photo of Engaging Possibilities sharing at Brock Univ

Paid Summer Internship

Aiding Dramatic Change in Development (ADCID) is recruiting a post-secondary student for the role of Program Assistant in Marketing, Outreach and Social Media. This role is supported by Canada Summer Jobs. (7 weeks – 30 hours/week – $14/hour)(plus mentorship)
The role of Program Assistant in Marketing, Outreach and Social media, relates to Imagining Possibilities a community arts project that engages adults in Toronto, with Cerebral Palsy (CP) who use Alternative Augmentative Communication (AAC) in improvised story creation and performance. The Imagining Possibilities Leadership Team, is a group of 5 adults with CP and who AAC, that have been developing their artistic skills the last 6 years through the Imagining Possibilities Project. They have worked with ADCID artists to develop a style of creative improvisation which enables them to express their ideas and create stories as an ensemble. Together we are exploring ways of expressing these ideas, in a way that is participatory for not just the performer, but also the audience member with physical disabilities. In commemoration of Canada 150, they are working on the Imagining Possibilities Community Celebration where they will share their stories, and past accomplishments through an exhibit in the summer of 2017.  Members from the AAC community in Toronto, and across Ontario, will be participating in the celebration.
The Program Assistant will be working closely with ADCID’s Co-Executive Directors, and receive on-the-job mentoring and assistance. They will be assisting with various administrative, social media and marketing tasks around the coordination and promotion of ADCID’s community engagement initiatives with a focus on the Imagining Possibilities our newly created blog to feature details on the different activities. https://adcid.wordpress.com/

Imagining Possibilities is a community arts project, in Toronto, that engages adults with Cerebral Palsy who use Alternative Augmentative Communication (AAC) in improvised story creation and performance.  They are working on a Community Celebration, where they will share their journey and stories at the International Society for Alternative Augmentative Communication Biennial International Conference in August 2016. 

The Imagining Possibilities Program Manager will be working closely with ADCID’s Co-Executive Directors, and receive on-the-job mentoring and assistance. They will be assisting with research and marketing around the, coordination and promotion of ADCID’s community engagement initiatives locally and in South Africa, with a focus on the Imagining Possibilities Project.

Specific Duties may include but are not limited to:

  • Assist in research and development of marketing materials: flyers, online media, and brochures
  • Assist with post-workshop and post-performance feedback surveys: creation, distribution, data-collection and interviewing
  • Assist with developing and implementing Imagining Possibilities communications strategy
  • Assist with drafting and distributing local press releases for the media
  • Assist with developing company database

Responsibilities:

  • Developing Imagining Possibilities blogs and vblogs.
  • Work on upcoming brochure and educational outreach package

 

This position is ideal for a candidate who is passionate about community-based development and has a background or strong interest in developing a career in: Marketing and Public Relations, Program Design and Strategy, Arts/Theatre Administration, Arts Education, Non-Profit Sector, or Project Management.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Keen research skills
  • Critical thinking, and organization skills
  • Strong interpersonal and collaboration skills
  • Interest and knowledge of community arts
  • Appreciation of ethics involved when working with marginalised communities

Additional Info: Mentoring Plan

Mentoring will be through a coaching format to support the student with their responsibilities.  The student will be given gradually increasing responsibilities as s/he becomes ready for them.  The student will also have at least one project to manage on his/her own, allowing the student to gain valuable workplace experience from this position and to take ownership in planning, executing and reporting on a project.

Note: Funding for these positions is made possible by the Canadian Government’s Canada Summer Jobs programme.

Applicants must: Be between the ages of 18-30.

  • Have been registered as a full-time student in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in September 2016.
  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (foreign students not eligible)
  • Be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations

ADCID is an equal opportunity employer.  Candidates who identify as belonging to a visible minority group, or aboriginal are encouraged to apply. 

How to Apply:

Please submit cover letter, resumé and the names and phone numbers of 2 references as a PDF or Word document (we do not accept Cloud hosting or File Sharing programs), by Tuesday June 12, 2017. 

Please address your application to:

Jennifer Jimenez – Co-Executive Director
Aiding Dramatic Change in Development, 1000 King Street West, Suite 215, Toronto, ON M6K 3N1

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