Community Programming Coordinator

The Opportunity

Nanaimo Art Gallery is growing our dynamic team! The Community Programming Coordinator shares our values of innovation, collaboration and accessibility and is eager to engage the communities through inspiring programs. Reporting to the Executive Director and working closely with the Art Education Coordinator you will help shape the Gallery’s educational programming vision.

The Position

Profile of the Candidate

You are a creative, passionate and dedicated individual who is excited at the opportunity to contribute to a growing organization. On a daily basis you will work closely with your colleagues as a key member of a supportive team in which all voices are heard.

Drawing on your experiences, you will expand the reach of our programs in the community. With the Gallery’s annual inquiries in mind, you will encourage sharing and learning through our exhibitions, educational programming opportunities and community outreach. 


The successful applicant will be supported as they make this position their own by bringing their unique ideas, passions and experiences to the role. Collaborating with the Art Education Coordinator, responsibilities will include, but may not be limited to:

  • Designing, developing and facilitating engaging and accessible public programs for diverse audiences including classes, camps and workshops for children, school programs, learning opportunities for teens, adults and families
  • Exhibitions interpretation, developed in collaboration with the Curatorial team 
  • Working closely with exhibiting and community artists
  • Developing and nurturing relationships and partnerships throughout the community
  • Recruitment, training and supervision of part time programming staff, summer students and volunteers
  • Researching, preparing funding applications to support initiatives related to community engagement, as well as followup reporting
  • Contributing to the development and oversight of the departmental budget
  • Working with our Marketing Coordinator to promote programs
  • Staying attuned to evolving practices within the arts and culture sector

Requirements (Qualifications, Knowledge, Education and Skills)

  • Bachelors or Masters degree in Art Education or a related field (i.e. visual art, art history, museum studies, etc), or a combination of education and experience will be considered 
  • 3-5 years programming experience in art gallery/museum education 
  • Experience in the design, development and facilitation of educational programs
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion and accessibility
  • Community minded and skilled at building and maintaining relationships with individuals and community partners
  • Creative and innovative
  • Passion for art, culture and community engagement
  • Proactive and self-motivated
  • Desire to contribute to and collaborate with a creative team
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, verbal and written,
  • Ability to think critically, employ sound judgment, evaluate situations and engage appropriate parties at varying levels to arrive at solutions.
  • Ability to successfully organize, prioritize and complete multiple planned and unplanned projects
  • Proficiency in common communication tools (MS Office, Google Suite, Zoom, etc) 

Salary: $25/hr, benefit plan available

Hours: Permanent, full time. Up to 37.5 hours/week, with the fully supported ability to negotiate your working contract to suit the needs of your body and lifestyle and to accommodate how full-time looks for you. Hours could include time spent working from home.

Closing Date: April 23, 2021

Anticipated Start Date: We would like to enable the successful candidate to start as early as mid-May, 2021. 

To Apply

Please submit a letter of interest, detailed resume, and 3 references by email to with the subject heading “ Community Programming Coordinator Search”

Closing date for applications is April 23, 2021. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. 

Nanaimo Art Gallery hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. 

The Gallery encourages applications from women, visible minority group members, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities.