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Operations Manager

Operations Manager

  • Contract
  • Vancouver
  • Applications have closed.
  • Salary: $16,000 - $18,000

Website Vancouver Creative Space Society

Vancouver Creative Space Society (“C-Space”) is seeking an Operations Manager for East Vancouver creative hub Progress Lab 1422.



In 2009, a dream between four kindred theatre organizations was realized when Boca Del Lupo, Electric

Company, Neworld and Rumble opened Progress Lab 1422, a 7,000 ft2 centre for creation and development

in East Vancouver. Guided by a deeply felt spirit of collaboration, community and resource-sharing, PL1422

quickly became a sought-after cultural facility, accommodating not only the tenant companies but external

rentals and partnerships. To support this growth, the Vancouver Creative Space Society (C-Space) was

founded to manage PL1422 and other possible future cultural property development projects in the Lower

Mainland. Now, in 2020, PL1422 remains home to three of the founding companies—Electric Company,

Neworld, and Rumble—while welcoming Company 605, Playwrights Theatre Centre, rice & beans theatre,

Tara Cheyenne Performance and Theatre Conspiracy into the fold. PL1422 continues to be a vital presence in

our community, providing exceptional, readily available and affordable creative space to the theatre industry

and the wider arts sector.



The Operations Manager is a key position at Progress Lab, and offers one-of-a-kind opportunity to contribute

to the Vancouver performance ecology. The Operations Manager works with Progress Lab resident

companies to facilitate the creation of excellent performance work, led by the values of collaboration and

community. In addition to being responsible for leading administrative operations of C-Space, the Operations

Manager provides support to the C-Space Board of Directors and the PL1422 Facility Committee and acts as a

representative of the Society, PL1422, and the resident companies to arts professionals, funding bodies, and

the community at large.

This is your chance! Help shape the future of an important arts creation hub! PL1422 is home to some of

the most exciting and innovative performing arts organizations in Canada and the Operations Manager is a

vital part of our team.


Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

• Coordination of internal bookings (resident companies) of the PL1422 spaces, including the Studio,

Workshop, and Rumpus Room;

• Coordination of external bookings of the PL1422 spaces, including oversight of tech stock and coordination

of technical staff and volunteers when necessary;

• Management and administration of C-Space financial systems, including budgeting, accounts payable and

accounts receivable;

• Researching and pursuing granting opportunities for capital projects and sustainable growth of the PL1422

model with support from the Board;

• Coordination of ongoing capital renovations, including supervising work done by outside contractors.

• Oversight of PL1422 facility maintenance, including waste management, janitorial services, supply

purchasing and small repairs. This includes the hiring of tradespeople when necessary;

• Building new administrative systems and helping to shape C-Space processes in collaboration with the

Board and Facility Committee as C-Space and PL1422 grow and shift;

• Liaising between resident companies and the board; organizing and facilitating board meetings;

• Attendance at and documentation of minutes and action items at C-Space and PL1422 Facility Committee


• Keeping accurate records for C-Space, including basic website management and facility usage stats;

• Facilitating and managing special projects as capacity allows – for example, a PL1422 residency program;

• Finding and implementing ways to improve PL1422, to make it more awesome.


Working conditions and environment:

• The Operations Manager will be engaged as an independent contractor on a one-year renewable contract.

• The Operations Manager will be provided administrative work space in the office of Electric Company and

rice & beans theatre, and is asked to provide their own computer.

• The Operations Manager works on a flexible, self-directed schedule, responding to the needs of C-Space

and PL1422. While flexible in nature, an estimated 50 hours per month (approximately 1.5 days per week)

are required.

• Compensation shall be a part-time salary of $16 000 – $18 000 per year, commensurate with experience.

The C-Space board’s intention for this position in future is that it expands to a full-time salaried position to

support our growing community.



• 3-5 years of experience in facility management, arts administration, or an equivalent combination of

education and experience;

• Excellent communication and organizational skills;

• Familiarity with many aspects of stagecraft, with a demonstrated ability to acquire new skills;

• Motivated self-starter;

• Willing to work a flexible schedule including weekends, evenings and holidays when required;



• Demonstrated professional experience in production or event management;

• Experience with accounting and bookkeeping;

• Success in writing or supporting in the writing of grants, including capital funding streams;

• Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel); basic HTML; scheduling software Skedda; accounting


• Access to personal vehicle;

• Comfortable with physical work (lifting, working on ladders, minor construction projects).



The successful candidate will ideally be available to start in this position by March or April 2020. Alternate

start dates may be negotiated. Interested candidates are invited to submit cover letter and resumé in

confidence by 5 P.M. February 7, 2020 to, subject: PL1422 Operations Manager Position.

Vancouver Creative Space Society is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of nondiscrimination

in employment on any basis including race, ethnicity, indigeneity, gender, gender

identification, sexual orientation, class, and physical ability. Candidates are encouraged to self-identify.

Unfortunately, a portion of our offices are on the second floor of Progress Lab 1422, and are not currently

wheelchair accessible.

Thank-you for your interest. Only candidates advancing in the process will be contacted. No

telephone or walk-in inquiries please. All applications are treated confidentially.

The PL1422 Operations Manager Hiring Committee

Sandra Henderson, Neworld Theatre

Matt Moreau, Neworld Theatre

Kellee Ngan, Rumble Theatre

Melanie Yeats, Playwrights Theatre Centre

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