Native Women in the Arts seeks new Artistic Producer

Application Deadline:
Tuesday January 31, 2012
Term: Full-time
Location: Toronto
Salary: $30,000-$38,500 (part-time option, flexibility)
Start Date: March 5, 2012

Job Description

Established in 1993, Native Women in the Arts is not-for-profit organization for First Nations, Metis and Inuit women from diverse artistic disciplines who share a common interest in culture, art, community and the advancement of indigenous peoples.

Now, in its 18th year, NWIA is embarking on a new stage of growth. We aim to expand our horizons both nationally and internationally and to cultivate a new generation of artistic talent. NWIA continues to pursue the highest standards of artistic excellence by presenting high quality artists, and by offering exceptional professional development opportunities to emerging artists.
The Artistic Producer supports and promotes NWIA's artistic projects and community development activities; develops the resources of this organization through implementing effective grant-writing and fundraising strategies liaises and builds a positive profile with all sectors of Aboriginal arts, culture and community, culturally diverse and mainstream communities; and ensures that systems are in place to maintain the smooth and efficient functioning of the organization.

The Artistic Producer will be mentored in the first year by Sandra Laronde in production, strategic development and marketing, financial management, and building community relations, but will require self-motivation and initiative. The Artistic Producer position offers flexibility in terms of work hours either 3 or 4 days per week (minimum 25 hours per week, with potential to become full time after 1st year) and flexibility in terms of in-office work time

Responsibilities Include:

• Programs and coordinates all aspects of Native Women in the Arts' projects: performances, concerts, exhibits, publications, symposiums, and community development projects.
• Coordinates all logistics related to venue, travel, accommodation and other tasks related to production.
• Prepares and executes all contracts between Native Women in the Arts and artists/speakers/leaders' partners.
• Maintains communication with artists and community members as required.

Community Liaison
• Liaises with all sectors of the Aboriginal, culturally diverse and mainstream communities in terms of art and culture, and educational institutions, and helps to build positive community partnerships and greater organizational profile.
• Represents NWIA at Aboriginal and Artistic & Community events, and supports an outstanding image for the company and its work.
• Represents NWIA to funders, arts presenters, partners, corporations, individuals, government, foundations, and sponsors with the support of the Mentor.
• Liaises with culturally diverse communities and international Indigenous communities.
• Liaises and coordinates volunteers of NWIA as required.

• Identifies opportunities and prepares grant applications for funding to all levels of government
• Prepared final reports and financial information associated with government support.

• Works with Mentor, Board and expert consultants to develop fundraising strategies: individual, corporate, foundation, sponsorship, and special events.
• Researches and develops potential funding sources.
• Improves in-house resources for accessing information about possible funding sources (i.e. online databases and other directories).
• Prepares Proposals for funding to corporations, foundations, and other sources of sponsorship.
• Ensures that the organization is maximizing funding from all sources

Promotion & Marketing
• Promotes and publicizes all projects, events and activities at NWIA
• Prepares promotional materials for projects with the assistance of the Mentor.
• Assists in the dissemination of all promotional materials
• Supervises niche and joint marketing activities

Office Administration
• Ensures that physical systems are in place and working effectively
• Executes day-to-day activities of the office, including;
• Reception duties: incoming and outgoing mail, answers the phone, responds to general inquiries, and greets visitors to the office
• Attending to inquiries received via phone, fax, email, website and regular mail
• Handling correspondence and couriers as needed
• Coordinates and supervises facility-related maintenance including office equipment

• Prepares all projects budgets (all operating grants are with the assistance of the Mentor and NWIA's Financial Officer).
• In conjunction with the Financial Officer, prepares governmental financial reports, including arts council and government projects grants, employment grants, and other grants as deemed appropriate.
• Takes responsibility for carrying out the day-to-day finance functions, including:
• Preparing bank deposits and managing petty cash
• Issuing and tracking payment receipts
• Issuing charitable donations receipts Board & Governance
• Coordinates Board and Community Advisory meetings
• Prepares materials for Board Meetings and Community Advisory meetings
• Coordinates communication to all members and dissemination of all relevant and necessary information to members

• Excellent organizational and communication skills; highly detailed; self-motivated.
• Ability to develop a deep understanding, commitment and engagement with the artistic vision of Native Women in the Arts.
• Appropriate leadership qualities are required to build internal and external healthy, positive and effective relationships.
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with Mentor, Board Members, consultants, experts, and relate to Aboriginal and culturally diverse community colleagues, the local and international arts community and general public.
• Knowledge and/or experience in the operations of not-for-profit arts organizations in general, and performing arts in particular.
• Ability to exercise judgment and action in performing all aspects of the work as part of a team; ability to function effectively and within deadlines.
• Experience with fundraising and grant writing for not-for-profit organizations
• Familiarity and involvement with the Aboriginal, Arts and Women's Community
• Knowledge of computers and relevant software; knowledge of office procedures and record management.

Additional Information
To Apply:
• Submit your Resume or C.V with a cover letter detailing your interest in and suitability for the position.
• Submit an example of written skills (e.g.: section of a grant you have written, published article, marketing material you have developed). Up to one-page only.
• Indigenous ancestry (First Nations, Métis, Inuit or other international) will be considered an asset, however applicants of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
• Send application to:
• Deadline: Tuesday January 31, 2012 at 5 pm.

Send Submissions To:
Native Women in the Arts
401 Richmond Street West
Suite 420
Toronto Ontario
Canada M5V 3A8
t: 416.598.4078
f: 416.598.4729

Organization Description
Established in 1993, Native Women in the Arts is not-for-profit organization for First Nations, Metis and Inuit women from diverse artistic disciplines who share a common interest in culture, art, community and the advancement of Indigenous peoples.