Job Posting – Community Lead and Embedded Artist (CLEA)

January 17, 2023

Contract Position: $6000 flat rate, based on $25/hr wage. Flexible schedule (self-managed), estimated 5-10 hours per week, 24 weeks (February – July 2023).

Primary Job Location: Vancouver/Unceded Territories, Chinatown/DTES/Hogan’s Alley

Reporting to: Christina Battle (221A fellow); Jesse McKee (221A Head of Strategy); Tao Fei, (221A Program Producer)

Due Date: Open until filled

Projected Start Date: February 2023

Backgrounder: What is a mesh network?

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Research and Prototyping (20%)
    • Acquire a basic understanding of the technology of mesh networks, learning alongside Christina Battle and 221A staff
    • First Deliverable: Participate in, document, and synthesize all research interviews led by Fellow Christina Battle
  • Community Outreach and Engagement (50%)
    • Act as the Chinatown Mesh Network’s primary liaison with community partners and stakeholders in Chinatown/DTES/Hogan’s Alley
    • Identify and encourage the participation of community groups in proximity to the x̱aw̓s shew̓áy̓ New Growth《新生林》garden, and ensure their interests are represented at all stages of the project
    • Participate in team meetings as necessary (including bi-weekly afternoon standing meeting) 
    • Second Deliverable: Design and implement an onboarding process for community node partners, including in-person workshops/meetings as necessary
  • Dissemination and Design (30%)
    • Support the design of materials (print and web) and dissemination of project information to key stakeholder groups
    • Final Deliverable: Contribute to the production and delivery of a working model or toolkit for future mesh networks to be developed by other communities. Format to be determined with Fellow Christina Battle 

Candidate Qualifications

  • Attributes
    • Lives/works in Vancouver/Unceded Territories, and is familiar with or active within the project’s intended communities of Chinatown/Downtown Eastside/Hogan’s Alley
    • Aptitudes for relationship and community building 
    • Uses creative and imaginative approaches to project design
    • An interest or basic understanding of mesh network technology or other distributed networks, considered an asset
    • Basic web and social media skills
    • Graphic design software skills considered an asset
  • Cultural competencies
    • An understanding of the conditions, factors of influence, and engagement expectations that may be encountered in designing for low-income, immigrant, urban Indigenous and other marginalized communities.
    • Chinese or other community relevant language skills considered an asset


Priority for this position will be given to:

  • Black, Indigenous, and other racialized applicants
  • People living with disabilities
  • Women, queer, trans, 2-Spirit and non-binary people

To apply, please send a CV/resume along with a short email (2 paragraphs maximum), explaining why you would be a good candidate and what interests you about the project.