Vancouver Art Book Fair (VABF) seeks applications from eligible candidates for Operations Manager. Participating within a new flat leadership structure with current and incoming staff, the Operations Manager will lead VABF toward its mission by stewarding daily and long-term operations of the organization. In addition to day-to-day administration tasks, this position will carry on dedicated capacity-building work previously begun in 2022. This role is currently contracted until November 2023, but our hope is for the role to grow into a recurring role.
The Operation Manager will work collaboratively with the VABF team and reports to, and is supported by, the VABF Board of Directors.
The successful candidate will set their own hours, but anticipated workload is between 16 and 32 hours per week, with increasing hours in the lead-up to the annual Vancouver Art Book Fair and Art Book Month, which take place in October.
VABF is seeking a candidate with working knowledge of the Canadian small art press publishing community and a solid understanding of standard nonprofit practices. The ideal candidate will also be interested in questioning, visioning, and testing out new approaches and structures, with the aim of finding new ways of developing audiences and building
toward a more stabilized Vancouver Art Book Fair. The Operations Manager will participate in and help shape a new, flat leadership structure for VABF. The aim is to distribute organizational responsibility and decision-making power while mitigating burnout by leveraging an artist-collective-style approach to nonprofit management. If you’re entirely dissatisfied with the notion “because it has always been done that way,” we want to hear from you!
Importantly, the successful candidate will represent VABF in interactions with staff, volunteers, exhibitors, sponsors and other organizational stakeholders.
Enumeration and Hours
$35 / hour
16–32 hours per week*
Remote and occasional in-person
PST time zone preferred
*Contract pays up to 1,171 hours, pending grant approval. Duties and responsibilities will be
Duties and Responsibilities
January to June 2023
Starting Late Summer/Fall 2023
Qualifications and Experience
VABF is committed to supporting and providing positions to people who have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized in art spaces (BIPOC, LGBTQIA2S+, people with disabilities, people with lived experiences of poverty) and encourages applications from people belonging to these groups. If you have any accessibility requests regarding this job posting, please email us at
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