WANISKAHTAN Project Coordinator

Organization NameJob CategoriesPosition TypeRegion and Location(s)Career LevelSalaryAd Online SinceApplication Deadline
The Legacy of Hope Foundation
  • Administrative / Clerical Support
Contract - Part Time
  • Ontario - Ottawa Area
Experienced (Non-manager)$0 - 23,0002019-07-102019-07-19

Who Can Apply: Preference will be given to persons with Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit, and Metis) ancestry (24(1) (a) of OHRC) who are qualified candidates.   

Job Posting – WANISKAHTAN Project Coordinator, Legacy of Hope Foundation

  • Job Type: Part-time, Term Position – (1 year and 7 months)
  • Term: August 12, 2019 - March 31, 2021
  • Required education: Post-Secondary Diploma/Certificate (or equivalent experience)
  • Salary: $23,000 per year
  • Closing Date: July 19, 2019

The Legacy of Hope Foundation is a national Indigenous-led, charitable organization founded in 2000 with the goal of educating and raising awareness about the history and many impacts of the Residential School System. This includes teaching people about the direct and ongoing impacts on First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Survivors, their families and their communities to make known the histories of Indigenous Peoples in Canada, including the histories of injustice.

Our mission is to build understanding and empathy and to inspire self-reflection and personal commitments to take action that will create respectful and equal relationships aimed at healing and fostering Reconciliation. LHF highlights the rich cultures, resilience and strength and many contributions of Indigenous Peoples in Canada.

LHF works in partnership with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Peoples, communities, and organizations, and with governmental agencies, foundations, educational institutions, and others across the country to develop educational materials, commemoration projects, and research initiatives that support our mission.

The Legacy of Hope Foundation’s vision for Canada is that informed, capable, and respectful people live as equals in a mutually beneficial, caring, dignified, and just relationship of Reconciliation, for a brighter future of all.

Position Overview:

As part of the Legacy of Hope team, and the primary staff member for the development of a new exhibition and Activity Guide, the Waniskahtan Project Coordinator for the Legacy of Hope will work directly with the Manager of Exhibitions and Curatorial Projects, the Executive Director and Indigenous communities and Partnering Organizations to develop and coordinate all aspects of exhibition and curatorial projects. This role requires detail-oriented execution, flexibility, initiative, and a very strong collaborative approach, particularly with our Indigenous partners. The position is for a 19-month term and will be located on-site in Ottawa.

General duties:

  • Write reports, draft exhibition and project content in collaboration with partners, briefing notes, PowerPoint presentations and/or other related documents;
  • Write individual and group proposals to secure project funds for LHF;
  • Network with the Indigenous/Art community, graphic designers; and,
  • Other related duties, as required from time to time.

Specific Job Duties:

  • Collaborating with the Legacy of Hope’s Executive Director and Indigenous partners to develop project initiatives and goals relating to LHF’s mission and mandate.
  • Monitoring project progress, supervising the accounting for travelling exhibits and communicating regularly with the Legacy of Hope’s Executive Director and all project stakeholders, as directed.
  • Managing the Legacy of Hope’s public image and ensuring that all project records (paperwork, documentation, promotional materials, etc.) are organized and well maintained.
  • Networking and outreach with artists, curators, and arts organizations in throughout Canada to develop, promote and facilitate project activities.
  • Communicating with project participants to ensure they have the support and resources needed.
  • Researching funding sources and preparing funding applications to strengthen each project’s budget and seeking funding to support new and emerging projects.
  • Researching and pursuing sponsorship opportunities for the project, as needed.
  • Coordinating travel, accommodations, venues, etc. for project events, as needed.
  • Enhancing the Legacy of Hope’s profile through communication, dissemination, and outreach.
  • Strengthening communications and relationships with artists, curators, project partners, and Indigenous communities throughout Canada.
  • Participating in the hiring with the ED and the management of any secondary staff required for projects, as needed.

Qualifications & Skills:

  • College Diploma or University Degree (or equivalent experience) in the Arts, Administration, Curatorial Studies, Project Management, Indigenous Studies, or any related field with a minimum of two years of arts-related work experience.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office tools (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.), as well as current social media and web-based platforms.
  • Proven ability to coordinate multiple demands and requests in a fast-paced, highly professional environment, work comfortably with change, and problem solve.
  • Proven time management skills and a strong attention to detail and accountability.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written) with the ability to work as a team member.
  • Must have in depth knowledge and understanding of Indigenous issues related to Residential Schools and the ongoing impacts on Survivors and their families;
  • Strong writing skills with the ability to carry out culturally-relevant analysis in all deliverables;
  • Ability to carry out research, and write in both plain language and academic styles;
  • Ability to apply sound judgment;
  • Familiarity with Indigenous practices, and knowledge of cultural protocols, including of interactions with Elders;
  • Good understanding and knowledge of key social justice issues impacting Indigenous Peoples;
  • Commitment to, and knowledge of the principles, values, mission and mandate of the Legacy of Hope Foundation;
  • Good understanding of policy, program and legislation, (including violence prevention and impacts, health, housing, etc.) affecting Indigenous Peoples;
  • The ability to communicate in Indigenous languages are an asset;
  • The ability to communicate in both official languages are an asset (French and English);
  • Knowledge of contemporary Indigenous arts practices, Indigenous artists and communities;
  • Driver’s License is essential to be able to meet often with partners, etc. (funds for gas/kilometers will be provided);
  • Some travel across Canada may be required; and
  • Overtime may be required from time-to-time.

All interested applicants must submit an electronic cover letter and résumé to the Legacy of Hope Foundation by email at Reception@legacyofhope .ca by July 19, 2019 with the subject line “ATTENTION: Manager of Exhibitions and Curatorial Projects.” Please demonstrate how you meet the requirements of the position within your documents, and ensure they are formatted as .doc or .pdf files. The successful candidate must be legally entitled to work in Canada, and the offer of employment is conditional upon receipt of a Criminal Records Search, Vulnerable Sector Screening. We thank all who apply, however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.


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