Public Dreams has an immediate opening for a dynamic individual to fill a maternity leave replacement position for the Creative Director. This position reports to the Managing Director and oversees the creative vision of all in-house signature events and for-hire creative programming.
About Public Dreams
Public Dreams exists to strengthen community through creativity with large-scale, accessible creative events like Illuminares and Parade of Lost Souls. Our events have been called “iconic to Vancouver’s cultural landscape” by Vancouver Magazine but we’re also known as Vancouver’s best kept secret. For the next 25 years, we want to build and extend our work into new neighbourhoods, and foster innovation in community art and performance. Our most important participants are the next generation of creative thinkers – those now growing up in a melting pot of technology, diverse ethnicities, and burgeoning density. In them, their parents, and their neighbours, we wish to inspire imagination, stewardship, and the breadth of knowledge that comes through immersive creative experiences.
To help offset the costs of our free community events and to provide crucial employment for professional and emerging artists and performers, we operate a successful social enterprise which offers spectacular creative event services to clients – corporations, festivals, and event planners. We manage every detail from the overall vision of a client’s event down to set decoration, interactive on-site activities, and fantastical performances.
The Creative Director is responsible for creating innovative events that push the boundaries of creative community engagement. Whether the community involved is that of an event client or the City’s residents, you will help to shape connections between individuals and their community using the tools of Public Dreams experiential programming – roving performance, site specific theatre, aerials, fire performance, set décor, interactive site installations, craft and performance workshops, light, music, sound, and visual art.
You will also help to shape the creative content of marketing, communications, sponsorship, and granting materials with the goal of promoting Public Dreams as a leader in creative events services, a vital agent of community development, and one of Canada’s most innovative public cross-disciplinary arts organizations.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Refines event goals with Managing Director, event producers, and/or clients
- Translates event goals into a creative proposal of programming elements
- Drafts, writes, and edits event proposals with full description of programming and creates production plans including budget, schedule, and logistics.
- Communicates project concept and plan to all involved and ensures everyone knows the why and the how of what is being created.
- Creates innovative opportunities for cross-disciplinary artist collaboration and experimentation.
Client/ Stakeholder Relations
- Sells project ideas and programming to funders/stakeholders/clients in writing and in-person meetings.
- Adapts project presentation style and focus to address the goals and needs of client, sponsors, funders, and partners.
- Adapts creative content and project plans on the fly to keep within available budget, schedule, and other resource limitations while keeping project goals forefront;
- Consistently communicates programming changes and rationale to all stakeholders;
- Works to improve client relations with Managing Director and Special Events Coordinator by participating in client meetings, up-selling creative services, helping to manage expectations, and participating in client follow-ups.
- Works with Special Events Coordinator to source, select, hire, and shape the creative services of our artist roster to suit event requirements.
- Oversees the work of Public Dreams artists, performers, and production crew to support the creative vision of the event.
- Works with event producers and production crew to ensure creative vision is implemented, adapting as needed with production limitations while ensuring the values of innovation, excellence, and collaboration are upheld.
- Creates cross-disciplinary original productions and oversees scripting, rehearsal, workshopping, and performance process.
- Ensures that event attendees experience is well orchestrated, curated, and follows a cohesive narrative and/or aesthetic.
- Works with Special Events Coordinator to ensure that artists and performers understand the overall goals of the event.
- Creates production plans for larger events and works with production crew to ensure execution.
- Scouts, develops, and manages the talent roster and shares talent attributes with other Public Dreams staff.
- Builds artistic relationships between the organization and other arts groups locally, nationally, and internationally through representation at conferences, events, and informally.
- Works with Managing Director on artistic outreach to create opportunities for artist exchange and/or residency.
- Oversees the creative documentation (video and photography) of all events;
- Ensures that creative documentation effectively highlights the most innovative and appealing work while meeting the needs of grant reporting, sponsorship development, fundraising, and client sales.
- Writes and edits detailed descriptions of programming content for reports.
Marketing & Communications & Organizational Strategy
- Contributes to the overall strategic direction and planning of the organization
- Helps shape the creative direction of marketing and communications materials for the organization, for events, and for fundraising/ sponsorship efforts.
- Undergraduate University degree in a related field (Theatre, Film, Design, Fine Art, Events);
Knowledge, Skills, & Attributes
- Deep connections to the local, national, and international performing, public, and community arts world.
- Strong technical event/ theatre production know-how;
- Sales and marketing instinct with precise, persuasive, and descriptive language skills;
- Strong relationship building and communications skills;
- Proficient with email & Internet software, Excel, and Word.
- At least 5 years experience developing creative content, pitching, and producing in the creative sector or in an arts setting.
- Must have demonstrated success marketing and selling ideas in a business setting.
- Must have worked on at least one project in a professional arts setting (film, theatre, dance, visual art, creative writing, circus arts)
- Experience with grant writing and RFP process an asset.
The Creative Director will demonstrate competency in some or all of the following:
- Inspiring Performance: You excel in getting people excited about your ideas but you encourage creativity and collaboration in others. You respect the creativity of others while knowing how to shape and guide the process towards a unified goal.
- Solve Problems: You assess problem situations to identify causes, gather and process relevant information, generate possible solutions, and make recommendations and/or resolve the problem.
- Communicate Effectively: You are persuasive, insightful, and articulate in your written and spoken communications skills, always mindful of the audience’s stake. You know presentation is as important as content and you are able to paint the big picture vision while providing well researched, clearly delineated supporting details.
- Productivity & Decision-making: You are pro-active, self reliant, and able to assess situations to determine the importance, urgency and risks, and make clear decisions which are timely and in the best interests of the organization.
- Entrepreneurial savvy – you are able to sniff out opportunity in the corporate, government, artistic, and not-for-profit worlds and you can align moving elements to capitalize on opportunity.
- Passion – You are passionate about community art and performance and want to make a difference to enliven the public cultural life of this city. You take initiative and ownership over your projects, have a sense of humour, and have a bright, positive approach to everything that’s possible.
This is a full-time salaried contract commencing July 15, 2011 until August 15, 2012. Salary range is between $37,000 – 42,000.
How to Apply:
Send your cover letter, resume, and salary expectations to the Managing Director, Laura Grieco at firstname.lastname@example.org by June 24, 2011 at 5pm. We thank you for your interest; however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.