We’re hiring an Indigenous Presenter Gathering Coordinator (8-week contract)


APA’s Reconciliation Statement is available here HERE.

The Atlantic Presenters’ Association is:

  • a member-based arts service organisation
  • a multidisciplinary network of performing arts presenters
  • an organisation that offers programs and services to performing arts presenters across the Atlantic Region

Our members:

  • connect artists and audiences
  • bring live performing arts experiences to the Atlantic Region
  • include but are not limited to performing arts centres, theatres, festivals, community and volunteer presenters, universities, symphonies, and municipalities


  • To be a connector, helping performing artists and presenters bring a wide range of experiences into communities
  • To provide our members with opportunities to learn about accessibility, equity, and social justice in support of equitable, respectful, and engaging experiences and spaces
  • To provide our members with education and knowledge to assist in skill development
  • To connect members in support of a respectful, equitable, innovative, and generous performing arts sector in the region


A diverse, healthy, equitable, and sustainable performing arts sector.


  • Every person in the Atlantic Region deserves access to performing arts
  • Sharing meaningful experiences through live performances helps to build inclusive communities
  • Working together in a respectful, supportive, generous way strengthens everyone and allows for our members’ development
  • We, the Atlantic Presenters Association (members, board and staff) agree that we commit to contributing to a space that is accessible and free from oppression, harassment, and discrimination. At our gatherings, we will treat ourselves and each other with respect and dignity, regardless of age, race, gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, religion, and all our other diverse identities. We will not tolerate any acts of racism, white supremacy, sexism, heterosexism, and cissexism, homophobia / queerphobia and transphobia, sizeism, ableism, ageism, or physical and sexual violence and harassment


We believe that welcoming diverse voices to all facets of our organisation makes us stronger and allows us to serve all members of our communities better, therefore we will prioritise applications from equity-deserving communities. 

APA staff have engaged in extensive anti-oppression training and regularly consult with members of our Equity Action Advisory Committee on all aspects of our operations to ensure we are moving forward in a good way that causes the least amount of harm. We will continue doing this work with our staff and our members. 

It is important for us to make sure that any new hire feels that they have someone they can confide in if they feel unsafe. A member of our board of directors, who identifies as Indigenous, will be available to listen to any concerns.


Remote and onsite at the Indigenous Presenter Gathering in Kjipuktuk/Halifax, NS happening April 26 – 28, 2024, on site schedule TBA. All costs associated with travel will be paid for by APA. 


March 19-May 10, 2024 – Approximately 20 hours a week, with a flexible schedule, generally during APA’s office hours Monday to Thursday between 9am and 4pm, in the Atlantic time zone, with hours increasing while working on site at the event, the Indigenous Presenter Gathering.


The APA office is closed for all statutory and Nova Scotia Provincial/bank holidays.

APA will honour other off times upon request such as hunting, fishing, harvesting, and other culturally significant requests.


$6,000 contract fee for eight weeks of work, to be paid out on a schedule to be mutually agreed upon.


Reporting to the Executive Director and the Director of Operations and Programs, the Indigenous Presenter Gathering Coordinator is an integral member of the APA team responsible for managing all coordination and logistics of the upcoming Indigenous Presenters Gathering, April 26 – 28, 2024.  As part of a new mentorship program you will also be shadowed by APA’s incoming Indigenous Programs Manager who will be assisting you on all aspects of the event. The Indigenous Presenter Gathering Coordinator nurtures and cultivates a variety of relationships with APA’s Indigenous Presenters network and new contacts, and has excellent communications and organisation skills to ensure the success of the event.


Duties include but may not be limited to the following:

  • Coordinate and facilitate meetings of the Indigenous presenter event programming advisory group and APA staff. Work with the group to determine the event program content – topics, activities, discussions, etc. 
  • Contribute to weekly member Member Memo and Enews communications as needed.
  • Coordinate with graphic designer to create branding and marketing materials for event (invites, social media assets)
  • Plan and coordinate the programming for theIndigenous Presenter Gathering  and act as primary contact for Indigenous delegates and artists.
  • Coordinate all onsite event activities (including room set up, hospitality area, signage, technical needs for speakers, etc.)
  • Coordinate details with caterers & vendors, i.e., receptions and group meals. Includes transportation, restaurants, caterers, etc.
  • Coordinate transportation needs as required i.e., airport runs, accessible transportation requests
  • Act as primary liaison with the hotel re: room block for all Indigenous events and programs.
  • Ensure all accessibility requests are fulfilled. 
  • Coordinate and manage event registration with APA staff.
  • Produce an event and program report to be shared with APA board and funding bodies
  • Participate in a post event debrief meeting with APA staff


Someone who identifies as Indigenous. 

Preference will be given to folks who live in the Atlantic Region or who are planning to live in the Atlantic Region.

You thrive in a highly collaborative, team-based role and are an open-minded, creative thinker with a passion for planning events, creating and nurturing relationships, supporting community and you have a passion for the performing arts. You are kind, flexible, and have a knowledge and understanding of the principles of EDIA (Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Accessibility) and are committed to an anti-oppressive and anti-racist work space.


We will contact everyone who applies to let them know if they have been chosen for an interview. If you are selected for an interview, it will take place over Zoom and you will be sent questions a day in advance to prepare. You will be interviewed by three people – APA’s Executive Director, Laurie, the Director of Operations and Programs, Lisa, and an APA Board member, or Equity Action Advisory Committee Member who identifies as Indigenous. The interview will be 30-45 minutes long and will take place on Monday, March 4, 2024. We will let all candidates know the outcome of the interview process on Tuesday, March 5, 2024.


APA is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, APA will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please let us know along with your application.


Please email a resume and cover letter to Laurie Gillis, Executive Director, at laurie@atlanticpresenters.ca.

We suggest that you use the cover letter to demonstrate your written communication skills, as communicating by writing is a big part of the job. You are also encouraged to submit a video introduction of yourself if you are comfortable doing so.

Deadline to apply is Thursday, February 29, 2024 at 11:59pm AT. 

All applicants will be informed whether or not they will be interviewed by Friday, March 1, 2024. Interviews will take place on Monday, March 4, 2024. The successful applicant and all who were interviewed will be notified by Tuesday, March 5. We will aim to have the successful applicant hired and in place by March 19, 2024.

Wela’lin, Nakummek, Tshinashkumitin, Woliwon! We are looking forward to hearing from you!