Position Type: Contract Job Region: Toronto and Scarborough
Deadline: December 4, 2015 Hours per week: 10-15
Commitment: Ongoing Start Date: January 4, 2016
Compensation: $22/hour Reports to: Program Director
Art Starts inspires and cultivates social change by bringing professional artists and Toronto residents together to create community-building arts projects in all artistic disciplines. We use the arts as a medium for engaging residents, identifying challenges, and collectively working to overcome them. Art Starts’ collaborative approach celebrates communities, creates a shared sense of identity, and responds to local needs in underserved neighbourhoods.
Established in 1992, Art Starts is recognized as one of Toronto’s leading community arts organizations. The Toronto Arts Foundation recognized Art Starts with its 2013 Arts for Youth Award.
The Program Manager is responsible for all tasks and duties related to the successful implementation of their assigned programs using a broad, community-oriented framework as their guide. Program Managers report to, receive support from and work with the Art Starts Program Director. A major part of this position is to oversee the success of our ongoing programming. While a strong artistic background is considered an asset, the Program Manager selected does not have to be an artist themselves. The ideal candidate has a passion for community engaged arts, possesses impeccable communication skills and has a love for administrative detail. The Program Manager will be overseeing Program Without Walls in the Eglinton/Oakwood neighbourhood and weekly arts programming at Glendower.
Glendower is a rent-geared-to-income neighbourhood in Steeles L’Amoreaux. Art Starts was invited to begin collaborating with Glendower residents in 2006 and we have been offering a range of community-engaged arts programming across all artistic disciplines ever since on a year-round basis. Our largest project to date is a mosaic project that was 7 years in the making. The Glendower Basketball Mosaic transformed the neighbourhood’s primary public space from a site of tension and strife to a source of community unity and pride.
About Eglinton & Oakwood:
Art Starts was born in this neighbourhood as Toronto’s first storefront neighbourhood cultural centre in 1992. Though we no longer have a storefront we program in a variety of community spaces including the Oakwood Village Library, Maria A Shchuka Library, Gabian Way Apartments and more. Art Starts has created several community engaged public art projects in the Eglinton/Oakwood neighbourhood including: the Community Totem (2000, Cy Townsend Park), the Belvidere Mosaic (2007, Belvidere Ave @ Oakwood), Settin’ Stone, 2008, Eglinton Photo Planter Project (2012, Eglinton & Northcliffe)
About Program Without Walls
Art Starts’ longest running program, Program Without Walls is a partnership with Macauley Child Development Centre that gives stressed parents the opportunity to immerse themselves in free artistic instruction while their children 4 & under are cared for by caregivers. Programs are 8-10 weeks in length and take place 4 times per year.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Ensure goals are being met and identify, address & troubleshoot barriers that may arise with respect to programming in the community
Track and report on project deliverables to Art Starts and Community Stakeholders
Balance responsiveness to community needs and changes alongside artistic excellence and project vision
Attend relevant meetings including seasonal team meetings & community partners meetings
Work with Art Starts’ Program Director to collaboratively develop the artistic vision with residents
Design/curate programs and workshops with the artists of all disciplines to engage diverse ages and cultural groups living at Glendower and Eglinton and Oakwood
Be prepared to facilitate workshops and/or community meetings that engage residents of all ages
Suggest project changes and interventions to achieve project goals
Hire and oversee artists and program assistants with guidance from the Program Director
Provide direction and support to project team (Program Assistants, Artists and other program staff)
Constructively and tactfully manage conflict and resolve problems within programs
Manage and track project budget and resource allocation on an ongoing basis
Reporting & Documentation
Ensure project is thoroughly documented through photos, video and resident testimonials
Facilitate the program evaluation process with support from the Program Administrator
Report on the project to residents and Art Starts in a timely fashion
Minimum 5 years experience delivering multi-partner programs and projects in ethno-culturally diverse neighbourhoods
Minimum 5 years experience community arts facilitation
Minimum 5 years experience working with children and youth
Demonstrated long-term project management experience
Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
Exceptional administrative and organizational skills
Proven evaluation skills
Experience in social services and/or community sectors
Demonstrated conflict resolution skills
Ability to work independently and as part of a team
Must be available evenings and weekends
University degree in relevant field or equivalent of education and experience
Access to a vehicle is considered an asset;
Send resume & cover letter to: [email protected] Please specify: Program Manager in the subject line
We regret that only those applicants to be interviewed will be contacted. No phone calls please.
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