The Caetani Cultural Centre is a 120+ year old heritage house housing a collection, and an arts and cultural centre located on 1.3 acres of park-like land in Vernon, BC, hosting a regional, national and international artist and writer in residence program and associated public programming.
We are seeking to employ 2 Program, Event and Program Assistants from May 6 - August 30, 2019. This position will assist the Executive Director, staff, and volunteers with preparing the house and grounds for executing summer programs including heritage tours, summer youth programming, monthly music events, arts/literary festivals, receptions, presentations, workshops. The successful candidate will act as liaison between staff, artists, public and community, and assisting with marketing and fundraising objectives. The successful candidate will provide guidance and tours to visitors of the centre, demonstrating an understanding and enthusiasm for the history of the centre as well as current artists and programs.
The Caetani Centre works in conjunction with the Vernon & District Museum and Archives and other regional heritage facilities to present the heritage component to the Caetani property, to explore the history of the Caetani family in Canada, including colonization and immigration to the area, and to present the collection of artifacts and art work donated by our benefactor Sveva Caetani, a long time, well-known artist, teacher, and mentor in the community. Therefor candidates should have an interest in arts and culture, history, collections management and documentation, research, conservation and preservation, and museum/heritage administration and marketing. Candidates need to be fluent in English, and knowledge of an additional language is an asset, however it is not required. Good working knowledge of computer word processing, spreadsheet, database and design programs will be an asset.
Project & Job Objectives
The successful candidate will assist the Executive Director, staff and volunteers to implement the summer program of events, summer youth programming, managing house and grounds heritage tours, summer music series, arts and writing festivals, and participate in overall marketing and fundraising objectives from May through August and forward planning for fall/winter programs. The events encourage community participation and appreciation of the arts, as well as raise awareness about the historical significance of the Caetani property and give exposure to many talented local, regional, national and international artists, musicians and creative individuals. Funds raised from events go toward maintaining the 120+ year old heritage house, grounds, and to support year round programming for the benefit of all community sectors and age groups within the North Okanagan community. The assistants will play a key role in the preparation, display and upkeep of the heritage property and will work closely with volunteers and staff in the marketing, promotion, implementation and past event assessment. This position will contribute to educating and informing the public of both the historical value and artistic merits of the Caetani legacy that provides a community platform for local and regional artists, writers, musicians, and other creative individuals to demonstrate their talents. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to work as part of a small team while gaining experience in marketing, PR and marketing, event organization, as well as collections management and documentation, research, conservation and preservation, and museum/heritage administration experience under the supervision of the executive director and staff. The position requires flexibility in hours, as weekends and some evenings are entailed.
The Caetani schedule of events is designed to provide cultural experience through access to heritage, arts, culture and education for all age groups and sectors of the North Okanagan community. The program includes ongoing receptions, presentations, workshops, arts and literary festivals, summer music series, open studio art trails, heritage tours and a large annual community fundraising event. Each event is evaluated on its own merits and based on all or a portion of the following:
The press and publicity received will increase the positive profile of the Caetani Cultural Centre and Heritage property, fostering increased membership, sponsorship, community and volunteer participation. Events are promoted in advance through the Caetani website, eNewsletters, extensive use of print and Social Media, radio advertising and local press and event listings. Event posters are produced and distributed throughout the region, and fliers promoting summer programs are distributed through Caetani members and community partners.
The successful applicant will gain valuable research and administrative skills in both museum and cultural practices, use of computer office programs, and will be encouraged to develop creative and critical problem-solving skills that will be transferrable to any workplace, not only cultural venues. The successful applicant will need to demonstrate a strong ability to communicate effectively with people in order to encourage ongoing and lasting support for the Caetani Centre from local artists and the community. The successful candidate will be highly motivated and organized, show attention to detail in planning and executing tasks, manage their time effectively and be able to work on their own initiative.
Description of Tasks
Employability Skills to be gained (Marketable Skills)
The student will gain experience in managing and coordinating all aspects of community programming and event coordination. At each event the student will conduct consumer research to identify areas for future improvement.
Event and program coordination provides experience with managing people and information, requiring strong communication and IT presentation skills.
The student will work with numerous computer programs: word processing, spreadsheets, databse entry, graphic design, basic accounting, invoicing and retail skills, website, eNewsletters, social media, developing writing skills and critical thinking.
Many of the tasks related to the position involve providing information to the public, press and professional artists of different disciplines. In doing so the candidate will need to be able to respond to questions, demonstrate pragmatism while dealing with diversity and will learn the importance of communicating effectively.
The Program Interpretive Assistant will work with a small team of individuals at the Caetani Centre, each of whom bring different levels of skills and experience. As the candidate experiences working as part of this team, they will be encouraged to develop the ability to work on their own initiative, with a minimum of supervision, to respect the efforts of others, and be open to constructive suggestions for improvement.
Candidates MUST be also registered on the YCW site and indicate an interest in these specific positions.
Apply online at https://www.caetani.org/employment.
The ideal candidate will be attending or planning to attend a post secondary educational institution in the field of fine art, art history, history, English, theatre.
The work is full time (35 hours per week) with flexible hours as weekend and some evening work is required. Candidates should be team oriented, outgoing, enthusiastic, and customer service driven. A current driving license and Serving-it-Right certificate is preferable. Good computer skills are essential, and a reasonable level of fitness for outdoor work and event set-up is an advantage.
Deadline: Tuesday, April 30, 2019.
Job Types: Full-time, Contract
Salary: $12.99 to $13.00 /hour