Job Posting: Children and Youth Program Assistant – Contract Position, The Canadian Opera Company

The Canadian Opera Company (COC) is looking for an energetic and responsible Children and Youth Program Assistant to provide program support for its programs for children and youth, with specific focus on the Summer Youth Intensive.

The COC stands at the forefront of opera production in Canada and is internationally recognized for its commitment to delivering opera of the highest standards. In addition to the core activities on the mainstage, the COC offers 20 accessible, meaningful and enriching education and outreach programs to a diverse audience of 40,000 children, youth, and adults annually. Working with the COC education and outreach team, individuals gain invaluable arts administration experience and learn about the inner workings of a large cultural institution. The environment is dynamic, creative and fast-paced.

The position is a 10-week contract position with an expected start date of May 26, 2014. The assistant reports directly to the Interim Children and Youth Programs Co-ordinator and works approximately 30 hours per week (excluding the weeks of Monday, July 7 to Saturday, July 12, 2014 AND Monday, July 14 to Saturday, July 19, 2014, when candidates must be available to work daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

Your role:

  • Providing administrative support including, but not limited to:  ordering and maintaining inventory of supplies, collecting, organizing, and completing weekly reports, creating and collecting participant feedback forms, database maintenance, and assisting with marketing initiatives
  • Designing registration and booking documents and program materials, creating and distributing letters and notifications to participants and their parents/guardians in accordance with stylistic guidelines
  • Liaising with artist-educators and COC staff from a variety of departments
  • Supervising volunteers and promoting a safe and welcoming environment
  • Taking photographs and contributing to COC online and print publications
  • Acting as the point person for participants, artist-educators, and volunteers during the Summer Youth Intensive

Your background:

  • Post-secondary student studying arts administration and/or cultural management, music, education or a combination
  • Background in the arts or relevant work/volunteer experience in the cultural sector
  • Strong organizational, planning and leadership skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Excel in particular)
  • Proven ability to work independently as well as part of a team
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
  • First Aid and CPR certificate an asset
  • Proficiency in Adobe (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop) an asset
  • Holds, or agrees to acquire, a valid Vulnerable Sector Verification through the Police Reference Check program

Candidates for the assistant position must:

  • Be legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada (Non-Canadian students holding temporary work visas or awaiting permanent status are not eligible)
  • Be between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment
  • Have been a full-time student in the semester preceding the position
  • Intend to return to full-time studies in the fall of 2014

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to or fax:  416-363-5584.  We thank all candidates who apply, however, only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.

Closing date: Friday, March 7, 2014 at 10 a.m.

Education and Outreach
Canadian Opera Company
227 Front St. E., Toronto, ON M5A 1E8

For more information about Summer Youth Intensive and all of the COC’s education and outreach initiatives, please visit our website or contact

About the Canadian Opera Company
Based in Toronto, the Canadian Opera Company is the largest producer of opera in Canada and one of the largest in North America. The COC enjoys a loyal audience support-base and one of the highest attendance and subscription rates in North America. Under its leadership team of General Director Alexander Neef and Music Director Johannes Debus, the COC is increasingly capturing the opera world’s attention. The COC maintains its international reputation for artistic excellence and creative innovation by creating new productions within its diverse repertoire, collaborating with leading opera companies and festivals, and attracting the world’s foremost Canadian and international artists. The COC performs in its own opera house, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, hailed internationally as one of the finest in the world. Designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects, the Four Seasons Centre opened in 2006, and is also the performance venue for The National Ballet of Canada. For more information on the COC, visit its award-winning website,