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Job Opportunity: Building Cultural Legacies Project Manager
Stephanie Vegh

Building Cultural Legacies is a new initiative of the Hamilton Arts Council that will collect, preserve and broadly disseminate stories about the history of the arts in Hamilton through a collective memory approach. By engaging all citizens in sharing their cultural memories of Hamilton, we will ensure that today’s and tomorrow’s generation of artists and residents understand and value the significant contributions made by their predecessors in our arts community.

The Hamilton Arts Council has received a three-year grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to establish a collective memory archive of the visual arts community in Hamilton that will serve as a foundation for other arts and cultural sectors to contribute their own histories in the future. We are therefore seeking an experienced and visionary Project Manager to lead the creation of a community-engaged platform for preserving Hamilton’s rich cultural legacy for future generations.

Reporting to the Executive Director and working closely with a volunteer Steering Committee, the Project Manager will work on site in the Hamilton Arts Council office and with the wider community as needed to achieve the following outcomes by May 2020:

  • Establish broadly accessible archives of existing and new material about the visual arts in Hamilton in a range of media
  • Create tangible opportunities for the public and for artists to engage with the project and its work
  • Build a robust web presence including the use of social media to solicit and gather community memories
  • Develop a tool kit to help other genres and communities to identify, collect and tell their stories.

Responsibilities

  • Lead the planning and implementation of Building Cultural Legacies according to an established project framework
  • Engage proactively with volunteer steering committees, senior artists, diverse communities and organizational partners to facilitate their contributions to this project
  • Coordinate tasks and deliverables among a diverse team of paid contractors and volunteer contributors
  • Manage all procurement documentation for Building Cultural Legacies such as contracts, invoices, and cheque requisitions
  • Monitor project expenses and provide accurate and timely reports on project status to the Executive Director and other stakeholders
  • Recruit and supervise contract service providers including web developer, archive and digitization specialists, artists and curator

Qualifications

  • Proven success in cultural program delivery demonstrated by 2-3 years of relevant experience in project management
  • Post-secondary education or equivalent experience in archives, art history and/or arts management including research experience
  • Experience managing annual project budgets of $80,000 or more
  • History of effective community engagement with diverse stakeholders of all ages through both traditional and digital means
  • Knowledge of oral history and collective memory practices and approaches is desirable
  • Demonstrated knowledge and interest in Hamilton’s arts community, local history, and cultural heritage
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong time management skills and ability to meet deadlines
  • High level of computer proficiency and digital literacy including databases, web-based research tools and social media platforms
  • Strong personal initiative, creative vision and attention to detail
  • Fluency in French and/or other languages would be considered an asset

The Project Manager will be paid an annual salary of $31,200 based on a 28-hour work week with specific hours to be determined by consultation with the Executive Director and the time requirements to fulfill the project. Due to the community driven nature of this project, flexibility to work occasional evenings and weekends, as well as occasional travel within the Hamilton region, will be required.

Applicants are asked to submit a cover letter, current resume and contact information for two references as a Word or PDF file attachment no later than Friday, June 30, 2017. Email your application to info@hamiltonartscouncil.ca with your full name and “BCL Project Manager” in the subject line.

The Hamilton Arts Council is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from all qualified candidates. While we thank all applicants for their interest, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

The Hamilton Arts Council is a charitable arts organization working on behalf of Hamilton’s diverse cultural community since 1973. We believe that the arts are a vital part of our culture and economy of our city and work to advocate, mediate and communicate for the role of the arts in Hamilton.