Join the GAC Team!

GAC Strategy Development Initiative
A Job Creation Partnership Project

GAC’s Vision: A creative, engaged, and inclusive community sustaining Gabriola’s vibrant island culture.

Gabriola Arts Council’s mission is to engage, enhance, and inspire the community’s cultural vitality through collaboration, leadership, and service.

The Gabriola Arts Council has experienced a period of unprecedented growth and development over the past five years. We have full- and part-time staff, as well as long-term contracted workers and an army of dedicated volunteers; we have three buildings to share and manage; our three annual festivals have developed into significant and valued events that contribute to the community in a variety of important ways; and we have vital new programs and ideas in development.

We’re working hard to keep up with the changes. After a few of years of infrastructure and capital development, we recognize that it’s essential to concentrate on operations and management, and ensuring that we are offering essential arts-based services and cultural value to our members and the entire community. While developing, planning, organizing, promoting, and managing our events and programs has taken most of the attention and energy of GAC staff, we have not been able to develop effective and reliable strategies and documentation. In essence, we need a series of Operating Manuals for the work we do.

Through a new Job Creation Partnership Project funded by the Government of Canada and the Province of BC under the umbrella of the Employment Program of British Columbia, GAC is hiring four people for one-year, full-time positions—a Team Leader (already hired), and three new team members—who will work hands-on with GAC’s events, programs, and projects, and also develop specific strategies (including manuals, tools, templates, and other resources).

These are one-year, full-time positions.

This is a government-sponsored Job Creation Project. Eligible candidates must be un- or under-employed, and must meet at least one of the following eligibility criteria:

  • be on an active EI claim; or
  • have had an EI benefit period which ended within the previous 60 months; or
  • have earned more than $2,000 in insurable earnings and paid EI employee premiums on those earnings in at least 5 of the last 10 completed taxation years.

All interested candidates must have their eligibility assessed at a WorkBC office.

The three new positions are:

 

PRODUCTION STRATEGIST

Working under the supervision of the Project Supervisor and Program Director, the Production Strategist will develop a Work Plan for each of GAC’s festivals and programs while working hands-on with the Program Director to deliver high-quality, community-focussed events. The Work Plan will become an essential resource to be used year after year by GAC employees, contractors, and volunteers in the successful development of ongoing and new events and programs.

Production Strategist—Essential Skills, Experience, and Qualities

  • Well-organised, with project management, administration, organizational, and planning skills;
  • Ability to work well under pressure, meet tight deadlines, and work on multiple projects simultaneously;
  • A collaborative team player and ability to maintain a positive attitude;
  • Resourceful and detail-oriented;
  • A good communicator, both verbally and in writing.
  • An appreciation for arts and culture in all its expressions.
  • A commitment to the mission and values of the Gabriola Arts Council.

Preferred Skills and Experience

  • Experience managing logistical and technical aspects of events, programs, and/or festivals;
  • Familiarity with the arts, music, and theatre community on Gabriola Island.

 

ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURE STRATEGIST

Working under the supervision of the Project Leader and the Executive Director, the Organizational Culture Strategist will develop a comprehensive Organizational Culture Plan and administrative strategy for a sustainable, healthy, and values-driven organization.

While working hands-on to review, improve, and maintain GAC’s administrative functions, the Organizational Culture Strategist will examine GAC’s strategic objectives, resources, tools, and timelines, and consider strategies for creating internal systems and guidelines for how GAC employees work and communicate with the Board of Directors, other staff, community partners, volunteers, contractors, members, etc.

Organizational Culture Strategist— Essential Skills, Experience, and Qualities

  • Excellent, confident, and creative writing, presentation, and communication skills;
  • Proficient at working with others;
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to meet deadlines;
  • Comfort and proficiency on a variety of computer platforms and applications;
  • An appreciation for arts and culture in all its expressions.
  • A commitment to the mission and values of the Gabriola Arts Council.

Preferred Skills and Experience

  • Understanding of principles of organizational culture;
  • Strong systems orientation and experience;
  • Familiarity with digital approaches to collaboration and team building;
  • Experience supporting growth in arts and/or non-profit organizations.

 

CONNECTION & COMMUNICATIONS STRATEGIST

Working under the supervision of the Project Leader and the Program Director, the Connection & Communications Strategist will develop a comprehensive Communications Plan for each of GAC’s festivals and programs, and a Digital Strategy for the organization, while providing hands-on communications and marketing support for the organization. The Communications Plan and the Digital Strategy will become essential resources that are used future GAC employees, contractors, and volunteers in the successful promotion and presentation of GAC, its events and programs.

The Communications Plan will include strategies for conveying GAC’s internal and external messages, using all appropriate media and other resources, and should include brand building, marketing and promotion, and both an overall and event-specific communication strategy. The Digital Strategy will be fully integrated with the Communications Plan, and will ensure the success and sustainability of the organization through the most effective and achievable integration of digital tools such as social media, cloud computing, website content and use, and more.

Connection & Communications Strategist— Essential Skills, Experience, and Qualities

  • Excellent, confident, and creative writing, presentation, and communication skills;
  • Enjoys and excels at working with others;
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to meet deadlines;
  • Understanding of necessary computer and other technologies;
  • Creative and out-of-the-box thinking.
  • An appreciation for arts and culture in all its expressions.
  • A commitment to the mission and values of the Gabriola Arts Council.

Preferred Skills and Experience

  • Understanding of principles of branding and marketing;
  • Ability to use social media channels effectively;
  • Strong design experience, and an understanding of print publication;
  • Excellent organizational, project management, and time management skills;
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of current trends in digital and social media;
  • Wide and current knowledge of digital and other content delivery platforms.

Interested in applying?

Email a letter of introduction and your resume (in PDF format only) to jobs@artsgabriola.ca

Application deadline: Friday, February 15 @ 5 pm
Job start date: Monday, February 25

Want to confirm your eligibility? Contact the WorkBC location in downtown Nanaimo (GT Hiring) and arrange an appointment with an Employment Services Advisor. Phone 250-714-0085.

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