Administrative and Marketing Coordinator
Gwaandak Theatre - Whitehorse, YT

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Gwaandak Theatre is an innovative northern theatre company. We are dedicated to developing, producing and touring outstanding plays to empower First Nations, Northern and diverse voices, engaging in meaningful dialogue and feeding both spirit and soul of our community. Our programming includes new play development, readings, premieres, productions and tours. We recently premiered Justice by Leonard Linklater and toured nationally the award-winning Café Daughter by Kenneth T. Williams.

This is a 24 to 25 week term position from June 3rd to the end of November, 2013. This position will offer employment of 37.5 hours per week to a recent post-secondary graduate under the age of 30* to gain hands-on experience in arts administration, theatre marketing, development and community outreach with a professional, award-winning Yukon company.


The Coordinator will work at minimum on the following projects:

1) Update and maintain the company’s digital media outreach through website and social media (such as Twitter, YouTube, Facebook). Includes assisting in creation of professional marketing materials such as video trailers, interviews, and promotional videos to post on various online platforms (our website, YouTube), as well as posters, handbills, photographs and online equivalents for season overall and specific projects such as Summer Readings, Spring Production, Tour, etc.;
2) Creation of a digital newsletter and its dissemination;
3) Creation of digital promotional materials for marketing of Gwaandak Theatre theatre productions to regional, national and international presenters, such as promotional video, short multi-media package to be included in formal pitches to presenters at festival and marketing events, and updating of our target list of national/international presenters;
4) Development of fundraising, marketing plans and publicity for specific Gwaandak Theatre programming, with emphasis on digital content and innovative multi-platform outreach to youth, Aboriginal and culturally diverse audiences, tourists including: Summer Play Readings, focused on plays by Aboriginal playwrights (to take place in downtown Whitehorse in late June in co-presentation with the Adäka Cultural Festival), Fall fundraising event, Spring 2014 theatre production or presentation and 2014-2015 national/international touring;
5) Development and update of the current sponsorship strategy;
6) Update of our database;
7) Research appropriate grants, help to write and review grant applications for upcoming projects and assist in writing final funding reports;
8) Other projects related to Gwaandak Theatre's artistic programming, office administration, marketing and promotion, such as assisting with front of the house / box office, school outreach, volunteer coordination, fundraising events and/or special projects.

*Applicants must be under age 30, Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or persons who have refugee status, legally entitled to work according to territorial legislation and regulations, have completed post-secondary training recently (within the past two years) and without a permanent job in their field, under Service Canada Career Focus Guidelines.

The ideal candidate will be a self-motivated team player with strong communications and organisational skills, attention to detail and a keen interest in arts administration, marketing & development and the digital world of the arts milieu. He/she will have some knowledge of performing arts and a passion for learning about and promoting northern and Aboriginal theatre.

The ideal applicant will possess the following skills which he/she will have the opportunity to develop further with our company:
- Ability to liaise with community organizations
- Ability to develop short- and long-term organizational plans
- Ability to identify target markets for cultural products
- Ability to coordinate marketing strategies for individual events
- Ability to seek out corporate, individual and foundation sponsorships and have an understanding of the steps required to secure it
- Ability to write grant proposals, secure public funding opportunities and ensure reporting requirements are met
- Ability to work within a collaborative team environment including staff, contractors and board of directors on actual projects
- Computer literacy, with the ability to work with word processing programs and spreadsheets
- Overall oral and written communications
- Familiarity with use of social media

Upon completing their term at Gwaandak Theatre, the Administrative and Marketing Coordinator will walk away with a strong understanding of the operation of a small theatre company within a Northern context. This experience will provide them with the tools necessary to seek employment in similar theatre companies and arts organizations both in the North and elsewhere, and potentially obtain further employment with Gwaandak Theatre.

We encourage applications from: qualified candidates of First Nations, Inuit and Metis origin, and from other visible minority backgrounds, in keeping with our company’s mandate; from students in theatre, arts administration, and related arts programs, as well as applicants with theatre and performing arts experience. However, we will carefully consider all applicants and select the best qualified youth or student.


The hourly rate of pay is $18-$21 depended on qualifications.


Submit a brief typewritten cover letter outlining your interest, along with a current resume. Submit via e-mail.

We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those applicants shortlisted for interviews will be contacted.

DEADLINE: May 10th, 2013


Marjolene Gauthier, General Manager
867 393-2676

Gwaandak Theatre Society
#24-1114 1st Avenue
Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 1A3