Program Assistant, Rendezvous With Madness Festival
Reports To: Program Coordinator with support from Managing Director
Deadline: Friday May 18, 5 PM
Requirement: Ages 18-30 with plans to enroll in college/university courses in Fall 2018
Reporting to the Rendezvous With Madness Program Coordinator with support of the Managing Director, the Program Assistant for our annual festival is responsible to provide a variety of administrative support to our festival program and communications team in the summer leading up to our October festival.
The successful candidate will provide festival support for the 26th Rendezvous With Madness Festival, including: online film research, tracking of submissions into our database, outreach to community partners, catalogue assistance, website updates, social media assistance and other festival organization as needed.
Funding for this position is provided by Canada Summer Jobs Program which provides young people the opportunity to gain meaningful work and life experience while supporting community-based initiatives. Canada Summer Jobs provides funding for not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and private small businesses with 50 or fewer employees to create summer jobs for full-time students.
To be eligible, you must:
- Be between 18 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;
- Have been registered as a full-time student in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year
- Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
- Be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations
This position is 8 weeks at 4 days / 30 hours per week at $14.50 per hour.
About Workman Arts / Rendezvous With Madness Festival
Workman Arts is the longest-running multidisciplinary arts and mental health organization in Canada. Founded in 1987 and guided by the principle that the creative process is integral to the quest for personal development, Workman Arts has grown over the years from a theatre company with eight member artists to a multidisciplinary arts organization with 300+ member artists and world-recognized public programs. Located in the arts district in west-end Toronto, Workman Arts manages a 220-seat theatre, visual and media arts studios and dynamic training facilities. Its programs, approach and artistic productions have earned it national and international acclaim. Workman Arts has a long-standing partnership with CAMH [Centre for Addiction and Mental Health], Canada’s leading research and clinical facility involved in mental health and addictions.
Rendezvous With Madness Festival is Canada’s original festival devoted to movies, visual art and live performances about mental health and recovery. Each year, Rendezvous ventures into new frontiers of public awareness toward the mysteries of the human mind – offering audiences an opportunity to watch films inspired by recovery and engage in dialogues with filmmakers, mental health professionals and people with lived experiences. Literally, the mind reels!
Workman Arts is an equal opportunity employer.
No phone calls or emails please. We appreciate all applications, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday 18 May 2018, 5 PM
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‘If You Ask Me’ Youth Coordinator
About Workman Arts
Workman Arts is an arts and mental health organization known internationally for its artistic collaborations, presentations, knowledge exchange, best practices and research on the impact of the arts on the quality of life of people living with mental health and/or addiction issues.
About If You Ask Me
Workman Arts hosts a yearly film festival called Rendezvous with Madness (RWM). Last year, RWM screened a film program called ‘If You Ask Me’ (IYAM) in partnership with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) National Youth Action Council (NYAC). IYAM consisted of a compilation of short films created by youth from across Canada exploring their own experiences with mental health and/or addiction issues.
This summer, Workman Arts and NYAC will be offering the youth filmmakers a series of free workshops (funded by ArtReach) where they will get to work with experienced Workman Arts filmmaker mentors in storyboarding/concept development, editing and camera work. RWM will be working alongside last year’s participating youth filmmakers to build on their amazing momentum and create more films to be screened at RWM in October 2018!
About the Youth Coordinator Role
Workman Arts is currently looking for a youth coordinator (aged 30 and under) to coordinate this paid (80 hour) part-time contract from June to November. Payment is $35/hour for a total of $2800.
Reporting to the Education Manager at Workman Arts and in collaboration with the Youth Engagement Initiative at the McCain Centre for Child, Youth and Family Mental Health at CAMH, the Coordinator will oversee a team of young filmmakers and work as part of a team to support the series of filmmaking workshops. The candidate will have the opportunity to gain experience working alongside a team of Youth Engagement Facilitators at CAMH, where they will learn strategies to incorporate meaningful youth engagement in their work. The Coordinator will also participate in the activities of the National Youth Action Council (NYAC) which is a network of youth across Canada.
- Facilitation and coordination of group meetings with the participants
- One-on-one project meetings with participants
- Assisting mentors in dedicated workshop sessions
- Administrative work associated with communication, logistics and evaluation of the program
- Assistance with RWM during festival week in October 2018
- Participating in youth engagement activities and training
- Engaging with youth through the National Youth Action Council and Workman Arts
- Thursday July 12 – 1pm-5pm : First Full Group Meeting
- Thursday July 19 – 5pm-9pm : Workshop #1 (with Mentors- TBC)
- Thursday Aug 9 – 5pm-9pm : Workshop #2 (with Mentors- TBC)
- Thursday Aug 30 – 5pm-9pm : Workshop #3 (with Mentors- TBC)
- Thursday Sept 20 – 1pm-5pm : Second Full Group Meeting (RWM prep)
- Wednesday Oct 10 – Saturday October 20: RWM Festival!
- Thursday Nov 4 – 1pm-4pm : Workshop # 4 (with RWM’s Scott Miller Berry)
- Thursday Nov 8 – 1pm-4pm : Final Full Group Meeting
- Completed high school and/or special courses
- A minimum of 12 months experience supporting/connecting with youth
- Must be under 30
- Experience working in collaborative group settings
- Experience with mentorship, facilitation and/or peer-to-peer support (as a mentee or mentor)
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
- Ability to work effectively as a team member in a dynamic and a fast-paced inter-professional environment
- Strong organizational and time management skills
- An interest in film and/or artistic processes
- A connection with mental health and wellness
The candidate will support a healthy workplace that embraces diversity, encourages teamwork and complies with all applicable regulatory and legislative requirements. This position requires working from both Workman Arts at 651 Dufferin Street and the McCain Centre at 80 Workman Way in Toronto. Evening and/or weekend hours may be required.
Please send a PDF to Cara Spooner at email@example.com by June 1, 2018 which includes your resume (or CV), a cover letter that includes why you want to work in this role, why you would be good at working in this role and 3 elements you want to learn about while in this role.
Funding for this project has been provided by the City of Toronto through Toronto Arts Council and ArtReach.