Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art

Opportunities 

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
21 hours/week
$15/hour

We are looking for a part-time Administrative Assistant to join our team and support the daily operations of the gallery, and our exhibitions and public programmes.

Responsibilities include:

  • Receiving enquiries by phone and email.
  • Receiving payments, donations, and tracking expenses.
  • Providing administrative support to the Executive Director/Curator.
  • Managing memberships.
  • Administration related to fundraising events and campaigns, including drafting written promotional materials.
  • Contributing to e-newsletters, website maintenance, social media.
  • Providing onsite support during public events.
  • Other duties as required.

Qualifications:

  • Experience in administration or bookkeeping is a strong asset.
  • Detail-oriented, highly well organized, self-motivated, able to work independently and with others.
  • Superior time management and multi-tasking skills.
  • The ability to stay focused and deal calmly and effectively with high stress, high pressure, and fast paced situations.
  • Strong interpersonal and written and oral communication skills.
  • Capacity to take ownership of tasks.
  • Experience with Nationbuilder is an asset.
  • Experience with MailChimp is an asset.
  • Basic knowledge of social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) is a must.
  • Experience, beyond personal use, with social media platforms is a strong asset.
  • Basic skills in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint).
  • An active interest in reducing racism in our society and building relationships across the Pacific.
  • Knowledge of languages other than English, particularly Asian languages is a strong asset.

To apply, please send a single PDF containing a letter of interest, CV containing work experience, and two reference letters from previous/current employers to Natalie at applicants@centrea.org by May 10, 2018. Applications without references will be considered incomplete.

 

SUMMER VOLUNTEER POSITIONS (5 available)

Project Assistant – Research/Coordination

Centre A was founded in 1999 and is Canada’s only public gallery devoted to contemporary Asian and Asian diasporic art. We are located in Vancouver’s Chinatown on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh nations. As we work to confront legacies of colonialism and marginalization, both locally and transnationally, we strive to hold space for mutual understanding and community. As a centre for conversation, critical inquiry, and artistic experimentation, we bring together artists, curators, and other cultural producers from throughout the region and around the world. In our Reading Room, we house an extensive collection of books and research materials, including the Finlayson Collection of Rare Asian Art Books. Centre A is a key piece of the city’s cultural infrastructure, having presented the works of nearly 400 Canadian and international artists and produced more than 100 original projects.

Working under the supervision of our curatorial team, volunteers will assist with research and coordination related to upcoming art projects at Centre A. These positions are especially well suited to students looking to learn more about arts and culture work in a non-profit setting.

There are 5 general research and coordination positions available each with a specific specialization:

  • Hong Kong, the Cantonese-speaking world, and contemporary cultural politics
  • South East Asian diaspora and experiences of migration
  • Taiwan, indigeneity, intergenerational transference of culture, intangible cultural heritage
  • Emerging Asian Canadian artistic practices
  • Centre A Reading Room new acquisitions

Successful applicants will have an opportunity to become a part of Centre A’s community of staff and volunteers and make a meaningful contribution to significant upcoming cultural projects by leading and emerging artists. Students will participate in project-specific research, as well as event and exhibition coordination tasks.

Qualifications

  • Students should have a great sense of curiosity, well honed written and verbal communication skills, a demonstrated ability to execute research-related tasks, excellent organizational skills, and the ability to work well with others in a dynamic environment.
  • Knowledge of languages other than English, especially Asian languages, is a plus.
  • Specialized knowledge and a passion for one of our 5 project areas is key as is a general appreciation for diversity.
  • Students from all areas of the arts are encouraged to apply, especially those with interests in Asian Studies, Migration Studies, Indigenous Studies, Cultural Geo-Politics, Cultural Studies, Literature, Library Sciences, Visual Arts, Art History, Curatorial Studies, and so on.

Outcomes

It is intended that students will gain valuable familiarity with work in a Canadian arts non-profit while building relationships and knowledge and become a part of our daily life of our organisation and community of staff, volunteers and supporters. Most uniquely it is intended that students gain an appreciation for the relationship between research, artists, artwork and other cultural outputs.

Training and Other Opportunities

Students will be given an orientation to Centre A’s facility, as well as its policies and guidelines, including our human rights and harassment policies. Through their participation in the execution of exhibitions and events, students will gain leadership and team building skills and join a network of artists and cultural practitioners locally and globally.

Number of Openings
5

Hours Per Week
12

Anticipated Start Date
May 8, 2018

 

Duration

8 months

How to Apply:

To apply, please send a cover letter, unofficial transcript, writing sample, and class schedule (if applicable) to info@centrea.org.

 

Centre A is committed to providing equal employment opportunities. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender identity, ability and sexual orientation, and actively ensure that our workplace is inclusive and safe.