Archivist (Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations)


Centre A: Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art


May 5, 2018

Organization Description: 

Centre A was founded in 1999 and is Canada’s only public gallery devoted to contemporary Asian and Asian diasporic art. We are located in Vancouver’s Chinatown on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh nations. As we work to confront legacies of colonialism and marginalization, both locally and transnationally, we strive to hold space for mutual understanding and community. As a centre for conversation, critical inquiry, and artistic experimentation, we bring together artists, curators, and other cultural producers from throughout the region and around the world. In our Reading Room, we house an extensive collection of books and research materials, including the Finlayson Collection of Rare Asian Art Books. Centre A is a key piece of the city’s cultural infrastructure, having presented the works of nearly 400 Canadian and international artists and produced more than 100 original projects.


Job Description:

This position is intended for an undergraduate or postgraduate student in programs related to Library and Information Studies or English who will be returning to their studies full-time in the Fall.

The Archivist will join the Centre A team for 16 weeks and assist with the planning and execution of archival conservation strategies at Centre A. This position will be 30 hrs/ week for 16 weeks from May 2018 to September 2018. This is a paid position ($14/ hr) funded with assistance from Young Canada Works.

About the Reading Room:
The Reading Room and library at Centre A began in 1999 with contributions from artists, researchers, and curators both locally in Vancouver and internationally. The Reading Room emerged out of the need to collect a body of literature on Asian art practices, and by extension to create transnational ties with international arts communities. We house monographs, artist ephemera, exhibition catalogues, art criticism, and artist’s books that have contributed to the diverse possibilities of the reading room as a site of cultural production. Centre A’s Reading Room also includes the Fraser Finlayson Collection of rare books on Classical Chinese and Japanese Art with publications dating back to the late 19th century. Researchers, curators, artists, and art institutions have generously contributed to the Reading Room to enrich knowledge production, the democratization of literature, and the maintenance of our library as an accessible public resource in Vancouver’s Chinatown.


  • Work collaboratively with the team to establish systems of preserving our rare books
  • Conserve our existing rare books
  • Interact with visitors to the reading room
  • Identify publications to be added to the collection
  • Update the reading room’s online presence


  • Working towards an undergraduate or postgraduate degree with a major in English, Library Sciences, or Information Technology.
  • Detail-oriented, highly organized, self-motivated, able to work independently and with others.
  • Superior time management and multi-tasking skills.
  • The ability to stay focused and deal calmly and effectively with high stress, high pressure, and fast paced situations.
  • Superior writing and editorial skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and written and oral communication skills.
  • Capacity to take ownership of tasks.
  • A demonstrable interest in library sciences, and a strong drive to promote our mandate.
  • Basic knowledge of social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) is a must.
  • Experience, beyond personal use, with social media platforms is a strong asset.
  • Basic skills in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint).
  • Skills in photography are an asset.
  • An active interest in reducing racism in our society and building relationships across the Pacific.
  • Knowledge of languages other than English, particularly Asian languages is a strong asset.

How to Apply: 

To apply, please send a letter of interest, CV containing work experience, and two reference contacts of professors or previous/current employers to Natalie at by May 5, 2018. Applications without references will be considered incomplete. Please send documents in a single PDF format.

Centre A is committed to providing equal employment opportunities. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender identity, ability and sexual orientation, and actively ensure that our workplace is inclusive and safe.


$14/hr (30hrs per week)

Contact Name: Natalie Tan
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: (604) 683-8326

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