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Welcome to Harbourfront Centre's online resource for employment opportunities. Simply click on the title of each position listed below for further information. Specific application instructions can be found within each job posting.

Harbourfront Centre is committed to building a diverse workforce and strongly encourages qualified applicants from all backgrounds to apply.

CURATOR, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery-Job Ref#15F05

The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery
Full Time
Job Ref. # 15F05-ET
Number of vacancies: 1

The Power Plant Contemporary (TPP) Art Gallery at Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, is Canada’s leading public gallery devoted to the art of our time. Over the past years, its reputation for presenting exhibitions, commissions, catalogues, artists’ editions, and a wide range of engaging Education and Public Programs, as well as challenging special events, has remained unparalleled. Presenting contemporary art by practitioners of local, national and international stature, The Power Plant’s mission is to present and disseminate thought-provoking contemporary art in any and all media. For more information about the TPP, please visit

Currently an employment opportunity exists in TPP for a Curator. The Curator oversees all aspects of exhibition coordination, installation planning and monitors budgets. The Curator develops and implements selected gallery exhibitions, off-site projects and publications with the Director, and represents TPP in the community to enhance the profile and reputation of the gallery.

Reporting to the Director and Artistic Director, the Curator’s major responsibilities include:

• Working closely with the Director to research, develop and implement TPP’s curatorial program;
• Participating as directed in the development, preparation and production of temporary exhibitions of Canadian and international contemporary art;
• Undertaking scholarly research in all area of contemporary arts for exhibitions in order to propose and recommend exhibition projects and publications aligned with the current artistic vision of TPP;
• Negotiating with artists and lending institutions and supervising all aspects of installations;
• Establishing, fostering and maintaining contacts with artists, collectors, donors, sponsors, galleries, universities, as well as various organizations on the local and international scenes in the development of TPP’s exhibition program;
• Preparing and monitoring exhibition budgets and expenses, and managing and directing the work of subordinate staff;
• Reviewing and responding to exhibition proposals received on behalf of TPP;
• Working with the Curator of Education and Public Programs to plan and support outreach and education programs aimed at engaging new and diverse audiences;
• Contributing to exhibition texts used for media releases, newsletter, web and other sources;
• Preparing materials in support of applications for funding from consulates, foreign affairs departments, foundations, trusts, individuals, and private agencies in consultation with the Head of Development;
• As part of the management team, participating in business and strategic planning for TPP.

The ideal candidate will be a pragmatic organizer and team worker with an excellent knowledge of contemporary art and its milieu. His/her interests should be broad but grounded in a vision of contemporary art as practice in active dialogue with the contemporary world and its concerns. He/she must be a skilled advocate for TPP and its mandate, be able to support fundraising initiatives, have extensive networks in the field, and be committed to working in the public realm.

• Minimum of an MA degree – PhD an asset – in art history with a specialization in contemporary international art.
• Minimum of six years’ experience in programming and management in a museum or public gallery.
• The candidate must be able to engage and contribute to the current artistic vision of the institution.
• Interest in emerging and established contemporary scenes (other continents and world cultures).
• Demonstrated ability to develop and execute a sustainable multi-year program.
• He/she must have exceptional interpersonal and relationship management skills with the ability to develop effective partnerships;
• He/she must be able to express ideas and concepts effectively, orally and in writing, including the ability to prepare and present oral, written and audio-visual reports of a specialized nature and the ability to create a persuasive case to garner support for key programs and projects.
• He/she must have superior organizational skills, detail-oriented focus and the ability to manage multiple priorities in a very fast-paced environment; Good ability to conceptualize, analyze, prioritize and make decisions aligned to exhibition coordination.
• Very good knowledge of the international cultural milieu placing artists’ work in the context of other initiatives in the greater Toronto area and Canada on the whole.
• Demonstrated ability to direct, manage and support staff in achieving desired results.
• Aptitude for research and writing, fluency in English, spoken and written (French and other languages are an asset).
• Proven experience in budget management.
• Strong computer skills MS Office, Outlook, spreadsheets, etc.
• Ability to maintain a high level of professionalism, discretion and confidentiality.
• Must be able to work flexible hours during events with evenings and weekends as needed to oversee programs and participate in other gallery activities.

Deadline for Application: Tuesday May 29, 2015
Qualified applicants please send your letter of intent, resume and the names of three references
Quoting Job Ref.#15F05-ET to:
Human Resources, 235 Queens Quay West
Toronto, ON M5J 2G8
Fax (416) 973-1003

Harbourfront Centre is committed to building a diverse workforce and strongly encourages qualified applicants from all backgrounds to apply.

Sailing and Powerboat Instructor -Job Ref. # 15J097

Employment Opportunity
Sailing and Powerboat Instructor
Job Ref. # 15J097-ET
Number of vacancies: 3

Harbourfront Centre Sailing and Power Boating is a well established Sail & Power Club with a large membership base, conveniently located downtown in Toronto on the Harbourfront, just south of the Rogers Centre and CN Tower. Our clubhouse boasts access to over 80 sail and power craft, ranging from 7” to 36” in length and includes 11 international J24’s and 17 Powerboats up to 26 feet. We are dedicated to delivering excellence in boating instruction as well as making boating accessible to Toronto residents and visitors through instruction, membership, corporate events, and boat rentals. We provide unrivalled access to water from our downtown Toronto location and are the only centre on the harbour delivering Yachting, fleet, open to the public in the harbour.

Currently, we are seeking motivated and reliable individuals to join our Sailing and Power Boating Department as Sailing and Powerboat Instructors. This position is responsible for delivering Sail Canada’s curriculum in Sail and Power and the general maintenance and upkeep of all boats (engines and deck hardware). We are looking for responsible, experienced, enthusiastic applicants, who have the ability to communicate well to join our team. You must be confident coach, holding a high level of customer service and hands on maintenance experience. We offer comprehensive centre training to give you the skills and confidence to do your job’s other core equivalency qualification with Sail Canada

• Available to work from May to October 2015
• Hold a teaching qualification in either Sailing or Power Boating
• Experience working with outboards and materials, i.e. fiber glass, wood, metal or general DIY.
• Hold a valid Toronto Harbour Licence and Pleasure Craft Operators Card ( we can assist with this )
• Experience working with a variety of boats and sail racing knowledge an asset
• Customer service and teaching experience essential
• Current Fist Aid & CPR Certification
• Strong Communication Skills
• Must be over 19 years of age
• Required to drive company boats and vehicles
• International candidates must have, or be in the process of gaining , a valid Canadian work permit

Please send your resume Quoting Job Ref. No. 15J097-ET to:
Alastair Carlow, 235 Queens Quay West
Toronto, ON M5J 2G8
Fax (416) 203-8000

Harbourfront Centre is committed to building a diverse workforce and strongly encourages qualified applicants from all backgrounds to apply.

Security Desk Administrator-Job Ref$15F09

Security Desk Administrator
Site Operations & Services

Job Ref. # 15F09-ET

Number of Vacancies: 1

Harbourfront Centre is a Canadian charity operating the 10 prime acres of Toronto's central waterfront as a free and open public site. We celebrate the multiplicities of cultures that comprise Canada and enliven the city through the creative imaginations of artists from across the country and around the globe. Harbourfront Centre attracts more than 17 million visits to its site each year to experience 4,000 diverse public events and activities.

Currently an employment opportunity exists in our Security Department for a Security Desk Administrator. Reporting to the Coordinator, Security & Operations this front-line position will be the initial contact for all staff and visitors, ensuring proper access control to Harbourfront Centre administrative offices.

• Monitors Security Desk. Provides access control for office area to all staff and visitors. Acts as main reception for Harbourfront Centre - receives visitors, informs staff of visitor’s arrival, ensures sign in/out procedures are followed and issues visitors passes.
• Monitors main security phone line, dispatching officers as required.
• Handles courier responsibilities - receives and logs incoming packages by courier or messenger, contacts appropriate person; arranges courier to pick and deliver packages, ensuring forms are complete and accurate. Maintains supply of courier waybills, distributes to departments as requested.
• Updates the preventative maintenance computer system by entering work orders, work-in-progress and completed orders; coordinates distribution of approved work orders
• Provides security supervisors with shift information (e.g., upcoming details, occurrences reported via phone, emergency situations reported via phone).
• Monitors and operates computer access card system and alarm system.

• Strong customer service focus and exceptional interpersonal skills to deal in a positive, professional and effective manner with a wide variety of people.
• Strong verbal communication skills to disseminate information
• Some knowledge of alarm systems necessary.
• Computer literacy a must.
• Proven ability to work unsupervised.
• Ontario Security license an asset.

Date Position Required: Immediately

Rate of Pay: $13.00 to 16.00 per hour

Hours: Day shift


Interested applicants should FORWARD resume QUOTING JOB REF # 15F09-ET to:
Human Resources Department
235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, ON M5J 2G8
FAX: (416) 973-1003

Harbourfront Centre is committed to building a diverse workforce and strongly encourages qualified applicants from all backgrounds apply.


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