Associate Director, Education

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Associate Director, Education

Reporting to the VP, programming, the associate director, education is responsible for the strategy, management, implementation, and continued development of a comprehensive arts education program.

You are passionate about education and lifelong learning, and you understand the value in providing educational experiences, both in schools and in community, inspired through the arts.

With a successful management track record in performing arts education, you can bring energy, passion, and an appreciation for the value of arts learning.

You possess an arsenal of excellent interpersonal skills, as evident in the relationships you build within the educational field and with community groups, teaching artists, and students. You are dynamic, people-oriented, and assertive, and you thrive well both individually and in collaboration with others.

As an education specialist, you utilize your knowledge to conceive and conceptualize innovative programs within the arts education field to advance Arts Commons strategic initiatives and role in education. You are a champion for experimental thinking and fresh approaches to arts education.

Who We Are

Arts Commons is embarking on a new path to support the Arts Commons ecosystem inclusive of artists, resident companies, and community groups. As one of the largest performing arts centres in Canada, Arts Commons strives to break down barriers to cultural participation by providing a modern, open, and inclusive gathering space in a central location.

We Are

Stewards of an Arts Ecosystem
Our mandate is to provide and care for our assets.

An Arts Presenter
Our mandate is to produce and present multiple series, presentations and education programs annually.

A Facilitator
Our mandate is to ensure optimal access and utilization of our assets, by ourselves, our resident companies, and the community at large.

What We Offer

On top of the excitement of working with a team of committed performing and visual arts professionals at one of Canada’s top performing arts facilities, Arts Commons offers a competitive salary and a wide range of benefits:

  • A collaborative, engaging and values driven work environment.
  • A salary in the range of $70,000 to $80,000.
  • A comprehensive health and dental benefits package, with RSP matching and access to an Employee & Family Assistance Program (EFAP).
  • A positive working culture, keeping employee health and wellness a priority with generous paid time off policies and an annual lifestyle allowance.
  • A dynamic role that will have you engaging with the arts and communities in many different areas

What We Value

We are looking for individuals who share our vision of building a creative and compassionate society, inspired through the arts. Our team is made up of people with a diverse range of interests—singers, actors, musicians, playwrights, coaches, teachers, gamers, bakers, photographers, athletes, dancers. People whose interests encompass the widest spectrum. We even have furry, four-legged friends in the office. We value people who strive to do the right thing, and work to be their best. People with open minds, hearts and arms.

What You Will Get To Do Here

Utilizing innovative approaches to learning and education, the associate director, education helps schools, students, teachers and our community enrich their lives through meaningful educational and personal connections inspired through the arts. This position is focused on making art accessible to visitors of all ages and backgrounds and helping them feel welcomed and intrigued to learn more when exposed to new artistic experiences and ideas for the first time.

The associate director, education manages the education portfolio and provides direction and support for departmental initiatives relating to the strategic alignment of education programs with our presenting and social impact activities. This role also leads and manages interdepartmental workflow required for the successful achievement of programs, and continually works to identify and cultivate new opportunities for the strategic development of education revenue streams and relationships.

Where You fit Within Our Ecosystem

The associate director, education is a member of Arts Commons’ programming team. In this role, you will manage direct reports, work closely with all members of programming, as well as with contracted artists, teachers, youth and students, and community groups. Additionally, this position works regularly with the brand and audience development, finance, and development teams. Leveraging Arts Commons’ existing programs and relationships alongside the experience and perspective that you bring, you will be at the forefront of deepening Arts Commons’ value and impact in community through education.

Review the full job description attached.

To apply, send your resume and cover letter to

Applications Close: August 31, 2021

If you have any specific questions to ask in relation to the role, please send them to the email address above and a member of our team will do our best to respond to you in a timely manner.

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