JOB CALL: YCW SUMMER STUDENT
Start Date: June 12th
End Date: September 1st
Hours: 30 hours per week
It’s that time of year again! Eyelevel is seeking applications for a fun, vibrant, community-centred position: our Summer Programming Assistant. This position works closely with the Artistic Co-Directors at Eyelevel’s office and bookstore at 2482 Maynard Street, a multi-tenant art space shared with local artists, The Blue Building Gallery and Wonder’neath Art Society. This is a 12-week contract with a flexible start date of June 12th. This position is for 30 hours per week and pays $20.50 per hour.
How to Apply:
DEADLINE: MAY 21ST 11:59 PM AST
To be considered for this job, please apply through the Young Canada Works portal, ensuring that your profile has the following:
- -a resume
- -short cover letter (1 page max)
Applications can also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org as a single PDF with the subject line "REF: YCW Summer 2023". Candidates who are not comfortable applying with a written application may arrange to do a 7-minute zoom pitch before the deadline by contacting Wren at email@example.com /902-425-6412 (call or text)
*all candidates selected for an interview will be required to create a YCW account prior to their interview. For more information on how to create an account and submit your application through YCW please visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/services/funding/young-canada-works/students-graduates/heritage-organizations-students.html
*Only complete applications will be considered*
Eyelevel held an info session for this position on May 4th, view the slides here
Application support can be arranged. If you are seeking application assistance from a member of Eyelevel’s board, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to be connected.
The Summer Programming Assistant is a 12-week, full-time contract for a young/aspiring artist/arts-worker to test out their skills, contribute to regular programming, run a major fundraiser, and learn about the inner workings of artist-run centres and arts nonprofits. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to make meaningful long-term contributions to a nationally reputed organization with a nearly 50-year history while developing new skills in a supported environment.
The Summer Programming Assistant will take a supported leading role in organizing and implementing HEAT WAVES, Eyelevel’s annual mini-residency program in addition to the creation of a major fundraiser. If desired, they will also have the opportunity to develop a program or small administrative project of their own.
The Programming Assistant will support the mounting of summer workshops and community events alongside the Programming and Engagement committees and support the planning of fall Major Projects.
In addition to program development, the Programming Assistant will support the Artistic Co-Directors with outreach and the upkeep of Eyelevel’s bookstore and will be responsible for managing Eyelevel’s social media presence and monthly newsletters.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:
- Continue the cataloguing and inventory work started by Eyelevel Bookstore Technicians
- Support Eyelevel’s artists and residents with accessing resources within and outside of the organization and facilitating community relationships
- Assisting the Artistic Co-Directors with preparations for fall programming, including attending meetings with artists, securing venues, arranging technicians, etc.
- Manage Eyelevel’s social media accounts (facebook, twitter, Instagram), including brainstorming new ways to promote events and develop engaging content and responding to questions in comments and DMs
- Develop and disseminate printed promotional materials for events and Eyelevel’s general marketing needs
- Gather images from artists and participating partners, and draft copy for Eyelevel’s website and monthly newsletters
- Monitor a publicly-facing email account to respond to bookstore, programming and press inquiries, and communications from Eyelevel’s Board, committees and fellow staff
- Supporting the Artistic Co-Directors with compiling press kits/drafting PSAs and press releases
- Working with the Engagement Committee on planning and executing summer community events and fundraisers
- Assisting with the acquisition, promotion and dissemination of artist-made objects through Eyelevel’s bookstore including processing and shipping online and in-person sales
- Sharing coverage of Bookstore open-hours with the Artistic Co-Directors
THE IDEAL CANDIDATE
**qualifies for Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations** more info can be found here: https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/services/funding/young-canada-works/students-graduates/heritage-organizations-students.html
- excellent organizational skills
- effective communication and writing skills
- a strong knowledge of and interest in Halifax's contemporary arts community
- a creative, innovative, and resourceful work ethic
- the ability to work alone and in a group setting
- basic computer literacy and experience with Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite
- experience working within a budget
- technical expertise related to computer design work and image management would be an asset
- Compassionate interpersonal skills
- Shares Eyelevel’s values, mission, and mandate (http://eyelevel.art/about) – summary: Prioritizing treaty, accessibility, and care, Eyelevel supports the production and presentation of socially-engaged artistic practices through arts programming outside of the traditional white-wall gallery.
- adaptable, able to work evenings and weekends
- a returning student of Fine Arts, Art History, Museum or Cultural Studies, Community Development, or with related education and experience
- a resident of the HRM or surrounding communities for the entire duration of their contract, with reliable transportation to and from Eyelevel
Eyelevel is committed to employment equity, and we welcome and encourage applications from those who self-identify as women, trans or gender diverse, Black, Indigenous, Persons of Colour, 2SLGBTQIA+, and/or Persons with Disabilities. Eyelevel is particularly encouraging of those who are typically under-represented in contemporary art and artist-run centre staff, namely BIPOC, QTBIPOC and Persons with Disabilities and endeavours to be a kind, empathetic workplace and provide a soft landing for student employees.
Eyelevel’s office and bookstore are wheelchair accessible, and we offer a flexible work environment with negotiable hours and work-from-home options as needed. Our office and bookstore is housed at 2482 Maynard Street, a low-stimuli, scent-free environment housing nongendered washrooms, artist studios, a quiet room, a shared kitchenette, and the lovely community arts organization Wonder’neath. Parking at the building is free, with reserved spots for disabled visitors and employees.
Eyelevel’s studios on Gottingen Street are only accessible by climbing a full flight of stairs (with a railing), and studios are located up a spiral staircase with a railing. The studios have one non-gendered washroom and are located alongside Radstorm, a collective sharing Eyelevel’s principles of community equity. Please let us know any accessibility needs and/or allergies and sensitivities in your application.
Only applications from local candidates will be considered. Eyelevel is located in the North End of Halifax. The office is within a 5-minute walk from Gottingen Street with access to the #1, #7, #8 and #10 bus routes.
Wren Tian and Sally Wolchyn-Raab, Artistic Co-Directors