Communications Assistant

  • Program stream: Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations
  • Job title: Communications Assistant
  • Organization name: Campbell River Art Gallery
  • Job location: Campbell River, British Columbia
  • Length of assignment: 2018-06-11 to 2018-08-31 (11.57 weeks)
  • Hourly wage: $13.50


Closing date: May 18, 2018 by 5:00 p.m.

Location: Campbell River Art Gallery, 1235 Shoppers Row, Campbell River, BC, V9W 2C7

Length of assignment (subject to change): June 11 – August 31, 2018

Campbell River Art Gallery wishes to hire a student for the position of Communication Assistant from June 4 to August 31, 2018. Campbell River Art Gallery is a contemporary art gallery located on Vancouver Island, BC consisting of a Main Gallery and three Satellite Cases for exhibition, a studio for classes, and a gift shop featuring fine arts and craft. Our annual programming includes eight contemporary art exhibitions, which run in concert with our educational programming and special events. This position will assist the Operations Manager in all areas of marketing and promotion, specifically with implementing communication initiatives and strategies that will promote the Gallery’s 2018 exhibitions within the community. This position will encompass creating systems and strategies that will support data management of members, artists, businesses through social media portals, media engagement through print, radio and television, as well as daily administrative and organizational work.

Communication Assistant applicants will have a background and/or interest in communication, marketing and research.

Students pursuing degrees in Communication, Marketing, Research, Social Media and Business are preferred. Any previous background in non-profit organizations, art galleries, communication and social media companies are greatly encouraged to apply and should be noted in your application.

Working alongside the Operation Manager, the student will assist with the following objectives:

Implement communication projects and strategies that support the Gallery’s ongoing mission;

Drafting, editing materials and communication copy for art exhibits, art classes, artist discussion groups;

Editing and writing company materials that will support policy, procedures and systems;

Assist in maintaining web content and executing social media strategies with a focus on Wordpress, Facebook, Twitter, MailChimp and Instagram;

Data management systems and research;

Increase participation and engagement of underserved audiences through relevant communication and marketing strategies.

This project will benefit the intern, as they will gain necessary skills that are required for business, marketing or communication responsibilities for employment within a non-profit, public or private organization. Our Gallery continues to exhibit renowned contemporary artists, along with research-based curated exhibitions that the student will experience. The student will also interact with the exhibiting artists and performers, as well as gallery patrons and community members. This is a multi-faceted job that requires many skills. Ultimately, the student will learn all the components required to compete for a communication position including general business knowledge that will allow them to become more competitive in the ever changing markets.


This is a Young Canada Works (YCW) Summer Student Position. You are eligible to apply if you:

Are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada. (Note: Non-Canadian students holding temporary work visas or awaiting permanent status are not eligible);

Are legally entitled to work in Canada;

Are between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;

Are registered in the YCW on-line candidate inventory;

Are willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment; (applicants with disabilities are permitted to work part-time if required)

Do not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week) while employed with YCW;

Has been a full-time student in the semester preceding the YCW job, pursuing a postgraduate diploma or degree in fine arts (visual arts), education, museum studies, art history or related field;

Intend to return to full-time studies in the semester following the YCW job.


All interested and qualified applicants are encouraged to apply. CRAG champions and empowers people of all abilities, and fosters an environment of inclusivity and collaboration.


This full-time, 37.5 hours per week, 12-week summer position is from June 11 – August 31, 2018. Hourly rate of pay is $13.50/hr. Applicants with disabilities may request a reduced schedule.


Please submit your CV or resume, proof of full-time student status in the semester proceeding June 2018, and a brief letter of interest summarizing:

1) Your related qualifications

2) If you meet any of the priority criteria (optional)

To: Vicky Chainey Gagnon, Executive Director & Chief Curator

Campbell River Art Gallery

1235 Shoppers Row, Campbell River, BC, V9W 2C7

or email by 5:00 p.m. on May 18, 2018

We thank all candidates for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Applications received will be screened based on information provided. Please ensure you include all relevant details about your qualifications for this position.

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