2018 Festival Internship – Graphic Designer


2018 Ashkenaz Festival Internship: Graphic Designer


Paid Contract position, beginning in May or June for 8-16 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 Graphic Designer. 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 Graphic Designer will work closely with the Artistic and Managing Directors on graphic design and communications related to all 2018 programming, including primarily the 2018 Ashkenaz Festival (August 28 – September 3).



The Graphic Designer will play a central role in the overall communications, promotion, and marketing efforts of the Ashkenaz Foundation. Duties will include: graphic design for posters, flyers, ads, etc., both for print and online platforms; designing and distributing marketing materials for the events, as well as niche-interest materials; proofreading and editing various print and web materials; layout and content creation for regular e-newsletters (use of Constant Contact); assisting with the organization’s social media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, others) for maximum impact; administrative management of programming info for website; planning and implementing creative promotional campaigns; if possible, creation and editing of online video promotions; and 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: a Canadian citizen, under 30 years of age, and have been in school full-time in the prior year and planning to return to school full-time in the fall.

— Experience with graphic design (creative and software)

— 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, website, and design software

— 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

— Experience working on websites (backend, WordPress platform) an asset

— Experience with video editing an asset

— Knowledge of and interest in music, the arts and/or Jewish culture is an asset
Job contact information:
Samantha Parnes, Managing Director
Ashkenaz Foundation
455 Spadina Avenue, Suite 303
Toronto, ON M5S 2G8
(e) sam(at)ashkenaz.ca
(w) www.ashkenaz.ca

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