Young People’s Theatre (YPT), now in its 47th season, is Canada’s largest theatre for young audiences and currently produces and presents an 8-play season with an audience of up to 80,000+. Housed at a renovated, historical venue in Toronto, YPT works on a 468-seat Mainstage and a 115-seat Studio stage. Its operating budget is approximately $3.5 million. The work culture at YPT encourages ingenuity, team-work, and an atmosphere of learning. YPT’s artistic policy focuses on arts and education – in fact, learning is at the centre of everything we do.
YPT is currently seeking an outstanding candidate to be appointed in the full-time term position of Community Participation Coordinator. This position will be contracted until June 30, 2013. Reporting directly to both the Artistic Director and to the Manager of Education & Participation, the Community Participation Coordinator is the principal outreach liaison between YPT, its programming and the geographical and diverse communities in which we work.
The maintenance and development of sustainable and meaningful arts-education programming that,
- Serves diverse and underserved communities within the building and externally.
- Is informed by, and innovates upon, best practices in the field within an anti-oppression framework,
- Is informed by YPT core values
- Fosters community-based ownership of YPT and its activities,
- Creates, supports and maintains a variety of opportunities for diverse communities and individuals to meaningfully participate in the life and work of YPT in collaboration with other staff and community members.
- Maintains a system of regular expenditure and program reporting and tracking for the Manager of Education & Participation.
- Monitors, evaluates and develops long term programs, budget, pedagogy and practice.
- Nurtures opportunities for resource-sharing within the company, with other organizations and with government bodies.
- Coordinating and supporting a network of community arts based practitioners.
- Working with community based partners to design effective and engaging drama workshops.
In additions to a variety of community workshops and short-term collaborations, YPT’s Community Participation Coordinator currently oversees three ongoing projects/programs. These include:
- ESP: a new drop-in program for young people in the St. Lawrence Market/Esplanade neighborhood.
- Nomanzland: a participant-driven project based in Jane/Finch Community that creates performances reflecting community issues and aspirations. Nomanzland recently created Known to Police, a production that played on the YPT mainstage to great acclaim. Upcoming objectives for the participants include exploring the potential of establishing an independent theatre resource based in Jane/Finch community.
- Parents Resource Centre: with locations in Leslieville and St. Lawrence neighbourhoods, YPT works with PRC to provide arts-based programming for very young children and their caregivers.
- 5 years proven ability to create and execute meaningful, safe and inclusive arts-education programming emphasizing theatre,
- Ability to engage young people and work with communities to develop purposeful arts based opportunities,
- Knowledge and experience of professional artist and community based networks throughout the GTA’s diverse neighbourhoods,
- Ability to work with volunteers who have varying levels of experience and goals.
- Experience with resource, project and budget management,
- Computer literacy: MS Excel, Word, database management,
- Multi-lingual preferred,
- Knowledge of the Urban Arts and Hip Hop in Toronto is an advantage,
- Conflict Resolution and Mediation skills an asset.
In accordance with YPT’s policy of screening all adults involved in working with children, the applicant will be required to provide a resume and cover letter, undergo an interview by at least two people, a reference check and, if offered employment, a Vulnerable Sector Screening Check. Offers of employment are conditional upon providing a satisfactory Vulnerable sector Screening Check and agreeing to abide by YPT’S Child Safety Code of Conduct.
Young People’s Theatre is proud to be an equal-opportunity employer and strongly supports and values diversity in the workplace. Applications from all qualified candidates are welcome and individuals from equity-seeking groups are encouraged to apply. Interested parties should apply with cover letter and resumé, detailing all relevant experience to:
Community Participation Coordinator Search
165 Front Street East
Toronto, ON M5A 3Z4
Applications must be received by 4:30 on August 31st, 2012.
While we thank everyone who applies, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.