Employment opportunity – Nanaimo Art Gallery

Visitor Services Coordinator

Nanaimo Art Gallery seeks an energetic, creative, and highly motivated individual for the position of Visitor Services Coordinator. Reporting to the Executive/Artistic Director, the Visitor Services Coordinator will be responsible for the daily operations of the Downtown Gallery, Gallery Store sales, administration, and development, and a range of tasks related to visitor services. The successful candidate will have marketing experience and possess superior organizational skills, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and have a strong interest in contemporary art.

Gallery Store
• actively recruit and liaise with Gallery Store artists in consultation with Executive/Artistic Director
• maintain stock in the Gallery Store
• process transactions for the Gallery Store
• manage cash balancing and prepare deposits
• maintain records related to the Gallery Store
• manage the promotion of the Gallery Store

• open and close the Downtown Gallery and maintain security
• recruit volunteers
• provide direction to volunteers and maintain schedule
• maintain the reception and gallery area
• process membership applications and renewals
• greet visitors, address enquiries and maintain attendance log
• maintain supplies
• assist with maintenance of website and social media
• identify and implement changes to Downtown Gallery procedure, in consultation with Executive/Artistic Director
• manage facility rentals
• assist in the organization and facilitation of special events including exhibition openings and artist talks
• other administrative assistance as needed

• Post-secondary degree or equivalent in a field related to arts administration, visual art, or business
• Knowledge and experience in retail and merchandising
• Superior communication and organizational skills
• Excellent computer and organizational skills
• Ability to lift heavy objects and understanding of art handling and installation
• Strong interpersonal skills and customer service experience
• Passion for historical and contemporary art practice
• Experience dealing with cash, accounting and budgets
• Valid driver’s license and vehicle

Start Date: June 18, 2014
Length: 12-month contract
Rate of Pay: $15 per hour

Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 9:30 am to 5:30 pm; some evenings and weekends required.

Application Deadline: June 11, 2014, midnight

To apply please email a letter of interest with a CV to info@nanaimogallery.ca
Note that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Job opportunity: Cumberland Museum & Archives, deadline Dec 6

The Cumberland Museum and Archives (Cumberland and District Historical Society) is seeking a talented non profit professional to fill an exciting new position of Cumberland Museum Executive Director. Working cooperatively with the Board of Directors and Museum staff, the Executive Director provides leadership for Museum operations and works to fulfill the goals and objectives outlined in the Museum’s Strategic Plan.

A detailed job description is attached and the deadline is coming up quickly for applications (December 6th).

The Cumberland Museum and Archives is a dynamic and thriving organization with a well developed Strategic Plan and great momentum! Museum, heritage and/or curatorial experience is an asset but not a requirement for this position.

CFM Coordinator Job posting: October 17th

Many students have a passion and interest in local food and food security.  If this is you, check out this job posting!


Dig in – to food on campus!

Are you excited about local, sustainable food?  Interested in hands-on experiential learning? Interested in bringing together students, faculty, administrators, chefs, distributors, and community organizations?  This is your chance to join the national movement that is transforming food and education on campuses across Canada.

We are looking for a VIU student to help coordinate the Campus Food Movement in Nanaimo from October 2013 to April 2014. The selected student will join two VIU student coordinators and a national network of peer coordinators, receive an honorarium, resources for every step of the way, and one-on-one staff support from an experienced youth leader in the food movement.

Coordinators will:

  • Plan and coordinate engagement events on campus
  • Facilitate Applied Student Research Opportunities
  • Coordinate community activities, including:
    • Farmer’s Market pilot project on the VIU campus
    • Trick or Eat campaign
    • Student engagement/awareness events in collaboration with Nanaimo FoodShare
  • Host multi-stakeholder meetings and attend weekly coordinator meetings
  • Participate and share with the national network of the Campus Food Systems Project
  • Be expected to work 4-10 hours per week

Desired Attributes:

  • Knowledge of food systems and issues around food (indicate relevant coursework)
  • Excellent interpersonal, self-management and organizational skills
  • Excellent communication, group work and leadership skills
  • Ability to take initiative and engage in active learning
  • Openness to new perspectives and desire to do solutions-focused work with a diverse group of stakeholders
  • A minimum GPA of 3.00 (B average)

To apply for this honorarium position, please send your resume and cover letter to viu(at)studentfood.ca.  Applications are due on October 17th, 2013.

New listserve: Overseas internships & jobs

The VIU Education Abroad office has set up an email list-serve that will be used to send out announcements that are received about internships and job postings from overseas organizations, or within Canada, that will appeal to students and graduates who are interested in pursuing a career in international education or some sort of development work abroad.  There will probably be 10 to 30 emails per year from this list-serve.

Anyone who wants to subscribe to the list can send an email to:  WorkAbroad-request@viu.ca with the following in the body of the message (the Subject: doesn’t matter):  SUBSCRIBE WORKABROAD

To unsubscribe, send an e-mail to: WorkAbroad-request@viu.ca  and in the body of the message type: UNSUBSCRIBE WORKABROAD

CVGAN is hiring!

Many have an interest in social justice and international development.  If you are one of these individuals, perhaps this job is the one that you have been dreaming about!

The position is with Comox Valley Global Awareness Network (CVGAN).

The CV Global Awareness Network (CV GAN) is an initiative conceived by Valley people involved in social justice and international development and encouraged by the BC Council for International Cooperation (BCCIC).  BCCIC is a coalition of individuals and non-government organizations working to achieve sustainable human development.  The purpose of the CV Global Awareness Network is to support Comox Valley individuals and groups involved in actions to promote social justice and global awareness.  With funding provided by CIDA via the BCCIC, the Network aims to provide regional forums, events and workshops focused on capacity building, networking, and learning, which are delivered in flexible, creative, and innovative ways.  Membership is free.  Check us out at www.cvglobalawareness.com

The Network is seeking a part time (30 hours per month with some evening work) coordinator to plan and organize networking events for CVGAN and to facilitate the further development of the Network.

The ideal candidate  is  highly motivated and able to work with a minimum of supervision. He or she has:

  • an awareness of global and development issues,
  • experience in event planning and the use of social networking tools,
  • access to their own computer and internet as well as transportation, and
  • strong management, communication and networking skills.
Deadline for applications is Thursday, September 16th – and the successful candidate should be available to begin work shortly thereafter. Applications should be sent to colleen.hanley@nic.bc.ca with subject line – CVGAN Coordinator.

Please visit our for further details http://www.cvglobalawareness.com/network-job-posting.html

How to ask for a reference letter | University Affairs

How to ask for a reference letter | University Affairs.

At some point, you will need to ask for a letter of reference from one of your professors.  They expect to be asked; it’s also part of their job.  But, remember that who writes and for what matters.  Don’t ask your prof who only taught you one intro course to write a letter of recommendation for graduate school.  Why aren’t you asking your advisor who supervised you on an upper-level research project?

Also, make sure you provide adequate advance notice (minimum of a week)!

Three points addressed in this article:

  • Who to choose and when to approach them

  • What to say and what to give them

  • Thank you etiquette

11 Reasons Graduates Lose Out on Jobs [SLIDES]

11 Reasons Graduates Lose Out on Jobs [SLIDES].

Here’s some sound advice for the job market, whether as an anthropology or some other Social Science undergrad.

Note the three key points:

  • Don’t make your resume longer than a 25 year professional, especially when you’re a graduate!
  • Make sure you bring questions to ask your interviewer – maybe find 30 that they’ve never been asked before?
  • Don’t be dressed for failure!