Young Researcher/Curator Positions Available

Are you between the ages of 19-29? Interested in stories, photography 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.

About Block by Block

Block by Block is a participatory, multimedia project that engages young people and newcomers in the collection and interpretation of oral histories. By training young adults to interview community members about their lived experiences, the project preserves and animates stories of migration, settlement and civic life in Canadian immigrant neighbourhoods. From 2019-2021 Block by Block is focused on four Toronto neighbourhoods: Agincourt, Victoria Park, Regent Park and Parkdale. Key activities include: Training in oral history research; preservation of 30 oral histories per neighbourhood; collective curation of annual exhibitions in each neighbourhood; group curation of an online exhibition, and annual block parties with interactive programming in each neighbourhood.

The goal of Block by Block is to deepen relationships in and between Toronto communities through the exchange of personal stories, reflections and resources. Block by Block also hopes to contribute to better public understanding of migrant settlement experiences and to encourage public dialogue about future city-building.

Job Description

We are looking for twelve young adults between the ages of 19 and 29 to preserve and animate 40 migration stories rooted in the Agincourt, Victoria Park, Regent Park and Parkdale neighbourhoods between February-November 2020. 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, Assistant Curator and project partners.

Each young researcher/curator is expected to:

  • Participate in 4 project orientation and oral history training workshops in February 2020.
  • Work with the other members of their neighbourhood team to conduct 10 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 physical and online exhibitions (this includes participation in curation training workshops).
  • Develop programming for neighbourhood Block Parties/exhibition launches and co-host their neighbourhood Block Party.
  • Establish and maintain respectful relationships with community members and the rest of the Block by Block team.
  • Participate in regular in person meetings with the city-wide Block by Block team as well as in program evaluation.
  • Work approximately 8 hours per week on this program, at least half of which will be on weekdays during daytime hours.

Young researcher/curators will be paid $15 per hour for their contributions to the project, for a total of $4800 CDN (Four thousand eight hundred dollars, Canadian) each for 320 hours. All work will take place between February 2020 and November 2020. The number of working hours is equivalent to approximately 8 hours per week but the workload will vary over the course of the project. Flexibility will be necessary to meet project deadlines. Regular weekday availability is also necessary for this position.

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
  • Fluency in Bengali, Somali, Arabic, Mandarin, Cantonese, Tamil, Tibetan, Tagalog or Hungarian
  • Interest in photography, digital media or digital storytelling
  • Design skills or experience
  • Community arts or community programming experience
  • Experience working with seniors

Young researchers/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. TTC travel costs will be covered. Willingness to work flexible hours in order to coordinate with the rest of team and meet project deadlines is also a requirement.

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, newcomers, immigrants, refugees, Black, People of Color, 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 Young Researcher/Curators for 2020, please complete and submit an application by Friday, January 3, 2020. You can either fill out an application using our Google Form or answer all of the questions below in a microsoft word document and send to hr@wardmuseum.ca.

Questions? Email hr@wardmuseum.ca

Toronto Ward Museum Block by Block Program

Job Application for Young Researchers/Curators

 

First Name: ___________________________________________________________

 

Last Name: ___________________________________________________________

 

Telephone Number: ____________________________________________________

 

Email address: _______________________________________________________

 

Facebook: __________________________________________________________

 

Twitter: ____________________________________________________________

 

Instagram: __________________________________________________________

 

Website or other Social Media: __________________________________________

 

 

Are you between the ages of 19-29?  Yes _________ No ______

 

Which neighborhood team would you like to join? (Please choose one)

Agincourt ____

Victoria Park _____

Regent Park ______

Parkdale ______

 

Why are you interested in contributing to the Block by Block program?

 

What is your relationship to the neighbourhoods mentioned in this project?

 

What will you contribute to the program team? Please tell us about any relevant experiences, perspectives, interests or skills.

 

Do you have previous experience conducting interviews or leading community history projects? If so, please describe.

 

Do you have any photography, digital storytelling or design experience? If so, please describe.

 

What does “establish and maintain respectful relationships with community members and the rest of the Block by Block team” mean to you?

 

Which languages do you speak?

 

Are you able to commit to an in-person weekly meeting between Monday-Friday between the hours of 9 am – 5 pm?

 

This job requires flexible working hours and some weekday availability. Which days and hours can you make available to work in person regularly? Please list all times during which you would be able to work your average of 5 hours per week (e.g. Mondays from 9 am- 1 pm)

 

Please list two references for us to contact:

 

Reference 1:

Name:

Relationship to applicant:

Email:

Telephone number:

 

Reference 2:

Name:

Relationship to applicant:

Email:

Telephone number:

 

Block by Block is led by the Toronto Ward Museum in partnership with the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI), City of Toronto Newcomer Office, Agincourt Community Services Association (ACSA), Working Women Community Centre (WWCC), Regent Park Film Festival (RPFF), West Neighbourhood House (WNH), Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre, Toronto Public Library (TPL) and Ryerson University, School of Urban and Regional Planning. The program is funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, with contributions from the Inspirit Foundation.

 

This program is funded by:

Local Program Coordinators – Block by Block 2020

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 team of young people and work on an exciting project in a community setting.

About Block by Block

Block by Block is a participatory, multimedia project that engages young people and newcomers in the collection and interpretation of oral histories. By training young adults to interview community members about their lived experiences, the project preserves and animates stories of migration, settlement and civic life in Canadian immigrant neighbourhoods. From 2019-2021 Block by Block is focused on four Toronto neighbourhoods: Agincourt, Victoria Park, Regent Park and Parkdale. Key activities include: Training in oral history research; preservation of 30 oral histories per neighbourhood; collective curation of annual exhibitions in each neighbourhood; group curation of an online exhibition, and annual block parties with interactive programming in each neighbourhood.

The goal of Block by Block is to deepen relationships in and between Toronto communities through the exchange of personal stories, reflections and resources. Block by Block also hopes to contribute to better public understanding of migrant settlement experiences and to encourage public dialogue about future city-building.

Job Description

From January 2020 through November 2020, we are looking for four local program coordinators, to each guide a team of three 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, Assistant Curator and Project Partners.

Each Local Program Coordinator is expected to:

  • Conduct community outreach for the Block by Block Project in their neighbourhood. Spread awareness of the project, encourage participation in it, welcome and integrate feedback on the project.
  • Find and connect with 15 potential oral history interviewees in the neighbourhood, ensuring diversity of ages, cultural backgrounds, settlement experiences.
  • Meet weekly in person with their young adult research team to guide their work and support them to conduct oral histories, create exhibitions and maintain relationships of respect and trust with storytellers and community members.
  • Work with the team to plan and co-host a neighbourhood “Block Party”. This includes logistics and publicity.
  • Contribute to the creative work of the larger research 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 Project Evaluation

Local Program Coordinators will receive a total of $4000 CDN (Four thousand dollars, Canadian) for their contributions to Block by Block. The expectation is that each Coordinator will work 200 hours between January 2020 and November 2020, at a rate of $20 per hour. The workload over this period of time is equivalent to approximately 5 hours per week of work but will vary over the course of the project. Flexibility will be necessary to meet project deadlines and regular weekday availability is also necessary for this position.

Qualifications

We are looking for individuals who are self-motivated, well organized and comfortable working with young adults. Ability to work creatively in a team is a must, and experience with event planning and/or community outreach will be a valuable asset. Other assets for these positions include:

  • Community experience in one of the four neighbourhoods involved in the project
  • Experience with community outreach
  • Experience mentoring, training or managing youth or young adults
  • Fluency in Bengali, Somali, Mandarin, Arabic, Cantonese, Tamil, Tibetan, Tagalog or Hungarian
  • Effective leadership skills
  • Ability to manage schedules and meet deadlines
  • 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 trainings and workshops.  Willingness to work flexible hours in order to coordinate with the rest of the team and meet project deadlines is also a requirement. Ability to meet in person weekly with the local team is a must.

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 applicants who identify as Indigenous, newcomers, immigrants, refugees, Black, People of Color, persons with disabilities, women, queer, trans or non-binary persons or any combination of these intersections. We will also prioritize applications from people 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 2020, please complete and submit an application by Tuesday, December 10, 2019. You can either fill out an application using our Google Form (https://goo.gl/forms/cskrNOhwlr80Z3Xa2) , or answer all of the questions below in a microsoft word document and send by email, along with a resume or C.V. to hr@wardmuseum.ca.

Questions? Visit https://wardmuseum.ca/joinus/ or email hr@wardmuseum.ca

 

Toronto Ward Museum Block by Block Program

Job Application for Local Program Coordinators

 

First Name: ___________________________________________________________

 

Last Name: ___________________________________________________________

 

Telephone Number: ____________________________________________________

 

Email address: _______________________________________________________

 

Websites or other Social Media: __________________________________________

 

Which neighborhood team would you like to coordinate?

Agincourt ____

Victoria Park _____

Regent Park ______

Parkdale ______

 

Why are you interested in contributing to the Block by Block program?

What is your relationship to the neighbourhood you hope to work in for this project?

What strengths or skills would you bring the position of Local Program Coordinator? Please tell us about any relevant experiences, interests or skills.

Do you have previous experience managing or mentoring youth or young adults? If so, please describe.

Do you previous experience conducting community outreach? If so, please describe.

Do you have any experience organizing community events? If so, please describe.

What does “establish and maintain respectful relationships with community members and the rest of the Block by Block team” mean to you?

Which languages do you speak?

Are you able to commit to an in-person weekly meeting between Monday-Friday between the hours of 9 am – 5 pm?

This job requires flexible working hours and some weekday availability. Which days and hours can you make available to work in person regularly? Please list all times during which you would be able to work your average of 5 hours per week (e.g. Mondays from 9 am- 1 pm)

Please list two references for us to contact. Be sure to include their full name, email address, phone number and information about their relationship to you (how they know you).

Reference 1:

Name:

Relationship to applicant:

Email:

Telephone number:

 

Reference 2:

Name:

Relationship to applicant:

Email:

Telephone number:

Please submit your cover letter or resume (optional) or tell us anything else you think we should know when considering you for this position.

Block by Block is led by the Toronto Ward Museum in partnership with the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI), City of Toronto Newcomer Office, Agincourt Community Services Association (ACSA), Working Women Community Centre (WWCC), Regent Park Film Festival (RPFF), West Neighbourhood House (WNH), Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre, Toronto Public Library (TPL) and Ryerson University, School of Urban and Regional Planning. The program is funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, with contributions from the Inspirit Foundation.

This program is funded by:

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