Festival Director - STARFest (St. Albert Readers Festival) St. Albert , AB

Description

FESTIVAL DIRECTOR, STARFest (St. Albert Readers Festival)

Since 2011, St. Albert Public Library has produced STARFest - an award-winning, growing literary festival focused on bringing readers and writers together for engaging conversations. In 2018 STARFest produced 14 events with 16 writers, from Giller Prize winners and finalists Esi Edugyan, Patrick deWitt and Eden Robinson to bestselling fiction writers Ellen Keith, Maureen Jennings and Emma Hooper to fascinating non-fiction authors Katherine Ashenburg, Tom Wilson and former Governor General David Johnston. Based in St. Albert, Alberta, the festival draws audiences from the million residents across the metro Edmonton area.

We are looking for a cultural leader to continue building on the success of STARFest as Festival Director. Working for the St. Albert Public Library, the Festival Director is responsible for development and delivery of STARFest, starting with the fall 2019 festival.

Duties and Responsibilities

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead the Festival team of Library staff and Festival volunteers in planning, organizing and executing all fall festival events.
  • Plan, organize and execute added one-off events through the year, as resources allow
  • Secure the Festival’s future through grants and establishment of a Friends of STARFest society

Programming

  • Identify potential authors, liaise with authors, publishers and partners, contract festival authors and event hosts
  • Work with partners and build relationships to ensure high quality, accessible events
  • Ensure accommodation, travel and other arrangements are made for authors and hosts
  • Coordinate staff and volunteers. Oversee volunteer recruitment and scheduling
  • Organize and lead the STARFest Planning Committee in design and delivery of events
  • Liaise and communicate with all venue contacts (management, production, technical)
  • Oversee festival evaluation
  • Prepare and submit grant applications and reports as necessary
  • Supervise and support the Friends of STARFest with festival fundraising initiatives
  • Manage and monitor festival budget

Management

  • Work with partners and build relationships to ensure high quality, accessible events
  • Ensure accommodation, travel and other arrangements are made for authors and hosts
  • Coordinate staff and volunteers. Oversee volunteer recruitment and scheduling
  • Organize and lead the STARFest Planning Committee in design and delivery of events
  • Liaise and communicate with all venue contacts (management, production, technical)
  • Oversee festival evaluation

Marketing

  • Work with library staff to realize the festival’s marketing strategy
  • Manage invoicing and payments, ticket and book sales
  • Passion for books, reading and literature. Knowledge and understanding of the Canadian literary landscape
  • Experience with event planning and project coordination
  • Excellent organizational, problem-solving and negotiation skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Successful track record of delivering innovative and engaging artistic programs or events
  • Positive and creative leader
  • Ability to meet deadlines and remain calm under pressure
  • Reliable, motivated and collaborative team player
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint) and Google Docs

Finance

  • Manage invoicing and payments, ticket and book sales
  • Prepare and submit grant applications and reports as necessary
  • Supervise and support the Friends of STARFest with festival fundraising initiatives
  • Manage and monitor festival budget

Qualifications

  • Passion for books, reading and literature. Knowledge and understanding of the Canadian literary landscape
  • Experience with event planning and project coordination
  • Excellent organizational, problem-solving and negotiation skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Successful track record of delivering innovative and engaging artistic programs or events
  • Positive and creative leader
  • Ability to meet deadlines and remain calm under pressure
  • Reliable, motivated and collaborative team player
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint) and Google Docs

Terms of employment

This is a part-time position averaging 16 hours per week over the calendar year, with hours variable during the year and reaching full-time in the weeks of the actual festival dates. Non-traditional work hours are required in preparation of and during STARFest and other events during the year.

Compensation Range

$36 - $44 per hour / $30,000 - $36,000 annually (based on an average of 16 hours a week)

Closing Date

9 am, February 25, 2019. Only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

Apply by email to:

Rhonda Kozuska, Administrative Services Coordinator, St. Albert Public Library, rkozuska@sapl.ca

Info: sapl.ca

Closes: 25 February, 2019

St. Albert Public library
St. Albert , AB