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JASAD DANCE PROJECTS IS SEEKING A BILINGUAL COLLABORATING PROGRAMS MANAGER

Toronto, ON – Jasad Dance Projects (Jasad) is a Canadian not-for-profit dance company  dedicated to the promotion and presentation of contemporary dance and performance; offering training, workshops and community programs; and developing collaborations and exchanges at local, national and international levels, with a focus on artists who identify as North African, Arab or Middle Eastern.

Jasad Dance Projects seeks to explore new ways of facilitating exchanges and collapsing boundaries between so-called ‘professional’ artists and ‘community’ artists. We do so through creating links between artistic and cultural communities that are geographically distant, through artistic collaborations that challenge the recognized, traditional Western colonial approaches of art making.

Company Values

Collaboration, exchange and a spirit of openness and non-hierarchy, as well as experimentation and play are integral to the activities and processes of dance making, performing and transmission at Jasad.

Jasad Dance Projects is looking for a collaborating Programs Manager interested in proposing, initiating, exploring and inventing ecology-responsive tools for artistic producing, presenting and collaborating, in order to help realize the company’s artistic projects to their full potential. Together, Jasad’s Founding Artistic Director Meryem Alaoui and the collaborator Programs Manager will develop the company and multiply its artistic offerings while consolidating the company’s operational capacity.

The ideal candidate is someone who is culturally-connected to or has an affinity for North African, Arab or Middle Eastern cultures and who is keen to create a platform for artists of the above interconnected but distinct cultures. The Programs Manager shares the Artistic Director’s passion to support and provide access and professional development as well as creative opportunities in dance for North African, Arab and Middle Eastern people, especially women, whether it be in community or professional contexts.

In collaboration with the Artistic Director, the Programs Manager will take on the following responsibilities, in accordance with the mission and values ​​of Jasad Dance Projects:

  • Create program initiatives that support and provide access and creative opportunities in dance for North African, Arab and Middle Eastern artists

  • Manage projects and operational systems that support the company in realizing its objectives

  • Develop strategies to increase and stabilize the resources of the company to carry out its activities

  • Plan and write grant applications to funding bodies at all levels of the government

  • Prospect and secure sponsors and public or private funders for the organization

  • Develop and monitor projects budgets

  • Manage financial operations and accounting

  • Perform any other relevant related tasks

Qualifications

  • Experience in arts administration for artistic or cultural organizations in Canada

  • Excellent command of French and English (verbal and written)

  • Command of written Arabic (فصحى), an asset

  • Experience in and knowledge of the dance community in Canada, in Europe and the MENA region, an asset

  • Excellent writing skills

  • Self-directed, stakeholder-accountable, responsible, organized and detail-oriented

  • Strong interpersonal and networking skills

  • Access to a computer, proficiency in Microsoft Office tools (Excel, Word) and project management tools (such as Google Drive and Asana)

Conditions of Employment

  • Part-time contract (20h-30h/week)

  • Compensation: $25-$30/h, commensurate with experience

  • Starting date: immediately

  • Work from home (remote) within driving distance of Toronto

Please send your resume (in English) and a cover letter (in French) to the Artistic Director, Meryem Alaoui, at: meryem@jasad.ca

We thank all applicants for their interest, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Jasad Dance Projects is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to creating an inclusive work environment for all.

This position is being funded by the Canada Council for the Arts.

For more information on the company, please visit: www.jasad.ca

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