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November 15, 2021

Programming Manager

VIVO Media Arts Centre is an agent for emergent experimental media arts practices and a steward of critical history. VIVO plays a unique role in facilitating and fostering artistic practices in the region. VIVO builds engaged audiences through production support, distribution, artist workshops and residencies, performances and exhibitions, as well as curatorial and archival research. We are also the caretakers of a significant repository of media art history. We are dedicated to nurturing past, present, and future media arts discourses and communities through equitable and public access to resources for preservation, production, and distribution.

VIVO Media Arts Centre is located on the sacred and stolen territory of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations, in an East Vancouver warehouse space at 2625 Kaslo Street off Broadway near Renfrew Skytrain Station.

Position description

The Programming Manager will be a key member of the core management team for a two-year term leading up to and including VIVO’s 50th Anniversary in 2023. Working closely with the Programming Committee (including technical, installation, archival, digitization, engagement, and administrative support), the Programming Manager is primarily responsible for coordinating artist-focused public programs, including the management of the Video Out collection of video works in active distribution as well as exhibitions, events, screenings, and other special projects within our resources.

We are looking for someone who brings a passion for independent media arts, a creative perspective on the relationships among media arts, cultures, and archives, and strong project management skills to join our team. This position coincides with VIVO’s multi-year Collective Access project, which will enhance responsible access and engagement with the Crista Dahl Media Library and Archive (CDMLA), including the Video Out collection.

The successful candidate will demonstrate artist-centered and critical understanding of artistic histories, possible futures, and current practices in media arts regionally and internationally, as well as commitment to working both independently and with a broad range of people and perspectives in a highly collaborative work environment with care for relational accountability. The Programming Manager reports to the General Manager and the Programming Committee.

The application deadline is Friday, November 19th, 2021 at 5:00pm PST. 


VIVO values the contributions of individuals who identify as belonging to communities that experience marginalization and structural oppression. We strongly encourage, among others, Indigenous people, Black people, people of colour, people with disabilities, people identifying as 2SLGBTQI, non-binary, and/or gender non-conforming, formerly incarcerated or institutionalized people, recent (im)migrants, and people from working class backgrounds to apply.

We also understand that applicants may experience a number of these identities simultaneously in ways that reinforce and nuance their experience. If you wish to be considered for employment equity, you can let us know in the application form. Please note that it is not required that candidates explain why they would like to be considered for employment equity. Preference may be given to applicants self-declaring as being a member of one or more of the groups identified above.