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The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival is one of Vancouver’s signature events. Produced each January, the Festival expands the horizons of Vancouver artists and audiences with work that is visionary, genre-bending, multi-disciplined, startling and original.

The Festival showcases acclaimed international, Canadian and local artists and mixes them together with an alchemy that inspires audiences, rejuvenates artists, stimulates the industry and forges productive relationships around the globe. More than just shows, the Festival is a broker of international partnerships, a meeting place for creative minds, a showcase of Canada’s best and an incubator of brilliant new work.

The PuSh Festival acknowledges that it operates on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) nations. We are grateful to be gathered here and recognize our privileged place on these lands.


Mission

The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival engages and enriches audiences with adventurous contemporary works in a spirit of innovation and dialogue.

Vision

PuSh leads as a festival of national importance—artistically respected, greatly anticipated, and highly valued as a catalyst for cultural and community development.

Learn more about the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival.


The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival is seeking proposals from an individual or a small group to join the PuSh Transitional Programming Team. The individual(s) will deliver the 2022 PuSh program, including planning community engagement projects, industry initiatives, and youth programs. It should be noted that a number of partnership presentation commitments are already in place for the 2022 program, which will be discussed in advance with potential candidates.

Parallel to the 2022 program preparation, the team will support Organizational Review activities underway at PuSh.

Responsibilities will include:

Programming:

  • Oversee programming activities.
  • Collaborate on future artistic planning.
  • Maintain relationships with local, national and international arts and presenter networks.
  • With the Interim Producer and Managing Director, develop the festival programming budget.
  • With the Interim Producer and Managing Director, negotiate all artist, co-presenter and partnership agreements and contracts.

Patron Relations:

  • Work with the Patron Relations team to provide fundraising and communications copy as necessary.
  • Represent PuSh in media interviews and other public events.

Operations: 

  • Support public sector grant application preparation and reporting, including applications related to future programming years.
  • Attend staff/production meetings (average one per week)
  • Attend board or committee meetings (average 1–2 per month)

Qualifications & Experience:

  • Programming local and international work in a festival or presentation series.
  • Management roles within a charity/non-profit publicly funded organization.
  • Experience preparing grant applications and reporting to public funding agencies.
  • Candidates must be currently eligible to work in Canada.

We strongly encourage applications from members of communities that are marginalized or that experience structural discrimination including those identifying as Indigenous, Black, people of colour, members of non-dominant ethnic, religious, linguistic, and/or cultural groups, women, (im)migrants/newcomers, people with (dis)abilities, and LGBTQ2S+ people, and we strongly encourage applicants to self-identify in their application if they feel comfortable in doing so. In order to achieve a representative team, preference may be given to applicants self-declaring as being a member of one or more of the groups identified above. We believe that a staff that reflects the diversity of the communities we serve strengthens our ability to achieve our mission.

Salary:

The position is an 18-month engagement with the option to renew for an additional six months, and could be structured as a service contract or an employment agreement depending on the candidate or team. Remuneration for the position/contract is expected to be $70,000-$80,000 per year.

How to apply:

To apply, please send a cover letter and CV(s) no later than June 10, 2021, to hr@pushfestival.ca.

Reporting to the Managing Director, the Interim Producer also works closely with the Production Manager in the coordination of program delivery and future program planning, preparing contracts with presented artists and co-presenting partners, and managing budgets.

We are looking for a dynamic and highly organized individual who can work in a team environment, embrace the uncertainty of transformation, welcomes a challenge and has superior communication skills.

Responsibilities shall include, but are not limited to the following: 

  • Provides support to senior management in negotiating and preparing contracts with presented artists/companies, touring and presentation partners, venues, and other key stakeholders. 
  • Maintaining programming budget, working closely with senior management and Production Manager to ensure projections are accurate and up to date, and financials are reconciled in a timely fashion.
  • Develop and maintain a work plan and timeline to ensure that the myriad components of the 2022 PuSh program are completed on time, on budget, and in such a way that the artistic work is produced and presented in the best possible circumstances.
  • Anticipate and manage artistic needs within the constraints of schedules and budgets.
  • Support Artist Services department with travel planning for visiting artists.
  • Acquires performance rights and licenses where necessary.
  • Work with the Production Department to determine technical needs / costs for proposed and confirmed programming.
  • Assist with project-specific public and private funding applications, and work with the Managing Director to ensure proper tracking and reporting.

Community Engagement

  • Oversee the needs of presentations, co-presentations and initiatives involving community engagement and participation.
  • Oversee the needs of artistic residencies and commissions.
  • Organize community outreach events and initiatives for visiting artists.
  • Represent the PuSh at events and meetings as necessary.
  • Participate in the Festival and other activities as necessary.
  • Support the efforts of PuSh and other PuSh personnel as necessary.
  • Attend regular production meetings of the staff and contractors.
  • This is a new/interim position and as such other duties and responsibilities may be required. 

Qualifications: 

  • A strong alignment with the mission and values of the PuSh Festival.
  • Minimum 3 years of experience working in a professional performing arts context. 
  • Demonstrated ability to create and manage budgets accurately.
  • Knowledge/experience with international touring, including requirements for R105 tax waivers.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and form effective partnerships, both internally and external to the organization.
  • Experience and passion for working with artists, companies and production personnel.
  • A positive attitude and unflappable approach to managing through competing priorities.

We strongly encourage applications from members of communities that are marginalized or that experience structural discrimination including those identifying as Indigenous, Black, people of colour, members of non-dominant ethnic, religious, linguistic, and/or cultural groups, women, (im)migrants/newcomers, people with (dis)abilities, and LGBTQ2S+ people, and we strongly encourage applicants to self-identify in their application if they feel comfortable in doing so. In order to achieve a representative team, preference may be given to applicants self-declaring as being a member of one or more of the groups identified above. We believe that a staff that reflects the diversity of the communities we serve strengthens our ability to achieve our mission.

Salary:

Based on a per annum salary of $49,140, prorated to the length of the contract ($4,095 per month) plus extended health benefits package.Full-time, 43 week (10 month) contract starting mid-June.

How to apply:

To apply, please submit a cover letter and CV no later than June 3, 2021, to hr@pushfestival.ca.

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