Programming Coordinator, Artist-Run Centers and Collectives Conference (ARCA)

ARCA Programming Coordinator / Coordonnateur.trice à la programmation

Location: Working from home – telecommuting
Term: Full-time (flexible hours, 35 hours a week)
Salary Expectation: $25 per hour, roughly $43,000 per year

Organization Description

The Artist-Run Centers and Collectives Conference/La Conférence descollectifs et des Centers d’artistes autogérés (ARCA) currently represents over 180+ artist-run centers (ARC) across Canada. This includes but is not limited to groups and collectives working in visual and media arts, performance art, publishing, contemporary craft and architecture. ARCs are defined through their community and actions and have been built over multiple generations of arts advocacy since the 1960s. ARCs are key arts and culture providers, each providing unique and significant artistic benefits to their communities. Each ARC has its own mandate and cultural identity, responding to their community’s needs through programming and artistic actions.

As our primary public engagement activity, ARCA co-produces biennial conferences that bring together hundreds of arts representatives from across Canada and beyond. Since 2005, ARCA’s work has been to connect the arts across Canada, supporting our members in navigating organizational structures, providing professional development, and networking opportunities, as well as raising awareness of the value of artist-run centers and the arts. ARCA is the key arts service organization that bridges communication between these 180+ organizations as the provider of sectoral growth across great distances. As the arts emerge from the COVID19 pandemic ARCA assesses collective needs, provides training, and reimagines ongoing operations.

Job Description

The Programming Coordinator will plan, support, implement, and oversee a variety of duties ensuring that ARCA’s programming remains active, relevant, and engaging to artist-run centres. Working with and reporting to the Executive Director, this position works with ARCA as a team to manage organizational outreach, programmed arts activations, and many aspects of ongoing operations. With the ARCA conference as the primary action to plan and implement through partnerships and collaboration, the Programming Coordinator is responsible for, but not limited to the following responsibilities:

Program Ideation

  • Work with partnering communities and organizations to establish programming maintaining healthy working environments and responding to current discourses.
  • Create event programming that is consistent with ARCA’s mission and reflects the needs of our membership including past, present, and future ARCs.
  • Curatorial or artistic research to understand relationships between programming outcomes and artists involved in planned events.
  • Responsible for negotiating deals, artist fees, ticket prices, discounts, engagement expenses, and merchandising arrangements for all programming plans including fundraising events.

Program Management

  • Responsible for the successful coordination of all programming at ARCA
  • Aid with the implementation of all programming including tracking timelines, budgets, schedules, performance measurements and deliverables, and providing detailed reports
  • Maintain a volume of logistical relationships including scheduling, time management, contract writing and negotiation, forming venue and equipment rental agreements, overseeing publications and promotional printing, project budgeting, marketing & communications, as well as event travel coordination
  • Strategize with ARCA staff and board to develop revenue streams, membership plans, marketing budgets, promotional strategies, and outreach efforts to ensure fiscal year budget goals

Stakeholder & Community Relations

  • Develop relationships with existing artist-run centres, community-based organizations, festivals, external booking agents/presenters/promoters, local/national/international artists, event programmers, and arts service organizations to seek ways to engage the community and maintain healthy relationships between ARCA and the larger arts sector



  • Degree in communications, business, arts administration, or equivalent experience
  • Thorough understanding and event preparation; contracts, budgeting & scheduling
  • Experience applying social justice, Indigenous, anti-oppressive, and accessible values ​​and practices
  • 5+ years of programming experience and/or management experience in contemporary and/or community arts in disciplines such as visual arts, media arts, performance arts, and all forms of multi-arts, including publishing, and festival and/or special event sectors is an asset

Skills & Assets

  • Exceptional interpersonal skills with internal and external stakeholders
  • French/English bilingual written and verbal communication is an asset
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective and positive working relationships with volunteers, staff, members of the community and other organizational stakeholders
  • Demonstrated creativity, flexibility, and comfort in working with many communities and diverse populations
  • Ability and desire to work with groups, artists, and mentors
  • Solutions and detail-oriented individual with a high degree of professionalism
  • Demonstrated experience managing multiple projects and deadlines
  • Approachable, personable, and a team-oriented collaborator
  • Fast-paced, independent worker
  • Seeks challenges and creatively approaches them
  • Passionate about the cultural sector
  • Knowledge of the contemporary arts world
  • Proficient in Microsoft Apps, Excel, Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint


ARCA is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We encourage and welcome applications from all intersections, backgrounds, and communities. ARCA celebrates both collective and individual differences, experiences, knowledges, innovations, self-expressions, capabilities, and talents within the arts sector. We value a diverse workforce and strive towards hiring practices that are fair and equitable.


ARCA is committed to improving access and opportunities for all individuals, including those with disabilities and/or Deaf by identifying and removing barriers that may prevent, inhibit, or restrict their access to employment opportunities. If you require support at any stage of our hiring process (application, interviews, assessments, and placement), please contact us at

How to Apply

Interested applicants, please apply today! While we appreciate all interest, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. As part of ARCA’s recruitment process, suitable candidate(s) will be required to undergo pre-employment screening as a condition of employment or promotion. To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to Clayton Windatt, Executive Director, ARCA at

Application Deadline: April 1st, 2023

Type of Work: 35 hours per week (full-time)
Education Level: University (Undergraduate) or equivalent work experience.
Languages: Bilingual (English & French)
Location of employment: Anywhere within Canada
Head Office: Sturgeon Falls, Ontario
Travel: Occasionally
Preferred Method of Application: Email to

For more details, please visit the ARCA website.

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