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Job Number:  49527
Artistic Director
Job Posted: Friday, 9 November 2018
Closing Date: Wednesday, 21 November 2018
(58 days ago)
Vancouver Poetry House
Region: Vancouver & Lower Mainland Type: Contract - Part time
Location: Vancouver Salary: $1500 month

Position: This is a senior management position, directly responsible to the board of directors. It is a job that requires significant collaboration with the Arts Administrator, Vancouver Poetry House’s other senior management position.


Summary: The Artistic Director (AD) has overarching artistic control over all of Vancouver Poetry House’s programs and initiatives. The Artistic Director develops new art directions, nurtures and coordinates the growth of VPH’s artistic vision. As part of the production of VPH programs, shows, festivals and events, the AD curates a collection of artistic statements, and along with the Arts Administrator, represents Vancouver Poetry House through community outreach, publicity, publishing, marketing and enhances stakeholder relationships.


Position Contract and Pay: Position start date is December 1-10, 2018 depending on the needs of the incoming applicant. The contract ends each year on July 31, 2018. Contracts can be renewed yearly and future would represent a 12-month span. Because of the late start date, this season’s contract is 8 months in duration. The expected (distributed) monthly obligation is 60 hours, The expected (distributed) monthly obligation is 60 hours, with hours increasing and decreasing throughout the year inline with the peak program season January to May. The hourly pay-rate is $25.00 and will be paid out in even monthly amounts. There will be a signed contract.


As our growth and fundraising progresses, we expect to expand both pay and hours in future contracts.


Application Deadline: midnight, Wednesday November 21, 2018


Vancouver Poetry House Statement of Values:

Participatory and Cooperative

Vancouver Poetry House is a member-driven organization. We work to reduce barriers to literary art so that we can ensure accessibility and full participation for the communities we serve. We value diversity and the array of knowledge that different life experiences bring. We actively support skill and artistic capacity development for our membership and sharing with the wider community.


Social Justice and Community

We value respectful dialogue, attempt to resolve conflict and misunderstandings in ways that respect each individual’s lived experience and act to build bridges of communication across misunderstandings. We nurture healthy, sustainable environments for the arts to thrive. We challenge systems of oppression through sharing the health-bringing arts to the wider community and by offering a place of solace and sharing to anyone who attends or takes part in our programs.


Professionalism in the Arts

We seek to develop and share the myriad skills essential to living a sustainable life as an artist. In a diverse community there are many skills. Vancouver Poetry House nurtures moments and methods for the equitable sharing of those skills for the benefit of both individuals and community.


VPH seeks to provide opportunities to build skills that help members fulfill their capacity for artistic development and career goals.



A sustainable literary arts community rooted in social justice where new creativity can grow from old forms.


Job duties: as outlined by the Job Description on our website



Requirements for the position:

  • Our business cards say: more poetry to more people in more places. We are an organization that celebrates Spoken Word. You must have familiarity with the larger Spoken Word community, its art form, and its practices.

  • You must be able to demonstrate your ability to meet the duties as listed in the job description.

  • You will need to be located in the Lower Mainland to do this job.

  • You will need to come with ideas for the future, and at least a basic knowledge of what Vancouver Poetry House values and promotes.

  • You will need to demonstrate a commitment to health and sustainability of these literary arts.

  • You will need to exemplify our stated values.


What to Send the Hiring Committee:

  • Something that tells us you understand and meet the requirements for the position. It can be a resume, or it can be something else.

  • Your contact information.


References will be requested at interview.


What happens next:

  • We will collect all applications and contact successful applicants to set up interviews. Interviews can be in person, but we will also consider skype or other media to enhance accessibility.


Website: http://www.vancouverpoetryhouse.com/


Application Email:

How to Apply:
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Send applications to
Job Announcement and Description at http://www.vancouverpoetryhouse.com/about/position-announcements/
Contact Details:
Board of Directors
Vancouver Poetry House
111 W. Hastings Street, #210
Vancouver, BC, V6B 1H4

Tel: 604.704.9314
www:   www.vancouverpoetryhouse.com/

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