The Quickdraw Animation Society is a Calgary-based charitable organization dedicated to promoting the art of animation. We do this through screenings, events, and production resources, and through our longstanding commitment to growing Calgary’s animation community through education and training.
About the role
We’re looking for someone who can lead on education and outreach activities, primarily in an administrative role, but with occasional instruction duties as well. Your responsibilities will be in three main areas:
- Adult Courses and Workshops
Quickdraw offers a variety of 12-week courses and one-off workshops each year for emerging and professional artists, ranging from animation fundamentals to training in specific software or techniques. Working with the Production and Programming Directors, the Education & Outreach Coordinator will develop our fall and winter semester programs, coordinate with instructors, promote our classes, and handle administrative duties for these courses.
- Youth Courses and Camps
For decades, Quickdraw’s QuickKids courses and summer camps have introduced Calgary youth to the art of animation, teaching them artistic and technical skills and providing an outlet for creative expression. The Education & Outreach Coordinator will oversee these programs, working with instructors, students, and parents to ensure the best animation experience possible.
- PAW Programming
Our Portable Animation Workshop (PAW) program takes an animation studio and two instructors into Calgary classrooms and communities in and around Calgary to provide an exciting, hands-on animation experience. Our Education and Outreach Coordinator will take an active role in this program, working with schools to coordinate PAW residencies, coordinating with our instructors, and actively seeking new opportunities with communities who wouldn’t otherwise have access to hands-on animation experiences. Due to COVID-19, our workshops are currently being offered as virtual flipbook workshops for the time being.
We have also been exploring the possibilities offered by online classes over the past year, and we will be relying on the Education and Outreach Coordinator to help us make the most of these opportunities and find the right balance between online and in-person instruction.
Due to the size of the Quickdraw team, when annual events arise like our Animation festival (GIRAF) in November and our Animation Lockdown in May, it is expected that all staff help out.
This is an ongoing part-time contract. The salary for this position is $25,305 based on working an average 22.5 hours weekly. Workload for this position varies based on the season, and it is sometimes necessary to put longer weeks around the above duties. All extra time will be compensated through allotted time off.
Due to COVID-19, this position will start as a remote role, but will eventually be based out of our studios in Sunalta.
Skills and experience:
- We’re a small team, so excellent communications skills, the ability to work independently, demonstrated good judgment and initiative are all essential.
- We provide a welcoming and safe environment for members from diverse backgrounds and differing abilities; must be socially conscious of current and past affairs, with strong interpersonal skills.
- Knowledge of animation fundamentals and experience in teaching for a variety of audiences are a must. Knowledge of specific animation software such as Toon Boom Harmony Advanced, DragonFrame, After Effects, etc. is a major asset, and familiarity with video editing software will also be important.
- Must be comfortable speaking and instructing in front of large groups.
- Organization, scheduling, and time-management are all highly valuable in this role.
- Ideal candidates will have leadership experience and a proven ability to manage small teams of freelance or contract employees.
- We’re looking for someone who will actively seek out new community relationships and audiences for us to engage with.
- As off-site work may be a regular part of this role, access to a vehicle is an asset. (Mileage for off-site work will be reimbursed.)
How to apply
Applications must include a cover letter outlining your interest and a current resumé or CV. Artistic portfolios are also welcome if they are relevant to animation instruction.
Please send your application, including resume and cover letter, by noon on Friday, April 9 to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “QUICKDRAW ANIMATION Education and Outreach Coordinator 2021”.
Quickdraw Animation Society welcomes applications from all qualified parties. We highly encourage applications from equity-seeking communities. If you have any questions about this position, please don’t hesitate to contact us at the email address above. Unfortunately, due to the volume of applicants, only successful candidates will be contacted.