Seeking Applications for
GOOD HOST PROGRAM LEAD at Inside Out Theatre
Deadline to apply: June 1st, 2021
About Inside Out Theatre
We are a Deaf and disability theatre company in sunny Calgary, Alberta with a mission to nurture belonging, cultural vibrancy, and agency through Deaf and disability arts and culture.
We produce and present plays that showcase the vibrancy of Deaf and disability culture.
We offer community-based drama programs that nurture a sense of belonging and provide an antidote to social isolation.
And we work to improve theatre’s accessibility for audience members and to ensure their equity and dignity in attending performing arts in Calgary.
About the Good Host Program
The Good Host Program strives to create and nurture an informed, accessible cultural community. We want to equip our partners with the tools to form deeper commitments to the communities we serve on an individual and organizational level. To do this, we are offering rich and comprehensive engagement services that can deepen understanding of Deaf and disability culture from the inside out.
Previous to 2021, the Good Host Program worked exclusively with performing arts organizations to host ASL Interpreted Performances, Relaxed Performances, and Touch Tours and Audio Described Performances. Over the last year we have added new depth to the Good Host program and have begun working across creative industries to offer more Accessible Events, new Accessibility Services, Consultation Services, Workshops, and Experience-Based Audits.
The Role: Good Host Program Lead
Schedule and Location Expectations
The Good Host Program Lead is a full time, 35 hours per week position. All staff are currently working from home, although we anticipate a gradual return to in-person work to our venue in Eau Claire Market in downtown Calgary in the fall of 2021. Some evening and weekend work is required, depending on programming and event scheduling.
Start date would be a negotiable date in June 2021.
$40,000 annually with health benefits.
Who we are looking for:
Someone who shares our belief in championing Deaf and disability culture, advocating for the rights of the communities we serve, removing barriers in all their forms, and increasing arts and culture participation for all audience members, artists, and community participants.
Someone excited to help take The Good Host into its new phase and be a catalyst for real and lasting change in our community.
Someone committed to creating a collaborative and respectful environment, who’s excited to be a part of our diverse team and work with our partners, audience members, artists, access providers, and community members to foster a palpable sense of belonging.
We are committed to building a team that reflects the communities we serve and are a part of. We will be prioritizing applicants who identify as belonging to one or more of these communities:
- Persons with Disabilities or lived experience of Disabilities
- Persons who are Mad Identified
- Persons living with Mental Illness
- Deaf, deaf, or Hard of Hearing Persons
Relevant Skills Include:
- Experience facilitating or organizing accessible programs, performances, or events
- Experience with facilitating or leading workshops, training courses, or community events
- Familiarity with the Calgary arts and theatre community and/or Canada’s arts and culture sector
- Comfort with meeting new people and representing Inside Out Theatre & The Good Host online and one day in person
- Strong communication skills, with specific comfortability communicating in detail via email, video conferences, phone calls and eventually in person
- Strong organizational skills, including experience with Microsoft Office and online organizational tools like G-Suite
- Ability to work constructively in team settings and independently
Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Program Coordinating & Administration
- Meeting existing or potential partners to introduce accessibility concepts and the Good Host Program
- Crafting proposals and quotes for new partnerships
- Hiring contract artists and accessibility providers to complete accessible services
- Arranging internal staff meetings and external partner meetings
- Identifying needs of partners via email and communicating next steps clearly
- Maintaining long-term relationships and communication with partners
- Managing invoices from contractors and partners
- Working with staff members to: delegate tasks, co-create internal documents, review partnership agreements, co-design internal processes
- Create shared timelines for project completion
- Manage program capacity
- Develop new program outlines
- Advance existing program processes
- Gather insight into current program effectiveness
A typical day may include:
- working with a cultural organization to arrange an in-person consultation for their new exhibit
- working with a theatre organization to arrange the launch of their new digital show featuring Described Video
- Meeting with fellow Staff Members to debrief on the latest workshop and identify new edits and changes that need to be made
- Co-creating a new section of an audit form
- Updating spreadsheets with partner developments
- Hiring a contractor to aid in a project for the following month
How to Apply:
Please apply with a letter introducing yourself and why you’re interested in the position and an employment resume in any format, noting your access needs in the body of the email to: [email protected]
All applicants will be contacted with how their application will proceed.