Job Posting: Project Manager – Aboriginal Youth Animation Project (six month, half-time contract)

Start Date: October 23, 2013

** Please note this position is contingent upon confirmation of funding **

Deadline: October 17, 2013

First run in 2007, the Aboriginal Youth Animation Project (AYAP) is a project for community action that seeks to empower Aboriginal youth through the medium of animation. The project welcomes all Aboriginal youth, including street-involved youth and those facing barriers to education and employment. A partnership between the Quickdraw Animation Society and the Urban Society for Aboriginal Youth (USAY), AYAP equips youth with fundamental life, teamwork, creative thinking and personal management skills while fostering an environment supportive of traditional Aboriginal values, cultures, languages and identity.


Reporting to the Executive Director, the Project Manager is responsible for overseeing the implementation of a successful employment and animation program for Aboriginal youth.



• Manage and lead a team consisting of an animation instructor and a youth counselor in the administration of a successful youth program, centred around animation

• Ensure a safe, supportive environment for youth to openly discuss their goals and concerns

• Oversee budgeting and equipment requisition, and ensure program meets its mandated milestones

• With the help of USAY and the AYAP team, recruit program participants

• Provide regular reports to both Quickdraw management and program funders

• Manage the organization of project events, such as field trips, Completion Screening and documentation of the project

• Assist project staff in obtaining job placements for AYAP participants

• Build beneficial relationships with community partners



• University degree in not-for-profit administration is preferred

• Ability to present a professional and positive image and maintain discretion and confidentiality

• Must be able to handle pressure and react positively to stressful situations and with distressed clientele

• Familiarity with the Calgary film and creative industries is an asset

• Knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal Youth

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills

• Group leadership and program development skills

• Experience working in the arts / media production is considered an asset


As this program is focused on the Aboriginal community, Aboriginal applicants are strongly encouraged to apply and may be preferred.


Compensation: $25.00 per hour (subject to Mandatory Employment Related Deductions)

Please send resume, three references, and cover letter to info@quickdrawanimation.ca with AYAP Project Manager in the subject line.

Quickdraw is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all interested parties. We thank you for your interest.




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