Artspeak is pleased to announce that Alexandra Bischoff has joined our team as our new Communications and Operations Manager.
Alexandra Bischoff (she/her) is an amiskwacîwâskahikan/Edmonton born performance artist and writer. She holds a diploma from MacEwan University and BFA in Visual Arts Studio from Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Bischoff is an MFA candidate at Concordia University in the department of Intermedia. She currently lives on the territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlil̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations, otherwise known as Vancouver.
Bischoff’s art practice is based in durational performance and installation. The nature of labour, precarious living, and underrepresented archives are some of her primary concerns. As an arts administrator and project manager, Bischoff has most recently worked with the Pacific Association of Artist Run Centres (PAARC), the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, as well as with several independent artists. Since 2018, she has been a Board member for VIVO Media Arts Centre.
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Start Date: April 2021
Hours: 28 hours/week. Temporary contract position, 15 months
Salary: $38,000 per annum, with benefits
Apply by 4pm PST on March 5, 2021
Working with and reporting to the Director/Curator, the Communications and Operations Manager assumes responsibility in the areas of communications, operations, exhibitions, publications, special project coordination, and administration. The Communications and Operations Manager is an individual with a diverse skill set who can demonstrate a committed and active knowledge in contemporary art, writing, and culture. Our ideal candidate is enthusiastic about working in a context that is challenging traditional formats of presentation and dissemination for visual art and writing. The initiatives promoted by the gallery require a self-directed team worker who is organized, forward thinking, and able to respond flexibly and confidently to new challenges. This is a temporary position (15 months) working 28 hours weekly (4-day week) commencing in April 2021. Artists are encouraged to apply.
Artspeak is a leading Canadian artist-run centre established in 1986. The mandate of the gallery is to exhibit contemporary art and to encourage a dialogue between visual art and writing. Artspeak actively contributes to cultural communities through our commitment to artists producing challenging, innovative work in diverse media, our affiliation with various arts organizations, and the public interest we generate in contemporary art. Throughout its history Artspeak has played a significant role in addressing the historical, social, and intellectual conditions of contemporary visual and language arts production from the West Coast and beyond. Artspeak is a registered non-profit organization.
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• Assists the Director/Curator with exhibitions, publications, events and special projects including external communications and logistical coordination with artists and writers
• Oversees communications in consultation with the Director/Curator including external communications, social media, advertising, production and editing of materials, website and archive maintenance
• Oversees and maintains gallery systems such as publication files, archives, support materials, computer hardware, manuals, and digital and physical filing systems
• Oversees day-to-day operations of Artspeak’s facilities as the key liaison with building and strata management
• Oversees exhibition installation including scheduling, shipping, fabrication, equipment purchase and rental
• Recruits, schedules and supervises gallery interns, volunteers, and contract and program staff
• Assists Director/Curator with grant preparation and reporting
• Participates in Annual General Meetings, Board retreats and fundraising campaigns
QUALIFICATIONS (Education, Skills, Knowledge)
• 3-5 years of administrative experience at an art gallery or other cultural institution
• Demonstrated experience in communications, operations, exhibition installation coordination and knowledge of presentation requirements
• Exemplary knowledge of contemporary art practices
• Excellent organizational, communication (verbal and written), and time management skills
• Proficiency in Mac OSX, Microsoft Office, and Campaign Monitor, and familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, and Acrobat), WordPress, Filemaker Pro, and social media tools
• An understanding of the ethos and history of the Canadian artist-run centre movement
• Strong work ethic and initiative, and able to work independently
• Ability to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends
• A valid driver’s license is an asset
BENEFITS AND PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE
Extended dental and medical benefits are available after the three-month probationary period is complete. Six weeks paid vacation and flexibility to support artist’s professional practices.
HOW TO APPLY
Artspeak is committed to the principles of Employment Equity and encourages applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized. These include women, persons with diverse gender expressions and identities, persons of all sexual orientations, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and First Nations, Metis, Inuit and Indigenous persons. All qualified candidates are welcome to apply, however Canadians and permanent residents of Canada, and those who hold a Canadian work permit will be given priority.
Applications should include a brief letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact details for three references. Deadline for application is 4:00pm PST on March 5, 2021.
Please send applications by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that only successful candidates will be contacted. Thank you in advance for your interest.