Update May 31, 2021

We are no longer seeking applicants for the position of Artistic Director. Thank you to everyone who applied, we look forward to announcing exciting news very soon!

The Edmonton Poetry Festival Society is excited to share an opportunity for a new Artistic Producer to replace our outgoing Executive Director. This position is a part-time ongoing contractor role with the goal of transitioning to a three-quarter-time role as the festival landscape returns to in-person events when it is safe to do so. We are not certain when that will happen but we expect the remainder of 2021 to require part-time hours (outlined below).

The Poetry Festival is also in a period of transition to elect approximately half of a new board. The new Artistic Producer will be instrumental in helping recruit new board members. Following the equity initiatives it published in 2020, and in line with the 35/50 Initiative, the Festival aspires to achieve a Board membership of a minimum of 35% BIPOC and 50% women and gender minorities.

The successful candidate will be supported by the Board and by the outgoing Executive Director through an extended transition period. There is an opportunity for the job description below to shift to accommodate the Festival’s vision as well in the future.

START DATE: May 2021 (flexible, depending on circumstances)

SALARY: $1000 a month part-time (approximately 10 hours a week), with a transition to $2500 a month (approximately 25 hours a week, with flexible hours required during the festival). This works out to approximately $25 an hour. This position does not come with benefits and is flexible in terms of days and hours worked.

LOCATION: Edmonton area (working from home, with a plan to return to an optional office setting when circumstances allow)


The Artistic Producer will be responsible for:

The ideal candidate will have knowledge of the Edmonton literary community and strong event management skills, with connections to other organizers, artists, and creative venues to present the Poetry Festival. They do not necessarily have to be a poet themselves, although experience with the artform is also considered an asset.

POSTING END DATE: This job will remain open until this position is filled

Please send a cover letter and CV or resume to nisha@edmontonpoetryfestival.com. Successful interviewees will also be asked for a reference afterwards.