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BCMA Summer Student – Partnerships Coordinator

Join the BCMA as our new Partnership Coordinator

Are you passionate about arts, culture, and heritage in British Columbia? Do you want to help museums, galleries, and cultural organizations experiment with new technologies and reach new audiences? Do you want to help shape an exciting new idea from the ground up? Work with the BC Museums Association and The VR Voyage as our joint Partnership Coordinator.

The BCMA and The VR Voyage are embarking on an exploratory partnership to help museums, galleries, and cultural organizations create virtual tours and online learning experiences to reach new audiences, schools, and teachers across British Columbia and beyond. The Partnership Coordinator will work with both the BCMA, a not-for-profit association that supports more than 400 museums and cultural institutions across BC, and The VR Voyage, a start-up that helps cultural organizations create virtual tours and online experiences, and will be integral in helping us shape the future of our partnership.

 

Our Commitment to Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

The BC Museums Association (BCMA) office is located on the traditional, unceded lands of the Lekwungen peoples (Songhees and Xwsepsum Nations). We respect past, present, and future Indigenous stewards and recognize that we are uninvited guests on this territory. As a reflection of the provincial scope of our membership and organization, we recognize that our affiliates occupy the ceded, unceded, and sovereign territories of Nations across what is referred to as British Columbia.

We are committed to supporting justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion within the museum and cultural sector and in our own organizational practices. If you are interested in working with us, but see something in this posting that excludes you, please reach out to us. We are committed to decolonizing our practices and creating an inclusive working environment that accommodates all backgrounds and abilities.

If you have questions about this role and potential accommodations, please reach out to BCMA’s Executive Director, Ryan Hunt, bcma@museum.bc.ca.

 

Responsibilities

The VR Voyage is a company that manages virtual travel and education platforms. They host virtual tours of cities, museums, and attractions around the world. Their new platform is just launching and they are looking to add to their growing team. The VR Voyage team prides itself on producing quality benefits for their partners and quality experiences for their customers.

 

About the role

This is a joint role between the BCMA and The VR Voyage in which the Partnership Coordinator will work with both organizations collaboratively to build new connections with museums, galleries, and cultural centres, and to facilitate access to the VR partnership program.

The Partnership Coordinator will work closely with The VR Voyage’s Program Director and the BCMA’s Executive Director in this role, allocating roughly 25 hours per week to The VR Voyage and 10 hours per week to the BCMA.

With The VR Voyage, the candidate will identify potential partners to work with through the growing VR partnership program. This role is in charge of, identifying and reaching out to institutions, municipalities and companies across BC.

 

What you will be doing

  • Researching leads
  • Making first contact and introducing the program
  • Setting up meetings for The VR Voyage and potential partners
  • On-boarding new partners
  • Contributing to project planning and business case development

With the BCMA, the candidate will be working closely with the Executive Director and BCMA team to research and complete a feasibility study exploring the creation of a province-wide online education platform.

 

Relevant Skills, Experiences, and Interests

  • A passion for collaboration and partnership building
  • Proven experience in research
  • Interest in BC’s cultural heritage sector
  • Strong digital literacy skills and interest in exploring new technologies
  • Flexibility and a willingness to engage with a variety of people and ideas
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to manage your time well
  • Ability to work independently
  • Passion for arts, culture, heritage, diversity, and community

We are open to applicants from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds, but experience with, interest in, or understanding of Indigenous arts, culture, and heritage is an asset.

 

Additional Criteria

Due to the funding for this position, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be registered as a student at a recognized Canadian post-secondary institution
  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
  • Be undertaking a placement recognized as a Work-Integrated Learning component by the student’s institution in connection with a course, degree, certificate, diploma, or other recognized program offered by the institution. The placement can be required or optional, for credit or not for credit.

International students are NOT eligible for this position.

 

Work environment and compensation

Work Week: Monday – Friday, 35 hours per week. Flexible scheduling and part-time positions may be possible. 

Compensation: $19/hour

The contract will be between late May and early September with exact dates being finalized in consultation with the successful candidate.

To help protect the health of our team during the COVID-19 pandemic, the entire BCMA and The VR Voyage staff are working remotely for the foreseeable future. We welcome applications from any location in British Columbia.

 

How to apply

Please send your resume and cover letter to bcma@museum.bc.ca. In order to ensure a meaningful summer work experience, we would like to onboard the successful candidate as early as possible.

Applications are due by 9:00 pm PDT on Wednesday, May 26.

If you have any questions about the application process, please email bcma@museum.bc.ca