Call for Production Director!
Priority Deadline: Midnight on June 30, 2017
Mountain Standard Time Performative Art Festival (M:ST) is now accepting applications for the position of Production Director. The priority application deadline is June 30th, 2017. However, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
The Production Director oversees the operations and programming of M:ST Festival, including grant writing and budgeting, bookkeeping, liaising with board and committees, maintaining and facilitating relationships with partner organizations, volunteer coordination, and contract staff management. In collaboration with the Artistic Director, the Production Director will oversee program coordination, research, and logistics for both interim festival and biannual festival programming.
During festival years (October 2018, 2020, etc.) the Production Director will receive support from one or more contract festival staff.
M:ST’s main activity is the organization and presentation of a biennial performative art festival. This Festival is a collaborative endeavour between several Southern Alberta arts organizations. This collaborative structure allows the Festival to represent each organization’s mandate and audience, while providing opportunities for cross-disciplinary and inter-organizational exchange. The result is a unique participatory context, where artists and audience experience contemporary performative work outside of more traditional festival or gallery models.
M:ST is committed to presenting performative works from a variety of disciplines that reflect current issues and practices in contemporary art. Through exhibitions, performances, and events, M:ST fosters the development of performative art practices among local, national, and international artistic communities. M:ST’s role in presenting professional, high quality cultural experiences continues to grow, increasing opportunities for education and critical discourse surrounding contemporary performative practices.
Work with the Artistic Director to prepare grants for federal, provincial, and municipal granting programs for the programming, operations, and staffing of the organization; prepare final reports for granting agencies; and ensure that all agencies and sponsors are properly acknowledged. The Production Director is the first point of contact with granting agents, governmental bodies, and society associations.
In concert with the Treasurer and Finance Committee, the Production Director oversees all financial aspects of the organization and prepares regular financial reports for the Board of Directors. Financial responsibilities include bookkeeping, monthly reconciliations, preparing annual budgets, and annually working with the Accountant to draft year-end financial statements.
Work with the Artistic Director, the Board of Directors, and Programming Committee to select, administer, and implement M:ST programs as required. The Production Director is also encouraged to engage in independent research related to performance art.
Act as a representative of the Festival within Southern Alberta, liaise with partner organizations, post-secondary institutions, administrators, staff, and artists from diverse performance, visual, and media arts organizations.
Establish and maintain sound administrative procedures and maintain an organizational structure that accommodates organizations participating in the biannual festival.
Maintain a well-organized office and filing system with accurate and accessible records.
Work with the Board of Directors to maintain and write M:ST Policy and Procedures.
Maintain and make updates to the M:ST website as needed.
Secure community, corporate, and private sponsorships for the programming, operations, and staffing of the festival in collaboration with the Artistic Director and contract festival staff.
Communicate with M:ST’s membership through our website, newsletters, online notice boards, and social media. Maintain up to date membership database.
In collaboration with the Artistic Director, participate in hiring and management of contract staff, interns, and volunteers.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Attend Board meetings, vision meetings, committee meetings, and workshops as required.
Attend occasional meetings with the President, HR Committee, and/or Treasurer, as required.
Provide the Board of Directors with accurate and timely monthly reports concerning M:ST activities particularly with regard to administration and operations.
Assist committees established by the Board of Directors where possible.
SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS OF A PREFERRED CANDIDATE
A minimum of a Bachelors of Fine Arts, Arts, Curatorial Studies or equivalent practical experience in the fields of fine art, art administration, heritage, or cultural work.
Strong leadership, communication, and organizational skills in order to effectively coordinate with granting agencies, governmental bodies, festival partners, and presenters during biennial festival years.
Thorough understanding of contemporary performance art, artist-run culture, and inclusionary practices.
Experience with budget management.
Skills in the areas of design and social media considered an asset.
The M:ST Performative Art Festival hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We especially welcome applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however applicants who are permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.
The Production Director receives an annual salary of $30,000.00 based on a F/T 30-hour workweek during festival years and a $15,000.00 based on a P/T 15-hour workweek during interim years. Salary increase is expected following a probation period.
HOW TO APPLY
Send a cover letter and CV addressed to the Hiring Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Alberta’s only biennial festival of performative art, the Mountain Standard Time Festival (M:ST) will take place October 1 – 2 in Lethbridge, and October 21 – 26 in Calgary. Now in its eighth edition, M:ST celebrates innovative and critically engaged performative art in the southern Alberta region.
The programming for M:ST 8 highlights the vital, evolving character of contemporary performative art practice. In addition to this season’s exciting lineup, M:ST 8 will also feature lectures, film screenings, panel discussions, exhibitions, and interactive workshops.
Nathalie Mba Bikoro and Terrance Houle
Caitlind R. C. Brown, Lane Shordee, and Nikki Martens
echo + seashell
Serge Olivier Fokoua
Geneviève et Matthieu
Heather Hermant and Alvis Parsley
James Luna with Sheila Skinner
Alexander M Steinitz
In addition, M:ST 8 will feature a performative art workshop by the TouVA Performance Art Research Collective. The Infiltrating and Relational Practice in Public Space workshop will focus on various exercises such as centering, observing and energy channeling in order to inspire the creative process of each participant, regardless of their discipline and their artistic creation interests.
Presented in conjunction with the 8th edition of the M:ST Festival, a meeting of the National Performance Art Presenters will take place in Calgary, Alberta on October 25 and 26. This groundbreaking retreat assembles representatives of organizations that are dedicated to the promotion and exhibition of performance art across Canada.
M:ST8 is presented in partnership with Attainable Records, CSIF – The Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers, Casa, EMMEDIA Gallery & Production Society, Illingworth Kerr Gallery, LOFT 112, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Stride Gallery, The New Gallery, Trianon Gallery, TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary, University of Calgary, University of Lethbridge, and Untitled Art Society.
PAID INTERNSHIP: Administrative Assistant (Canada Summer Jobs Employment Position – Must be a returning student)
Deadline: Monday, June 27, 2015 @ 5 PM
The Mountain Standard Time Performative Art Festival Society (M:ST) ensures that performative art practices are recognized and sustained in the Southern Alberta region. M:ST fosters innovation and collaboration among local, national and international artistic communities. M:ST programming is a significant incubator for new, emerging, and experimental practices in contemporary art. By providing professional opportunities for artists to exhibit and perform their work, M:ST ensures the sustained health and growth of this field as well as the artists and practices within it.
JOB DESCRIPTION: The Administrative Assistant will assist the Administrative Director in the following capacities:
- Digitizing and sorting documents related to the operations of the festival
- Updating content on our website, social media and related online presence of the festival
- Conduct an in-depth evaluation of our festival’s previous engagement strategies and prepare a summary report.
- Research engagement practices and membership policies of other artist-run centres and festivals, locally, nationally and internationally.
- Under the guidance of the Administrative Director develop suggested policies based on aforementioned research.
- Assist with the dissemination of M:ST 8 Festival promotions material.
This role provides vital non-profit administration and events planning experience to students. Students looking to work within the arts community after graduation will gain invaluable on-the-job education through exposure to the artists, art work, and member organizations making up the structure of M:ST, as well as to the procedures and protocol used in the administration of a festival and non-profit arts organization.
QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must have a minimum of two years in a Bachelors’ Degree program in the Visual Arts, Arts Administration or Library Sciences, with a strong understanding of contemporary art, art history, and artist-run culture. You must be comfortable and confident working with artists and the public, and have a keen interest in bringing art to the people through arts education. You will exhibit excellent writing and speaking skills, research and organizational skills, the ability to work individually or as part of a team, a working knowledge of the Internet and electronic distribution networks, and basic knowledge of PC and Macintosh software. Technical skills and experience in video and image editing an asset. Applicant must be returning to their studies in the fall semester of 2016.
The full-time position is for approx. 35 hours per week for 8 weeks commencing July 4, 2016. The rate of pay is $16 per hour. Applications must arrive by the application deadline. This position is subject to the availability of funding and only successful applicants will be notified. M:ST is an equal opportunity employer.
Send application Cover Letter and Resume to: email@example.com
Download the PDF here: MST.csj.adminassistant.