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Art City in St. James Town is a not-for-profit community arts studio, providing multidisciplinary, after school art programs, free of charge to the children and youth of our neighborhood. We offer a variety of visual arts workshops to over 100 young artists a week, ages 6-13. Situated in a welcoming storefront studio in the most densely populated neighborhood in Canada, Art City is deeply invested in our dynamic, diverse community. We provide our young artists with innovative, arts-based learning experiences, regardless of their skill level and experience. We promote the development of problem solving and interpersonal skills, instill confidence, and model respect for others in a safe, non-discriminatory environment. Over our 16-year presence in St. James Town, Art City has built a vibrant and resilient network of families, artists and educators within the community, and extending to the broader city.

The Director/Educator position is an exciting opportunity for a community-based artist and administrator to contribute their leadership to a much-loved, neighborhood-based arts organization. We are seeking an energetic and caring professional with a unique combination of skills in both administration and instruction. Rooted in the values of culturally relevant arts education, The Director/Educator will collaborate with young people, extended families, community members, volunteers and staff who are passionate about using the arts as a tool for building resilience amongst young people who face economic marginalization. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the successful candidate will balance passionate leadership with the community-arts knowledge necessary to work with children and youth in a variety of developmental stages. They will have a lived experience in low-income, diverse community, and won’t be afraid to get their hands dirty, engaging all aspects of their mind in challenging but immensely rewarding work.

Organizational Responsibilities:

  • Work with Communications Assistant to manage daily financial administration, program documentation, website and social media maintenance
  • Work with Programming Assistant to manage studio maintenance, daily set-up, food donations and supply purchases
  • Fundraise through grant writing, reporting and foundation requests
  • Recruit and manage youth volunteer team
  • Maintain relationships with local area public school staff
  • Adhere to programming budget and manage petty cash
  • Work directly with Treasurer to ensure staff and invoice payments
  • Develop partnerships with local artists and arts organizations
  • Participate in neighborhood networks
  • Report monthly to the Board of Directors on all aspects of programming, fundraising and space management
  • Foster an organizational culture of respect for creative labor, economic justice, and shared values

Educational Responsibilities:

  • Develop and facilitate culturally relevant art projects for daily studio programming
  • Provide one-on-one and group instruction daily, for ages 6 – 13
  • Pick-up groups of young artists from local neighborhood schools
  • Teach and foster community values such as respect, listening, curiosity and inclusivity
  • Manage monthly studio exhibitions and outreach
  • Communicate with parents and families about all aspects of programming
  • Maintain order and cleanliness of work and storage spaces

The preferred candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • 1-3 years experience offering visual arts instruction to children and youth
  • 1-3 years experience in the not-for-profit arts sector
  • Proven financial acumen with budget development and management
  • Demonstrated success with grant writing and reporting to both public and private bodies
  • Understanding of revenue development, project funding and operational funding models
  • Ability to recruit, train and manage volunteers
  • Lived understanding and awareness of multicultural and newcomer experience
  • Working knowledge of digital platforms such as Wordpress and social media
  • Ability to stay calm in a chaotic, creative environment with children and youth expressing multiple needs

Knowledge of a language other than English is an asset, as is training in conflict mediation for young people. Successful candidates will be required to pass a Police Check and Vulnerable sector screening.

Application Deadline: Monday, February 13, 2017
Start Date: Tuesday March 6, 2017
Compensation: $38, 000 - $45,000 (commensurate with experience)

Applications should include a cover letter and resume in a single PDF, sent to Carole Montemurro at Please include: “Application for Art City Director” in the subject line of the email. We appreciate all submissions, however only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

Art City in St. James Town is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all cultural and faith backgrounds, and gender presentations. We particularly welcome applications from Indigenous and newcomer candidates, including South Asian, East Asian and Black communities, as these are the communities most represented by our young artists.

545 Sherbourne Street, Unit 4
Toronto, Ontario M4X 1W5
(416) 944-0315





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