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Indigenous Fashion Arts


Application Deadline: December 6, 2021
Start date: January 4, 2022
Fixed-Term 12.8 Week Contract with possibility for extension
Remote working

This position is funded by Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment and Training. Prospective candidates must reside within the GTA and be registered with Miziwe Biik to qualify. To register, email reception@miziwebiik.com to set up an online/phone appointment with an employment specialist. Registration will take approximately 1 hour.

We’re seeking a Program Coordinator! As Program Coordinator you will join an enthusiastic team and gain valuable, hands-on experience related to nonprofit arts administration. The successful candidate will be at the centre of programming, interacting with dozens of artists at one of the quickest-growing festivals presenting Indigenous-made fashion, craft and textiles. This is a great opportunity for an individual interested in working with a growing arts organization that supports and elevates Indigenous artists and designers working in fashion

Indigenous Fashion Arts

Indigenous Fashion Arts (IFA) is a new Indigenous-led non-profit arts organization. Our mandate is to showcase and celebrate Indigenous cultural expression in fashion and the arts and its grounding in Indigenous knowledge, ways of life and storytelling. IFA is the presenter of Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto (IFWTO), a multi-platform biennial festival of the most distinct and progressive Indigenous-made fashion, craft and textiles. The next IFWTO festival will take place June 9 – 12, 2022 at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto.

Program Coordinator

The Program Coordinator Trainee is responsible for coordinating administrative processes and communications for Indigenous Fashion Arts programming, including for Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto 2022.

Key Responsibilities


  • Support program guidelines development, communication briefs and written materials;
  • Support runway and marketplace application process, review and revise application guidelines and copy edit materials for website, applicant portal and announcements;
  • Coordinate application and curatorial processes;
  • Respond to inquiries from artists;
  • Coordinate applications and review eligibility criteria in preparation for review;
  • Communicate with assessors on invitations, scheduling, assessment materials, required documents and assessment process;
  • Coordinate payments for assessors;
  • Tend to assessment database to support decision-making;
  • Send out notifications and manage paperwork for successful and unsuccessful applicants;
  • Suggest improvements or areas of development for IFWTO programs, processes and policy;

Artist Services

  • Coordinate and disseminate artist itineraries, including booking artist travel, accommodations and on-site guest services information;
  • Manage Guest Services booth at IFWTO 2022
  • Manage guest services volunteers;


  • Maintain the contacts database;
  • Submit monthly narrative reports and timesheets;
  • Coordinate required communications materials from runway and marketplace artists and panelists to relevant departments;
  • Maintain and deliver runway and marketplace communications materials;
  • Coordinate programming meetings, including taking and distributing minutes;
  • Provide support to the Artistic Director as required; and,
  • Provide a post-festival debrief.

Skills and Experience

  • Post-secondary education in a related field or a combination of comparable skills & experience.
  • Experience in a cultural and/or not-for-profit sector;
  • Minimum 2-3 years in a similar role supporting senior leaders within the craft, fashion or visual arts industries;
  • Experience working with Indigenous communities or an in-depth knowledge of Indigenous governance, administration and policy issues through lived or learned experience.
  • Demonstrated commitment to and understanding of the mission and values of IFA;
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple priorities and be self-motivated in a high pressure and demanding work environment;
  • High level of business administration skills, including Microsoft Office, G-Suite and project management software like Airtable;
  • Proficiency with the use of virtual meeting platforms (i.e. Zoom, Skype, Google Meet/Hangouts);
  • Proven ability to exercise diplomacy and good judgment;
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship management skills with the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with diverse cultural groups and artists;
  • Ability to work independently;
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality;
  • Exemplary attention to detail with excellent planning, organizational and time management skills;
  • Ability to take initiative to participate in a culture of learning, mentoring, and sharing;
  • Ability to contribute to building and being a part of a positive culture;
  • Fluency in French is considered an asset;
  • Ability to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends as required.


Your application must include:

  • A cover letter outlining the qualifications and experience you would bring to the position including your experience working with Indigenous communities or an in-depth knowledge of Indigenous governance, administration and working with community events through lived or learned experience
  • A Resume
  • A Miziwe Biik client registration form (Applicants must also be a client of Miziwe Biik. If you are not yet a client, please contact reception@miziwebiik.com)

Miziwe Biik Client Registration Form

Send your application to info@IFWtoronto.com

No phone calls, please.

Applicants with disabilities who are qualified and selected for an interview will be accommodated upon request.

Indigenous Fashion Arts thanks all those who apply, however, only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Indigenous Fashion Arts is an equal-opportunity employer. 

This position is funded by Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment and Training
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