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About Design Exchange

Design Exchange, a registered charity and not-for-profit organization funded by its members and donors, is Canada's only cultural institution dedicated exclusively to the pursuit of design excellence and preservation of design heritage. At the crossroads of multiple disciplines, from furniture and architecture to graphics and fashion, our exhibitions, talks, workshops, and youth education programs are curated to reflect the popular zeitgeist and contemporary culture while demonstrating the relevance and importance of design to everyday life. We are committed to delivering accessible design experiences and education and we aim to provide the tools necessary to connect design learning to the ordinary and extraordinary.

In 2017, DX will launch EDIT: Expo for Design Innovation and Technology, a 10 day biennale world-scale international design festival, that will explore the intersection of design, architecture, innovation, and technology in shaping our future for the better.

 

 

DESIGN EDUCATION INSTRUCTOR


Design Exchange has an immediate and ongoing need for occasional contract design instructors to teach both on and off-site design classes on an "as needed" basis in the following disciplines: graphic design, fashion and costume design, architecture, and industrial design. This is an opportunity for designers and educators experienced in teaching design concepts and techniques to children, youth and adults. A flexible schedule during school hours and access to transportation is beneficial.

Our need for instructors is immediate, so applications will be considered as they arrive.
Applications will continue to be accepted and considered for future opportunities

Job Responsibilities and Expectations

  • Deliver/ teach workshops to students of various ages both in school and at DX.
     
  • Responsible for preparation, set up and clean up before and after programs
     
  • Prepare workshops and lesson plans for basic programmes and specialized workshops as requested, including developing workshop material resources (such as examples, worksheets, digital presentations) and preparing activities.
     
  • Organize structure of workshops, including material to be provided in order to present the lesson
     
  • Monitor progress of students, provides assistance and encouragement, and paces workshop to meet students’ needs.
     
  • Collaborate on developing possible themes and design activities
     
  • Maintain inventory for supplies
     
  • Maintain clear communication with internal staff. 
     
  • Represent DX programs with a positive attitude

Job Requirements

  • A passion for the mandate and work of DX and strong knowledge of the design sector.

  • The ideal candidate will be a post-secondary graduate in Design, Fine Arts, Art Education, or a related discipline with a good understanding of contemporary design practices. 

  • A minimum of 1 year teaching experience, preferably in a not-for-profit cultural organization is expected and required. 

  • This experience will consist primarily of delivering hands-on design activities for children and adults. Instructors must possess effective written communication skills and the ability to maintain confidential information.

  • Instructors must be computer literate, highly motivated, able to work with minimal supervision, and able to organize and plan for current and future programs simultaneously. This position will require travel to off-site locations. 

​​A Vulnerable Sector Screening will be required prior to any in-class sessions being delivered.

How To Apply

Qualifed applicants please submit your cover letter and resume to education@dx.org.

No phone calls, mail submissions, or faxes please. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

 

 

EVENT SUPERVISOR

 

The Special Events Supervisor is a full-time position that reports to and works closely with Gillian Hoff, Vice President, Special Events. The Special Events Supervisor will assist in the day-to-day administration and execution of the DX’s event contract services and be assisted in this role by volunteers and part-time labour. The Special Events Supervisor will work closely with the full and part-time members of the DX team and other contract service providers.

 

Job Responsibilities

The Special Events Supervisor will be responsible for:

  • Direct event contract services and staff including opening and closing of events and supervising contract service providers including but not limited to porters, wait staff, bar staff, AV, and suppliers.
     
  • Liaise with both the Director, Special Events and Vice President, Special Events to collect information to draft event agenda with procedures, instructions and checklists for all events.
     
  • Provide full administrative and event support to the Vice President, Special Events to help achieve revenue goals.
     
  • Prepare pre/post event facility inspection reports, assess damage to the facility, and complete internal event reporting in a timely fashion.
     
  • Schedule freight elevators, air by pass, and room temperature with Cadillac Fairview
     
  • Liaise with Cadillac Fairview during emergencies.   
     
  • Assist sales with preparation of RFP’s, prepare initial estimates and/or quotations for services, obtain authorization from clients, and review and track all additional services/charges for event.
     
  • Liaise with Accounting by: providing information related to client billings, clarify billing matters, and obtaining and submitted signed client contracts and payments.
     
  • Assist in the preparation of meeting materials, as required for clients (i.e. info kits, marketing material) and maintain filing for the department.
     
  • Maintain potential new client contact information for lead tracking, follow-up, and projecting future business.
     
  • Assist in the planning, preparation for, and administration of all DX museum events including exhibition opening and closing night parties.
     
  • Research and call/e-mail potential clients to generate new business.
     
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

 

Job Requirements

  • A minimum of four (4) year’s event relevant work experience.

  • Flexible work schedule, must be able to work all early morning / late night / weekend shifts as required.

  • Ability to work successfully under pressure and manage, prioritize, and adapt to multiple and changing priorities.
     
  • Self-motivated, detail oriented, with excellent organizational skills.
     
  • Strong interpersonal and teamwork skills.
     
  • Ability to work independently and/or in a small team.
     
  • Strong communication skills – both verbal and written.   
     
  • Conflict resolution and problem solving skills.
     
  • Strong working knowledge of Apple computers and Microsoft Office Suite.
     
  • Related post-secondary degree / diploma in Event Management or similar discipline.
     
  • A passion for the mandate and work of the DX.
     
  • Corporate dress code is required.
     
  • Bar management experience required.
     
  • Experience creating floor plans is an asset.
     

 

How To Apply

Please reply with salary expectations to Gillian Hoff gillian@dx.org before Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 5pm.

No phone calls, mail submissions, or faxes please. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

 

 

 

FACILITY SUPERVISOR

 

Summary

Design Exchange is seeking to fill the full-time position of Facility Supervisor. The Facility Supervisor will report to the Vice-President, Special Events and be responsible for the maintenance, repair, and site logistics of our 234 Bay Street Facility. The Facility Supervisor will work closely with full-time and part-time members of the DX team, and outside service agencies.

 

Job Responsibilities

The Facility Supervisor is responsible for:

Maintenance and Repair of the 234 Bay Street Facility including but not limited to:

  • Order cleaning and maintenance supplies and maintain an adequate inventory
     
  • Conduct daily site inspections for cleanliness, damage, etc. Identify deficiencies
     
  • Conduct spot cleaning during the day as required and coordinate night cleaning with our external cleaning vendor
     
  • Coordinate with tradespersons, as required (i.e. electricians, plumbers, etc.)
     
  • Coordinate leasehold improvements and liaise with landlord


Site logistics including onsite storage coordination and be primary contact for all deliveries/pick-ups to 234 Bay Street
 

Operations occurring at 234 Bay Street including but not limited to:

  • Supervise and direct porters. Hiring, orientation, and performance management
     
  • Ensure porters and third-party contractors adhere to all DX policies and procedures (i.e. Physical Plant, Health & Safety, etc.)
     
  • Coordinate site security with third party firms (i.e. guards, security system, etc.)
     
  • Liquor and Beverage Inventory:
    • Coordinate ordering/return of liquor and beverages. Receive all deliveries
    • Ensure adequate records are kept in compliance with liquor license
    • Conduct monthly inventory counts and submit to Accounting
       
  • Act in the capacity of an Event Supervisor, as required
     
  • Setup for events during the day, as required
     
  • Move furniture & equipment, as directed
     
  • Create and distribute weekly operations schedule
     

Other

  • Create and distribute work back schedules, as required
     
  • Other duties as assigned from time-to-time commensurate with a small operating team
     

Job Requirements

  • A minimum of four (4) year’s relevant work experience
  • Flexible work schedule, must be able to work all early morning / late night / weekend shifts as required
     

  • Ability to work successfully under pressure and manage, prioritize, and adapt to multiple and changing priorities
     

  • Self-motivated, detail oriented, with excellent organizational skills
     

  • Strong interpersonal and teamwork skills
     

  • Ability to work independently and/or in a small team
     

  • Strong communication skills – both verbal and written
     
  • Conflict resolution and problem solving skills
     
  • Working knowledge of Apple computers and Microsoft Office Suite
     
  • Related post-secondary degree / diploma in Event Management or similar discipline
     
  • A passion for the mandate and work of the DX
     
  • Corporate dress code is required at times
     
  • Bar management experience required
     
  • Experience creating floor plans is an asset
     

This job requires manual labour and heavy lifting at times.

 

How To Apply

Please reply with salary expectations to Gillian Hoff (gillian@dx.org) before Wednesday, February 1, 2017 @ 5pm. 

No phone calls, mail submissions or faxes please. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

 

 

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