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JOB OPPORTUNITY: Programming Coordinator

Job Title: Programming Coordinator

Applications Due: Friday, February 21st, 2020

Start Date: Tuesday, March 10th, 2020

Duration: One year contract, pending funding

Rate of Pay: $16/hour, 35 hours a week

Please forward your name, CV with two references, and a letter of interest with the subject line “Programming Coordinator Application” to on or before Friday, February 21st, 2020.

The chosen candidate will work alongside the Executive  Director and Programming Assistant implementing the wide range of contemporary art programming at Eastern Edge including: exhibitions, events, community partnerships, a summer festival, artist residencies as part of EE Studios and so much more!

To learn more about to work we do, check us out online:

Facebook:  Eastern Edge

Instagram: @easternedgegallery

This opportunity is a great way to gain valuable work experience and be a part of a constantly evolving creative team. Excellent for people thinking of becoming professional artists, curators, arts administrators and educators.

About Eastern Edge Gallery, located in St. John’s, NL

Eastern Edge, established in 1984, is Newfoundland and Labrador’s first artist-run centre for visual arts. Eastern Edge is committed to exhibiting contemporary Canadian and international art, as well as encouraging dedicated and rigorous activity locally. In providing an alternative venue where artists have greater control over how their work is represented, Eastern Edge facilitates critical dialogue concerning issues in contemporary art and society, actively encouraging emerging and established artists whose work speaks to feminist, multicultural, queer, and other diverse perspectives. Eastern Edge aims to provide a supportive space to develop skills, share information and resources, foster community and create a meaningful context for artistic activity.  You can learn more about the accessibility of Eastern Edge Gallery and  review our Code of Conduct here:

Eastern Edge Gallery is committed to diversity and employment equity, and welcomes applications from any and all interested parties. While we thank all applicants for their time, we will only be contacting individuals selected for the interview process.

Specific Tasks

The coordinator  will work alongside  the Director and Programming  Assistant to facilitate gallery activities, organize and install exhibitions, maintain the gallery space and the presence and visibility of Eastern Edge Gallery, its exhibitions, events and educational programs within the local, national and international community. They will help coordinate exhibitions and events, social media, community and press communications, regularly update the gallery’s archives and website. They will also assist with and lead outreach activities to develop new audiences in the broader provincial community, and aid in organizing  logistics for visiting artists.

Responsible for daily administrative duties such as: office maintenance, visitor greeting, answering phone calls and emails. The Coordinator’s primary role is to help ensure everything concerning the organization, installation, and maintenance of exhibitions, as well as events and residencies run smoothly. They will also assist the Festival Committee in the planning and development of HOLD FAST Contemporary Art Festival.

These are a selection of specific responsibilities:

Programming maintenance / preparation

Organize and prepare for events and programming
Coordinate and communicate  with community partners, funders and all working with Eastern Edge
Coordinate with artists regarding exhibition install and maintenance of exhibition
Coordinate with artists regarding residency requirements
Develop and maintain schedules for staff to ensure artists and the centres needs are met

Daily Administrative
Office and gallery maintenance
Reception (answering phone, e-mail, visitor reception)
Assistance to grant preparation (maintaining up-to-date gallery statistics in spreadsheets), preparing support material,  basic copy editing
Maintain and develop gallery membership
Recruit and train gallery volunteers

Communications/Promotions Assistance
Maintain membership mailing list  and email list
Coordinate and generate social media content
Help promote EE events via social media by connecting with relevant community partners and utilizing basic design skills and social media savvy.

Knowledge and Skills Required
Working knowledge, appreciation of, and participation in, the arts.
University or college courses in the arts, communications, or equivalent experience
Training or previous experience in art installation, construction and gallery maintenance.
Passion, vision and a desire to make a difference in their community.
Must possess strong written and verbal skills.
Must excel at organization and planning.
Demonstrated thoroughness and attention to detail.
Strong computer skills, particularly in data management and design (Google Drive, Adobe Creative Suite).
Must be able to take responsibility for tasks and see those tasks through to completion.
Must be able to anticipate the needs of Eastern Edge and colleagues, taking responsibility to ensure you are helping the team wherever possible.
Must be able to meet deadlines, perform under pressure and delegate tasks when required.
Must be self motivated, able to work both independently and as part of a team.
Design skills an asset.

Please note this position will be part funded by the Easter seals Opportunities Fund Program

For an individual to qualify for the Easter Seals Opportunities Fund Program, they must meet the following criteria:

  • Self identify as having a permanent disability (physical or mental) that restricts their ability to perform daily activities. This is to the applications discretion and includes mental health concerns of all levels.
  • Be unemployed
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Not eligible to receive Employment Insurance (EI) or similar provincial assistance programs
  • Require assistance to obtain and keep employment