier free outreach to the Images community, and to culturally specific audiences and support the selection and confirmation of festival co-presentation partners
  • Develop and execute on audience development strategies in collaboration with the Programming Director and Executive Director
  • Write press releases and other communications materials
  • Work with Executive Director to oversee festival media announcement plan
  • Manage and coordinate press packages and media release dissemination
  • Manage festival accreditations and promotions, including: ticket giveaways, invitations to key stakeholders, contesting, Images Festival’s presence in co-presenters’ publicity materials
  • Manage and coordinate press interviews with participating artists
  • Develop social media and communications reports for inclusion in annual grant and sponsor reporting
  • Maintain Images Festival’s Airtable database and oversee database training
  • Assist with ad swap and placement schedule with the Executive Director

Compensation:

This position is a full-time, permanent position reporting to the Executive Director and based in Toronto. Full-time work consists of five days (35 hours) per week from January – June, and four days (28 hours) per week from July – December. While we are currently working remotely, we expect to return to working from our offices at 401 Richmond St. West in downtown Toronto in 2022.

The salary for this position is $44,500 per year, minus applicable taxes and CPP/EI contributions.

On top of their salary, the Communications Manager will receive the following benefits:

  • Health Benefits
  • 2 weeks paid vacation
  • 2 weeks paid office closures in December and August (4 weeks total)
  • Flexible Working Schedule
  • Unlimited Personal Days

Skills and Experience:

We are open to a wide range of applicants for this position. Individuals with training and expertise in communications, publicity, and digital marketing/social media will be given preference. Experience working in the arts or in artist-run centres will be considered an asset. People of various levels of experience—lived, educational, and professional—who feel they have the skills and competencies required to meaningfully contribute to this project are encouraged to apply. Given the remote nature of our current working conditions, applicants from outside of Toronto will be considered, but priority will be given to local candidates.

Equity and Access:

Images Festival is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to providing an accessible festival and workplace, and continue to work to reduce systemic barriers to participation in our events and employment. We welcome and encourage applications from people with disabilities, people who self-identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, Racialized, and/or 2SLGBTQ+. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. Please contact us at employment@imagesfestival.com if you have any questions.

To Apply:

Applicants are asked to send a resume and cover letter outlining their relevant experience and interest for this position.

We ask that you please include your preferred pronouns, if any, in your application.

The deadline for applications is December 17, 2021 at 5PM.

Applications can be addressed to the Hiring Committee and sent to:
employment@imagesfestival.com (*please attach PDF files only)

Please include where you saw this posting in your letter of interest.

For more information about our organization and policies, please visit our website at: imagesfestival.com/about-us and imagesfestival.com/accountability

*We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. In situations with several qualified candidates, preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

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