JOB CALL – Project Manager, IMAA

Application deadline:  March 25, 2022 

Anticipated start date: April, 2022

$43,000 for approximately 39 weeks, at 28 hours/week

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. 

Our organization is strong and dynamic, anchored in its diverse membership from all regions of the country, and supported by a small but dedicated staff. We are innovative, forward-thinking and inclusive in our commitment to serve independent media arts communities in all their diversity from coast to coast to coast.

For more information about IMAA, its members and activities, visit www.imaa.ca

IMAA is excited to be hiring a Project Manager to lead its interConnect project. This individual will see the project through all its phases from initiation, to research, and completion.  

interConnect comes out of feedback among arts organizations that suggests that the Digital Strategy Fund’s fundamental goals have yet to be fully met. While much important knowledge is being generated thanks to the Fund, the dissemination & concrete application of its results remain incomplete and unevenly distributed. Within the fields of visual arts, media arts, digital arts & contemporary craft, the majority of organizations and artists have yet to benefit substantially from this work. A relatively limited number of organizations are making great strides towards digital transformation and enhancing their effectiveness & sustainability in their respective communities. If these successes could be more widely shared, these transformative impacts would be amplified across the Canadian arts sector.

Based on this analysis, IMAA proposes an initiative comprised of 3 related activities:

(1) take stock of the enduring pain points experienced by organizations, collectives & artists in fulfilling their mandates or creating work;

(2) perform an extensive review, analysis & distillation of the most promising Digital Strategy initiatives already completed or underway;

(3) Match the newly developed expertise in the arts sector with the unmet needs and challenges experienced by the bulk of the arts community, using a methodology based on cooperative inquiry and documenting the results through a collective intelligence platform.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Lead the InterConnect project from April 2022 —January 2023
  • Manage project budgets in collaboration with the IMAA Director
  • Prepare reports and updates for public sector funders
  • Provide collaborative leadership to colleague contractors including the Communications Specialist and Researchers working on the InterConnect project throughout the research, outreach, hiring, interviews, communications phases of the project
  • Support community consultations with stakeholders to inform project deliverables
  • Coordinate outreach to expand the reach and relevance of InterConnect to new communities
  • Produce public reports at key milestones in the development process
  • Respond to any other related tasks and duties that are required.

QUALIFICATIONS & SKILLS

  • Experience in project and budget management 
  • Experience working in artist-run, DIY, and/or independent organizations and collectives
  • Knowledge of Canada Council for the Arts funding programs
  • Excellent organizational skills and practices
  • Consensus decision making and facilitation experience is an asset
  • An understanding of anti-oppression and equity frameworks
  • Strong communication skills and experience with remote work and project management
  • Multilingualism an asset, English will be the primary language of project work

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. Accommodations will be made available to applicants with disabilities in the recruitment process. If you require accommodation, please provide details in your application.

We strongly encourage applicants from equity-seeking groups to apply. If you are comfortable self-identifying as such, we ask that you do.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and CV (in English or French) by email to the IMAA Hiring Committee: hiring@imaa.ca

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 Canada Council for the Arts Digital Strategies Fund

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