Join our team and play a role in advancing equity justice in Canada. ArtsPond is a changemaker of a different sort. Devoted to radical inclusivity, our mandate is to nurture healthy ecosystems that promote social, spatial, economic, digital, and accessibility justice by fostering cooperative actions fusing social innovation and the arts on-the-ground and in-the-cloud.
About the role
Knowledge Steward, DigitalASO / OSANumériques is an integral part of ArtsPond’s impact practices research and evaluation team, which includes Knowledge Seekers and Knowledge Stewards. In collaboration with Executive Leads and other staff, the incumbent is responsible for supporting the collection, analysis, and dissemination of respectful impact practices including shared insights, knowledge, and supportive content required for responsive program evaluation, impact assessment, and improvement. The position plays a central role in the delivery of evidence-based research and evaluation activities as ArtsPond strives to develop inclusive practices that boost social, spatial, economic, digital, and accessibility justice with and for equity-seeking groups in Canadian arts and culture.
Incubated by ArtsPond, the goals of DigitalASO / OSANumériques are to help foster a national innovation ecosystem for shared digital transformation of Canadian arts, culture, and arts services in response to collectively identified systemic issues. Featuring strategic alliance-, literacy-, and platform-building actions with regional and national stakeholders onsite and online, this transformative cooperative governance effort seeks to identify and strengthen regional advantages, national champions, cross-disciplinary institutions, shared digital resources and human-cloud infrastructure to help collectively bolster digital justice for all.
In 2021, DigitalASO’s planned activities rooted in human-centered design include the cooperative publication of a digital transformation manifesto, co-design of an open source ecosystem mapping and matchmaking digital tool, and the scoping of a national alliance to help sustain access and inclusion for equity-seeking groups from the arts, cultural, and creative industries in the digital world.
- Actualize justice: Help actualize social and digital justice for equity-seeking groups in Canadian arts and culture through a generous spirit of reciprocity, love and respect for the multi-dimensionality of difference, including beliefs, values, needs, and experience
- Amplify impact: Illustrate and amplify the capacity of the arts to lead positive social change in both real and virtual communities through honest and truthful dialogues led by impacted equity-seeking groups
- Innovate process: Cultivate and share the evolution of innovative wise practices by ArtsPond and the wider arts and culture industry through a deep commitment to experimentation and evidence-based learning.
Specific responsibilities include:
- Review and become knowledgeable about prior ArtsPond and DigitalASO activities, events, research and evaluation methods, approaches to documentation, and impact practice findings
- Work with DigitalASO Associate Producer and Executive Leads to identify and establish impact evaluation priorities, developing a shared understanding of evaluation approach, goals and objectives
- Support DigitalASO Executive Leads to curate and organise impact practice events that connect with academics, educators, and technology producers to inform and disseminate knowledge and contribute to deepening of insights from evaluation
- Keep abreast of data and technology developments which may have implications for ArtsPond’s knowledge seeking and knowledge stewardship programs and bringing diversity into technology and innovation
- Support DigitalASO Executive Leads in the design and delivery of new knowledge seeking and knowledge stewardship experiments to deepen the impact of research and evaluation and strengthen ArtsPond’s presence in diversity and inclusion in innovation.
- With support of DigitalASO Associate Producer and Knowledge Seekers, be responsible for gathering and stewarding minutes, audio and video recordings, and other supportive documentation from project events for evaluation and knowledge sharing
- Utilize supportive technologies such NVivo, Tableau, Zotero, LimeSurvey, Mentimeter, Otter.ai, Office365, Google Drive, Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator, or other tools as appropriate to integrate and share the documentation of key findings and learnings
- Prepare visualizations of all facility data including member, process, program, and longitudinal data
- Prepare summary reports and presentations for internal and external stakeholders
- Create, edit and collate documents
- Demonstrate sensitivity, respect and understanding of privacy needs of underserved community members, applying sound judgement to determine what information is personal, private, confidential, anonymous, and what information to share
- Work closely with Executive Leads to ensure key insights and recommended next steps are communicated to the arts sector
Education & Analysis (65%)
- Deliver insightful, compelling, and actionable research that can be incorporated into tools and disseminated through a variety of media, including reports, blogs, and presentations
- Support the Executive Leads to develop new impact practices and knowledge seeking activities which make the most of the insights you are generating
- Help advise and drawing out evidence of impact so we can build a picture of what works for organizational development strategies and fundraising
- Contribute to ArtsPond’s other knowledge seeking and knowledge stewardship activities, and other education-based programming undertaken by ArtsPond
- Work with the wider knowledge stewardship and education team and partners to design new programming activities and ongoing strategies to develop our profile and impact.
The ideal candidate(s) will be:
- A confident researcher, with a strong track record of authoring and publishing accessible research
- Comfortable using a range of research techniques (including desk-based literature reviews, horizon scanning, action or applied research, human-centered experiments, etc.)
- Strong quantitative and qualitative data processing and analysis skills
- Good organizational and prioritization skills
- Creative and interested in ideas and digital innovation
- A natural collaborator, self-starter attitude, able to adapt and learn new skills quickly, with a history of working alongside different stakeholders to deliver projects
- Familiarity with or a passion for arts and culture in Canada
- Advanced reading, verbal, and written communications skills in English
- French-language skills (reading and/or writing) an asset
- High level of familiarity with computer programs, especially Microsoft Office365
- Ability to maintain a positive attitude toward achieving goals, including excellent inter-personal communication and attention to detail
- Familiarity with effective human-centered design research methodologies including surveys, focus groups, literature reviews, quantitative and qualitative data analysis and reporting
- Access to a home office including personal computer (Windows or Mac OS) and internet.
This is a flexible, part-time, freelance contract from April to October 2021. Compensation is maximum $12,000 valued up to $32 per hour based on experience. The position remains open until filled.
Please send a cover letter and curriculum vitae outlining your skills and interests related to the position to:
Jessa Agilo, Founder, President + CEO
ArtsPond / Étang d’Arts
Please reference “21106 Knowledge Steward” in the subject line.
ArtsPond is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship, creed (religion), colour, disability, ethnic origin, family status, gender identity or expression, place of origin, or race, veteran status or any other status protected by federal, provincial, or local laws. We particularly encourage equity-seeking groups including women, Black, Indigenous, New Canadians, visible minorities, persons with disabilities, 2SLGBTQ+ and other diverse identities, cultures, and origins to apply. While we thank all who take the time to apply, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
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