Call for Applications: Project Manager, Building Anti-Racism Capacity and Action in the Media Arts

— CSMARI: Building Anti-Racism Capacity and Action in the Media Arts

  • Application deadline: December 1, 2022
  • Anticipated start date: January 9, 2023
  • Conditions: $36,000 lump sum contract
    (estimated at 60 weeks, 14h-28h/week, 30$/hour)
  • Type of work: Remote*

Us [About IMAA]

The Independent Media Arts Alliance (IMAA) is a member-driven non-profit national organization working to advance and strengthen the media arts community in Canada. Representing over 100 independent film, video, audio, and new media production, distribution, and exhibition organizations in all parts of the country, the IMAA serves over 16,000 independent media artists and cultural workers.

We [The Project]

From April 1 2022, to March 31, 2024, The Independent Media Arts Alliance (IMAA) will undertake “Building Anti-Racism Capacity and Action in the Media Arts” a capacity-building initiative for member organizations across Canada to develop and implement tailored strategies for equity within their organizations, leading to measurable change in the areas of staffing, governance and/or programming. The process will actively engage one cohort of five to six organizations and pair each participating organization with consultants in anti-racism and anti-oppression training and organizational change to conduct self-assessments, identify priorities and determine goals. This framework will involve stakeholders at all levels of each participating organization (staff, board, members, and broader community). Activities will be supported by the creation of peer affinity groups to share learnings between participating organizations. 

Preliminary Project Timeline

January 2023: Start of Position

January to February 2023: Research, Consultation, Project Conceptualisation

March to April 2023: Selection of participating organizations

May to December 2023: Project Delivery

December 2023 to March 2024: End of the Project

You [Project Manager]

Mandate

The Project Manager will lead the project and see it through all its phases from visioning, to initiation, delivery and assessment.

Reporting to the National Director, you will work closely with the IMAA team and Project Advisory to implement the project in accordance with sectoral needs, EDI principles, and IMAA’s mandate. The Project Manager will also be called upon to maintain relationships with IMAA’s partners and build new strategic relationships.

Responsibilities

Lead: The Project Manager will lead the CSMARI project from January 2022 — March 2024

  • Manage project budgets in collaboration with the IMAA Director
  • Lead the selection of participating organizations
  • Lead the recruitment of participating consultants 
  • Vision and execute outreach strategies to ensure the reach and relevance of the CSMARI project to relevant communities
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues providing information regarding the research, outreach, participant selection, hiring, interview, and communications phases of the project
  • Lead community consultations with stakeholders to inform project deliverables
  • Communicate with and prepare reports and updates for public sector funders
  • Produce public reports at key milestones in the development process
  • Engage in active ongoing evaluation of the project, measuring its impact and making recommendations for immediate improvements and future changes
  • Respond to project related tasks and duties as required.

Support: The Project Manager will be the primary support for project participants, ensuring their successful engagement with the initiative.

  • Liaise with and between the consultants and the participating organizations
  • Support the development of initiative plans, learning timelines, procedures

Qualifications

  • Aptitude working within and critical engagement with anti-oppression and equity frameworks
  • Experience in project and budget management 
  • Experience working in artist-run, DIY, and/or independent organizations and collectives
  • Excellent organizational skills and practices
  • Experience working independently and juggling multiple priorities
  • Knowledge of national funding bodies and experience working within the Canadian granting system
  • Strong communication skills and experience with remote work and project management
  • Bilingualism in English and French
  • Facilitation and community building (or consensus building) experience is an asset

Conditions

  • Self-employment
  • Part-time contract, $36,000 fixed fee contract (estimated at 60 weeks, 14h-28h/week, 30$/hour)
  • Remote work with a flexible schedule. You can live anywhere in Canada.

How To Apply

Please send your CV and a cover letter with the following elements:

  • Your interest and qualifications for the role, please mention your experience relevant to the position and your relationship to the independent arts.
  • A brief note on your language skills. 

All proposals should be sent to hiring@imaa.ca by December 1, 2022. Applications should be submitted in either English or French with the subject line “Application, Project Manager – [your name]”.

  • If you have any questions or accessibility needs regarding the submission of an application, please contact (in French or English) Barbora Racevičiūtė (she/her) at hiring@imaa.ca.

IMAA is strongly committed to correcting historical employment inequities in the sector it serves and is working proactively to centre diversity within the organization. We welcome all applications from women, racialized persons/persons of colour, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. Access supports will be made available to applicants with disabilities in the recruitment process. Any personal information shared as a part of your application will be kept strictly confidential. Applications will only be shared with the hiring committee, and will be deleted from IMAA’s private cloud storage once the Project Manager position is filled.

Anticipated Selection Schedule

November 9, 2022: Application process opens

December 1, 2022: Deadline for applicants to submit applications

December 14, 2022: Selection of successful candidate / Notification to unsuccessful candidates

January 9, 2023: Anticipated start date

We thank you for your interest. Due to volume only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

*IMAA’s National Office is located in Montréal, but we will consider applicants based elsewhere in Canada. We are currently observing work from home protocols. The successful candidate may be required to travel as part of their functions.

This position is funded through the department of Canadian Heritage

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