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Indigenous Fashion Arts


Application Deadline: March 19, 2021
Start date: April 1, 2021
Full-time, 52.2 week contract
(35 hours/week, $22/hour)
Remote working, On-site working during IFWTO 2022

This position is funded by Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment and Training. Prospective candidates must reside within the GTA and be registered with Miziwe Biik to qualify. To register, email reception@miziwebiik.com to set up an online/phone appointment with an employment specialist. Registration will take approximately 1 hour.

We’re seeking a Program Coordinator! As Program Coordinator you will join an enthusiastic team and gain valuable, hands-on experience related to nonprofit arts administration. The successful candidate will be at the centre of programming, interacting with dozens of artists at one of the quickest-growing festivals presenting Indigenous-made fashion, craft and textiles. This is a great opportunity for an individual interested in working with a growing arts organization to support and elevate Indigenous artists and designers working in fashion.

Indigenous Fashion Arts

Indigenous Fashion Arts (IFA) is a new Indigenous-led non-profit arts organization. Our mandate is to showcase and celebrate Indigenous cultural expression in fashion and the arts and its grounding in Indigenous knowledge, ways of life and storytelling. IFA is the presenter of Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto (IFWTO), a multi-platform biennial festival of the most distinct and progressive Indigenous-made fashion, craft and textiles with the next festival taking place in June 2022 at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto.

Program Coordinator

The IFA Program Coordinator is responsible for coordinating administrative processes and communications for programming, including for runway, marketplace, panel series and workshops for IFWTO 2022. The role will support to streamline administrative procedures and policies for programming, program implementation and communications between participating artists and IFA. The Program Coordinator is an integral part of the team and is in a position of trust and integrity.

Key Responsibilities

  • Support runway and marketplace application process, review and revise application guidelines and copy edit materials for website, applicant portal and announcements;
  • Support program guidelines development, communication briefs and written materials;
  • Suggest improvements or areas of development for IFA programs, processes and policy;
  • Manage the applicant portal;
  • Respond to inquiries from applicants;
  • Coordinate applications and review eligibility criteria in preparation for jury process;
  • Communicate with jury on invitations, scheduling, assessment materials, required documents and assessment process;
  • Coordinate payments for jury members;
  • Coordinate jury meetings, including minute taking in jury assessment meetings, coordinate jury assessment spreadsheets to facilitate decision-making;     
  • Send out notifications and manage paperwork for successful and unsuccessful applicants;
  • Coordinate payments to and signing of contracts by participating artists;
  • Under the direction of the Producer, coordinate production meetings, including taking minutes and distributing minutes to the production team;
  • Coordinate the delivery of required materials to the production team from runway and marketplace artists, workshop facilitators and panelists;
  • Maintain and deliver runway, marketplace, workshop and panelist communication materials for print and digital publication;
  • Coordinate and disseminate artist itineraries, schedule and book artist travel and accommodations, and manage the on-site guest services;
  • Be the main point of contact and solve any issues that arise for runway designers, panelists and workshop facilitators for the duration of the festival;
  • Manage volunteers for Guest Services sign-in;
  • Create and disseminate monthly newsletter to IFWTO e-mailing list;
  • Maintain an up-to-date contacts database;
  • Provide a post-festival debrief;
  • Provide support to the Executive/Artistic Director as required.

Skills and Experience

  • Post-secondary education in a related field or a combination of comparable skills & experience.
  • Experience in a cultural and/or not-for-profit sector;
  • Minimum 2-3 years in a similar role supporting senior leaders within the craft, fashion or visual arts industries;
  • Experience working with Indigenous communities or an in-depth knowledge of Indigenous governance, administration and policy issues through lived or learned experience.
  • Demonstrated commitment to and understanding of the mission and values of IFA;
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple priorities and be self-motivated in a high pressure and demanding work environment;
  • High level of business administration skills, including Microsoft Office, G-Suite and project management software like Airtable;
  • Proficiency with the use of virtual meeting platforms (i.e. Zoom, Skype, Google Meet/Hangouts);
  • Proven ability to exercise diplomacy and good judgment;
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship management skills with the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with diverse cultural groups and artists;
  • Ability to work independently;
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality;
  • Exemplary attention to detail with excellent planning, organizational and time management skills;
  • Ability to take initiative to participate in a culture of learning, mentoring, and sharing;
  • Ability to contribute to building and being a part of a positive culture;
  • Fluency in French is considered an asset;
  • Ability to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends as required.


Your application must include:

  • A cover letter outlining the qualifications and experience you would bring to the position including your experience working with Indigenous communities or an in-depth knowledge of Indigenous governance, administration and working with community events through lived or learned experience
  • A Resume
  • A Miziwe Biik client registration form (Applicants must also be a client of Miziwe Biik. If you are not yet a client, please contact reception@miziwebiik.com)

Miziwe Biik Client Registration Form

Send your application to info@IFWtoronto.com

No phone calls please.

Applicants with disabilities who are qualified and selected for an interview will be accommodated upon request.

Indigenous Fashion Arts wishes to thank all those that apply, however, only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Indigenous Fashion Arts is an equal-opportunity employer. 

This position is funded by Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment and Training
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