Organization: African Friendship Society
Deadline: Until filled
African Friendship Society
Rolling intake. Interviews will be offered on an ongoing basis to suitable applicants until the position is filled.
Organization and History
The BC based African Friendship Society was formed in 2017 by African artist Jacky Essombe to facilitate the growth of African Arts outreach in the community at large and help unite, heal and empower the local Black Community. Demand for AFS programs is high and the organization has been in a steep growth phase for the past two years.
Our main programs:
Kids in Africa is an afterschool program offered in elementary schools to teach children about Africa through arts and culture.
Sankofa is a week-long camp delivered in the winter and summer for black children. It is a school of traditional knowledge and ancient wisdom for the black youth.
MoRhyCo is an African Drum and Dance Collective for Black Women, to support mental health and wellness and promote cultural healing, cultural identity and social inclusion.
Africa with the Masters Festival aims to promote African culture through arts and games, create a bridge of friendship between cultures and provide an opportunity for African parents to share their traditional childhood games with their children, in order to strengthen their cultural identity and sense of community connectedness.
Company Vision and Mandate
At African Friendship Society we believe that all Canadians deserve to experience the real story of Africa and its people without prejudice or discrimination. We bring communities together through the celebration of joy, friendship and African arts and culture.
Our mandate is to educate while entertaining, promote mental and emotional well-being for all, social inclusion and community engagement through African arts, and help build self- esteem and empowerment within the African community through positive cultural identification.
This is an exciting new position with potential for growth in the coming years. For the past year and a half New Works has been providing management and consulting support to the AFS. Recent rapid growth of the company has resulted in the need for a dedicated manager position.
Starting at three days a week, this position has potential to grow to full time within the coming year. The position will start as a mentored position via New Works then transition to an independent position. During the initial phase the AFS General Manager will work closely with the New Works Team who will provide training and support where required. This is an excellent growth opportunity.
Hours can be accomplished flexibly during regular work hours. The ideal candidate will have some flexibility to work weekends or evenings to represent the organization at key events.
While Covid remains a concern most of the work will need to take place at home. The ideal candidate will have their own computer and space in which to work.
Working closely with the Artistic Director, the successful candidate will be responsible for the operation of the company. This includes overseeing finances, production, human resources, annual planning, society upkeep, fund-raising, marketing, and outreach. Specific duties include the following:
Overseeing event schedules.
Spearheading funding and partner opportunities
Overseeing timely promotion scheduling
Communication with venues, partners, suppliers and staff
Overseeing the coordination of event personnel including box office, volunteers, and staff, as necessary.
Connect with community arts organizations to build positive relationships in the African community of Canada.
Human Resource Management
Contract all employees and self-employed contractors.
Negotiate with appropriate labour organizations.
Manage full time or casual office and production staff/contractors.
Oversee ongoing office administration.
Negotiate and manage bookings, rentals, and registrations
Stewardship of volunteers and board of directors
Organize board meetings and AGM
Tend annual Society business
Monitor changes to public and private arts-related policy and programs.
Funding and Fundraising
Identify funding opportunities available to the organization.
Manage the grant application process, monitor grant and report timelines.
Devise and implement an annual fundraising plan: applying to private foundations, managing individual donor campaigns, corporate sponsorship and/or special fundraising events.
Cultivate positive relationships with current donors and sponsors.
Work with the Artistic Director to identify, cultivate, and solicit funders.
Marketing and Promotion
Devise and implement a strategic marketing plan that seeks to increase the breadth of the dissemination of the African Friendship Society.
Manage marketing resources and budgets.
Oversee publicity and media relations.
Coordinate and activate content on social media.
Engage volunteers and coordinate volunteer efforts.
Represent the company in the community at events and performances.
Assist the Artistic Director to build and develop audience and awareness of the company through strategic community engagement opportunities.
Prepare, monitor and revise the operating budget in conjunction with the Artistic Director
Prepare and analyze financial data for reports and financial year end.
Oversee the development and maintenance of financial systems.
Liaise with the company’s bookkeeper to produce the annual audit to the requirements of the various funding agencies.
You are self-motivated, with initiative and superior organizational and time management skills.
You have experience in managing a cultural organization.
You have knowledge of traditional African performing arts and/or other professional performing arts experience.
You have had successes in fundraising and marketing.
You have strong communication skills (oral and written).
Discretion, confidentiality, maturity, flexibility, sound judgement and strong interpersonal skills are essential
Using Microsoft Word, Excel and G-Suite is easy-peasy.
You have experience with or a willingness to gain skills in WordPress, Photoshop, Mailchimp, and Google Analytics
Preference will be given to a black candidate.
Preference for a bilingual French-English speaker.
How to Apply:
Please send a resume and a cover letter to:
New Performance Works Society
Contract based on an hourly rate. Starting at three days a week, this position has potential to grow to full time within the coming year. Range: between $_20_ and $_25_ according to experience.
Contact Name: Julie Mamias
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Phone: (604) 893-8807
- CAD Month
- Address 938 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada
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