Artistic Director

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Job Description

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Position: This is a senior management position, directly responsible to the board of directors. It is a job that requires significant collaboration with the Arts Administrator, Vancouver Poetry House’s other senior management position.

Summary: The Artistic Director (AD) oversees the artistic vision all of Vancouver Poetry House’s programs and initiatives. The Artistic Director develops new art directions, and with the Arts Administrator, nurtures and coordinates the growth of VPH. As part of the production of VPH programs, shows, festivals and events, the AD curates a collection of artistic statements, and along with the Arts Administrator, represents Vancouver Poetry House through community outreach, publicity, publishing, marketing and enhances stakeholder relationships.

Position Contract and Pay: Signed part-time contract position at $1500/month, start date is Aug 1, 2019 with end date of July 31, 2020 and can be renewed yearly. Pay and hours are expected to increase in future contracts.

Application Deadline: midnight, Sunday July 21, 2019

Vancouver Poetry House Statement of Values:

Participatory and Cooperative

Vancouver Poetry House is a member-driven organization. We work to reduce barriers to literary art so that we can ensure accessibility and full participation for the communities we serve. We value diversity and the array of knowledge that different life experiences bring. We actively support skill and artistic capacity development for our membership and sharing with the wider community.

Social Justice and Community

We value respectful dialogue, attempt to resolve conflict and misunderstandings in ways that respect each individual’s lived experience and act to build bridges of communication across misunderstandings. We nurture healthy, sustainable environments for the arts to thrive. We challenge systems of oppression through sharing the health-bringing arts to the wider community and by offering a place of solace and sharing to anyone who attends or takes part in our programs.

Professionalism in the Arts

We seek to develop and share myriad skills essential to living a sustainable life as an artist. In a diverse community there are many skills. Vancouver Poetry House nurtures moments and methods for the equitable sharing of those skills for the benefit of both individuals and community.

VPH seeks to provide opportunities to build skills that help members fulfill their capacity for artistic development and career goals.


A sustainable literary arts community rooted in social justice where new creativity can grow from old forms.

Job duties: as outlined on the attached Job Description

Requirements for the position:

  • Our business cards say: more poetry to more people in more places. We are an organization that celebrates Spoken Word. You must have familiarity with the larger Spoken Word community, its art form, and its practices.
  • You must be able to demonstrate your ability to meet the duties as listed in the job description.
  • You will need to be located in the Lower Mainland to do this job.
  • You will need to come with ideas for the future, and at least a basic knowledge of what Vancouver Poetry House values and promotes.
  • You will need to demonstrate a commitment to the health of these literary arts as well as an ability to develop sustainable frameworks to support growth and integrity of the programs and vision for VPH.
  • We would prefer a candidate with a clean class 5 driver’s licence.

What to Send the Hiring Committee:

  • Something that tells us you understand and meet the requirements for the position. It can be a resume, or it can be something else.
  • Your contact information.

References will be requested at interview.

What happens next:

  • We will collect all applications and contact successful applicants to set up interviews. Interviews can be in person, but we will also consider Skype or other media to enhance accessibility.

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