Careers & Internships
Posting Date: Thursday November 21, 2013
Application Deadline: Friday, December 13, 2013
Reporting to the Board of Directors (BOD), the Executive Director (ED) will have overall strategic, administrative and operational responsibility for the Society. The ED will lead a team of 9 other full - & part-time staff, a contingent of seasonal Festival contract staff and a core of over 650 volunteers. They will collectively support and further the artistic goals of the Society and its commitment to non-profit arts presenting. He/She will be a team player, nurture existing sponsorship/funding relationships and lead revenue generation through new and sustained sources of earned income, private and public sector investment, membership programs, and individual donations. The ED will be the public face of the Society and will play a key role in maintaining and further developing the Society’s brand and its role as the significant presenter of jazz and related musical genres in Vancouver.
- Reporting to the BOD, the ED will provide overall leadership to the Society, directs its day-to-day affairs and implements the vision, mission and strategic direction of the Society
- Oversee developing the annual operating budget, fund development and financial operations, ensuring timely reports are delivered to the BOD, including any corrective action plans
- Ensure that financial resources are managed in an accountable and transparent manner
- Write and submit all regulatory, sponsorship and funding grants, reports and filings in a timely manner
- Develop, maintain and support a strong BOD; serve as an ex-officio member of each committee and seek to build Board involvement in policy development and implementation
- Lead, motivate, inspire and manage/coach staff in a manner that supports the achievement of the Society’s goals, while engendering a creative, entrepreneurial spirit throughout the organization
- Ensure that the Society is effectively structured and staffed and oversee the hiring and evaluation of staff and contractors
- Support the artistic programming by producing strategic, budgetary and operational direction and oversight
- Use external presence and relationships to identify new opportunities for partnering with arts and cultural organizations, public and private sector agencies, educational institutions and industry associations
- Oversee and maintain existing sponsorship/funding relationships and develop new and sustained sources of earned income and private and public sector investment, membership programs and individual donations
Qualifications and Attributes
- Relevant educational background or experience in arts &/or business administration or related field
- Significant and proven leadership and management skills developed through progressive not-for-profit arts/ culture management positions and working with large scale festival events
- Successful experience in sponsorship/fundraising development
- Excellent oral and written communication skills and significant grant writing experience
- Proven experience in office administration, finance and budgetary processes and procedures
- Ability to strategically establish and maintain relationships and partnerships with major donors/sponsors
- Ability to be adaptable and work in a fast-paced, multi-tasking environment as part of a team
- Passionate, idealistic, possessing integrity & a positive attitude, mission-driven and self-directed
Salary and Benefits: to be negotiated, commensurate with experience
Interested candidates please send CV/Resume and a Covering Letter to: email@example.com
We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only short-listed applicants will be contacted.
We are looking for passionate, hard-working folks who are available on a part- or full-time basis for 4 to 6 months at a time, who want to develop skills, gain work experience, and accrue school credit while working in the areas of live music, arts and events, for a non-profit registered charity. If you love music and know a little about media relations, graphic design, website admin, working with sponsors and partners, grant & report writing, logistics, or event production and want to learn more, we want to hear from you.
Here's the calendar of our Internship positions:
September - December:
1 Media & Marketing Dept internship
1 Executive Administration internship
January - April
1 Executive Administration internship
January/February - August
3 Media & Marketing Dept internships
1 Executive Administration internship
April - July
1 Production internship
1 Executive & Box Office internship
1 Operations & Volunteer Dept internship
CURRENT POSITIONS AVAILABLE
2014 Interships have now been filled.
A WORD FROM INTERN ALUMNI:
"I applied for the marketing internship at Coastal Jazz because I wanted to get practical experience in the marketing field and I also wanted to learn about how a music festival is organized in general. After spending 22 weeks at Coastal Jazz and experiencing the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival itself I can say that I am more than happy with the course of the internship. Although I didn’t expect to have to do graphical design to such an extent I really enjoyed dealing with advertisements and other collateral marketing material. I highly appreciate that I was given the opportunity to try out something new with graphical design and I was happy and proud to see the final outcome. All the staff members at Coastal Jazz are great to work with and I felt welcome from the first day on.
Vancouver is an amazing city and I am happy that I chose this place to do my internship. Overall it was a great experience and coming to Vancouver and working for Coastal Jazz was one of the best decisions I made so far. I will definitely come back!"
By Angelika Rafetzeder, Austria, Marketing Intern
I am happy having taken the chance to work for the Coastal Jazz and Blues Society and to live in Vancouver for half a year.
This internship gave me a detailed view of how the marketing and the organization of such a big festival actually happens. I really appreciate the warmth and friendliness with which I was welcomed at the company. I couldn’t have wished for better working colleagues.
The work itself was interesting and diverse as I worked in different departments which I really enjoyed as I got to see what other departments are actually working on. I also liked the familiar atmosphere in the office.
by Petra Heger
I am very glad that I took the opportunity to spend half a year in Vancouver, Canada at the Coastal Jazz and Blues Society.
The practical training semester helped me to get an orientation and a better feeling for the position in which I see myself in the next few years.Also, I gained a lot of practical experience, learning specific skills like Graphic Design, Website management, social media marketing, media buying, and marketing planning and implementation in general.
The work climate at the Coastal Jazz office allowed me to become more self-confident and encouraged me to work more independently.
It was an incredibly valuable experience abroad especially in a world which is becoming more and more globalized.
I fell in love with Vancouver and was able to travel from there to parts of the world I had never been to before. Whether it was the experience in the breathtaking Canadian wilderness around Vancouver, Whistler and Vancouver Island or the American cities like San Francisco, Portland and Seattle - I can’t really say what I enjoyed most.
All in all interning at Coastal Jazz was a great experience, both from an interpersonal and a professional point of view. I am very happy that I had the chance to work for such a great company and I wouldn’t want to have missed the fabulous time I had in Canada.
By Clemens Pühringer, Austria, Graphics Intern
Working at Coastal Jazz was a dream come true. When I first started studying music industry at Northeastern University, I had always wanted to see what went into putting on a full-scale music Festival. I had attended the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival several times and when I saw that Coastal Jazz was not only the company behind it, but that they were looking for interns, I knew this would be a fantastic opportunity. The first thing I learned at Coastal Jazz about what it takes to successfully run a festival, was the need to start with great people. Left to right, top to bottom the employees at coastal Jazz are some of the most caring, friendly, hard-working people I've ever met. I could approach anyone and everyone and not only would they answer any questions, they would take the time to talk with me and have a real conversation. I was given the room to develop and grow with the help of amazing supervisors, who also allowed me to take on certain tasks on my own. I learned more about media & marketing, the industry, event planning, and of course music in my seven months at Coastal Jazz than I could have ever imagined. It was truly a life-changing event and after working with such amazing people, I can honestly say that I will always feel a part of the Coastal Jazz family.
By James Metzger, United States, Media and Marketing Intern