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Programming Director

The Quickdraw Animation Society is a place for people who love animation. We encourage animation production, dissemination and appreciation through screenings, workshops, courses, camps, and other events designed to ignite the public’s passion for the medium, and work to serve a thriving community of independent animators. Visit or visit our offices for more information.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Programming Director leads the Quickdraw Animation Society in all programming initiatives, including special events, screenings, class and workshop coordination, and communication initiatives. This is a 30 hour per week position.

Key Focus Areas Include


  • Artistic and logistical direction of the GIRAF Festival of Independent Animation, in cooperation with the Executive and Production Directors.
  • Programming and coordination of special events, screenings, and visiting artists.
  • Coordination of co-presentations and community partnerships.
  • Coordination of educational activities including courses, workshops, and visiting artists.


  • Development and design of communications materials, including promotional material, newsletters and social media.
  • Promotion of Quickdraw events, including press releases and dissemination of promotional materials.
  • Communication with members and the public, including newsletters, online communications, and public speaking (such as before screenings).
  • Contributing to Quickdraw’s online presence (through blogging, Facebook, Instagram, etc.).
  • Maintaining positive relationships with the membership, wider community, and public at large.


  • Assisting with preparation of grants and grant reporting as needed.
  • Providing support for Quickdraw youth and adult classes (including preparing and administering class evaluations, and providing staff with logistical and professional feedback and supports).
  • Supporting day-to-day activities including public and membership needs (such as tours and telephone inquiries).
  • Creating and managing budgets, invoices, and artist payments as needed.
  • Managing bookings of courses, workshops, and new memberships.
  • Volunteer coordination as needed.
  • Assisting with hiring and management of seasonal staff.


  • Background in curation, event management, or arts administration.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent people skills.
  • Ability to work in a collaborative environment.
  • Willingness to work evenings and weekends as necessary.


  • Knowledge of artist-run culture and media arts.
  • Knowledge of and passion for Canadian and international independent animation communities.
  • Demonstrated design ability (preferably in the form of a design portfolio).
  • Demonstrated web-administration ability.
  • Minimum two years related experience.

Compensation for this 30 hour/week position is $31,000 annually and includes benefits.

Please send resume and cover letter by July 4, 2016 at 5:00pm or earlier by email to or post to:

Quickdraw Animation Society
Suite #201 351, 11 Ave. SW.
Calgary,  AB  T2R 0C7

Call 403.261.5767 for more information.

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