General Call - Mentors & Advisers

Date Posted: Jun 05, 2017
Application Deadline: Aug 31, 2017

Salary: Volunteer based opportunity
Province: Ontario
Region: Metro Toronto Area
City: Ontario-wide
Organization's Field/Discipline:
Term: Contract
Career Level:

Organization Description


WorkInCulture (WIC) is a nonprofit arts service organization with the mandate of supporting the people who work in the creative community across Ontario through business and entrepreneurial skills training and lifelong career development.

We serve individuals and organizations (both for profit and nonprofit) across all disciplines. We create and deliver training in a broad range of formats; we conduct research on the sector’s labour market and its training needs, gaps and priorities; we connect the community (e.g. our popular Job Board connects employers with job-seekers) and we curate information on training resources offered by others.

WorkInCulture is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection processes, and work environment in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). We will be happy to work with applicants requesting accommodation at any stage of the hiring process.

Job Description

WorkInCulture is seeking experienced individuals to volunteer their time to support the professional development of artists, creative entrepreneurs, arts administrators and other arts professionals.

WorkInCulture has successfully run seven mentoring programs working with a variety of partners. Our experience has confirmed that one-on-one mentoring is a powerful tool to help individuals address career opportunities and challenges while building strong relationships. As we expand our mentoring programs we are looking for potential mentors who will share their knowledge and experience with participants on a one-to-one basis, either in-person, by telephone, virtually (through Skype) or in any other manner that best suits the mentoring pair.

Mentors will help participants identify potential opportunities and challenges and keep goals and objectives in sight when embarking on or sustaining their artistic businesses and creative organizations.


Applicants should have expertise on particular topics in the arts and culture sector and/or have experience handling an issue or project that others may be interested in learning from. Topics should be relevant to one of the disciplines (i.e. visual art, craft, music, dance, etc.) or cultural industries (books, magazines, music, film, television, interactive).

Consideration will also be given to applicants with experience in other fields who have interests in the arts and are able to adapt their expertise to the skills, knowledge and learning priorities of the participants.

Successful applicants should demonstrate their ability to help artists and creative individuals navigate their specific learning objectives and priorities around a variety of topics such as (but not limited to):

  • Business Planning
  • Social Media
  • Marketing
  • Project/Program Management
  • Financial Management
  • Partnerships and Collaborations
  • Arts Facility Management
  • Strategic Planning
  • Succession Planning
  • Sponsorship
  • Diversity and Inclusion

Mentors will remain open minded and be able to empower participants throughout the learning and development partnership. They will agree to regular communication and maintain a collegial and courteous relationship with their paired participant .

Additional Info:

Applicants should note that their participation will be on a volunteer basis throughout the process and learning partnership. Program timelines and mentoring opportunities may vary; short-term (i.e. speed-mentoring) and long-term (i.e. year-long programs where pairs meet monthly) sessions may be available.

Participation as a mentor doesn’t go without its benefits! Mentors and their organizations benefit in many ways including improving management and leadership skills, enhancing communication and decision-making skills, as well as building of networks and contacts. WorkInCulture will also be developing a database to profile leaders committed to giving back to the sector through mentorship  .

How to Apply:

All applications should be accompanied by a cover letter and CV (PDF format) to Stephanie Draker, Program Manager, at

Applicants may be invited in for interviews to expand on their interest in and expectations of the mentorship program.

We appreciate everyone’s interest, but only applicants selected for interviews and/or to explore learning opportunities will be contacted.

Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis.

Contact Info:

Name: Stephanie Draker


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