2018 Festival Internship – Communications & Marketing Coordinator



2018 Festival Internship – Communications & Marketing Coordinator
Paid Contract, beginning in June/July for approx 10 weeks

The Ashkenaz Foundation, a non-profit cultural organization dedicated to the presentation of world class Jewish music and art, is currently seeking a candidate to fill the position of Communications & Marketing Coordinator (CMC). Through its internationally-renowned, “Ashkenaz Festival” (featuring 250 artists in 90 performances for an audience of 60,000 people) and an expanding slate of year-round programming, Ashkenaz showcases the work of leading contemporary artists from Canada and around the world working in all artistic disciplines. Ashkenaz’s mandate and programming encompasses a vast range of pan-Jewish music and art, including Sephardic, Ladino and Mizrachi traditions, and also strongly emphasizes fusion and cross-cultural exchange with artists from outside Jewish cultural traditions. The CMC will work closely with the Artistic and Managing Directors on communications related to all 2018 programming, including primarily the 2018 Ashkenaz Festival (August 28 – September 3).



The CMC will play a central role in the overall communications, promotion, and marketing efforts of the Ashkenaz Foundation and 2018 Festival. Duties will include: planning and implementing creative promotional campaigns; proofreading and editing various print and web materials; assisting with the organization’s social media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, others) for maximum impact; layout and content creation for regular e-newsletters (use of Constant Contact); administrative management of programming info for website, mobile content, press releases; coordination with the festival’s external PR firm; PR outreach to organizations, communities and niche media where relevant to specific festival programs/artists; assistance with “street-team” postering and promotional campaigns; coordination with various community partners and peer organizations for cross-promotion of festival; if possible, creation and editing of online video promotions; general participation as a member of the Ashkenaz team and assisting with any and all general duties relating to the work of the organization.




— Due to funding restrictions, the applicant must be under 30 years of age, a Canadian Citizen, and have been in school full-time in the prior year and planning to return to school full-time in the fall.


— Strong communication skills (both oral & written)

— Excellent organizational/time management and problem-solving skills

— Strong interpersonal skills

— Detail-orientated

— Fluency with Microsoft Office, e-mail, Internet, social media, and website software

— Experience working on websites (backend, WordPress platform)

— Must work well both independently and as part of a team

— Must be positive, mature-minded, flexible and comfortable working in a fast-paced, time-sensitive, non-corporate environment

— Knowledge of and interest in music, the arts and/or Jewish culture is an asset

— Knowledge of graphic design an asset

— Some experience with video editing would be an asset


Job contact information:
Samantha Parnes
Managing Director
(e) sam (at) ashkenaz.ca
(w) www.ashkenaz.ca


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