Opportunities

The STEPS Initiative is an award-winning charity that bridges arts, community, and city-building by animating unlikely spaces with unlikely partners. We seek to inspire cities across Canada and around the world to create welcoming public spaces that reflect and celebrate local communities through artistic excellence. As such, we are responsible for some of Canada’s largest and most community-engaged public art initiatives. Summer 2019 is an exciting time for us, as it is when many of our projects will be produced.

These positions are made possible by funding through the Canada Summer Jobs program. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply immediately for these positions, by following the application instructions below. 

PHOTO / VIDEO DOCUMENTARIAN

STEPS is looking for a creative videographer/photographer to help us document our public art production and celebratory events. This is a fun and rewarding job with significant creative control and an opportunity to experience the exclusive behind-the-scenes action of our public art production and creative operations.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Capturing candid photos throughout public art production and community events
  • Conceptualizing and producing HD Video material for public art production and community events (e.g. Sizzle videos)
  • Coordinating online distribution of photo / video content (e.g. social media)
  • Producing photo / video content formatted for social media and other online platforms (e.g. Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Google+)
  • Posting content to the organization’s YouTube and Vimeo channels
  • Updating multimedia content on STEPS’ websites
  • Selecting “best of” content from each stage of our public art projects
  • Organizing photo / video media in organizational archive
  • Tracking and creating progress reports for social media reach
  • Supporting project partnership development activities, including assisting in community outreach and engagement activities

Successful applicants will have:

  • 1-2 year(s) of experience in video and photo production
  • Access to a professional-grade camera, video and sound equipment (i.e. microphone, tripod, etc.)
  • Ability to shoot in manual mode (including thorough knowledge of aperture, manual focus, depth of field, and lens focal lengths)
  • Ability to capture images in RAW and JPEG formats
  • Ability to capture and upload video material in 720p and 1080p format
  • Video editing experience with software such as Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro, iMovie
  • Proficiency in using photo editing software like Lightroom, Photoshop and InDesign
  • Ability to colour grade video and white balance image material
  • Knowledge of image formats, CMYK and RGB workspaces, video formats and web-based and print resolution for images
  • Experience with creative and experimental forms of videography (e.g. Drone work, Time lapse, 360 Virtual Reality Images) is an asset
  • Ability to create storyboards, framing shots and produce art directed creative video and photo projects is an asset
  • Experience using social media platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest
  • Knowledge of portrait photography, architectural photography, event and commercial photography is an asset
  • A willingness to travel to project sites across the GTA
  • Strong communication and public speaking skills, with the ability to engage a variety of different demographics and stakeholders
  • A commitment to meeting deadlines; the ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment and foster strong working relationships

APPLICATION PROCESS

Confirm eligibility in your cover letter:

  • In order to qualify for the above-posted position (funded through the Canada Summer Jobs program), candidates must: 
    • Be no more than 30 years of age as of June 1, 2019
    • Be either a citizen or permanent resident of Canada

Prepare & Format Support Documents

  • Your cover letter, resume, and sample images should be submitted as one combined PDF document
  • Cover letters should be included in the above PDF and not sent in the body of the email
  • ALL FILES must be saved with your last name as part of the file name, as well as the position for which you’re applying (i.e. “[LAST NAME] – Photo / Video Documentarian”)
  • All applications should be submitted to info@stepsinitiative.com
  • Address the subject line of your emails as follows: CSJ 2019: Photo / Video Documentarian – [LAST NAME], [FIRST NAME]”

Additionally, you must provide at least 3 images and a sample video or a link to web content / portfolio, that demonstrate past work. Your cover letter should outline how your experience, expertise and/or artistic practice make you the ideal candidate for this position, and what you hope to gain from the experience. 

As an equity-seeking organization, STEPS encourages applications from individuals that represent the full diversity of communities in Canada, including complexities of intersecting identities such as ability, age, class, gender, race and sexual orientation.