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July 27, 2018

We're Hiring: Program Coordinator


ArtStarts in Schools is a charitable organization that expands the role of art in education to activate learning for young people. Our collective need for creativity, empathy, and complex thinking is more acute today than ever before. By providing young people with access to arts-integrated learning experiences at school, we develop a generation that has the creative, collaborative and innovative skills necessary to live, lead and thrive in the 21st century.


ArtStarts is seeking a Program Coordinator to join our team for a one year contract starting late August 2018. This position enables access to the performing arts for young people across BC by nurturing relationships with all 62 school districts across BC and working with up to 100 different artist groups. The Program Coordinator also supports our annual ArtStarts Showcase – Western Canada's most important performing arts showcase and conference for school and community arts programmers interested in booking performances for young audiences. This position reports to the Program Manager.

ArtStarts is committed to being an equitable workplace. We encourage BIPOC, people who identify as LGBTQ2IA, and those living with a visible or invisible disability to self identify on their application.


  • Supporting the process of booking over 2,000 artistic performances in schools (contracts, confirmations, changes, conflicts and cancellations)
  • Maintaining relationships with artists, schools, districts and community organizations
  • Attending school performances to connect with the outcomes of activities happening in the field
  • Supporting the annual ArtStarts Showcase event including: artist applications, delegate registration and event production.
  • Supporting the administration of the AIE grant for school districts
  • Assisting the Director of Finance and Operations with district and individual school billing and artist payments


As ArtStarts is a mission driven organization, we are seeking someone to join our team who shares our sense of purpose to expand the role of art in education so young people thrive in learning and in life.

We are looking for someone who is committed to social justice issues and has an ability to apply an anti-oppressive lens to their work. We are also seeking someone who has the competency and ability to steward the use of our facility through the lens of accessibility.

The following will enable you to excel in this role:

  • Experience as an administrative professional in an office environment
  • Customer service experience
  • An attention to detail and the ability to be a problem solver
  • Proficiency with MS Excel, MS Word, MS Access, Google Docs and Google Sheets
  • Comfort using (or learning to use) Slack and Asana
  • The ability to build positive working relationships
  • The ability to work independently and collaboratively in an open office environment
  • Excellent time management and multi-tasking skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • Strong organizational and planning skills


  1. Submit your cover letter (max two pages) and resume to
  2. In your cover letter, please answer to the following question:

"Why is equitable access and diversity in the arts important for young people?"

NOTE: In order to be considered for the position, you must answer this question.

Applications will be considered as they are received so apply early and no later than August 10, 2018 at 12pm. The ideal start date for this position is August 27, 2018.


This is a regular full-time position (35 hours/week) with a regular Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm schedule. The salary range is $40,000 – $44,000, based on experience. Additional benefits include three weeks of vacation, a professional development allowance, and extended health and dental benefits.

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