OAAG/AOGA JOB OPENING: Communications/Public Relations and Special Projects Assistant (YCW-BCH)

ONE POSITION: Communications/Public Relations and Special Projects Assistant (27.5 weeks contract) 
CONTRACT: September 14, 2020 – March 31, 2021, 9.30 am-4.30 pm, Monday to Friday (27.5 weeks for 30 hours per week) 
COMPENSATION: $17/hour 
APPLICATION DEADLINE: September 4, 2020
LOCATION: Remote due to COVID-19 until OAAG deems it safe to return to office
Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG) 
401 Richmond St. W., Suite 395, Toronto, ON 
email: hr@oaag.org 
website: http://oaag.org/ 

ABOUT THE ONTARIO ASSOCIATION OF ART GALLERIES (OAAG)

Through network-building, professional development and advocacy, the Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG) fosters sustainable, healthy, diverse public art galleries, furthering the visual arts as a key component of the cultural life of Ontario. OAAG serves and represents 114 public art gallery and visual art organization members in 62 municipalities across the province. 

Completed applications must be emailed to hr@oaag.org by September 4, 2020

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG) is accepting applications for a contract position of Communications/Public Relations and Special Projects Assistant. This Internship position is funded through the Young Canada Works (YCW) program through the Government of Canada and applicants must be eligible for YCW as a graduate, in order to apply. 
The Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG) seeks a YCW Communications/Public Relations and Special Projects Assistant to work with accomplished staff in the OAAG Secretariat on province-wide initiatives that provide visibility, service and benefit to Ontario’s public art galleries. The Communications/Public Relations and Special Projects Assistant will assist in the development of OAAG Awards sponsorship proposals, individual donor fund development; Advocacy and public relations,  and assist in the development Communication packages for Professional Development Workshops; Production and Dissemination of E-News Letter and Create communiques . The Communications/Public Relations and Special Projects Assistant will also assist with other administrative tasks as necessary. The Communications/Public Relations and Special Projects Assistant can expect to learn key skills in arts and project administration, communications, event coordination and fund development. 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Graduate in a visual arts, arts administration, arts, non-profit management or related program; 
  • Declared interest in a career path in the visual arts and heritage sector; 
  • Possesses some knowledge about OAAG, and the organization’s membership and programs; 
  • Highly motivated to learn about project coordination and administration, fund development and communications in the arts & culture sector; 
  • Well-organized with a keen attention to detail and ability to take initiative and produce desired results; some experience in project management or coordination desired; 
  • Superior time-management and organizational skills: Ability to manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment and possess the ability to work independently as well as work collaboratively with staff and volunteers in a shared work environment; 
  • Must be an effective communicator with excellent oral, written and research skills: must have a pleasant and patient telephone manner; must be able to analyze problems and communicate solutions clearly. Will be comfortable with speaking to small groups; prior experience in digital media is an asset (audio/photo/video/html/CMS); intermediate comprehension and speaking skills in French considered a significant asset; 
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills: Able to act independently and make sound decisions within the framework of established programs and direction to produce results; able to research and collect, collate and analyze data; 
  • Strong interpersonal skills: Able to interact effectively with staff, volunteers, partners and the general public; must contribute to a collegial, productive office team atmosphere; 
  • Proficient information management skills, particularly with databases: will handle sensitive information and situations with tact and diplomacy; 
  • Will have strong computer and Internet literacy skills: Knowledge of MS Office Suite, particularly word and excel spreadsheet. Some familiarity with Survey Monkey, Adobe Creative Suite, Google Drive Suite (Google Docs, Google Sheets and Google Forms) and WordPress is highly desirable. Must be proficient in social media platforms. Ideal candidate will be comfortable and efficient working on a Mac operating system; 
  • Driver’s licence and willingness to drive is an asset, but not required. 
  • There is only one Communications/Public Relations and Special Projects Assistant  position available. Work will be done remotely due to COVID-19 until OAAG deems it safe to work in the office (OAAG office located at 401 Richmond St. W., Suite 395 in Toronto). Hours of work are from 9:30am – 4:30pm, Monday – Friday, starting Monday, September 14, 2020. The Communications/Public Relations and Special Projects Assistant  will occasionally be required to work outside regular business hours to attend meetings and events. This time will be deducted from the time they are required to be in the OAAG office.

 DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: September 4, 2020

TO APPLY

Please send your application in one pdf document (YourLastName_FirstInitial_Application_The Communications/Public Relations and Special Projects Assistant .pdf) which includes cover letter highlighting your eligibility for the position (including YCW eligibility), a resume, and three references (including one current school reference) via email to: hr@oaag.org with the subject line “The Communications/Public Relations and Special Projects Assistant”. 

This job is funded through the Government of Canada’s Young Canada Works (YCW) Program. To be eligible for the position you must qualify for the YCW program. You are eligible if you: 

  • are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada; Note: Non-Canadian graduate holding temporary work visas or awaiting permanent status are not eligible; 
  • are legally entitled to work in Canada; 
  • will be between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment; 
  • are willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment; 
  • will not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week) while employed with OAAG; 
  • have been a graduate (as defined by your educational institution) in the semester preceding the job 

Note: Interns with a disability are eligible for part-time work. 

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