March 29, 2017

Help Wanted! LiterASIAN Festival is hiring a Festival Assistant


Celebrating the best of Asian-Canadian literature and storytelling, the fifth annual LiterASIAN festival brings together established authors and storytellers from different media to Vancouver in the month of September. Taking place in Vancouver’s historic Chinatown, this year’s theme is The Art of Storytelling and the Novel. Vancouver is home to the Asian Canadian Writers' Workshop, Ricepaper magazine, and numerous Asian Canadian authors. So it's appropriate that one of the first Asian Canadian literary festivals is happens here in this fair city. We are looking for someone who wants to join us in the shaping of Asian Canadian literature.


The Festival Assistant is responsible for duties that support the Asian Canadian Writers’ Workshop Society (ACWW), and the coordination of its annual LiterASIAN Writers Festival. Some weekend and evening work is required in the month of September leading up to the festival.

Accountability and Reporting: This role reports to the Interim Executive Director and the LiterASIAN Festival committee.

Key Responsibilities and Duties:
  • Updating content on website, social media and related online presence of the festival
  • Tracking performers’ accommodation, travel, and per diem budget
  • Update manuals and guidebooks on a regular basis
  • Research partnerships/ sponsorship potentials with local businesses
  • Working to update and maintain all Board level minutes, agendas and related communication
  • Offer technical and venue assistance during the get in and get outs of the festival
  • Assist with grant and proposal writing
  • Keep records of correspondence, and manage incoming and outgoing mail
  • Oversee the operations of the office computer system
  • Maintain the sponsorship database and ensure all contact information is current and up to date
  • Account for office supplies and maintain stock

The ideal candidate for this entry-level position is extremely organized, high-energy, enthusiastic and detailed oriented, with excellent customer service and communication skills. The position is suitable for a candidate with:

A knowledge and understanding of literature and, more broadly, the arts
Ability to work under pressure.
Have experience working with web-related initiatives and social media
Be polite and professional, and able to work alongside people at all levels

Terms of Contract:
This is a part-time contract position beginning May 7, 2017 and continuing through to November 30, 2017

Remuneration: $15 per hour (10 hours per week)

Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter (as attachments. Please do not embed in body of email), indicating where you saw the posting by email to: Allan Cho, Please put “Festival Assistant Position” in the subject line of the email.