Hiring Industry Specialist

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Hiring Industry Specialist

CIFF is excited to announce that we are gearing up for our 24th annual Calgary International Film Festival. In order to further our Industry Week growth strategy, we are hiring an industry specialist. We are looking for an energetic individual who is detail-oriented and excited about creating memorable experiences for Calgary’s, Alberta’s and Canada’s screen-based industries!

This is a permanent, year-round position beginning May 1, 2023 or earlier.

Day to day Responsibilities:

  • Curate Industry Week programming under the guidance of the artistic director.
  • Work with industry partners to secure panelists in collaboration with our engagement team.
  • Build and deepen relationships with Albertan and Canadian industry partners.
  • Expand and operate the Screen Industries Career Expo in collaboration with our engagement team.
  • Secure and oversee hospitality partners (hotel partners / industry party or reception partners) under the guidance of the artistic director.
  • Ensure Industry Week and industry relations budgets remain within targets.
  • Oversee sales of industry passes, including working hands on with our box office software with guidance from our artistic director and operations teams.
  • Design and execute a targeted Industry Pass sales campaign in collaboration with our marketing department.
  • Create and send the daily festival Industry newsletter with guidance from our marketing department.
  • Oversee the industry relations coordinator in securing guest flight and accommodations.
  • Curate social activities for industry guests.
  • Coordinate technical support for for Industry Week.
  • During the festival, produce lively and engaging events; engage with industry partners and guests; secure all necessary spaces and materials for Industry Week events under the guidance of the artistic director.
  • Send out the Industry Week survey and collect and report results to CIFF team under the guidance of the artistic director.
  • Day to day supervision of industry relations coordinator and any Industry Week volunteers.
  • Other duties as required.

Job Qualifications

The successful candidate will have demonstrated the following in their cover letter and resume:

  • Marketing, event marketing and/or event management experience
  • A high attention to detail with excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Possess the ability to work reliably and responsibly, both independently and in a team environment
  • Aptitude for fostering positive relationships
  • Experience with managing steep learning curves in job environments with a high degree of variability
  • Independent problem-solving capacity
  • A passion for the non-profit sector and more specifically the arts community and screen-based industry is desirable
  • Experience with Asana, Slack and event management software is an asset

During the interview, we’ll be looking for the following:

  • A clear demonstration of your previous marketing, event marketing and/or event management experience
  • What strategies and experience you have in developing and growing business relationships
  • Examples of your approach to the demands of high-energy festival and event environments

Approximate Hours of Work

An approximation of hours per week is below, dependent on operational needs and business flow. It is understood that shift work, weekend work and work on statutory holidays may or will be required.

  • 20 hours per week: May 1 – June 30; November 1 – 30, 2023
  • 40 hours per week: July 1 – November 1, 2023
  • 8 hours per week: December 1, 2023 – April 30, 2024


  • Excellent opportunity to build experience and contacts within the arts community.
  • Attendance to CIFF screenings for free.
  • An hourly wage of at least $21 per hour based on previous experience.
  • Cellphone and laptop reimbursement.
  • A group of team members committed to building a unique and memorable festival experience for new and seasoned patrons alike!

To Apply

For more information and to apply simply upload your cover letter and resume by visiting calgaryfilm.bamboohr.com.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

CIFF is committed to creating an employment opportunity that begins with respect, dignity and equity We welcome individuals to apply for all backgrounds including: of any race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, ability, citizenship, creed, sex, sexuality, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, same sex partnership, age, marital status, family status, immigration status, receipt of public assistance, history of mental health issues, health status, political affiliation, learning difference, level of literacy, accent, first language, body type, physical appearance and abilities, stature or socio-economic status. Further, we acknowledge that we are on a continuing journey of learning and unlearning. Our path to breaking down systemic barriers has begun but we by no means have arrived. We are open to feedback and continuous dialogue on how we can make the hiring process equitable for all.

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