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

Bilingual (English-French) Part-Time Educator- (Visual Arts, Urban Studies and/or Performing Arts)-JOB REF#17J068

School Visits
Bilingual (English-French) Part-Time Educator- (Visual Arts, Urban Studies and/or Performing Arts)

Job Ref.#17J068-ET
Number of vacancies: 1-2

Located at Harbourfront Centre, School Visits is an innovative field-trip centre that provides hands-on, curriculum-based learning experiences through programmes that are multidisciplinary. The School Visits team is currently looking for a Bilingual Part-Time Educator. Through on-site and off-site opportunities, the ideal candidate will be teaching students from all age groups a variety of programmes. We are seeking 1-2 individuals interested in pursuing teaching in an experiential environment to join our 2016/2017 School Visits team.

• Delivers / teaches workshops to students of various ages from visiting schools. Responsible for preparation, set up and clean up before and after programmes, as well as auditing materials when necessary.
• Prepares workshops and lesson plans for both basic programmes and specialized workshops, including developing materials.
• Organizes structure of workshops, including materials to be provided in order to present the lesson
• Monitors progress of students, provides assistance and encouragement, and paces workshop to meet students’ needs.
• Participates with co-workers in research, development, writing, and teaching methods
• Works with a variety of partner organizations to provide additional learning opportunities as required.
• Is willing to work in a variety of indoor and outdoor settings and weather conditions while conducting site walks
• Performs other duties of a similar nature or level.

• A degree in Education (B.Ed.), or sufficient relevant experience working with children
• Ability to work with and interested in teaching children from all grade levels
• Creativity and imagination in the development of teaching strategies and curriculum content.
• Enthusiastic, energetic and able to motivate students.
• Ability to organize activities
• Ability to adapt and deal with unexpected situations.
• Familiarity with integrating technology into the classroom, GIMP software, PowerPoint and other A/V considered an asset.
• Fluent in French.


HOURS: 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. (Tuesday – Friday; 0-5 days/week as scheduled)
WAGE: $17/hour

INTERVIEWS: Pending Applicant Availability

For further information contact TIM WALKER, MANAGER, SCHOOL VISITS

To apply: E-mail your cover letter (in English and French) and resume (English only)
quoting Job Ref. #17J068-ET to:
Harbourfront Centre
235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, ON M5J 2G8

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

Development Assistant-Job Ref#17F10

Harbourfront Centre is a leader in providing internationally renowned programming in the arts, culture and recreation across a stunning 10-acre site at the heart of Toronto’s waterfront. For more than 40 years, Harbourfront Centre has celebrated the best in Canadian culture and the rich mosaic of cultures from around the world by curating over 4000 events annually across its ten-acre site from music festivals to contemporary dance, to craft and design to sailing lessons. There is something for everyone at Harbourfront Centre, year-round.

The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery (TPP) at Harbourfront Centre is Canada’s leading non-collecting, public art gallery dedicated exclusively to contemporary visual art from Canada and the world. It is a vital forum for the advanced artistic culture of our time that offers an exceptional facility and professional support to a diverse group of living artists while engaging equally diverse audiences in their work. The gallery fulfills its mandate by generating: exhibitions that represent the range of advanced practice in visual arts; publications that provide in-depth explorations of contemporary art; lectures and symposia that encourage debate and further understanding; interpretative tools that invite visitors to question, explore and reflect upon their experiences; programming that incorporates other areas of culture at their intersection with visual art

Position Title: Development Assistant
Department: The Power Plant
Reporting to: Major Events & Business Officer
Direct reports: N/A
Works with: Major Events and Business Development Officer
Salary: To be discussed with potential candidates
Type of Employment: Full-time, Permanent

Summary of Function:
The development assistant is responsible for supporting the department in the planning and execution of all areas of fundraising, events, memberships, follow-ups and tessitura inputting.


Major Events
• Assist in the production of Power Ball, the gallery’s annual fundraiser. Assist in the coordination of the ticket selling committee and volunteers. Work with the Major Events & Business Development Officer and Art & Entertainment Committee to secure sponsors, cash and in-kind for Power Ball.
• Attend and take minutes at Arts & Entertainment Committee meetings
• Assists with researching, contacting and initial negotiations with in-kind and cash sponsors.
• Assist in the coordination of the ticket selling committee with verbal and written communication
• Assist in the coordination the securing of silent auction prizes
• Assist in the coordination of the mailing of printed invitations, e-vites, and thank you cards
• Assist with ticket queries and the selling of tickets and packages


• Assist in the production of all Power Plant events (exhibition openings, major fundraising, sponsorship hosting, donor hosting, business and member events)
• Event set-ups and strike downs
• Be present during events where applicable in order to troubleshoot and arising issues
• Coordinate invitations, guestlists, and RSVPs
• Source and negotiate sponsorship relationships of all events at The Power Plant via written and verbal communication.
• Facilitate thank you packages and tax/business receipts are sent to all donors/sponsors in a timely manner. department in the planning and execution of fundraising events.


• Support administrative tasks related to the planning and executions of Development related items including grants and sponsorships, and membership activities.
• Support general development within the database, focusing on data entry, capture and reporting.
• Support development meetings with agendas and minute taking at meetings, assisting with mailings, filing and archiving
• Updates addresses in Tessitura

Other Tasks

• Additional duties as required

Work, Health and Safety (WH&S)

• All staff are required to take reasonable care of their own health and safety and that of other personnel (including volunteers and interns) who may be affected by their conduct.
• Ensure compliance with applicable obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, R.S.O. 1990, c.O.1.

Key Performance Indicators

• Ability to work independently and with a team
• Willingness to take on tasks as required
• Courteous approach to all written and verbal communications with patrons, members, sponsors, and vendors
• Strong problem solving skills and ability to think creatively
• Positive approach to working in a fast paced environment

Skills & Requirements

Essential Criteria

• Understanding of contemporary art
• Superior writing and communications skills, interpersonal skills to deal tactfully with a variety of people, artists and external groups and agencies.
• Excellent computer skills (Excel, Word, Power Point etc), familiarity with database and design software an asset.
• Strong organizational and planning skills with attention to detail.
• Ability to work flexible schedule: evening work at events will be required

Education & Experience

• University degree in an area such as visual arts and not for profit administration.
• Experience working in an office environment, preferably in an arts or non-profit institution.

Acceptable Applications must include:
• A current resume
• Responses indicating how you meet the essential criteria
• A cover letter including salary expectations

Qualified applications are invited to apply by: July 3, 2017
Please quote Job Reference # 17F10-ET
Harbourfront Centre is committed to building a diverse workforce and strongly encourages qualified applicants from all backgrounds to apply. Suitable accommodations will be available upon request during the hiring process.

Festival Assistant Hospitality-Job Ref. #17J073

Festival Assistant Hospitality

Job Ref. #17J073-ET

Number of vacancies: 1

Established in 1974, IFOA is world renowned in the literary arts, highly recognized for its excellence in festival and event organization. Over the years, IFOA has welcomed more than 9,000 writers from more than 100 countries, including 22 Nobel laureates and countless other award winners, which has ensured that IFOA is considered the pre-eminent venue for readings in the world. Throughout the year IFOA programming includes a weekly reading series, annual festivals, including the International Festival of Authors, and a wide variety of special events.

The Festival Assistant, Hospitality will receive a unique introduction to the world of event coordination in the not-for-profit sector. Reporting to the Senior Event Coordinator, s/he will be responsible for assisting in logistics, gift-in-kind donations, and overall management of the Festival hospitality suite. As a small not-for-profit organization that produces world-class literary events and festivals, the ability to work in a team environment is a necessity. The incumbent must also posses a strong attention to detail and professionalism in attitude and appearance.


• Author and publisher liaisons;
• Overseeing management of Festival hospitality suite;
• Acting as Festival representative and staff point-of-contact within hospitality suite;
• Maintaining cleanliness in the hospitality suite, as well as the kitchen area;
• Managing stocking of hospitality suite supplies while adhering to the Festival budget;
• Food handling, with a careful attention to food-restrictions and allergies;
• Assisting in the solicitation and management of gifts-in-kind;
• Assist with volunteer coordination;
• Other relevant duties as required.


• Strong organizational skills and attention to detail;
• An interest in food handling and hospitality;
• Ability to show tact and diplomacy when dealing with outside organizations, contacts, volunteers, and audiences;
• Demonstrate initiative, drive, and strong self-motivation;
• Event coordination/management experience, including hospitality experience;
• A passion for customer service;
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office, or equivalent;
• Smart Serve certification (may be obtained after candidate is selected, with costs to be covered by IFOA).


• The Event Assistant will work closely with the hospitality assistant
• The office is an open concept office with an open door policy


The incumbent will be given the brochure provided by Service Canada, and informed of the Joint Health & Safety Committee and given the members’ names and contact information. They will also be directed to our company intra-net Health & Safety page where pertinent information is provided such as our Health & Safety policy, meeting minutes, WHMIS training module and reference chart, evacuation procedures, fire wardens and much more.

DURATION: July 10 through to November 30, 2017
RATE OF PAY: $12.00 per hour

Application Deadline: June 30, 2017

Interested applicants should FORWARD resume QUOTING JOB REF # 17J073-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 to apply.


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