Employment

Museum Archives + Communications Intern

Early Career Education Internship – pending BC Arts Council funding

Period of employment: Up to 12 months beginning September 2019

Hours: 9:30 am – 5pm Tuesday to Saturday with occasional evenings and Sundays based on outreach activities
Salary: $16.00 per hour

The Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre (NNMCC) is looking for our next Intern with excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and an interest in honing skills in museology, collections management, and marketing.

The NNMCC’s mission is to honour, preserve and share Japanese culture and Japanese Canadian history and heritage for a better Canada. We fulfill our mission through exhibits, cultural and educational programs, special events, archival preservation and research, and community partnerships. We have participated in the BCAC Early Career Education program since 2014 and have been able to mentor talented museum professionals and spark enthusiasm for heritage and culture.

Job description

This is a new internship to provide the successful candidate with solid experience in arts administration, marketing, and communications.  Skills training will include archival and curating best practices with a focus on public engagement.

What you’ll do:

  • Primarily focus on: Collections Management, Publications and Publication Management, Communications, and Outreach
  • Archival work will include learning about museum acquisition, preservation, and access; exhibit development with archival records and artefacts
  • Communications focus will include coordination of content from all NNMCC departments to submit to local and community print publications, as well as monthly email newsletter and 3x/year cultural programs guide; project-management of the Nikkei Images periodic history publication
  • Create and schedule social media content about museum and cultural programs, events, and behind-the-scenes (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, website; option to research further platforms)
  • Represent the NNMCC in public outreach activities at Japanese Canadian community festivals and special events such as the Powell Street Festival
  • Other duties as required

Who you are:

  • A people person and strong communicator in person, print, and various online media
  • Background in communications, marketing, arts administration, education, history, or other related field, looking for up to a 12-month work term position
  • Organized and detail-oriented; flexible and willing to multi-task
  • A collaborative team player who likes to consider the big picture
  • Graphic design skills a strong asset
  • Written or spoken Japanese language skills a strong asset

Primary learning outcomes:

  • Experience working in a culturally diverse and dynamic collaborative environment within a mid-sized organization with a variety of community partners and volunteers
  • Skills in managing a variety of daily, weekly, monthly, and longer tasks/projects and deadlines
  • Practical knowledge of the features and uses of various communication media
  • Familiarity with Japanese and Japanese Canadian history and culture
  • Appreciation of cultural complexities and the importance of cultural sensitivity
  • Public speaking/public engagement etiquette in a variety of contexts
  • Application of strategic thinking methods, working with strategic organizational plans
  • Experience with collections management and utilizing the archives in public programs and exhibits
  • Grant writing

Skills required

Graduated from the field of history, anthropology, museum studies, curatorial studies, library and archival studies, English, marketing, or communications.

An individual may be eligible for an internship if they:

  • are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada (non-Canadians holding temporary work visas or awaiting permanent status are not eligible);
  • are legally entitled to work in Canada;
  • have completed a post secondary degree and are under 30 years of age at the start of employment;
  • are willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment;
  • will not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week) while employed with the program;
  • are an unemployed or underemployed college or university graduate, that is, not employed full-time;
  • are not receiving Employment Insurance (EI) benefits while employed with the program; and

Good level of computer literacy including spreadsheets, database software, email.
Fluent in English with excellent writing skills.  Drivers license not required but would be an asset.
Knowledge of Canadian History/Japanese Canadian History an asset.

Candidates will be chosen on the basis of their skill level and ability, therefore we welcome all applicants regardless of race, gender or disability.

Applications

Please forward applications with resume by email to:

Sherri Kajiwara – skajiwara[at]nikkeiplace.org
Applications will be accepted until May 31, 2019
POSITION IS DEPENDENT ON GRANT FUNDING
We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


Cultural Education Assistant – Summer Position

Period of employment:  May 14 – September 1, 2019 (16 weeks)

Job Description

  • Assist in delivering educational programs about Japanese culture and Japanese Canadian history and heritage to local school and community groups as well as visiting groups from Japan
  • Lead, and assist in development of, public gallery tours of our new core exhibit on Japanese Canadian history and culture, scheduled to open in July 2019
  • Participate in testing, evaluation and adjustment of new educational program formats in conjunction with the launch of the new core exhibit
  • Coordinate volunteer schedule and assist in supervision for two 5-day sessions of Manga Camp summer day camp, in July and August 2019
  • Develop and/or lead a select number of arts and crafts activities inspired by Japanese culture for Manga Camp, for up to 20 children ages 9-12
  • Work with a lead filmmaker and cultural practitioners in the local Japanese Canadian community to assist in the production of short cultural education films for our new educational programs
  • With guidance from the Culture, Education, and Programs Coordinator, oversee and help coordinate the garden stage performances for the Nikkei Matsuri Japanese cultural festival August 31-September 1, 2019
  • Represent the NNMCC in public outreach activities at Japanese Canadian community festivals and special events such as the Powell Street Festival
  • Other duties as required, including attending staff meetings and assistance with daily and weekly administrative tasks related to cultural and educational programs

Qualifications

  • A collaborative team player comfortable interacting with children and members of the public
  • Organized and detail-oriented; flexible and willing to multi-task
  • A strong communicator capable of working on tasks independently
  • A Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or refugee between the ages of 15 and 30
  • Students in the fields of education, communications, history, anthropology, Asian studies, museum studies, arts administration, and recreation are particularly encouraged to apply
  • Computer literate, fluent in English
  • Knowledge of Canadian and/or Japanese Canadian history, knowledge of Japanese language, and a driver’s license are assets.

Candidates will be chosen on the basis of their skill level and ability. We invite individuals who reflect the diversity of our visitors to apply. In accordance with the British Columbia Accessibility Act a request for accommodation will be considered throughout the hiring process.

Applications

Please forward applications with resume by email to: Karah Goshinmon – kgoshinmon[at]nikkeiplace.org
Applications will be accepted until April 26, 2019. POSITION IS DEPENDENT ON GRANT FUNDING.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


Matsuri Festival Assistant – Summer Position

Period of employment:  May 14 – September 1, 2019 (16 weeks)

Job Description

  • Collaborate with all NNMCC staff members and the volunteer festival committee to assist in planning and preparation for the seventh annual Nikkei Matsuri Festival, a two-day Japanese cultural festival August 31-September 1, 2019 with an annual attendance of over 14,000
  • Work with the Volunteer Coordinator to recruit, coordinate and schedule over 300 volunteers for the festival
  • Plan and oversee workshops and arts and crafts activities taking place on the second floor of Nikkei Centre during the festival
  • Spread the word about Nikkei Matsuri using traditional and social media marketing methods
  • Represent the NNMCC in public outreach activities at Japanese Canadian community festivals and special events such as the Powell Street Festival
  • Other duties as required

Qualifications

  • A collaborative team player who is confident in dealing with members of the public
  • Organized and detail-oriented; flexible and willing to multi-task
  • A strong communicator capable of working on tasks independently
  • A Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or refugee between the ages of 15 and 30
  • Students in the fields of marketing, communications, hospitality, tourism, education, history, anthropology, Asian studies, arts administration, and recreation are particularly encouraged to apply
  • Computer literate, fluent in English
  • Knowledge of Canadian and/or Japanese Canadian history, knowledge of Japanese language, and a driver’s license are assets.

Candidates will be chosen on the basis of their skill level and ability. We invite individuals who reflect the diversity of our visitors to apply. In accordance with the British Columbia Accessibility Act a request for accommodation will be considered throughout the hiring process.

Applications

Please forward applications with resume by email to: Karah Goshinmon – kgoshinmon[at]nikkeiplace.org
Applications will be accepted until April 26, 2019. POSITION IS DEPENDENT ON GRANT FUNDING.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


Facility Team

The mission of the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre (NNMCC) is to honour, preserve, and share Japanese Culture and Japanese Canadian history and heritage for a better Canada.

Position Summary

The Facility Staff is a hands-on staff person assuming overall responsibility for the set up and cleaning duties and for facilitating use of the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre.

  • Part-time and on-call.
  • Lifting and moving of tables and chairs, some janitorial duties, customer service.
  • Audio Visual, and technical equipment knowledge an asset.
  • Evening & weekend shifts with the occasional weekday shifts.
  • Flexible shifts.
  • Minimum 7 month work visa required.
  • Conversational level English required (opportunity to improve your English!)
  • Japanese language ability is an asset.

$12.65/hr. Must be punctual, reliable, a team player.

Responsibilities include

  • Set-up and take down for events, programs, meetings, weddings, birthday parties (Tables, chairs, AV equipment)
  • Customer Services (on-site communication)
  • Facility Management/Maintenance
  • Facility upkeep/cleaning
  • Ensure all requested audiovisual equipment and accessories are set up to specifications and are in good working order.

Facility Application Form

No calls, please.
Please forward applications with resume by email to Patrick Fujisawa, Facility Coordinator: facility[at]nikkeiplace.org


Collections Assistant – Summer Position

Applications for the Collections Assistant positions are now closed. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.