IBPOC Cultural Professionals Network
Join the IBPOC Network Advisory Group
Applications close Oct 20, 2023
Call for IBPOC Advisors
Calling all IBPOC cultural professionals!
The BC Museums Association is now accepting expressions of interest from individuals who would like to join the IBPOC Network Advisory Group.
This is a paid opportunity starting in January 2024. Please find details about the positions and application process below.
IBPOC Cultural Professionals Network Purpose
Responding to the immediate needs identified by racially marginalized museum workers, the IBPOC Network provides targeted support for IBPOC (Indigenous, Black, People of Colour) students, volunteers, and professionals of our community through workshops, webinars, networking, and resource development.
Advisory Group Purpose
To guide, advise, and contribute to the expansion and maintenance of the BCMA IBPOC Professionals Network alongside BCMA staff.
Examples of work the Advisory Group has supported to date include the development of Tea and Talk networking sessions, the launch of the IBPOC Network podcast, and our ongoing Cultivating Careers workshop series.
Applications for our 2024-2026 term will be open from September 5 – October 20, 2023.
Applicants must self-identify as an IBPOC worker, volunteer, or student in the arts, museum, heritage, library, or archives field.
To apply, please send us your resume as well as a one page statement answering the following questions:
- Why are you interested in contributing to the IBPOC Network?
- Where do you see the future of the Network heading?
- How do you envision your personal career goals or purpose aligning with that of the Network?
We are looking for 5 to 8 new members to join our advisory group. Selected folks will be asked to join BCMA staff for a 30 minute informal virtual interview during the next stage of the application process. Flexible times will be available, as we are happy to fit this interview around your schedule. Applicants will be compensated for their time.
After each two year term, current advisory group members will be asked to attend a 30 minute meeting with BCMA staff to discuss their future commitment.
What does becoming an Advisory Group Member include?
Once every month, the IBPOC Network Advisory Group meets online for one hour to discuss upcoming network plans and events. Dates for the next calendar year of meetings will be shared with all members during the January 2024 meeting (developed from discussions around your availability during the online interviews). Meeting dates can be changed throughout the year as needed.
A reminder with the meeting’s agenda will be sent out one week prior to each month’s meeting, and we ask that you confirm your attendance by responding to this email. If a member misses more than three meetings per calendar year, BCMA staff will engage in discussions with them. If a resolution cannot be reached or if the member misses a fourth, BCMA staff will engage in a further review. BCMA staff have sole discretion over this process.
Time commitments expected are one hour per month for the group meeting, compensated at $100 per hour. Additional engagements include attendance at any IBPOC networking sessions or workshops (unpaid), and opportunities to contribute to events (paid) such as hosting a Tea and Talk, leading a workshop, or participating in a podcast interview.
We look forward to engaging in ongoing dialogue with the IBPOC Cultural Professionals Advisory Group members about how to best serve the IBPOC museum, heritage, and cultural community.
If you have any questions about this process, please do not hesitate to email:
Please send in your expression of interest and resume to Jazmin by October 20, 2023.
Why the name IBPOC?
Originally launched under the name BIPOC Network, Indigenous BCMA members reached out and suggested using the term IBPOC to recognize that the discussions and activities facilitated through this network are taking place on the ceded, unceded, and sovereign territories of Indigenous communities across what is now referred to as British Columbia. The BCMA recognizes that we are uninvited guests on these territories and wish to centre this network around respect and reconciliation.
We recognize that grouping such distinct identities together suggests an interchangeability that fails to articulate the differential ways that racialized people experience race and racism and will continue to evolve and update our language in consultation with the community.
This Network was inspired by the #MuseumsAreNotNeutral Webinar in June 2020. Watch the webinar