2021 Job Postings:

TWM is currently hiring for 12 new Block by Block positions in Agincourt, Parkdale, Regent Park and Victoria Park. Application deadline is April 19, 2021. Read the job descriptions below and apply to join our team!

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Local Program Coordinator Positions Available

Do you have community outreach and event planning experience? Enjoy working with young adults? Want to give back to your community?

Apply to join the Toronto Ward Museum’s Block by Block program team as a Local Program Coordinator. This is an opportunity to mentor a small team and work on an exciting project in a community setting.

Job Description

From May 2021 through December 2021, we are looking for four local program coordinators, to each guide a team of two young adults to preserve and animate migration stories rooted in the neighbourhoods of Agincourt, Victoria Park, Regent Park and Parkdale. The local program coordinators will be supported by the Block by Block Program Director and local program partners.

Each Local Program Coordinator will be expected to:

  • Participate in a series of online project orientation and training workshops starting in early May
  • Conduct community outreach for Block by Block in their neighbourhood. Spread
  • awareness of the program, encourage participation in it, welcome and integrate feedback.
  • Secure 10 oral history interviewees in the neighbourhood, ensuring diversity of ages, cultural backgrounds, lived experiences.
  • Meet weekly in person with their young adult research team to guide their work and support them to conduct oral histories, create exhibition materials and maintain relationships of respect and trust with storytellers and community members.
  • Organize and facilitate at least one community story-sharing session for fall 2021
  • Lead their local team to plan programming, logistics and publicity for a neighbourhood “Block Party”, which will be held in spring 2022.
  • Support their local team to create audio-video components for a Block by Block online exhibition.
  • Contribute to the creative work of the larger research/curation team by leading weekly local check-in meetings, participating in larger team trainings and meetings, voicing ideas and concerns regularly to help steer the project.
  • Participate in Program Evaluation

Local Program Coordinators will receive up to $6000 CDN (Six Thousand dollars, Canadian) for their contributions to Block by Block. The expectation is that each Coordinator will work 300 hours between May 15, 2021 and December 15, 2021, at a rate of $20 per hour. The workload over this period of time is equivalent to approximately 9 hours per week of work but will vary over the course of the project. Regular weekday availability will be necessary for these positions, as will some flexibility in order to meet deadlines. TWM is currently working remotely but may return to in-person activities if public health guidelines change.

Qualifications

We are looking for individuals who are self-motivated, well organized and comfortable working with young adults and in community settings. Ability to work creatively and respectfully in a team is a must, and experience with event planning and/or community outreach will be a valuable asset. Willingness to work flexible hours in order to coordinate with the rest of the team and meet project deadlines is also necessary.

Other assets for these positions include:

  • Ability to manage schedules and meet deadlines
  • Experience mentoring, training or managing youth or young adults
  • Community experience in one of the four neighbourhoods (Agincourt, Parkdale, Regent Park or Victoria Park)
  • Experience with community outreach
  • Fluency in Bengali, Somali, Mandarin, Arabic, Cantonese, Tamil, Tibetan, Tagalog or Hungarian
  • Effective leadership skills
  • Community arts or community programming experience
  • Interest or experience working in media, community history, museums or oral history
  • Availability during working hours on weekdays (9 am-5 pm, Monday to Friday)

Local Program Coordinators will typically be working in one neighbourhood for this project but must be willing to travel to other parts of the city by TTC for team meetings and workshops if public health guidelines change over the course of the contract. In the meantime, Local Program Coordinators must have the capacity to meet and conduct their work by zoom and phone using their own equipment and wifi.

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying to become one of Block by Block’s Local Program Coordinators for 2021, please complete and submit an application by Monday, April 19. You can either fill out an application using our Google Form (https://forms.gle/a6cTFFKuvTwj2mnN8), or answer the questions in this pdf document and send by email to hr@wardmuseum.ca

Questions? Visit https://wardmuseum.ca/blockbyblock/ to learn more about the program or email hr@wardmuseum.ca.

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Young Researcher/Curator Positions Available

Are you between the ages of 19-29? Interested in stories, photography, podcasts or media arts? Looking to learn more about your community?

Apply to join the Toronto Ward Museum’s Block by Block program team as a young researcher/curator. This is an opportunity to champion community stories and work creatively with other young people.

Job Description

We are looking for 8 young adults between the ages of 19 and 29 to preserve and animate 32 migration stories rooted in the Agincourt, Victoria Park, Regent Park and Parkdale neighbourhoods between May-December 2021. The work of the young researchers/curators will be guided by local coordinators in each neighbourhood and will be supported by the Block by Block Program Director and local program partners.

Each young researcher/curator is expected to:

  • Participate in a series of online project orientation and training workshops, starting in mid-May 2021
  • Work with the other members of their neighbourhood team to conduct 8 oral histories, as outlined in the project orientation and training.
  • Deliver oral history outcomes to the Program Director by the assigned deadlines.
  • Meet weekly in person with their local coordinator and team to review tasks, coordinate schedules and reflect on the process and stories.
  • Work cooperatively with the rest of the team to create an online exhibition (this includes participation in curation training workshops).
  • Develop programming for a neighbourhood Block Party/exhibition launch, which will be held in Spring 2022
  • Co-host a neighbourhood story-sharing circle in Fall 2021
  • Meet regularly with the rest of the Block by Block citywide research/curation team to collaborate on program outcomes
  • Establish and maintain respectful relationships with community members and the rest of the Block by Block team.
  • Participate in ongoing program evaluation
  • Work approximately 10 hours per week on this program, at least half of which will be on weekdays during daytime hours.

Young Researcher/Curators will receive up to $5760 CDN (Five Thousand Seven Hundred and Sixty dollars, Canadian) for their contributions to Block by Block. The expectation is that each Researcher/Curator will work 320 hours between May 15, 2021 and December 15, 2021, at a rate of $18 per hour. The number of working hours is equivalent to approximately 10 hours per week but the workload will vary over the course of the project. Flexibility will be necessary at times to meet project deadlines. Regular weekday availability will also be necessary.

Qualifications

There are no specific experiences or qualifications required for these positions. We are looking for young adults who are good listeners, self-motivated, responsible and flexible. Ability to work creatively in a team and availability during daytime hours on weekdays are a must. Other assets for these positions include:

  • Community experience in one of the four neighbourhoods involved in the project
  • Interviewing skills or experience
  • Research experience
  • Fluency in Bengali, Somali, Arabic, Mandarin, Cantonese, Tamil, Tibetan, Tagalog or Hungarian
  • Interest in photography, digital media, filmmaking, podcasts or digital storytelling
  • Design skills or experience
  • Community arts or community programming experience
  • Experience working with seniors

Young researcher/curators will typically be working in one neighbourhood for this project but must be willing to travel to other parts of the city by TTC for team trainings, workshops and city-wide meetings if public health guidelines change over the course of the contract. Willingness to work flexible hours in order to coordinate with the rest of the team and meet project deadlines is also a requirement. TWM is currently working remotely but may return to in-person activities. In the meantime, Young Researcher/Curators must have the capacity to meet and conduct their work by zoom and phone using their own equipment and wifi.

The Toronto Ward Museum is committed to community leadership, meaningful diversity and work by and for historically underrepresented groups. We welcome applications for these jobs from young adults who identify as Indigenous, Black, People of Color, newcomers, immigrants, refugees, persons with disabilities, women, queer, trans or non-binary persons or any combination of these intersections. We will also prioritize applications from young adults who live or have community connections in the neighbourhoods we are working in. We encourage you to self-identify in your application.

If you are interested in applying to become one of Block by Block’s Local Program Coordinators for 2021, please complete and submit an application by Monday, April 19. You can either fill out an application using our Google Form (https://forms.gle/o7BWBYzGLcDi5QkaA), or answer the questions in this pdf document and send by email to hr@wardmuseum.ca

Questions? Visit https://wardmuseum.ca/blockbyblock/ to learn more about the program or email hr@wardmuseum.ca.

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