Employment Opportunity: Programs & Communications Coordinator

Position: Programs and Communications Coordinator
Deadline for Applications: Sept. 6th, 2017 5pm

Job Description:

Working in conjunction with other AFCOOP staff, the Programs and Communications Coordinator will supervise, facilitate and coordinate AFCOOP’s training and professional development programs and will oversee and implement AFCOOP’s communication activities.

Programs that the Coorinator will facilitate include FILM 5 (AFCOOP’s flagship program for emerging writers, directors and producers), as well as other new or one-time programs that the co-op receives funding for throughout the year. In his/her role as Programs and Communications Coordinator, the successful candidate will be responsible for scheduling, sourcing instructors, securing sponsorships and providing administrative support, mentorship and guidance to program participants. The Coordinator will report directly to AFCOOP’s Executive Director and will work closely with various program mentors, instructors and industry sponsors. 

Communication activities will include communicating with AFCOOP members, writing press releases, managing social media, updating the website and composing AFCOOP’s monthly e-newsletter.


To be suitable for this position, applicants should have an understanding of filmmaking and the Nova Scotia film industry. Direct experience with the FILM 5 program or other AFCOOP programs is not mandatory but will be viewed favourably. Applicants should have strong communication and writing skills, excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work within a dynamic artistic environment where problem solving is essential. Graphic design and / or web-design skills are not a requirement but will be viewed favourably. Familiarity with Macintosh computers, proficiency with word-processing programs and experience with social media promotion are necessary.

Start Date: Sept. 18th 2017

Duration of Contract: 41 weeks full time (with negotiable part-time employment July – Aug. 2018 and the possibility of renewal)
Rate of pay: $17.28/hr (35hrs/week)
Deadline for Applications: Sept. 6th, 5pm 

To Apply: Please send a resume and cover letter (as one PDF titled with your first and last name) via email to director@afcoop.ca with the subject line “Programs and Communications Coordinator.” Late applications will not be accepted.

AFCOOP is committed to providing equal employment opportunities within our organization to the four designated groups (as defined by the Canadian Human Rights Commission): women; Aboriginal peoples; persons with disabilities; and members of visible minorities.

In Other News…

At the end of this summer AFCOOP will bid farewell to FILM 5 Coordinator Heather Young. Heather joined the staff of AFCOOP in the fall of 2015 and has been supervising the FILM 5 program for the past two years. Heather has been an AFCOOP member since 2012 and went through the FILM 5 program herself in 2013 where she directed “Green” with producer Brittany Amos. During her time at AFCOOP Heather supervised seven FILM 5 projects and helped AFCOOP reimagine the FILM 5 program in the wake of changes brought on by the demise of the film industry tax credit. Heather’s calm demeanor and incisive script and project feedback will be greatly missed during this year’s FILM 5 program.

“I have had a wonderful time working at AFCOOP and am so grateful to my co-workers and our film community for making my time as the FILM 5 Coordinator both valuable and filled with laughs,” says Heather Young. “Thank you to everyone that I worked with on FILM 5 from the sponsors to the mentors and participants. I look forward to watching the program continue to support and elevate the work of Nova Scotia emerging filmmakers.”

Heather is leaving her position in order to focus on her filmmaking. She has had recent success with her short films including “Fish” which screened at festivals such as: Festival du nouveau cinema, VIFF, Palm Springs ShortFest, Vienna Independent Shorts and “Not Short on Talent” at the Berlinale to name only a few. She will continue to be involved in programming for AFCOOP’s film festival, HIFF and most importantly she will continue her chip curation responsibilities for all AFCOOP General Meetings.