The Vancouver Fringe Festival, produced by the Vancouver Fringe Theatre Society (VFTS), is BC’s largest theatre festival. Pursuing the vision of “Theatre for Everyone,” the Fringe features unjuried, uncensored theatre of all kinds and for all audiences. With over 700 performances by more than 90 artists, the Fringe runs September 7-17, 2017 at Mainstage Venues on and around Granville Island and at Bring Your Own Venues across the city. VFTS also runs Theatre Wire, a source of information and subscription packages to independent theatre productions in Vancouver year-round.
Reporting to the Communications Director, the Marketing Assistant will manage a number of projects, including generating and posting content for Fringe and Theatre Wire newsletters and social media, maintaining and proposing improvements to website content, creating style guide manual for staff re: our WordPress sites, as well as the FTP, in-person promotions of Theatre Wire at events, and creating training videos for volunteers. In addition, the Marketing Assistant will research 2017 Festival artists and creating a resource book with info, among other responsibilities.
This position is administered through the Vancouver Community Network (VCN, www2.vcn.bc.ca), a non-profit Internet service provider that provides free and low-cost services to assist individuals, community groups, and non-profit organizations in accessing and utilizing the Internet to its fullest ability. Youth Internships are funded by Industry Canada and administered through VCN.
This is a contract position for a 650 workable hours at $15/hr, plus 4% vacation pay, beginning November 1, 2016 and ending March 17, 2017. Some hours may be worked remotely and limited flex time is available. Please note our office is closed December 12 – January 2 for the holiday break.
Eligibility: This position is contingent upon funding through VCN. Applicants must meet the following criteria:
- be between the ages of 15 and 30 at the time of intake;
- have demonstrated skills achievement at the post-secondary level (this means that you must have more than secondary school achievement);
- intend to gain ICT skills and knowledge;
- meet the job requirements of the IHO, which should included stated ICT-related activities;
- be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or person who has been granted refugee status in Canada and be legally entitled to work in Canada; and
- must not be in receipt of Employment Insurance (EI) benefits.
- Priority will be given to youth facing employment barriers, Aboriginal people, members of a visible minority group, persons with disabilities, and women.
Note: Those who have already participated in the Youth Internship program are not eligible.
- Writing and posting newsletter content for Fringe and Theatre Wire
- Create social media posts for the Fringe and Theatre Wire
- Create posting style guides for both Fringe and Theatre Wire websites, as well as an FTP guide
- Maintain and propose improvements for content on the Fringe and Theatre Wire websites
- Research web hosting services
- Maintain the Theatre Wire smartphone App
- Research artists coming to 2017 Festival and Theatre Wire artists using online methods as well as conducting phone and/or email interviews
- Create information documents about artists and create possible media pitches
- Create training videos for volunteers on how to use our Box Office software on an iPad to conduct transactions
- Coordinate cross promotions with relevant organizations to promote The Fringe Presents
- Represent Theatre Wire in a promotional capacity at Theatre Wire events and supervise volunteers at said events
- Other duties as required
- Experience in marketing, communications, or related field
- Highly organized and self-motivated
- Experience with online research techniques
- Familiarity and comfort with various social media platforms including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, Hootsuite, and YouTube
- Knowledge of HTML and WordPress
- Knowledge and experience with video editing an asset
- Interest and experience in working in the arts sector is highly valued
- Awareness of the not-for-profit environment an asset
Due to a high volume of responses, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Aboriginal youth, LGBTQ+ youth, youth with disabilities, or immigrant youth are encouraged to apply. At VCN, we value the life experiences associated with these and other identities.
HOURS: full-time, 35hrs/week
INTERNSHIP DURATION: 650 hrs
Internship provided via the Vancouver Community Network Youth Internship Program and funded under the Youth Employment Strategy by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED), administered by Industry Canada.