Want to Work with Us? Taking Applications Now for Festival Production Manager, Marketing & Communications Manager, and Programming & Partnerships Officer

Deadline extended to December 14, 2020 @ 12:00 pm EST.

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is hiring for 3 positions to work on our 2021 Festival, to be held in May 2021. We are currently looking to hire a Festival Production Manager, Marketing & Communications Manager, and Programming & Partnerships Officer. Details on these positions are below.

TCAF welcomes those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and will assist us to expand our capacity for diversity in the broadest sense. In addition, to correct the conditions of disadvantage in employment in Canada, we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including but not limited to, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Colour), persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+. Please note that all interested candidates are encouraged to apply and self-identify; however, applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

If you are interested in applying, please email a resume with a short (200ish word) cover letter in the body of the email to contact@torontocomics.com. You can apply between now and December 11, 2020 December 14, 2020.

Festival Production Manager

The Festival Production Manager is a lead position of the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF). They are responsible for the management and execution of the Festival’s exhibitions, receptions, panels, and additional organizational events. General duties include event planning, execution staffing, and management.

The Festival Production Manager reports directly to the Executive Director, and will work closely with the entire Festival staff.

The Festival Production Manager will need to work at least 5 hours per week, though these hours will ramp up as the festival approaches. We expect that you would work approximately 5-6 hours per week for four months after hiring, ramping up to approximately 15-20 hours per week for the 2-3 months before the festival, and full time for 4 weeks before the festival.

Duties and Responsibilities:

– Work with leadership to plan TCAF from start to finish according to program and organizational requirements, target audience and objectives
– Work with TCAF Executive Director to maintain and coordinate master timelines, and departmental goals/milestones
– Working with TCAF Executive Director, to lead the TCAF team with the day-to-day logistics, supply orders, and inter-departmental communication
– Work with TCAF Programming & Development staff to ensure Artist deliverables & accreditation are fulfilled on time
– Assist TCAF Executive Director to prep event budgets and ensure budget adherence in conjunction with finance and other department heads
– Create and update Festival Staff contact sheet
– Receive incoming Festival materials, and distribute to the appropriate department lead.
– Participate in weekly Festival Staff meetings
– Participate in conference calls and/or meetings with vendors and select event partners
– Work with Executive Director to assess progress against production timeline
– Work with Executive Director to secure production needs and site visit dates for each venue
– Work with Volunteer Coordinator to plan production timelines for Festival Receptions
– Prepare and implement production schedule to enhance the event’s success
– Source and negotiate with vendors, contractors and suppliers.
– Supervise TCAF personnel (contractors, seasonal staff, vendors etc.)
– Function as a liaison to venue partners and vendors to track incoming contracts, exhibition formats, invoices, etc.
– Coordinate all event operations
– Ensure events are staffed appropriately, and executed smoothly at every phase of each event (set up, execution, break down)
– Step up to resolve any problems that might occur during the Festival
– Event wrap up report

Qualifications:

– Excellent communication & record keeping skills
– Proven project management skills and experience
– Detail-oriented, team-player, and able to work under multiple deadlines
– Command of contemporary diversity, equity, and inclusion concepts, paradigms and issues highly desirable, including, but not limited to, anti-oppression and intersectional approaches
– Experience supervising staff positions
– Fluency in Google Drive (Docs, Sheets) MS Office, and Adobe Suite
– Experience in film, theatre, or literary festivals
– Knowledge of Comics and publishing industry a plus

Festival Employee, on a 8-month contract. December 2020 – July 2020

Compensation: $7,500 – 8,000 total

Marketing & Communications Manager

The Marketing & Communications Manager is a lead position of the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF). They are responsible for the management and execution of the Festival’s marketing, social media, internal communications. General duties include event planning, execution staffing, and management.

The Marketing & Communications Manager reports directly to the Executive Director, and will work closely with the entire Festival staff.

The Marketing & Communications Manager will need to work on average 8 hours per week; with a lower amount of hours worked at the beginning and end of the contract, however these hours will ramp up as the festival approaches. These hours would be near full time for the three to four weeks surrounding the festival.

Duties and Responsibilities:

– Develop & execute an annual marketing plan for the organization that incorporates strategies for TCAF and any other ongoing initiatives or events, in consultation with the Executive Director
– Develop advertising and promotional strategies in line with departmental budget, working closely with in-kind partners to increase scope and reach
– Responsible for communication strategies and execution of TCAF website, Social Media feeds, and e-newsletters in partnership with applicable departments
– Monitoring and reporting the results of all marketing and advertising campaigns Brand Management
– Project managing the printed Festival Guide
– Coordinate the development of key organizational messages and brand voice across in-person and digital platforms with the Executive Director, staff team and Marketing Committee
– Develop the creative brief in alignment with the strategic direction and in partnership with the ED and programming team for external designers
– Approve brand alignment and visibility at all organizational events to maximize the Festival and event experiences
– Maintaining consistent use of brand guidelines for by all internal and external stakeholders and festival partners Communications:
– Develop publicity plans, in conjunction with the Executive Director and Programming Department, which includes developing, reviewing and approving press releases and press outlets
– Manage festival volunteers, including social media team, photographers and videographers to assist with the documentation of all Festival events 

Qualifications:

– Excellent communication & record keeping skills
– Detail-oriented, team-player, and able to work under multiple deadlines
– Command of contemporary diversity, equity, and inclusion concepts, paradigms and issues highly desirable, including, but not limited to, anti-oppression and intersectional approaches
– Experience supervising staff positions
– Fluency in Google Drive (Docs, Sheets) MS Office, and Adobe Suite
– Experience in film, theatre, or literary festivals
– Knowledge of Comics and publishing industry a plus

Festival Employee, on a 8-month contract. December 2020 – July 2020

Compensation: $7,500 – 8,000 total

Programming & Partnerships Officer

Reporting to and working closely with the Executive Director and other departments, Festival Programming & Partnerships Officer is accountable for activities relating to the overall planning, programming and execution of the Toronto Comic Arts Festival and other programming initiatives.:

The Programming & Partnerships Officer will need to work an average of 8 hours per week, though these hours will fluctuate up as the festival approaches.

Duties and Responsibilities:

– Completing background work for and executing internal elements of programming plans and new programming initiatives for the Toronto Comic Arts Festival
– Leading internally-focused new programming initiatives
– Support the development and programming plans
– Cultivate and manage external partnerships with cultural agencies and other programming stakeholders
– Liaise with programmers throughout the festival curation process
– Oversee internal relationships with key departments and personnel
– Day-to-day management of festival programming

Qualifications:

– Excellent communication & record keeping skills
– Proven project management skills and experience
– Detail-oriented, team-player, and able to work under multiple deadlines
– Command of contemporary diversity, equity, and inclusion concepts, paradigms and issues highly desirable, including, but not limited to, anti-oppression and intersectional approaches
– Fluency in Social media platforms, Google Drive (Docs, Sheets) and MS Office
– Experience in film, theatre, or literary festivals
– Knowledge of Comics and publishing industry a plus

Festival Employee, on a 8-month contract. December 2020 – July 2020

Compensation: $6,000 total