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Now Hiring: Jr Program Assistant

Job Type: Part-time, Contract

Pay: $25/hour for 15 hours per week

Expected Start Date: August 15, 2022 (contract up for renewal April 1, 2023)

Applications Due: July 15, 2022

Application Instructions: Please submit a Cover Letter detailing relevant experience, a CV or Resume, and contact information for 2 references. All application materials should be submitted via email in ONE PDF document to hello@kickstartdisability.ca with the subject line “JPA Application”
Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Job Overview

The Jr Program Assistant (JPA), will be overseen by and work in collaboration with Kickstart’s Artistic Director. Responsibilities include supporting and promoting the professional endeavors of the disability arts community in British Columbia & Canada as it pertains to the programming at Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture. The candidate will support program development, planning, execution, and evaluation. This requires involvement in scheduling, budgeting, registration, participant engagement, program-specific communications, coordination of volunteers, among other assigned duties. The above is a description of the possible range of duties and responsibilities; work will be reflective of pay rate and number of work hours. 

The ideal candidate for this position is a disabled arts administrator in the beginning stages of their career OR  a disabled practicing artist seeking an opportunity to strengthen their knowledge and skill set and immerse themselves in the creative and practical aspects of arts & culture programming and administration. (Please note that disability is used in the above way as referring to any self-identification related to mad, Deaf, disabled, crip, chronically ill, sick, trauma impacted communities.)

The candidate must reside in British Columbia either in or near Vancouver, or have the means to be in Vancouver when required. The candidate must be familiar with working in an online context and be ready to move in-person should it be deemed safe to do so. 

Responsibilities and Duties

The role of the JPA is to assist Kickstart’s Artistic Director with the development and execution of all aspects of Kickstart’s artistic programming. Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Cultivating and fostering relationships with disabled artists; disability focused organizations; and arts and culture organizations both locally and nationally 
  • Assisting in booking artists for exhibitions, concerts, artist talks, workshops, performances, and other special events.
  • Work directly with Artists and venues to install and execute events/programming
  • Assisting in the granting process; research funding opportunities available outside of regular granting – some writing or budget creation
  • Assist Kickstart Directors in fundraising initiatives
  • Create and book accessible components for events which may include; ASL, audio description, or braille production.
  • Manage registration of events with assistance from Administrative Director
  • Liaise with members of the artistic community to expand our membership locally and nationally.

Please Note: Due to volume of applications, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.