Bilingual Educator ​(English/French, All Disciplines)

Application Deadline: September 19, 2023

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 looking to bring on board engaging, creative and passionate Bilingual Educators (English/French, All Disciplines) to deliver our School Visits programs in Visual Arts (clay, mixed media, painting, printmaking and textile arts), Performing Arts (dance, drama, music) and Urban Studies. 


Position Title: ​​Bilingual Educator (English/French, All Disciplines)

Department: School Visits

Reporting To: Manager, School Visits

Type of Employment: Contract, (0-5 days/week, ASAP-June 30, 2024)

Hourly Wage: $20 per hour

Work Location: Toronto


Role Summary

Our Bilingual Educators are responsible for the daily execution in English or French of our School Visits programs in Visual Arts (clay, mixed media, painting, printmaking and textile arts), Performing Arts (dance, drama, music) and/or Urban Studies. Main responsibilities include teaching workshops and delivering educations programs, after class clean-up and organization, and highlighting Harbourfront Centre’s galleries, exhibitions and upcoming programs to visiting groups. The incumbents must be prepared to deliver programming to core French, extended French and French Immersion classes from kindergarten to Grade 12, as well as working with students from the Francophone school boards and French language private schools. 

Our Bilingual Educators possess experience leading programs for children and youth in arts-focused, community-based, or other settings, and have the ability to  facilitate and lead enriching workshops while promoting the health, safety, and participation of students. A demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion and equity through their previous approaches with student groups is of great importance.


  • Teach a variety of workshops to a diverse range of students ranging in age from pre-kindergarten to adult learners.
  • Prepare, monitor, and reset all classroom spaces.
  • Monitor students’ progress, provide assistance and encouragement, and pace workshop to meet students’ needs ensuring inclusion of all students.
  • Observe experienced educators, engage with program documentation and resources, and facilitate existing visual arts programs to the School Visit standard. 
  • Engage Educators, co-op students and volunteers in workshops when assigned. 
  • Provide superior customer service to visiting teachers and student groups.
  • Take ownership of student safety during an emergency procedure. 
  • Work closely with the School Visits Team to develop new program ideas.
  • Collaborate with Education Officers on program renewal, keeping optimal student outcomes in mind. 
  • Keep inventories up to date and in good order, communicating to the Education Officers when materials are running low. 
  • Maintain personal schedule through online scheduling software. 
  • Be prepared to take students outdoors for programs such as Watercolour Trees, Colour Explorations, Intro to Digi Photo, all Urban Studies program and/or other programs based on schedule requirements.


  • Bilingual (English/French, emphasis on oral proficiency). During the recruitment cycle, a French language interview with a bilingual staff member will be required. 
  • Relevant experience leading workshops in visual arts, performing arts and/or urban studies with children in any formal or informal setting (school, gallery, museum, before/after school program, camp).  
  • Post-secondary education or training in visual arts (B.F.A., diploma, or equivalent) is desirable. 
  • Ability to work with students of all ages (age range of participants is generally 4-18 years old) and various abilities.
  • Ability to work independently and take ownership for all aspects of programming (set-up, clean-up, supply management).
  • Ability to motivate and engage students during their time in our workshops.
  • Strong organizational skills demonstrable throughout the work day (timing of workshop, safe arrival and departure, lunch routine, classroom space, required materials, etc.). 
  • Initiative and capability to take ownership of student safety during an emergency procedure.
  • A satisfactory Criminal Background Check and/or Vulnerable Sector Screening.
  • Training in education and/or child development (B.Ed., E.C.E., artists in the community, or equivalent) is considered an asset. 
  • Ability to incorporate technology into the classroom setting (PowerPoint presentations, digital cameras, laptops) is desirable. 
  • 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.
  • Harbourfront Centre recognizes its heightened duty to protect employees from health and safety risks associated with COVID-19. 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. 

Role Perks

  • Paid training.
  • Flexible schedule with work shifts that are usually 4 or 6 hours long.
  • Access to the Attractions Ontario Reciprocal Agreement (which gives you free and/or discounted admission to hundreds of museums, galleries and attractions).
  • The opportunity to share your passion for the arts with visiting school groups daily!

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 would be the perfect fit for the role.

Qualified applicants are invited to submit their candidacy by contacting by September 19, 2023. Please quote Bilingual Educator (English/French) 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.