VIVO General Manager
The application deadline is February 22nd, 2021 at 5PM. Interviews will take place during the week of March 1st, 2021. A full PDF version of this posting can be found here.
VIVO Media Arts Centre is a steward of critical history and an agent for emergent experimental media arts practices. VIVO plays a unique role in facilitating and fostering artistic practices in the region. VIVO builds engaged audiences through workshops, production support, distribution, artist residencies, performances and exhibitions as well as curatorial and archival research. We are also the caretakers of a significant and substantial repository of media art history. We are dedicated to nurturing past, present and future media arts discourses and communities through equitable and public access to resources for preservation, production and dissemination.
VIVO Media Arts Centre is located on the unceded territory of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations.
The General Manager is primarily responsible for:
- working with the Board of Directors and Staff to set and implement strategic organizational goals and oversee general operations. This includes:
- continuing an organizational review of VIVO’s structure, including staff roles, internal decision-making practices, and the integration of equity and racial justice into the organization.
- overseeing VIVO programs, finances, operating grants, relationships with funders and stakeholders, human resources, facilities and infrastructure, and special projects
- providing organizational stewardship with regards to the development and assessment of administrative procedures and internal communications
- acting as a spokesperson for the organization and demonstrating commitment to VIVO’s values
Start Date: Mid to late March
Contract length: Permanent position with a 6-month probationary period
Hours: 40 hours a week. Occasional evening and weekend work would be required with notice.
Compensation: $50,000 – $55,000 salary commensurate with experience
Benefits: Health and Dental Coverage, 6 weeks vacation
VIVO’s Current Context:
You will be joining a team of 8 staff members in:
- a member-driven organization guided by the creativity of diverse communities and stakeholders
- a fast-paced, highly collaborative, and communicative work environment
Working for VIVO during COVID:
In non-pandemic times, VIVO works out of an open office environment in East Vancouver. Our expectation is that we will fully return to the offices within the year. During COVID, VIVO’s General Manager and other team members have been working out of our office periodically while following mask-wearing and sanitization protocols. Due to the current situation, we require our employees to have access to an adequate internet connection and a workspace where they are able to participate in video conferencing. For staff working from home, VIVO will provide computer equipment if necessary and support other home office costs as needed.
We are continually adapting our practices to support employees in their work in the context of COVID. If you have questions about the current state of these practices, please email Alex (email@example.com).
VIVO Media Arts Centre is making ongoing efforts to improve the accessibility of 2625 Kaslo St. A wheelchair ramp is located at the west side of the main entrance. Washrooms have a 33 inch entrance with handrail. As we are in a shared building, we cannot guarantee a scent-free space. However, we aim to have a scent-reduced space. If you have specific questions relating to the accessibility of our space, please email Alex (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Tasks and Responsibilities:
The General Manager’s role is highly collaborative, working in active consultation with relevant staff and the Board of Directors when necessary.
Organizational Oversight & Operations:
- Provide leadership to achieve VIVO’s vision and mission, in alignment with any active strategic plans
- Determine the areas of programming activity and high-level resource allocation (such as staffing) required for development and delivery oversight of programming
- Ensure the financial well-being and stability of the organization, including by developing and maintaining the annual operating budget
- Oversee and participate in daily facilities maintenance and upgrades, and develop a strategy for VIVO’s future infrastructure needs
- Active engagement and commitment to practices of community development and social justice by facilitating stakeholder engagement and building consensus
- Develop organizational resources such as partnerships, community relations, and project funding
- Act as liaison and maintain relationships with key funder relationships and seek new ones in accordance with VIVO’s organizational priorities and vision
- Lead staff and board in maintaining the short, medium, and long-term strategic funding development of VIVO
- Ensure all funding applications, deliverables, and reporting mechanisms are completed in a timely manner in collaboration with the staff team and project coordinators
Human Resources Management:
- Provide human resources oversight in collaboration with the HR Committee. This includes, but is not limited to:
- the recruitment, hiring, onboarding, probation, and offboarding of employees
- ensuring regular updates to staff contracts and work plans
- supporting employee welfare and retention through regular check-ins, evaluation processes, conflict resolution, and benefits administration
- the development and review of HR policies and procedures
- Champion a healthy work environment through:
- the integration of anti-oppressive and social justice values within policies and practices
- maintaining and sharing a deep understanding of the chronic strain or stress of experiencing racism, settler colonialism, homophobia, transphobia, poverty, living with disability, transmisogyny
- deepening the processes that support a healthy functioning of VIVO’s collaborative structure
- Liaise with the Board of Directors and its working committees to understand, develop, and implement VIVO policies and procedures, as they relate to organizational, operational, and departmental needs
- Serve as the key contact between staff and board, communicating organizational priorities and advocating for staff needs when necessary
- Implement strategic organizational goals and oversee general operations
At VIVO, we recognize the value of both paid and unpaid work. We encourage applications from candidates who meet some or all of the following qualifications:
- experience working with artist-run centres, collectives, or community-based organizations
- proven track record of managing non-profit operations, including payroll, budgeting, and grant reporting
- experience in fundraising and grant writing for arts funding agencies and programs
- knowledge of organizational policy development and strategic planning
- experience with human resource practices and processes, including supervision
- experience integrating social justice and anti-oppression frameworks into your work
Successful Candidates Will Possess the Following:
We are looking for someone who brings a passion for independent media arts, an aptitude for navigating the complexity of non-profit operations and governance, and strong interpersonal skills to join our team. Other qualities include:
- ability to work creatively with a broad range of people and perspectives
- ability to work both autonomously and with others in a highly collaborative work environment
- ability to be self-motivated, set and meet deadlines, work under pressure, and exercise sound judgment in setting priorities
- willingness to support VIVO’s commitment to amplifying marginalised voices in the community
All candidates are asked to fill out this form in lieu of a cover letter. The form will also ask you to include your CV in a PDF format. The deadline to submit this form is 5:00 PM on February 22th, 2021. If you have any problems with the form, please email S F Ho (email@example.com)
Only candidates chosen for an interview will be contacted. Interviews will take place during the week of March 1st.
If you wish to be considered for employment equity:
VIVO values the contributions that individuals who identify as members of marginalized communities bring to our organization. We encourage, among others, Indigenous people, people of colour, people with disabilities, people identifying as LGBTQI, formerly incarcerated or institutionalized people, recent immigrants and people from working class backgrounds to apply. We also understand that applicants may experience a number of these identities simultaneously in ways that reinforce and nuance their experience. We are committed to creating an organization as diverse as the communities we serve.
If you wish to be considered for employment equity, you can let us know in the application form. Please note that it is not required that candidates explain why they would like to be considered for employment equity.
Workshop Instructor (ON-GOING)
Interested in being an instructor at VIVO? We are always accepting proposals for media arts workshops in technology, theory, process, or whatever might be relevant to media artists in Vancouver. Please email VIVO’s education coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the subject: Workshop Proposal to find out if there is a potential fit.
Internships / Volunteering (ON-GOING)
VIVO is committed to providing training opportunities in the various aspects of media arts as it relates to artist-run culture. We are a training ground for the cultural workers of tomorrow, and thrive on the creative energy of people wanting to know more about getting involved in the cultural sector. There is currently no funding for paid internships, although we are always in need of loyal volunteers to work closely in specific departments. Volunteers that commit to a regular weekly schedule for a minimum of 3 months earn Video Bucks and a Basic Producer Membership.