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Job Offer: POP Symposium Director


Contract period: 2022

Contract amount: $14 000 

Schedule: About 40 hours/month from October to May, 80+ hours/month from June to September. Expect to be full time on-site during the festival.

Supervisor: Executive Producer


POP Montreal International Music Festival is a not-for-profit grassroots organization that champions independence in the arts by presenting emerging and celebrated artistic talents from around the world.  Now starting its 21st year, POP’s main event is a five-day music and arts festival taking place in the early fall, featuring musicians as well as films, art, fashion, panels and special events. In addition to the main festival, POP presents multidisciplinary events locally and internationally throughout the year. 


The Symposium Director will be responsible for the programming, organization, budget management, partnership building, execution and onsite management for the five-day POP Symposium, as part of the 2022 edition of the POP Montreal International Music Festival (September 28th to October 2nd, 2022). 


  • Work closely with the Creative Director to research, invite participants, and propose programming;
  • Collaborate with Delegate Coordinator to integrate delegates into a minimum of one Symposium panel or activity each (may not be necessary for all off-fest events); coordinate with the Delegate Coordinator, who will propose and assist in implementing additional Symposium panels and events that accommodate individual delegates’ expertise;
  • Direct development and implementation of programming plans, oversee panelist contacts, and report regularly to Executive Producer to ensure that objectives are being met;
  • Work with the Executive Producer and Public Funding Coordinator to submit all relevant information to granting agencies, in order to secure public funding;
  • Work with the Executive Producer and Brand Partnerships Coordinator to suggest, build and maintain partnerships with sponsors and key stakeholders in order to secure private funding;
  • Expand and maintain the POP Symposium’s relationships with community-based organizations and local partners;
  • Act as the primary contact for all Symposium participants and partners:

o Liaise with Hotel and Transport Coordinator to ensure that all transportation and accommodation needs are met (for Festival events);

o Provide participants and partners with clear itineraries;

  • Present budgets to the Executive Producer for approval; monitor revenues and expenses on a regular basis;
  • Create a volunteer plan that meets the ongoing operational needs and send volunteer needs to Volunteer Coordinator;
  • Produce bios, event listings, curatorial statements and all required information for all events, activities, panelists and participants, for publication both online (for all events), and in the POP Montreal program (for Festival only);
  • Liaise with POP Montreal’s Marketing Director on marketing and communications initiatives associated with POP Symposium events;
  • Develop, maintain, and represent the POP Symposium in important external relationships with major sponsors, suppliers, partners and the public;
  • Participate in staff meetings as needed;
  • Advise the Director of Operations on matters affecting the operations of the POP Symposium;
  • Conduct wrap-up, which includes ensuring that partner and sponsor agreements are fulfilled.


  • Maintain an awareness of current trends in the music industry (emphasis on local and Canadian) and popular culture at large;
  • Participate in the planning and direction of any industry activities held in conjunction with the POP Symposium such as networking cocktails and dinners; ensure that these activities are carried out in an integrated manner consistent with the POP Symposium’s goals and objectives;
  • At contract end, update the POP Symposium how-to guide, for the benefit of future POP Symposium Directors.


  • Demonstrates curatorial or creative programming experience
  • Has knowledge of local and Canadian music landscape and broad general knowledge of the cultural and music industry at large
  • Has skills in general and strategic management and planning, analysing and decision-making, effective leadership, communications and public outreach
  • Has strong writing skills 
  • Has experience creating and managing budgets
  • Fluency in English and French mandatory (programming must be offered in both languages)


The deadline to apply is January 21st 2022. Please send a CV and a cover letter including the following information to [email protected]:

  • In no more than 200 words, in English or French, please provide us with any themes or ideas you have for programming the POP Symposium. These can be specific or general, and can include panel topics, keynote speakers or workshop ideas.

We encourage Indigenous people, people of colour, LGBTQIA+ people, and/or members of other groups who are underrepresented in artistic organizations to apply. We are committed to creating an organization as diverse as our audiences.