Program Assistant, Education

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Program Assistant, Education

Reporting to the associate director, education, the program assistant, education, is a nine-week contract position focused on supporting the education team at Arts Commons.

You are passionate about youth and arts programming. You believe that the arts play an essential role in learning, personal development and build strong, vibrant communities. You believe in advocating and amplifying the voices of equity-seeking communities through the arts. You have a broad interest in art-forms from different genres, styles and artistic practices. You’re willing and able to assist and in some cases lead creative workshops. You’re comfortable with digital tools like smart phones, laptops and the apps that let you collaborate online.

You’re comfortable working on individual tasks, but you shine when collaborating with others. You’re a strong communicator — written, over the phone, and in-person — and you’re comfortable taking direction and asking for clarification when you need it. While you can certainly troubleshoot a problem, you’re not afraid to ask for help when you need it — especially when it comes to safety.

Who we are

Arts Commons is an 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.

At Arts Commons

Our belief

  • That equitable access to the arts is a human right.

Our responsibility

  • To redefine a bold and adventurous Calgary by championing and investing in creativity.

Our mission

  • To be an inspirational force where artists, community and organizations celebrate cultural identities, experience the full breadth of human emotions and ignite positive change.

What we Offer

On top of the excitement of working inside one of Canada’s top performing arts facilities with a team of professionals that share a passion for the arts, Arts Commons offers:

  • A collaborative, engaging and values driven work environment.
  • Wage of $21/hr (30hrs /week).
  • A dynamic role that will have you engaging with the arts and communities in many ways.

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

The focus of this role is to support the education team in the coordination and delivery of our youth and family programs, including the associated administration. These primary event coordination assistance responsibilities include:

  • Assist with the coordination, execution and/or administration of Arts Education programs including:
    • ConocoPhillips Hub for Inspired Learning, a Campus Calgary/Open Minds site
    • Arts ReimaginED
    • o Arts Xpeditions
    • One Day Wonder programs
  • Administrative tasks may include:
    • Confirming artists, busing, payments and other team members.
    • Coordinating information or assets (e.g. survey results, images, etc.) for grant applications and/or reporting.
    • Organization of calendars and communications.
  • Coordination / execution tasks may include:
    • Assisting in the preparation for classes and workshops, assisting in gathering miscellaneous materials for workshops.
    • Assisting in set-up and strike of education programs, confirming room set-up is complete, etc.
    • Welcoming and interacting with families participating in the Monster Lab, during Leonardo, A Wonderful Story About a Terrible Monster.
  • General departmental assistance as needed.

Where you fit within our ecosystem:

The program assistant (education) is a member of the Arts Commons programming team and reports to the associate director, education. You will work closely with the entire Arts Commons programming team as well as members of the production, marketing, communications and other teams, as well as local artists, and of course our public participants.

You will be a great fit if you

Must haves:

  • A creative practice/understanding in theatre, music, visual arts, dance or playwriting.
  • Experience in arts facilitation.
  • Experience working with equity-seeking communities and young people.
  • Curious by nature.
  • Excited by the creative process and how it relates to learning.
  • Enjoys creating magical experiences for youth using the arts as the foundation.
  • Comfortable with public speaking.
  • Comfortable using a phone to record video or capture images for use on social media.
  • Comfortable using social media.
  • Comfortable working in collaborative environments.
  • Knowledgeable and able to work confidently in Microsoft Office suite / Office 365.
  • A smart phone capable of using apps such as Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Teams, SharePoint.
  • Ability to lift at least 35lbs and navigate uneven terrain (e.g. outdoor park spaces).
  • Ability to work from home when required, including the use of a personal computer, reliable internet access, etc.
  • A passion for the arts!

As this position is part of the Canada Summer Jobs program, applicants must be between the ages of 15-30 years in order to be considered.

Nice to have:

• Post-secondary education in Arts Education or related field, an asset.• Is comfortable in many different working environments and outdoor spaces.• Is able to/ has access to reliable transportation (not necessarily a personal vehicle).If you are interested in applying to this exciting opportunity, please forward your resume and cover letter in confidence to: Human Resources, Arts Commons, 205 – 8th Ave SE Calgary, Alberta T2G 0K9Or email

Interviews will be conducted on an ongoing basis and the job posting will officially close when a suitable candidate is found. For best consideration, please apply by the deadline date. While we hope to fill this position as early as possible, our commitment to finding the right candidate may require more time.

We thank all interested applicants in advance but will only be contacting those selected for an interview.

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.

At a glance

Employment: Contract (9-weeks)Hours: 30hrs/weekTerm Date: May to July 2023Wage: $21/hrLocation: Calgary; primarily in-person at Arts Commons with limited work from home, some off-site locations as required (e.g., meetings/events)

Join us today and see for yourself some of the many reasons why we were voted one of Alberta’s Top Employers!

To apply, send your resume and cover letter to

Closing Date: May 9, 2023

Commitment to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Accessibility (IDEA)

As part of our organization’s commitment to IDEA, we work to remove barriers in collaboration with a broad range of voices. Removing these barriers begins with the hiring process. To that end, we are committed to recruiting, hiring, training, and promoting qualified people of all backgrounds, and providing accessible employment practices. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage of the recruitment process, and applicants are asked to make their accommodation needs known.We strongly encourage applicants who identify as part of underrepresented groups, including women, people of colour and those with disabilities to apply. Even if your past experiences do not align perfectly with every qualification, we strongly encourage you to apply anyway! An excitement and passion for Arts Commons can go a long way here, whether it’s in this role or another.

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