Neworld Theatre is one of Vancouver’s leading and best-known independent theatre/ performance companies, and an integral part of a highly collaborative community that has evolved in the Vancouver theatre scene over the last two decades. We work in a 6000s.f. shared production hub and studio, PL1422, in the Commercial Drive area of East Vancouver. Led by Artistic Director Chelsea Haberlin, Neworld develops and/or produces 7-9 projects a year, tours nationally and internationally, and offers community engagement programs. We also offer ongoing support and mentorship to younger companies/artists who we believe in. Highlights from the past decade include: presenting our work in 50 theatres in 7 Canadian provinces and 11 countries around the world; cofounding PL1422; touring King Arthur’s Night to the Hong Kong International Arts Festival; our off-Broadway premiere; multiple local, national and international awards; and 25 years of creating work that includes a hugely diverse group of artists and collaborators.
We value connection, collaboration, vulnerability, curiosity, rigour, and humour, fun and play.
Connection. We value the people with whom we work, our audiences, and communities.
Collaboration. We’re not interested in making shows all alone; we want to work together. We know that means that things will sometimes get messy and that we will need to engage with conflict. We think that all of that is important and will get us to much better solutions.
Vulnerability. We are committed to showing up authentically and being in dialogue about things that might feel challenging or awkward in safe and supportive spaces.
Curiosity. We know that no one has all the answers. We are committed to staying curious, exercising active and deep listening and working towards collaborative solutions with care and compassion.
Rigour. Making really excellent work; being thorough. Not rigid, but exact.
Humour, fun and play. What we don’t take too seriously (we hope) is ourselves. Humour is important. We’re making plays! We blur the boundaries between real and unreal and love having good laughs together.
Capacity. We believe that every person is very good at some things, and not so good at others. And we believe that everyone is doing the best they can with what they’ve got and where they’re at. If and when we know better, we’ll try to do better.
We are seeking a Communications & Community Engagement Coordinator to oversee Neworld’s marketing and communications. This role has historically shifted based on who is in it and there is real opportunity to tailor the position to you.
What is essential is that the work we make be of interest to you. We develop and produce varied styles of performance. What unites it: every Neworld project explores who we are through our different perspectives, privileges, and lived experiences. We challenge existing systems of oppression by telling stories that are as complicated and contradictory as the world we live in.
BIG IDEAS AND PROJECTS:
As an industry, we are in a moment of transition around the ways we connect with our audiences. Emerging from the pandemic with the almost complete disappearance of theatre coverage by traditional media we see a real opportunity to rethink who our audience can be and how we reach them. We are interested in the ways that communications and community engagement are intertwined and finding ways to have our connection with audiences and stakeholders be a conversation, not an attempt to sell. We want a person in this position who is interested in asking these big questions with us in search of innovative, bold answers. A few projects we envision include:
- Overseeing the creation of an accessible website with our Inclusive Designer in Residence
- Developing an Embedded Responder Program placing community responders in all of our creation processes
- Investigating the possibility of a IBPOC critic training program in partnership with other community stakeholders
OUR IDEAL CANDIDATE HAS:
- A background in marketing and communications
- Experience with community engagement and accessibility initiatives
- Donor engagement experience
- An interest in interfacing with national and international cultural organizations
- Familiarity with the inner workings of non-profit arts organizations
- Strong written and verbal communications skills and attention to detail
- Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks and deadlines
- Knowledge of Mailchimp, WordPress, Excel, Indesign, Airtable and Photoshop
- Plays well with others. We’re looking for someone who likes to collaborate and to do so in ways that encourage themselves and the people around them to find joy in their work. Happiness matters to us
- Likes responding to opportunities as they occur. While we’re pretty organized, we also practice something we call ‘responsive programming’, which means our plans can change in response to both opportunities and challenges.
We don’t expect any single candidate to have all of the above skills/interests. We would like to know which are yours.
ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES include (but are not limited to):
- Work with lead artists and presenting partners to create, manage and disseminate media assets (copy, images, crediting etc.)
- Create and distribute e-newsletter
- Manage social media presence (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram)
- Website maintenance, including the creation of websites for touring shows
- Build ongoing relationships with community stakeholders and conducting outreach to include broader, more diverse of public engagement initiatives
- Develop communications materials to support engagement activities, including outreach, education and participant recruitment
- Define public engagement initiatives
- Co-ordinate concept and execution of annual and project specific fundraising campaigns and manage ongoing donor engagement.
- Collaborate on the coordination of project-specific community engagement and accessibility initiatives
- Maintain office organizational systems
- Start date: May 25, 2021
- This is a part time position at 20hrs/week
- Salary: Communications & Community Engagement Coordinator will be paid $27,000 annually, plus an extended health benefits package after the first 3 months.
- Holidays: 4 weeks (20 days) paid holiday annually, to be arranged in collaboration with the staff. Historically, two of those weeks are around winter holidays but it need not remain that way.
- Professional Development: We pay for staff to do professional development they identify as important to their job and practice. This is encouraged.
- Working Remotely: Due to the pandemic, most Neworld staff are currently working from home. This will be the case until BC health authorities recommend returning to the office at which time we hope the Communications & Community Engagement Coordinator will work from our office at PL1422 in Vancouver.
HOW TO APPLY
We aim to interview short-listed candidates in early May. Interviews will take place on Zoom.
To apply, please email (with the subject line Communications & Community Engagement Coordinator) to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 23, 2021, 5PM PT:
- Your CV
- A letter outlining why you want to work for Neworld Theatre and what you imagine this position looking like for you
- Two references
Neworld Theatre was founded on the principle of diversity and anti-racism by artists of colour. We hope to receive applications from candidates with a broad range of backgrounds including, but not limited to: race, ethnicity, indigeneity, gender, gender-identification, sexual orientation, class and physical ability (though our office is currently on a second floor, and as such not wheelchair accessible). Also worth noting is that we are a parent-friendly work place with several parents on staff.
We thank all candidates for applying, but we only have capacity to contact those selected for an interview. For more information please visit us at neworldtheatre.com