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Alliance Coordinator

Job Information
DateJanuary 16, 2017
TypeFull Time
CompanyIndigenous Performing Arts Alliance
Salary$18 - 22 - Per Hour
LocationIndian Brook, NS
Contact Information
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IPAA is hiring an Alliance Coordinator starting February 13, 2017 in Tkarón:to.
This one year contract is 22.5 hours per week, wage is $18 – 22/hr depending on experience. IPAA provides wellness reimbursement (in lieu of benefits), professional development and vacation time. Interviews will take place January 23-24 with an offer by the end of January.

About us

We acknowledge our office is located on the homelands of the Mississaugas of New Credit First Nation, the Anishinaabeg, the Haudenosaunee, the Wendat and any other Nations who care for these territories (acknowledged and unacknowledged, recorded and unrecorded).

Claiming space for all Indigenous performing artists

The Indigenous performance community has been mobilizing around an advocacy body for decades such as when, in the 90’s, artistic leaders circled up on Métis Elder Maria Campbell’s land. Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance (IPAA or the Alliance) became a federally incorporated national arts service organization in 2005.

The Alliance now maintains an office in the 401 Richmond Building in Tkarón:to and is an equal opportunity employer. Located on the second floor of the 401 Richmond building (with elevator access) we welcome applications from all qualified candidates.

The Alliance creates programs and resources to advocate for Indigenous performing artists by:
⦁    connecting the song lines and trade routes active here since time immemorial
⦁    providing platforms for Indigenous artists to be recognized as leaders in their field
⦁    ensuring Indigenous artists are at the centre of performance in Turtle Island [North America]

About you

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Alliance Coordinator contributes to our Community of Artists [members] by engaging new artists and communities. The leader we seek for this position will bring their own values to the work and will conduct themselves in relation to the protocols of the local Host Nations of Tkarón:to and the communities we visit.

This position will appeal to arts workers who thrive in a collaborative environment where individual initiative and critical contributions are valued. This person shows initiative when working independently while also contributing to a team dynamic. They will be expected to create positive relationships with Indigenous artists, communities and the Alliance community of artists while maintaining a rigorous work and travel schedule. A significant aspect of this portfolio consists of administrative duties leading up to and including the execution of an annual Indigenous performance showcase and Intertribal Gathering to be held in Northern Ontario in early 2018.

We are looking for artistic leaders with a minimum 3 years experience in outreach, event planning and production coordination. Indigenous candidates will be strongly considered. Awareness of the Indigenous Body Of Work is an asset.

About the job

The Alliance Coordinator will take the lead connecting Indigenous artists, presenters, cultural centres and community leaders interested in presenting Indigenous performance across what is now called Ontario. The position will require travel to diverse communities in support of the existing network. This time in community will provide an opportunity to research and develop a new Alliance initiative with a focus on our membership in rural and remote regions.

The coordination of the Alliance’s next Intertribal Gathering in Northern Ontario will dovetail with the development of a new program that will support Indigenous presenters. Connecting with community is an outreach priority in the research and development of an initiative that will create capacity for the presentation of Indigenous performance outside of urban centres.


⦁    Connect with new and existing Alliance community of artists [members]
⦁    Reach out to Indigenous artists and community leaders across Ontario to trace existing networks of Indigenous performance

⦁    Update the Alliance community of artists database with new artists and potential partners
⦁    Connect Alliance community of artists with collaboration requests and other opportunities
⦁    Work with service contract workers to ensure effective communication via online tools such as Dropbox, Insightly, Asana, Trello and GoogleDrive

Production Coordination

⦁    Seek partnerships and community collaborations to support the 5th Intertribal Gathering
⦁    Take the lead on communications, catering and wrangling panelists and artist showcases
⦁    Negotiate fees and coordinate artist contracts for performance showcases
⦁    Manage the tech requirements and communication of artists needs with the venue(s)
⦁    Market the Intertribal Gathering within local and national communities
⦁    Book flights, ground transportation and accommodations for traveling participants
⦁    Manage the Intertribal Gathering website using WordPress software

Program Development

⦁    Respect local protocols when representing the Alliance as a guest in diverse communities
⦁    Synthesize feedback from Indigenous artists and community leaders to develop a program that will support the networks of Indigenous performance in what is now called Ontario

⦁    Develop, in collaboration with the Executive Director, a framework that after being piloted in northern Ontario will support international Indigenous performance networks

To apply, send your letter of application and CV/resume

Attention Cole Alvis, in one PDF (LastnameFirstnameApplication.pdf) to:,

subject line: Alliance Coordinator

Deadline for applications: 6pm EST, January 18, 2017

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