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Job Offer – Artistic Director

Festival Accès Asie is seeking to hire a new Artistic Director.

Reporting to the board of directors, and in collaboration with the Festival’s Managing Director, the Artistic Director will be responsible for implementing the Festival’s mission: to celebrate Asian arts, cultures and histories. They will develop the annual Festival program, which includes the programming for the month of May, the touring program (provincial, national and international), the youth component, the intercultural component, awareness-raising and other related activities.

Primary Responsibilities

– Developing the Festival’s annual programming and special projects related to the Festival mandate;
– Ensuring the promotion and pursuit of the artistic mission of the Festival, its orientations and its strategic objectives with artists, artist organizations, partners and the public;
– Determining and ensuring appropriate conditions for the presentation of artistic projects that have been programmed (location, number of performances, target audience, etc.);
– Developing and supporting a network of strategic alliances with other Asian cultural and artistic organizations across Canada;
– Acting as a representative for the Festival to the media, the artistic and cultural community and the various partners;
– Participating in the design and delivery of artistic and cultural mediation projects;
– Participating in the design and delivery of audience development activities or cultural activities accompanying regular programming;
– Collaborating with the Managing Director in the design and implementation of financing, grant writing and fundraising activities;
– Developing and solidifying new private and public partnerships and strategic alliances at the local, regional, national and international levels;
– Developing and maintaining excellent professional relationships with funding agencies.

ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED

Key Competencies

– Strong communication skills (verbal and written);
– Strong leadership and decision-making skills;
– Bilingualism, both oral and written;
– Skilled in analyzing and evaluating artist submissions;
– Ability to develop and maintain strong strategic partnerships and relationships with arts and cultural communities;
– Team player;
– Excellent priority-setting and time-management skills;
– Ability to manage several projects/files simultaneously;
– Ability to manage teams.

Knowledge

– Mandate and vision of the Festival Accès Asie;
– Knowledge of Asian arts and culture and of the Montreal arts and culture community;
– Knowledge and interest in a diversity of artistic disciplines, including visual arts, dance, theatre, video, film, music, comedy, poetry, literature, performance, new media and culinary arts.

ASSET QUALIFICATIONS*

Experience

– Cultural and artistic programming: event development, planning, and production;
– Evaluating artist submissions for cultural/artistic festivals or other activity or as a jury member;
– Experience in financial planning and management, including raising funds in the private sector;
– Experience in writing grant applications.

Knowledge

– Understanding of the challenges of an organization based on equity, diversity and inclusion;
– Knowledge of Asian communities and the organizations and institutions that represent them;
– Knowledge of network of Asian Heritage organizations across Canada.

* The “asset qualifications” are not essential to qualify for the position but may be considered by the selection committee in establishing a final choice from among the candidates.

Working conditions

– 30 hours per week
– Flexible/hybrid working arrangements possible (subject to board approval)
– Salary: $40,000 to $42,000 per year (depending on experience)
– The workplace is accessible to people with reduced mobility.

Interested in applying?

– The offer will remain available until the position is filled. For priority consideration, please send your CV and a letter of interest no later than midnight on Sunday, July 31, 2022 to Karine Kerr-Gillespie at [email protected].
– Interviews will take place in August 2022 and the position will begin on November 14, 2022.
– Only candidates selected for an interview will be called back.

About Festival Accès Asie

Established in 1995, Festival Accès Asie is Canada’s longest-running Asian heritage month festival. To date, the Festival has presented over 1000 Asian artists. The Festival is a Montréal-based non-profit organization that promotes and presents Asian arts, cultures and histories through a diversity of artistic disciplines including visual arts, dance, theatre, video, film, music, comedy, poetry, literature, performance, new media and culinary arts. Its main activities take place during the month of May which is Asian Heritage Month in Canada. 


The Festival is run by a small staff of employees, interns and a Board of Directors composed of artists and members of the Asian community. For more info, visit our About us page.