Programming Associate, The Bentway Conservancy

Associate, Programming – The Bentway Conservancy

Position Type: Contract (40 hours per week)
Location: 55 Fort York Boulevard, Toronto, ON and work-from-home
Start Date: September 16, 2022 (approx.)
Contract Period: 12 months
Compensation: $52,000-56,000

POSITION SUMMARY

Reporting to the Senior Manager of Programming, the Programming Associate will help to develop and produce an annual calendar of events, in partnership with local and international artists, organizations and stakeholders, that enliven the Bentway sites and engage a broad and diverse set of visitors. They will play a lead role in producing community-centered programming at The Bentway Studio, seasonal constellation programs (related to new commissions and productions), oversee capacity-building initiatives such as The Bentway’s Artist Residency Program, and other educational and recreational programs. The Programming Associate will also play an important role in supporting the day-to-day activities of the Programming team, including drafting of letters of agreement, scheduling, obtaining permitting, soliciting invoices and processing payments, and other administrative duties.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

This role will work standard business hours, with occasional evenings and weekends required to support Bentway events/programming. Pending COVID-related public health guidelines, this role will be required to split their time between The Bentway’s office (55 Fort York Blvd) and work-from-home (laptop & home office equipment will be provided).

ABOUT THE BENTWAY

The Bentway works to ignite the urban imagination, using the city as site, subject, and canvas. Anchored under Toronto’s Gardiner Expressway and guiding its complex future, The Bentway is a not-for-profit powered by vital partnerships with the City of Toronto, artists, neighbours, supporters, and other city-builders who believe in the possibilities of public space.

PROGRAMMING APPROACH:

  • Active participants: Programming that engages neighbours, communities, and the general public as active, primary participants in city-building
  • With creative voices: Artists and creatives in dialogue with, and about, the city
  • Co-creation: Co-creation with broader communities, championing diverse voices, perspectives and expertise
  • As a catalyst: Work that lives a larger life beyond a single site, season, or city

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Program Planning & Coordination (70%):

  • Play lead role in producing community-centered programming at The Bentway Studio, seasonal constellation programs (related to new commissions and productions), overseeing capacity-building initiatives such as The Bentway’s Artist Residency Program, and other educational and recreational programs. Assist in the development of content for Bentway programs, events and commissions.
  • Ensure that programs and events respond to and reflect community needs, are inclusive of Toronto’s diverse populations, and acknowledge the site’s Indigenous and historical significance
  • Monitor project budgets in close collaboration with Production and ensure programs are executed within set financial parameters
  • Monitor program schedules in close collaboration with Production to ensure coordination with Planning and Design, Facilities, Development and Communications teams as well as project partners and external stakeholders
  • Assist with on-site programming supervision and set-up
  • Work with Production and external fabricators and consultants to meet all technical and logistical requirements, and ensure all site requirements are confirmed
  • Work with the Communications team to support event promotion, reach potential target audiences/participants and communities, and ensure all artist/partner obligations are met
  • Work with community stakeholders and partner organizations to ensure that programs reflect the diverse interests and needs of the local residents and businesses as well as the broader Bentway community

Administation and Coordination (30%):

  • Provide administrative and coordination support to the Co-Executive Director and Programming Managers, including drafting of letters of agreement, obtaining permitting, soliciting invoices and processing payments, and other administrative duties.

Other:

  • Other programming-related duties as may be assigned/required.

SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS

  • Relevant post-secondary education or equivalent work experience
  • A minimum of three years’ professional experience in arts programming and management
  • Knowledge and experience with organization and event management/ production, visual arts, multidisciplinary performance and installations
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to work effectively in a team environment and communicate with the public
  • Demonstrated experience working with multiple partners, artists and artistic companies from project conceptualization through to presentation
  • Knowledge of budgeting and scheduling for events, as well as contracting for artists and suppliers
  • Ability to provide hands-on production and project support and execution where necessary
  • Knowledge of or interest in multidisciplinary art practices
  • Ability to think creatively, and conceive and implement new ideas
  • Knowledge of, or keen interest in The Bentway’s site operations and programming mandate
  • Proven ability to liaise effectively with a wide spectrum of stakeholders, including artists, promoters and fabricators
  • Evidence of problem-solving skills, working independently, and the ability to multi-task in high-pressure situations
  • Very strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to use computers and Microsoft Office suite (Outlook, Excel, Word).
  • Ability and willingness to work outdoors
  • Ability and willingness to work outside of typical office hours (evenings and weekends)

APPLICATIONS

The Bentway is committed to fostering a positive and supportive environment that promotes equity and diversity. We invite applications from Indigenous and racialized people, people with disabilities, and people from 2SLGBTQ+ communities.

In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, accommodation will be provided at any point throughout the hiring process, provided the candidate makes their accommodation needs known to The Bentway Conservancy at hello@thebentway.ca.

HOW TO APPLY

Complete applications must be received no later than 11:59pm on July 29, 2022 to be considered. Applications may be submitted via email in a PDF format with the subject line “Programming Associate – YOUR NAME” to careers@thebentway.ca

The application must include a resume and a cover letter in a PDF format outlining the following:

  • How would you approach your work at The Bentway and what has informed that approach?
  • Tell us about a time that you managed a creative project from beginning to end. What did you find especially challenging about the project? What did you find most rewarding?

Submissions that do not include a resume and cover letter will not be considered.

Interviews for selected candidates will take place August 8th and 9th.

All email submissions will receive a message confirming receipt and we will endeavor to contact all applicants, successful or otherwise, regarding our final selections.

For more information please visit thebentway.ca/news.

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