Call for Applications – ARCCO Project Coordinator

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Position Details: Part-time Contract Position, average 25 hours a week, 13+ months
(to delivery of the conference).
Hourly Rate: $20-$22, Depending on Experience
Application Deadline: September 8, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.
Job Description:

Artist-Run Centres & Collectives of Ontario (ARCCO) seeks a Project Coordinator for its 3rd national artist-run centre conference.

ARCCO is a professional provincial arts service organization that fosters the arc network in Ontario and supports the growth and development of artist-directed organizations engaged in contemporary cultural practice. This includes centres/collectives for the presentation, production, dissemination, service and investigation of contemporary art in a variety of media and multi-disciplinary work.

ARCCO will be holding its next national conference in Toronto in the fall of 2015. This conference aims to engage stakeholders from the artist-run centre community to celebrate the “artist at the centre”, and explore critical issues and discourse in contemporary art practice.

Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Project Coordinator will drive the development and delivery of conference programming and related events. The Project Coordinator will work with ARCCO staff in preparing grant applications as well as liaise with community groups, committees, keynote speakers, presenters and conference participants and volunteers. As part of the overall conference production, the coordinator responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Conference Activities:

  • Contact keynote speakers and presenters
  • Assist with securing partners, sponsorships and advertising
  • Coordinate conference plans and delivery
  • Contract with caterers, A/V specialists and other vendors
  • Recruit and train volunteers
  • Administer registration
  • Organize, distribute, collect, order and secure conference hall room keys and identification cards
  • Assemble and distribute welcome materials
  • Conduct hall room inspections and request necessary custodial and maintenance, technical, or other required services
  • Coordinate teleconference meetings as well as other logistical needs
  • Liaise with local Toronto artist-run centres to coordinate and manage satellite events and gatherings


ARCCO’s Project Coordinator will work effectively with a diverse range of individuals and groups. She/he is an excellent communicator, organized, enthusiastic, detail oriented and able to work to deadline while under pressure and managing several tasks. The Project Coordinator is knowledgeable of and supportive of Ontario’s artist-run centre community and has demonstrated knowledge of issues facing artist-run centres nationwide. She/he will have a strong ability to work with multicultural advisors within an anti-oppression framework, as well as demonstrated sensitivity, knowledge and understanding of groups historically underrepresented.
Desired Skills/Characteristics:

  • Ability to initiate, plan, and manage projects and meetings
  • Creativity, initiative, strong problem solving skills
  • Ability to work independently, as well as able to foster a team-building environment
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and public relations skills
  • Strong background in grant writing for visual and media arts organizations including Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and various Government ministries
  • Moderate to high proficiency/aptitude in Windows operating system, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and web platforms
  • Familiarity with database software (i.e., Filemaker Pro or other similar programs)
  • Ability to focus on details, prioritize and meet deadlines
  • Ability to communicate effectively in French is considered an asset

How to Apply:

Interested applicants may forward a Cover Letter and Résumé, as well as samples of their written work
(i.e.: articles, curatorial essays, critical reviews) in PDF format to:

Attn: Jewell Goodwyn, ARCCO Executive Director
Please include the words ‘Project Coordinator’ in your subject line.

Please note that applications will be accepted by email only. No phone calls please.

Artist-Run Centres & Collectives of Ontario is an equal opportunity employer. ARCCO welcomes applications from all qualified candidates. We thank everyone who takes the time to apply, however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.