Assistant Manager, Recreational Learning

Application Deadline: December 12, 2022

Harbourfront Centre is a leader in providing internationally renowned artistic, educational and recreational programming across a beautiful 10-acre campus at the heart of Toronto’s waterfront. For more than 45 years, Harbourfront Centre has celebrated the best in Canadian culture and the rich mosaic of cultures from around the world, presenting thousands of events annually from music festivals to contemporary dance, to craft and design, to visual arts and more. Welcoming visitors year-round, there is something for everyone at Harbourfront Centre!

We are currently seeking an experienced, driven and results-oriented Assistant Manager, Recreational Learning to provide coordination of operations, logistics and staffing for Harbourfront Centre’s Recreational Learning Department, which includes camps (March Break & Summer).


Position Title: Assistant Manager, Recreational Learning
Department: Recreational Learning
Reporting to: Manager, Recreational Learning
Direct reports: Seasonal and part-time program specialists and facilitators, special project staff as required
Type of Employment: Full-Time, 35 hours per week
Location: Toronto


• Assist the Sr. Manager, Recreational Learning in Full cycle hiring, training, and supervision of seasonal staff (volunteers, coordinator, co-ops, counsellors, directors, supervisors) this may include scheduling, interviewing, reference checks, etc.
• Assist in quality control of camp programming including staff coaching and feedback.
• Coordinate venue space usage for camps, this includes on and off campus spaces. This will include comprehensive use of Artifax event management software.
• Work with Camps Coordinator, to create and maintain a viable schedules for: shuttle schedule, camps specialists, swimming, off-campus trips and off-campus camps
• Create and/or update training manuals.
• Work in conjunction with camp staff to develop program philosophy and objectives, camp structure, general programming, staff morale and development.
• Maintain programming space and files of program documents.
• Ensure the proper supervision of all campers at all times, including last minute changes to work
• Administrative duties such as evaluations, incident/accident reports, scheduling, etc.
• Occasional Support for School Visits programs, welcoming and directing the arrival of schools
• Occasionally Support Harbourfront Centre Sailing and powerboating where programming responsibilities overlap
• Perform other duties of a similar nature and level.


• Bachelor and/or Masters Degree in Recreation, Education or related field. Or equivalent
• Minimum 3 years of leadership experience in camp, recreation, or educational environment.
• Experience in the not-for-profit is desirable
• Clear Police Reference Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening.
• Clean Driver’s Abstract and G Class license is considered an asset
• Programming experience for various learning styles and approaches for various age groups.
• Experience working with individuals with Special Needs (Inclusion) is desirable
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills to supervise diverse staff groups and to liaise with other departments and outside stakeholders.
• Exceptional organizational skills to coordinate multiple activities and programs.
• Outstanding relationship-management skills, including the ability to work closely and collaboratively with a wide range of stakeholders.
• A well-defined sense of diplomacy, including solid negotiation, conflict resolution, and people-management skills.
• Exceptional leadership, staff management, and team-building skills, including the ability to manage employees in order to drive results and achieve top performance.
• Familiarity with Ontario Camps Association (OCA) and accreditation process & standards is desirable.
• Commitment to youth education and life long learning.
• Ability to absorb new ideas and concepts quickly and to ensure they are clearly communicated to an audience
• Knowledge of Canada’s arts community is desirable
• Standard First Aid and CPR-C is considered an asset
• Must be legally eligible to work in Canada. All international applicants must have a valid employment Visa authorizing their ability to work in Canada on a full-time, ongoing basis.
• This role is based in Toronto. The candidate must be able to work on site at our lakeside campus, however a hybrid-work model might be taken into consideration.
• Harbourfront Centre recognizes its heightened duty to protect employees from health and safety risks during the current pandemic. As such, an offer of employment shall be conditional on proof of full COVID-19 vaccination with a vaccine series approved by Health Canada or the World Health Organization.


Our Values

We’re friendly, welcoming and inclusive, with an experimental attitude that thrives on collaboration.

To achieve our bold ambition we empower and support imaginative risk and we always try to learn from our mistakes.

We are committed to excellence in all we do, ensuring every visitor encounter is safe, memorable and enriching.

We value and respect each other and all our visitors, celebrating difference and striving to realise potential.

How To Apply

Harbourfront Centre values and is committed to diversity and inclusiveness in our teams, creative communities, programmes and services. We invite qualified applicants from all backgrounds to apply.

Acceptable applications must include a current resume and a cover letter indicating why you wish to join the team, how you would meet the criteria of what we are seeking, and your salary expectation.

Qualified applicants can submit their candidacy by contacting by December 12, 2022. Please quote Assistant Manager, Recreational Learning in the subject line of the application.

We sincerely thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those being considered for an interview will be contacted. Suitable accommodations will be available upon request during the hiring process.