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Deadline: August 20, 2018 at 5 pm

The Workers Arts and Heritage Centre’s mandate is to preserve, honour, and promote the culture and history of all working people. WAHC is located just off Hamilton’s creative hub, James Street North, in a designated heritage building, the Custom House. WAHC is a community museum and multi-disciplinary arts centre – we program contemporary exhibitions, arts events and permanent exhibits as they relate to our mandate. We support contemporary artists with a focus on social practice and community engagement, and foster and promote arts that can be accessed by a diverse range of audiences. WAHC also works very closely with, and is heavily supported by Canada’s union movement.

We are currently seeking a Facilities Coordinator to form part of the core staff team, whose primary role is to ensure a safe and accessible physical environment for the public and all users; administer and oversee the facility rentals program; ensure the maintenance and security of WAHC’s physical plant; assess and oversee minor and major repairs to the building; maintain exhibits; ensure the delivery of the tenant rental program; and install and ship artwork.

This position is a critical part of a small staff team, driving and supporting the work of the organization, in a shared office environment. As with most small arts organizations, this position will also be expected to contribute to shared responsibilities.

This position is unionized with CUPE local 1281, and as such has excellent protection and benefits. WAHC offers a generous compensation package that includes comprehensive health benefits, pension plan, and plenty of holiday time, sick time and lieu time and flexible work hours. This position is full-time and pays $19.75/hour.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The key duties and responsibilities include building management, facility rentals, gallery and exhibition support and administration.

  • implementation of physical plant standards and policy, troubleshoot and coordinate minor building repairs, develop list of all repairs needed, coordination of building trades for repairs, maintenance of grounds
  • monitor weekly clean up and janitorial services, training staff in safety procedures, distribution and control of keys and training of alarm code, memos to tenants re: building upkeep etc.
  • coordinate, schedule, ensure proper staffing of rentals on site at WAHC, and promote, answer queries and generally lead the facility rentals program; help to ensure that revenue targets are met and manage the rental fees
  • installation of artwork in galleries, including setting schedule for installation and take down of exhibits, shipping, planning and receiving, and communication of schedule in the shared staff calendar
  • for the Community Gallery, oversee the development (in consultation with other staff and appropriate committee), scheduling, installation and delivery of community gallery programming
  • assist to maintain temporary and permanent exhibits
  • provide progress updates; ensure adequate reporting is met; look after maintenance of office systems and equipment; shared responsibilities for admin support; possible attendance at appropriate committee meetings
  • assist Executive Director with job assignments to volunteers, summer and cooperative students in the area of building, rentals, and exhibit installation

The following are the minimum qualifications needed:

  • minimum of 3 years of building management experience and a thorough working knowledge of building systems and building code requirements
  • basic carpentry and woodworking skills, knowledge of basic repair methods, materials and technology
  • a willingness and interest to learn
  • material knowledge of workplace health and safety
  • ability to multi-task
  • excellent organizational and ability to prioritize and handle stress in an extremely busy environment
  • excellent judgment, diplomacy, and professionalism, energetic, self-motivated, flexible and adaptable
  • some knowledge of landscaping and grounds maintenance
  • the ability to lift and move heavy objects and work at heights

The following qualifications would be considered an asset:

  • WHMIS certification and a working knowledge of the Fire Code and Occupational Health and Safety Act
  • solid interpersonal skills, and ability to deal with the public, knowledge of event production and planning
  • proven experience and knowledge of the various methods for installing artwork of different media, including the handling of artwork, proper care for artwork and the packing and crating of artwork in all media
  • knowledge of Ontario Heritage Act, as well as maintenance of a heritage building

The candidate must be well organized, self-directed, flexible and able to work in a shared office environment under the general direction of the Executive Director. This position requires frequent weekend hours, evenings, and late nights. This position requires frequent heavy lifting up to 45 lbs., and the handling of hazardous materials.

We are looking for someone who is a progressive, outside-the-box thinker, and has an appreciation for what WAHC does, and our mission/vision.

Please send a resume and cover letter no later than August 20 by 5 pm to No phone calls or email inquiries please. For more information on WAHC please visit our website at We regret that we can only respond to those selected for an interview.

WAHC promotes employment equity, and as such encourages those who have experienced discrimination based on sexual orientation, race, class, gender, ability and other systemic forms of oppression to apply and self-identify if they wish to do so.

National Advisory Council
Call for Applications

The Workers Arts and Heritage Centre “aims to preserve, honour and promote the culture and history of all working people”, both as a historical reality, a present lived experience, and in future imaginings. In keeping with WAHC’s national mandate we have recently created a new National Advisory Council, and we are seeking applications for membership. The council is intended to build labour, labour history and social justice networks – including fundraising, consciousness raising, information sharing, and history building.

We hope to expand how labour is understood, and to deepen the understanding of the lives of working peoples, from coast to coast, in cities and rural areas, with special emphasis on our four traditional stakeholder groups: Arts, Community, History and Labour.

  • By ‘artist’ we mean anyone who works in the arts: artist, performer, writer, composer, curator, arts educator, administrator, employee of an arts institution etc.; in any arts discipline (visual, music, theatre, film, media, writing, comedy, etc.)
  • By ‘community’ we mean anyone who represents an aspect of the diverse peoples in our community, and who shares a passion in advancing the mission and vision of WAHC
  • By ‘history’ we mean anyone who works, formally or informally, on research or promotion of the history of all working people
  • By ‘labour’ we mean anyone who is active in the union movement (public sector, private sector or in the building trades) or who is active in worker justice issues

The responsibilities of the Council include:

  • Consulting with WAHC on labour issues, events, and cultural programs occurring within the region.
  • Providing historical context for labour within their region.
  • Seeking to increase understanding of labour, and its place in Canada past and present.
  • Working with WAHC on digital histories, and possibly events, conferences, exhibitions, and the like, on a regional, provincial and national scale.
  • Increasing social networks, including possibly some fundraising networks.
  • Having those networks reflect our commitment to issues of diversity, including race, cultural identity, national origin, sexual expression, gender identity, class, age, ability, or citizenship.
  • Meeting either in person or remotely, twice a year or as needed.

The expectations of Council members include:

  • Understanding and demonstrating a commitment to the organization’s mission and programs
  • Keeping up to date with issues and trends that affect the organization
  • Preparing for meetings by reading agendas, minutes, reports and other documentation required to actively participate in them
  • Attending meetings regularly
  • Contributing skills and knowledge by participating actively in meetings
  • Making inquiries when clarification or more information is needed
  • Providing necessary context, clarification, and information, while building new labour and artist networks across regions.
  • Avoiding any potential conflicts of interest
  • Understanding and maintaining confidentiality

WAHC is committed to ensuring a diversity of perspectives, and encourages applications from indigenous people, persons with disabilities, people from racialized or racial minority communities, immigrants and refugees, Francophones, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered or Transsexual people, and women.

If you are interested in being a part of the National Advisory Council please submit a statement of interest briefly outlining your background and experience. Resumes or CVs are also welcomed. Please indicate which stakeholder group (outlined above) you are a member of, and if you identify as a member of an equity-seeking group.

Please submit applications to by August 31, 2018