Associate Producer

Application Deadline: November 30, 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 on a search for a creative, imaginative, and an innovative Associate Producer with a strong understanding of local, national and international arts programming with knowledge of a wide range of musical and performing arts.


Position Title: Associate Producer

Department: Cultural Engagement

Reporting to: Director, Cultural Engagement

Direct reports: Assistant Producer, Events Assistant and other associated support staff and interns

Type of Employment: Full Time, 35 hours per week

Location: Toronto


  • Develops program ideas, writes proposals and identifies artists to participate and support the programming objectives.
  • Attends outside events to develop and maintain contacts while identifying new talent by screening live performances and responding to inquiries from artists, agents, etc.
  • Maintains the Artifax database of contacts and events for use by others in the organization.
  • Negotiates and executes artist contracts.
  • Works on-site during events and festivals to supervise, liaise with staff and artists.
  • Completes special projects/ assignments designated by the Director and/or Manager, Cultural Engagement.
  • Liaises with partnering cultural organizations and departments to collaborate on programming opportunities within Harbourfront’s Festivals and Events.
  • Informs programming partners of Harbourfront’s guidelines, requirements and costs, in order to produce a viable festival or event schedule, and where needed offer programming recommendations.
  • Works within the budget provided by the Director, Cultural Engagement, to produce the program, considering both revenue generating projects as well as expenditures as per the approval of the Director, Cultural Engagement.
  • Liaises with Sponsorship and Fundraising department to access sponsors that can be integrated into the programming where suitable, and to offer ideas for potential sponsors.
  • Reconciles actual event expenditures to contracts to ensure accuracy of final payments to and from Harbourfront Centre.
  • Liaises with Marketing, Publicity and Design department to ensure accuracy and appropriateness of publicity and marketing strategies for programs for both the program partners and self-produced Harbourfront festivals.
  • Reviews marketing copy and evaluates whether plans will reach the target audience.
  • Works alongside marketing to identify unique methods for reaching target groups.
  • Conducts interviews for radio, television, and print media for promotion of events when required.
  • Establishes and/or works within an established critical path for each event that incorporates key internal and external departments i.e. production, marketing, finance.
  • Evaluates program success and effectiveness in meeting programming objectives.


  • A relevant university degree(s) or 5 years of related work experience in the cultural industry.
  • Knowledge and experience with festivals, events and institutional networks locally, nationally and internationally and demonstrated leadership in this area.
  • Knowledge and experience in developing innovative programming opportunities for a variety of audiences and with a range of partners.
  • An understanding of financial process and procedures and the ability to develop and monitor budgets with sound financial management.
  • Excellent project management skills.
  • Highly organized to coordinate multiple activities and programs.
  • Experience developing and maintaining partnerships with external organizations.
  • This position requires a flexible work schedule (evening and weekend work).
  • Experience in the not-for-profit sector is considered an asset.
  • Fluency in a language other than English is considered an asset.
  • Experience with Artifax and Basecamp is desirable.
  • Experience working in marketing and media relations is considered valuable.
  • Must be legally eligible to work in Canada. Non-Canadian applicants must have a valid employment Visa and proper documentation authorizing their ability to work in Canada.
  • This role is based in Toronto. A hybrid model of work-from-home and work-on-location could be considered.
  • 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 November 30, 2022. Please quote Associate Producer 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.