Volunteer as a Project Manager

Full Circle: First Nations Performance – Festival Planning Guideline Development

Organisation: Full Circle: First Nations Performance

Location: Vancouver, BC

Closing Date: June 10, 2019

Organization Mission 

Full Circle: First Nations Performance (est. 1992) is a non-profit society and registered charity that creates opportunities for Indigenous artists.  Founder Margo Kane, an interdisciplinary artist, Indigenous arts leader and Member of the Order of Canada, established Full Circle with the simple vision of supporting and nurturing Indigenous artists. Since that time Full Circle has made a profound contribution to the development of Indigenous performance in Canada.  

Full Circle is mandated to create a range of performance opportunities for Indigenous artists, engage audiences of all ages and backgrounds in performances, educate the Canadian public on the arts, culture and histories of Indigenous peoples, and to train artists in all aspects of the arts based on Indigenous traditions, cultures, and history.  

Full Circle focuses on having Indigenous values implemented and maintained in every aspect of our operations. Our organization strives to model and fully reflect Indigenous values, methodologies, structure and way of working. 

Project Summary 

The annual Talking Stick Festival is Full Circle’s most ambitious and successful event. Currently entering it’s 19th year, it is the only annual multidisciplinary Indigenous arts festival in North America. The 2-week Festival began as a way to showcase and celebrate Indigenous art and performance to a wider audience at locations across Vancouver . It now attracts over 20,000 attendees each year, and appeals to Indigenous and non-Indigenous audiences alike. It also hosts an Industry Series and conference which gathers local, national and international arts professionals in Vancouver to   further the ongoing development and support of Indigenous performing arts. 

Planning for the upcoming festival begins in early summer of the previous year and Full Circle allocates considerable resources to planning, managing and programming events. The 19th Festival is slated for February 2020 and programming is underway. To document the festival organizational, planning and implementation process, Full Circle intends to develop a Festival Planning Manual, which will assist new staff and seasonal contractors in guiding them through all stages of the planning and festival execution process. Full Circle is looking for a Project Manager to lead our team in creating this Festival Planning Manual.  

Project Objectives 

  • Standardizing festival planning in Full Circle  
  • Documenting institutional knowledge within organization 

Required Qualifications 

  • At least 3-5 years project management experience in in the commercial or non-profit sector.  
  • Experience in planning and organizing events would be an asset 
  • Experience in the arts sector would be an asset, but is not necessary 
  • The candidate must show commitment, be detailed oriented, have strong communication skills, and strong writing skills 
  • The candidate must be a team player, be able to lead teams and have excellent stakeholder engagement skills 

Integral to this position is having knowledge and understanding of and /or a keen interest in supporting First Nations, Metis and Inuit principles, values, cultural protocols and ways of working. 

Estimated Time Commitment 

8-10 hours a month. 

Start Date: June 17, 2019End Date: August 30, 2019 

Scope of Work 

This project involves stakeholder engagement, requirement gathering, and requirement documentation. The role of the PM is to lead the team members in these tasks and support them in the development of a document that outlines planning requirements and guides the organization of the annual festival.  


  • Talking Stick Festival planning guideline that details the different events included in the festival 
  • A user-friendly festival planning template that can be used for above purpose 


The volunteer PM will have complete accountability on the project deliverables, reporting to Margo Kane, Artistic Managing Director at Full Circle. 


Full Circle will provide a letter of recommendation to the volunteer PM at the successful conclusion of the project, and serve as a reference if appropriate. 

How to Apply 

Please apply with a cover letter indicating why you are interested in supporting Full Circle on this project and why you feel your skill set and experience would make you a good match for this project, along with a detailed resume to: 

Margo Kane 

Email: mkane@fullcircle.ca 

Phone: 778-836-1030  

URL:  https://fullcircle.ca  

Please copy of your application package to Project Management Volunteers c/o: 

Nemat Haidari, PM-Volunteers Client Relationship Manager 

Email: nematullah.haidari@pmv.org 

Organization may proceed with interviewing and engaging applicants before the application deadline. 

NOTE: We may consider a team approach of a senior/junior project manager. We encourage junior project managers who are interested in acquiring experience to apply. Any such arrangement will be contingent on agreement by the client and the applicants.