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Position Title: Arts Programmer

Position Status: Full-time (30 hours per week)

Start Date: May 15, 2021


Hornby Island is a remote and rural community of approximately 1200 residents in the Gulf Islands of British Columbia; it may have the highest per-capita density of artists in all of Canada.

The Arts Council has begun building a new Arts Centre and is in a period of profound transition and growth. The Arts Programmer will maintain and deliver current programming activities and commitments, help develop the organizational systems (financial, HR, IT, communications) needed to transition into the new Arts Centre, and deliver and oversee significantly increased programming upon opening. The Arts Centre will be open five to seven days a week, all year long, to the general public. This is a very exciting opportunity for the right candidate with considerable responsibility and opportunity for growth.

The Arts Centre will be first and foremost a space that is grounded in community and that serves local residents all year. The Arts Centre will also be a space for building friendship and relations with regional communities in the Comox Valley including in particular the K’omoks First Nation, whose unceded territories include Hornby Island.


  • Coordinate programming: a range of disciplines—from professional arts to community and amateur arts, from visual to mixed media arts, performing to digital arts, literary to recording arts, including evolving disciplines and fields.

  • Organize events: organize people, scheduling, minute taking, agenda setting, facilitation, as well as activities such as fundraisers and auctions.

  • Curatorial support: From months-long installations to weeks-long art sales to one-off performance events.

  • Development: Educational programming, workshops and talks, residencies, festivals, conferences, and more.

  • Leadership: direct and mentor youth and summer workers.

  • Teamwork: work closely with the Executive Director, the Board, other staff, as well as volunteers.

Essential Qualifications:

Your Qualities:

  • Self-motivated and independent work ethic.

  • Ability to listen, problem solve, be flexible, and uncover lateral solutions.

  • Thrive in a team environment; ability to lead, follow, and compromise.

  • Work to deadlines while multitasking, including tracking and reporting on progress.

  • Excellent oral and written communication.

  • Ability to work from home as well as evenings and weekends.

  • Understand the role of charities, non-profits, community infrastructure, and the arts in society with a commitment to improving public welfare.

Core Skills:

  • Facility with technology and applications: GSuite, Adobe, 365, Website Management, Database Management, Zoom, Slack.

  • Research and presentation capacity.

  • Strong administrative capacity.

  • Project management.

  • Complete fluency with the English language, both written and spoken.

Additional Desirable Experience with:

  • Facility and retail management.

  • Gallery and/or museum installations.

  • Stage management and/or recording arts.

  • Graphic design.

  • Fundraising and grant writing.

  • Community organizing and campaigns.

  • Start-ups.

Education / Experience:

  • Post-secondary preferably in arts management, NGO, non-profit work, or equivalent.

Culture / Values:

We encourage applications from everyone and are interested in hiring underrepresented individuals from equity-deserving groups including Indigenous peoples, people of colour, Black people, women, new Canadians, LGBTQ+, francophones, and people with disabilities.

We strive to create a working environment with zero tolerance for bullying, harassment, or abuse, and to foster a safe, open, curious, culturally sensitive workplace where physical and mental health are paramount.

Compensation: $40,000 to $57,000 per year depending on experience and qualifications.

Deadline: April 29, 2021

Start date: May 15, 2021

Considerations will be made if moving to the island or the conclusion of studies or other significant employment is required.

Please submit a letter of interest and your resume to info@hornbyarts.com with “Arts Programmer” in the subject line. Applicants selected for interviews will be required to supply three letters of recommendation.