Job Opportunities

Programming Coordinator

Term: Part-time, permanent. Workdays are Monday – Thursday; some evening and weekend work is required for meetings and events.

Compensation: $22/hour at 15 hours/week

Benefits: Employer-paid health benefits following a three-month probationary period.

Application Deadline: June 30, 2021 at 11:59pm EST

For this position, SAVAC is seeking a person with highly-developed organization and coordination skills. The candidate filling this position will work very closely with SAVAC’s Artistic Director, coordinating tasks related to exhibition programming, film screenings, talks, pedagogical activities, and other projects that are part of our artistic calendar. The Programming Coordinator will help to deliver a range of artistic programming and foster ongoing community partnerships. The successful candidate will work in collaboration with SAVAC’s Executive Director when it comes to administrative and strategic decisions, and the Communications and Outreach Coordinator with regards to communication, marketing and outreach with SAVAC’s diverse communities in Toronto and beyond. The successful candidate will receive in-depth training and professional development opportunities.

The candidate ideally has the lived experience of people of colour, and understands the realities of systemic oppression, including knowledge of the barriers marginalized people experience when accessing programs and opportunities. 

The successful candidate will possess:

  • Experience in coordinating artistic projects and organizing artistic events in the artist-run-centre sector 
  • Strong research, critical thinking, attention to detail, and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and independently, organize and prioritize work effectively.
  • Experience working with artists, partners, and the general public.
  • Experience in building and facilitating relationships with various community groups with sensitivity and care.
  • A willingness to develop new job-related skills through mentorship or other professional development opportunities.
  • Computer skills (PC or Mac), Microsoft Office, Google Drive, and Social Media.


Duties and responsibilities:


  • implement some aspects of programming, including but not limited to:
    • Assist in exhibition and art projects conceptualization, design, and implementation
    • Coordinate calls for submissions
    • Assist in producing a schedule of exhibitions from local, national and international artists
    • Coordinate installation of artworks with artists and curators
    • Coordinate online art projects including events and workshops
    • Coordinate online co-presentation film screenings with partner organizations
    • Coordinate public events and receptions; talks, tours and screenings
    • Assist in producing or coordinating written materials for web and print related to art programs
    • Liaise with Communications Coordinator to assist with targeted outreach strategy
  • Communicate with artists, curators, writers, designers and technicians about art programs scheduling, requirements, deliverables, and/or contracts
  • Coordinate the Ontario Arts Council’s Exhibition Assistance Grant
  • Assistant in providing our membership and audiences up-to-date information about current and upcoming programming events through promotional texts circulated by SAVAC’s Quarterly newsletter and/or social media.
  • Assist in curatorial research for potential programming and partnerships.


Office Administration 

  • maintain up-to-date statistical records on event attendance and/or other success metrics. 
  • keep files on current programming and promotion
  • Staffing office upon re-opening 




  • Minimum 2 years experience in artistic programming or educational background in related disciplines. E.g. Art History, Curatorial Studies, Visual Culture, Arts administration etc. or equivalent paid or volunteer experience in the sector,
  • understanding of the Canadian public granting system,
  • knowledge of, or involvement with a board governed, artist-run centres in Canada
  • strong written English in a variety of writing styles from project/curatorial descriptions, promotional writing and email correspondence,
  • strong project management and organization skills,
  • ability to work in a small, engaged workplace
  • demonstrates strong project management skills to undertake and realize collaborative exhibition projects;
  • ability to work independently and cooperatively without supervision,
  • high capacity to multi-task and meet deadlines, 
  • excellent interpersonal and communication skills,
  • must be comfortable with flexible work environment and variable work schedule
  • experience installing a variety of exhibitions is a plus, 
  • able to troubleshoot and creatively problem solve in areas of budgeting, exhibition design and installation, communication with artists, etc.
  • understanding of barriers faced by artists of colour,
  • understanding and experience with working in different artistic mediums,
  • knowledge of a second language is preferred,
  • attend exhibitions, screenings, events and keeps abreast of trends within the art world.


Position Details:

  • Number of hours/week: 15 hours/week
  • 1 year contract with option of renewal
  • 3 month probationary period
  • Duration: Part-time
  • Programming Coordinator reports to the Artistic Director  
  • SAVAC’s office is located at 401 Richmond St W. We are currently working from home, but expect to go back to partial office work late 2021. Some off-site work is required.


To Apply:

  • SAVAC only accepts email applications which should be sent to with the Subject line: Programming Coordinator Application.
  • Deadline Date: 30 June 2021
  • Include CV and a one-page cover letter explaining why you are fit for this position and what you hope to achieve.





Suite 450
401 Richmond St. W.
Toronto, ON M5V 3A8

1 (416) 542-1661

Office Closed
Monday - Thursday
10am - 5pm
by remote appointment only


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exhibitions, and events at SAVAC.

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