Photo of the Sumo Tournament at the 2012 Festival by RTom Studios

We’re Hiring a Production Associate

The Powell Street Festival Society’s (PSFS) mission is to cultivate Japanese Canadian arts and culture to connect communities. Our main activity is producing the Powell Street Festival (PSF) in Vancouver’s historic Japanese Canadian neighbourhood. PSF is an annual celebration of Japanese Canadian arts and culture. It is the largest event of its kind in Canada and the longest running festival in Metro Vancouver, entering its 41st year. The Society also produces its own programming as part of an annual season and participates in co-presentations with other arts organizations throughout the year.


Powell Street Festival Society seeks a dedicated team player for the position of Production Associate for the 41th annual Powell Street Festival.  This temporary position is a full-time position and will start the first week in May and end the last week of August 2017.

Working with the Executive Director (ED), Artistic Director (AD), Administrative Assistant (AA), seasonal staff (Volunteer Coordinator, Production Coordinator (PC) and Communications Coordinator), Board of Directors and Festival Core Committee, the Production Associate will be responsible for assisting with the details of Festival coordination with direction from the Production Coordinator.

Specific duties include:

  • assisting the PC soliciting and confirming site rentals
  • assisting the PC obtaining all necessary permits
  • liaising with the festival vendors
  • researching and coordinating the enhancement of the interactive section of the festival
  • assisting the AD with the emcee notes
  • soliciting donations
  • assisting other core coordinators as needed
  • assisting in coordination of other society events (May-July)

The Production Associate is supporting the PC and AD, and reports to the ED. Please note that this position will also require some manual labour with the set-up and take-down of the festival.


The ideal candidate will have exceptional interpersonal and communication skills to handle a multifaceted group of dedicated volunteers. They will have experience with volunteer-run organizations and be able to work calmly under pressure. The position requires exceptional organizational skills. The candidate must be creative and resourceful, and able to assess and handle difficult situations. Working knowledge of Japanese or other Asian languages is an asset, and/or experience working with non-native English language speakers. Specific experience with, or knowledge of, the national and local Asian Canadian arts scenes, the mainstream arts community, and of the operations of non-profit societies is also desirable. First aid training is an asset. Candidates should be familiar and comfortable working in the Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood in which the Festival has been held for the past 40 years.

Must have a flexible schedule and able to work some evenings and weekends, including attending committee meetings as needed.  Must be available during the following dates for the Powell Street Festival (August 2 to August 9, 2017).

The Festival is accepting all applications including those who are eligible for Canada Summer Jobs (This position is potentially pending funding from Canada Summer Jobs).

The deadline for applications is 10:00 am, Friday March 3, 2017

Applications will be accepted by email only. Please submit a resume and cover letter to emiko[at], and include “Production Associate 2017” in the subject line. No phone calls please. Please indicate if you qualify for Canada Summer Jobs funding.  

Powell Street Festival Society thanks all applicants in advance for their interest; however, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Wage: $14/hour