About the Talking Stick Festival
The Talking Stick Festival (2002 – ongoing) is Western Canada’s premier Aboriginal performing arts festival. Presented annually over the past 15 years, it has allowed us to showcase an enormous range of work from emerging and established Aboriginal performing artists, as well as to seed future developments and collaborations. Initiated as a way to encourage artistic participation and experimentation, the Talking Stick Festival is now our flagship event and one of our greatest artistic successes.

Position Summary
The Event and Sponsorship Coordinator assists in developing the fundraising strategy for Signature Events, as well as managing logistics, budgeting and follow-up processes for these events. They will also play a key role in developing innovative stewardship events and experiences. The Event and Sponsorship Coordinator will have fundraising experience as well as a demonstrated track record of project management, internal communications and delegation, and an excellent ability to manage external relationships.

Event Management (50% of Time):

– Develops and executes an annual strategic event plan
– Creates and manages events’ annual budgetary plan
– Negotiates and manages vendor relationships
– Develops relationships internally and externally and leverages partnerships to assist with the creation, delivery and selling of events
– Leads in the planning, development and execution of Signature Events
– Volunteer management and engagement at Signature Events

Sponsorship Management (40% of Time):

– Creates event and campaign sponsorship model and strategy
– Solicits new sponsors for events and campaigns and transitions event sponsors into long term partners
– Engages new sponsors in multi-year agreements for ongoing events Job

Systems and Support (10% of Time):

– Creates templates (critical path, budget) to be used across the office for events
– Reviews all event critical paths, budgets
– As the in-house event expert, provides guidance to other staff members leading events
– Develops, manages and reports on a pipeline of event and sponsorship opportunities


– University degree in any of the following areas; fundraising, business management, marketing or related field


– 5 years or more progressive experience in corporate or non-profit fundraising event management

– Demonstrated success in securing sponsorship for events and programs

– Ability to own the strategic event planning process, while leading and managing a team through project planning and execution

– Track record of developing, growing and executing successful events

– Experience developing and customizing high end stewardship events


Knowledge/Skills Required:

– Excellent working knowledge of the media landscape, understanding of social media activation and community engagement

– Microsoft Office products (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)

– Attention to detail in planning large events

– Strong verbal and written communication skills

– Good team work ethic, and also capable of working independently

– Able to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines within budget

– Decision making skills

If you are interested in this opportunity, please forward your resume to attention Duane Grant.

Full Circle: First Nations Performance would like to thank all applicants, however only those who qualify for an interview will be contacted.