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Assistant Events Coordinator (Granville Island)

Sector: Finance 

Language Designation: English Essential 

Language Skill Levels (Read/Write/Speak): ZZZ 

Salary Range: $46955.73 to $52173.03

Position Status: Temporary Full Time 


Granville Island is administered by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) on behalf of the Federal Government.  The mission of CMHC with respect to Granville Island, is to maintain and foster Granville Island as a unique urban oasis in the heart of Vancouver, a place where visitors of all ages and income can meet, browse, explore and experience a variety of cultural, recreational, educational, commercial retail, arts and industrial activities on a year round basis.

Improving accessibility, creating a market district, developing a more vibrant arts & innovation sector, and enhancing the public realm are the key recommended strategies of Granville Island 2040: Bridging Past & Future, released by CMHC-Granville Island. The report builds on the success of the past, while offering bold new recommendations that anticipate how Granville Island can remain a dynamic destination for future generations to visit and enjoy. For more information, and to read the full report, visit



Role Purpose


The position of Assistant Events Coordinator will provide support to the Public Affairs & Programming Department in the conceptualization, planning, and production of  year-round Granville Island programming, and assist in the creation and development of new public events.


This is a 24 month contract.  Weekend and evening work is required for festivals and events taking place on Granville Island


What you will need


  • Minimum of 4 (four) years experience in event organization/management and implementation. Large public event or festival experience an asset.
  • Post-secondary training in events management, business management, arts administration or an equivalent background in work experience.
  • Strong organizational and project management skills with the ability to work on multiple projects under tight deadlines.
  • Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel essential. Familiarity with Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Indesign an asset.
  • Ability to work independently, simultaneously coordinating the “big picture”, while attending to details.
  • Strong interpersonal skills. Ability to motivate and enjoy working with people.
  • Strong communication skills (oral and written).
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment and provide excellent client service


What you will do


  • Assist the Coordinator, Cultural Programming & Events, with activities related to the production of year-round programming and events taking place in venues and public spaces on Granville Island.  Duties include liaison with performers, crew and external cultural organizers, procurement of supplies and equipment, site set-up and strike, and administrative support.   The incumbent will help ensure that Island events meet the specified objectives and take place in accordance with planned schedules and budgets. 
  • Perform administrative duties associated with producing the events, such as procurement, filing, preparing performer agreements for approval and execution, and performer coordination.  The Assistant Coordinator’s work schedule will reflect the priority of being on-site for key events and will therefore require a flexible work week that includes weekends and shift work.  This may include attending partner events as pre-approved by the Manager.
  • Work in a team environment to develop new programming that enhances the festival culture on Granville Island, creating opportunities for the public to experience arts and culture year-round, both daytime and evenings.
  • Communicate with Granville Island staff, tenants, security, traffic control and event participants to provide event information and ensure smooth execution.
  • Provide physical production support when necessary, setting up and striking event materials such as tents & tables, building décor, installing signage, etc.
  • The incumbent will, as required, provide support for the following festivals and events taking place on Granville Island such as but not limited to: O Canada! Day on Granville Island, Lunar New Year, Vancouver International Children’s Festival, Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Wooden Boat Festival, Culture Days, Vancouver International Fringe Festival, Flamenco Festival, Vancouver Writers Festival, New Works Dance events, Winter Solstice.



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Posting closing date: December 15, 2019 @ 11:59 pm EST (Note, the competition may remain active until filled)



Job Requisition ID: 4311  

Primary Location: Vancouver, British Columbia  

Security Requirement: Reliability Status 

Travel Requirement: Limited 

To Note
  • Your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the requirements.
  • Selected candidates may be required to do a presentation or assessment as part of the interview. If so, they will be advised in advance.
  • We sincerely thank all candidates for their interest, however, please note that only those applicants selected for further consideration will be contacted.
  • If selected for an interview or testing, please advise us if you require an accommodation.
  • Candidates who do not meet all of the position requirements may be considered in an under-fill capacity, in which case the person will be hired at a lower salary range than is advertised for this position.
  • All applications submitted to this competition will be kept for a six (6) month period and may be considered for future related vacancies at CMHC.

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