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For over 40 years, Toronto School of Art (TSA) has established itself as one of the most distinguished alternative arts schools in the city. While our history alone sets us apart, it’s our ideology that truly defines us. We believe in taking an organic approach to the arts. This translates into a hands-on education model that focuses on studio-based learning. We offer students the opportunity to work with practicing artists in a close, one-on-one environment. What this entails is a rigorous study of the arts through a challenging, tactile application of every skill set learned.

TSA believes the arts should be accessible to all levels of experience. Whether you’re a working professional or just starting out, TSA offers programs that address all levels of expertise. The only thing our students need to get started is a passion for their craft. Once they have that, our mentors are there to further refine, hone, and cultivate their skills. It’s this process of artists mentoring other artists that enables our students to truly find their voice and leave their mark on the world.

TSA will be moving to their future home at 24 Ryerson Avenue in the Queen and Bathurst area in late 2018. The school is committed to work in partnership with staff, faculty, students and the community to identify, prevent, and remove barriers to participation. The new facilities and studios at 24 Ryerson Avenue will be fully accessible.

Office Manager

Toronto School of Art is seeking a skilled and highly-motivated Office Manager to join the team at the city's longest-running independent art school. We look forward to hearing from vibrant, community-oriented folks with a keen interest in arts administration and studio art education.

Position Type/Hours:
This is a part-time position, 4 days per week (30 hours), $20.00/hour.
Some flexibility in the workweek, including weekend or evening work, is required.

Position Description:
The Office Manager supports Toronto School of Art’s operations and is responsible for ensuring and maintaining efficient, effective, and resourceful office systems and services. This position also supports the administration of the front desk and provides skilled and friendly communication to customers/students and faculty. Reporting to the Managing Director, the Office Manager works closely with TSA staff, faculty members, student volunteers, and the Board of Governors (BOG).

Responsibilities - Administration:

  • Organizes office operations;
  • Prepares payroll and records of employment;
  • Updates Charitable documents;
  • Manages relationships with vendors and service providers;
  • Oversees petty cash;
  • Prepares weekly bank deposits;
  • Oversees filing, billing, accounts receivable, and accounts payable;
  • Processes refunds and updates student records for withdrawals;
  • Orders supplies and equipment when needed;
  • Prepares a variety of financial reports, forms, schedules, and financial tracking;
  • Assists bookkeeper to reconcile financials;
  • Provides general support to customers/students by handing walk-in, email, and telephone inquiries;
  • Processes sales (debit, credit, cash, cheque) from courses/workshops, lockers, one-on-one consultations, portfolio reviews, transcripts;
  • Administers art model cheques for faculty;
  • Assists students and provide support with course selections;
  • Assists with website management and updates under the direction of the Managing Director;
  • Assists with special events when required (i.e. open houses, community engagement, and fundraising events).

Skills and Qualities of the Ideal Candidate:

  • Experience in an administrative setting (arts or culture-related non-profit/charitable organization an asset);
  • Proven ability to multi-task and adjust workload accordingly, meeting deadlines with minimum direction;
  • Excellence in organizational, administrative, planning, and communication skills;
  • Excellent analytical skills with numbers;
  • Proficiency of spreadsheets, including simple formulas;
  • Experience working in the independent arts community and knowledge of the operation of an art school and/or fine art media;
  • Excellent customer service skills and experience cultivating relationships and connecting with a diverse range of people and communities (with a strong understanding of tact, diplomacy, confidentiality, equity and inclusion);
  • A deep understanding of the TSA mandate and Inclusion Policy;

Posting closes 5pm, Friday, June 15, 2018.

To Apply: Please send a CV and cover letter in a single PDF with applicant name and job title as the subject to: Renée Castonguay, Managing Director, Toronto School of Art,

Toronto School of Art (TSA) is committed to developing principles ensuring inclusion, diversity, accessibility, and equity practises. A mandate of the school is to design policies that better reflect the demographics of the community it serves and to recommend programs and services that better serve the needs of diverse groups. Another mandate is to increase access to and opportunities at the Toronto School of Art for those belonging to groups historically excluded from power or denied rights enjoyed by others. Among those who face such discrimination are members of ethnic, racial, linguistic and religious minorities, Aboriginal people, people with disabilities, women, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender, seniors, youth, and people marginalized by poverty.

TSA is dedicated to increasing the diversity of voices steering our organization, and actively encourages applicants from all equity seeking groups to apply. We are an equal opportunity employer committed to building an inclusive and barrier-free environment in which all individuals have access to the school’s services and facilities. If contacted for an employment opportunity, please advise the school if you require an accommodation.

The Selection Committee would like to thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

Planning a visit? See our Accessibility Notice, unfortunately, our current location is not barrier-free. Please respect our scent-awareness policy by limiting the use of scented products.


980 Dufferin Street, 2nd Floor
Toronto, ON M6H 4B4
416.504.7910 | |

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