Opportunities at InterAccess
Employment & Volunteer

Our current employment and volunteer opportunities are posted below. 

 


Executive Director

Application Deadline: August 31, 2021

Start Date: September 2021

Position Summary

InterAccess is currently seeking a visionary leader to step into the role of Executive Director (ED).  The ED is a senior administrative position that reports directly to the Board of Directors. The ED is responsible for overseeing all aspects of operations, including financial management, granting, facility oversight, program delivery, and staff and volunteer management. The ED works in line with InterAccess’s mission to expand the cultural significance of art and technology, supports and enhances its strategic priorities, and provides value to the organization and its audiences.

More broadly, the ED will cultivate the growth of the organization across two crucial fronts. First, InterAccess is heavily focused on community development and equity, simultaneously looking to better serve its constituent community of artists while expanding the new media art space to make it more welcoming to marginalized communities that have been historically excluded. At the same time, the ED will spearhead special project and private sector fundraising, to increase the capacity, impact, and resilience of the organization. The successful candidate will require a dynamic mix of cultural sensitivity, communication skills, strategic foresight, and ingenuity to forge forward on both fronts—and lead InterAccess into its next chapter.  


Organization Mandate

Founded in 1983 as Toronto Community-Videotex, InterAccess is a gallery, educational facility, production studio, festival, and registered charity dedicated to new media and emerging practices in art and technology.

InterAccess’s mission is to expand the cultural significance of art and technology by fostering and supporting the full cycle of art and artistic practice through education, production, and exhibition.

Annually we execute multiple exhibitions, a full curriculum of skill-building and critical theory workshops, and a broad range of discursive events that explore the impact of technology on the social, political and cultural aspects of contemporary life. Our studio space facilitates the circulation of skills and techniques required to produce the work we exhibit in our gallery space.

Statement on Equity

InterAccess strongly encourages applications from equity-seeking communities, including individuals who are Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, LGBTQ-identified, Gender Diverse, Two-Spirit, and Persons with Disabilities, and privileges those persons that identify as belonging to communities marginalized by broader society.

InterAccess is committed to expanding its hiring practices by considering both traditional experience in the culture sector and non-traditional professional experience. We acknowledge the merits of cultural experiences ranging from mainstream to alternative. To this effect, InterAccess has engaged an equity HR consultant to advise the Board during this hiring process.

Responsibilities

Financial Management (25%)
  • Develop annual operating budget (in consultation with the Treasurer and with Board approval)

  • Set financial priorities for the organization (with Board approval)

  • Produce monthly financial reports for Board review, and present regular financial projections to the Board (in consultation with the Treasurer)

  • Monitor status of cash flow

  • Approve programming or operational expenses within Board-approved guidelines

  • Supervise biweekly bookkeeping and review monthly bank statements and all invoices and receipts

  • Supervise the payment of all bills and invoices

  • Coordinate and track banking agreements, accounts, and signatories

  • Coordinate annual audit

  • Ensure ongoing compliance with CRA

Leadership and Planning (20%)
  • In line with strategic goals, develop and guide short-term and long-term operational plans for the organization

  • Support existing partnerships, develop new opportunities

  • Leadership regarding inclusivity, decolonizing InterAccess, and privileging opportunities for those persons not visible or promoted widely in the arts community

  • With support from the Education & Outreach Coordinator, develop the pricing structure for studio and educational programming and facility rentals

  • Responsible for all operational, project, and employment grant applications and reports for the organization; ensure adherence to funding requirements and deadlines

  • Develop and implement policies and procedures across all aspects of the organization

Administration (20%)
  • Ensure ongoing compliance with the Charities Directorate, non-profit regulations, the Ontario Corporations Act, and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

  • Keep up-to-date with insurance coverage

  • Negotiate contracts and agreements

  • Maintain files and related operational systems

  • Oversee facility and equipment safety and maintenance

  • Attend all Board meetings and present monthly reports

  • Monitor and maintain equipment and supplies

  • Other general administration as required

Development (15%)
  • Develop ongoing fundraising strategies

  • Identify and develop relationships with potential funders; meet fundraising targets

  • Coordinate foundation grant applications and corporate sponsorship asks

  • Receive donations and provide charitable tax receipts as required

  • Lead fundraising campaigns, events and special initiatives

Staff and Volunteer Management (15%)
  • Develop job descriptions and contracts; recruit, hire and train staff and volunteers

  • Ensure safe working environments through training and values-based practices that foster belonging, collegiality, and cooperative decision-making

  • Provide overall leadership and direction to staff while delegating responsibilities and managing staff performance to ensure the successful implementation of work plans

  • Provide formal and informal reviews and feedback

  • Ensure compliance with HR policies and legislation, including the Personnel Policy, the Employment Standards Act, the Ontario Human Rights Code, and Ontario's Occupational Health & Safety Act

  • Track staff hours and vacation time

Marketing and Communications (5%)
  • Develop and implement comprehensive marketing and communication strategies for the organization, including advertising, public relations and the development of marketing materials


Qualifications

  • 3-5 years progressive administrative experience in public/private sector and/or other relevant work or service

  • Post-secondary degree (arts or business administration) an asset, but not required

  • Strong organizational, analytical, and communication skills

  • Proven ability to conduct long-term strategic planning

  • Excellent interpersonal and collaborative skills

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Experience with financial recording and budgeting

  • Experience supervising staff and volunteers

  • Contract / negotiation skills

  • Knowledge of digital media, design, art, education/curriculum design, UX, web, etc.

  • Familiarity with MS Word, Excel, Quickbooks; Adobe CS and CMS experience (e.g. WordPress, Drupal) an asset

  • The ability to work independently and multi-task in a deadline-driven environment is crucial

  • An understanding of galleries and the non-profit sector and an interest in contemporary visual arts will be considered an asset, although not a prerequisite


Hours of Work 

This position is a full-time (35 hours/week) contract position expected to begin September 2021. The contract is for a term of one year, with the expectation of renewal. 



Standard weekly hours are based on a Monday–Friday schedule. Frequent evenings and weekends will be required, with overtime at certain times of the year. Employees receive time off in lieu for all overtime hours worked. 

Work Location

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic this position is expected to begin with a mix of remote and in-office work. As mandated by the Province, InterAccess will increase in-office activities and programming this fall, at which time this position will transition to full-time in-office hours in Toronto. In our current location, we regret that InterAccess does not have barrier-free access. 

Compensation

This position is salaried. The salary range is $45,000-$55,000 commensurate with experience plus three weeks paid vacation. 

Following a three-month probation period the incumbent is eligible to enrol in a basic benefits program, the employee’s choice of either a Healthcare Spending Account or a monthly contribution to the employee’s Personal Health Insurance plan.

How to Apply

Please send your résumé and cover letter (as a single PDF) by Tuesday, August 31, 2021 to hr@interaccess.org. Interviews will be conducted in August, with a target start date of mid/late September.

We thank all applicants for their interest; only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


Research Assistant

Job Description

InterAccess is currently seeking a research assistant to support an upcoming online exhibition. The researcher should have a strong understanding of digital exhibition principles, a familiarity with Canadian media art history and an interest in the history of technology.

Working with the project team, the Research Assistant is responsible for researching and producing a historical timeline of Telidon, a pre-web, telephone/computer graphic system developed by the Canadian government in the late 1970s. The Research Assistant will be responsible for locating, assembling, and consulting primary sources, firsthand accounts, and government documents to compile an engaging and accurate historical account of the art and technical aspects of Telidon. These materials will be converted into an interactive timeline for the online exhibition.

Project Summary

In Spring 2023 InterAccess will be launching an online exhibition of Canada’s earliest born-digital artworks. These artworks were created using Telidon. From 1981 to 1987, Canadian artists harnessed Telidon as a ground-breaking experimental tool to push the borders of its technical, educational, and creative potential. 

The revived Telidon artworks, recently recovered by a cross-country team of digital archaeologists, will be presented to the public as part of the Telidon Art Project.

The final project will be an interactive virtual exhibition that showcases early Telidon artworks as intended, within a natively digital environment. The exhibition will feature a Telidon Graphics Simulator, allowing audiences to learn about and create their own Telidon graphics.

Qualifications

  • Degree in a relevant field such as media studies, art history, curatorial studies, or equivalent combination of professional experience and education related to the responsibilities of the position
  • Excellent research and communication skills
  • Knowledge of digital technology relating to online exhibitions
  • Excellent writing, planning, and organization skills
  • Ability to work independently and manage multiple deadlines
  • Familiarity with web development is an asset

Timeline & Compensation

Application due: September 1, 2021

Development: September - December, 2021 (56 hours total)

Fee: $38/hour

Work Location

This position will be remote/work from home.

Statement on Equity

InterAccess is committed to equity and strongly encourages applications from equity-seeking communities, including individuals who are Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, LGBTQ-identified, Gender Diverse, Two-Spirit, and Persons with Disabilities.

How to Apply

Please send your résumé and cover letter (as a single PDF) by Wednesday, September 1, 2021 to info@interaccess.org.

We thank all applicants for their interest; only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Organization Description

InterAccess is a gallery, educational facility, production studio, festival, and charity dedicated to new media and emerging practices in art and technology.

Our mission is to expand the cultural significance of art and technology by fostering and supporting the full cycle of art and artistic practice through education, production, and exhibition. InterAccess was founded in 1983.

Acknowledgments

The Telidon Art Project is made possible with the generous support of the Virtual Exhibits Investment Program, Digital Museums Canada. Digital Museums Canada is managed by the Canadian Museum of History, with the financial support of the Government of Canada.


Workshop Instructors

InterAccess is seeking workshop proposals from members of the art and technology communities. In recent years, our workshops have focused on building skills in contemporary new media art techniques including electronics, robotics, microcontrollers, and creative coding. For a larger list of recent programming, see InterAccess’s past events here. InterAccess aims to offer educational programming that is timely, relevant, comprehensive, and delivered by excellent instructors.

About Our Workshop Formats: 

Most of our workshops assume that students have minimal prior knowledge of the tool or subject being taught. Where workshops require prerequisite knowledge, we generally offer that knowledge in a separate workshop or workshop series offered prior to the advanced level workshop.

Workshop proposals may be one of the following formats: 

  • Online Workshops (on Zoom)
  • Weekday evening workshops are 2 to 3 hours long 
  • Longer, multi-week courses may be proposed as well

InterAccess’s base instructor pay is $50/hr, with a 3-hour minimum workshop format.

Workshop pricing varies according to number of hours of instruction and materials required. For instructors, InterAccess provides support in the course development process and in-class.

Ideal Workshop Proposals:

  • Focus on a contemporary skill set in new media or electronic art
  • Allow for hands-on instruction
  • Make use of the facilities, tools, and equipment already available at InterAccess
  • Require minimal equipment purchase by individual students
  • Compliment programming already offered by InterAccess
  • Delivered by a qualified instructor with relevant experience in the subject matter being taught

Workshops in any topic will be considered. However InterAccess is currently seeking instructors for online or in-person workshops that explore the following areas of media arts practice:

  • Code-based/generative platforms
  • Video game/machinima
  • Bio art
  • Machine learning
  • Experimental sound
  • Interactive storytelling
  • 3D mapping

Please fill out this form to provide us with more details on your workshop idea. If you have any questions, please contact our Education & Outreach Coordinator.

 

 

Volunteers

Interested Volunteers for short-term or special projects may send an introductory email to our Programming Coordinator

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