​​Educator, Indigenous Studies​

Application Deadline: January 19, 2024

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 an enthusiastic, experienced and creative Educator, Indigenous Studies​ ​ to deliver our Indigenous Studies programs to a diverse student audience.


Position Title: ​​Educator, Indigenous Studies​

Department: School Visits

Reporting To: Manager, School Visits

Type of Employment and Hours of Work: Contract (0-5 days/week, ASAP-June 30, 2024), hours of work will vary based on need

Wage: $23 per hour

Work Location: Toronto


Role Summary

The School Visits Indigenous Studies programming began in the 2018-19 school year through program development and consultation with Indigenous staff members and community groups.  Face to face programming began in the 19-20 school year with the launch of two programs (7 Gifts and Exploring Treaties).  In the 20-21 and 21-22 school year, we delivered digital programming for Orange Shirt Day.  

Working under the direction of the Manager, School Visits, the Educator, Indigenous Studies is responsible for the delivery of our Indigenous Studies programs (Exploring Treaties Grades 4+).  Main responsibilities include classroom set up, teaching/delivering programming, and post workshops clean-up. In addition, all School Visits Educators highlight Harbourfront Centre, our current galleries and exhibitions, and upcoming programs with visiting groups.

​The ideal candidate will self-identify as a member of one or more First Nations, Métis and/or Inuit communities.  The incumbent should have the ability to facilitate and lead enriching workshops while promoting the health, safety and participation of students.  As an Indigenous Studies Educator, an awareness of the needs of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students within our workshops is important.   



  • Teach a variety of workshops to a diverse range of students daily, ranging in age from pre-kindergarten to adult learners in Indigenous Studies (please note that current offerings in Indigenous Studies are for students aged 8-18).
  • Prepare, monitor and reset all classroom spaces.
  • Monitor progress of students, provide assistance and encouragement, and pace workshop to meet students’ needs, ensuring inclusion of all students remains a top priority.
  • Observe experienced educators, engage with program documentation and resources, and facilitate existing programs to the School Visits standard.
  • Provide superior customer service to visiting teachers and student groups.
  • Co-facilitate digital learning programs, both live and pre-recorded, supported by our full time Education staff.
  • Take responsibility for 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.
  • Interest in developing new Indigenous Studies programs for consideration in future school years and/or in response to new programming opportunities as they arise.
  • Keep inventories up to date and in good order, communicating to the Education Officers when materials be running low.
  • Maintain personal schedule through online scheduling software.
  • Under the guidance of the full-time staff, support the professional growth of interns, co-op students and/or volunteers if required.


  • Relevant experience leading workshops with children and youth in any formal or informal setting (school, gallery, museum, before/after school program, camp, etc.).
  • Able to work with students of all ages and 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 to keep the work day on track (timing of workshop, safe arrival and departure, lunch routine, classroom space, required materials, etc.).
  • Ability to take responsibility for student safety during an emergency procedure.
  • Collaborative mindset to share knowledge specific to First Nations, Métis and/or Inuit community/communities that Educator is a part of. 
  • Able to provide or willing to obtain a Criminal Background Check and/or Vulnerable Sector Screening (expense to be covered by candidate).
  • Bilingualism (English-French, emphasis on oral proficiency) is considered an asset.
  • Training in education and/or child development (B.Ed., E.C.E., artists in the community, or equivalent) is considered valuable.
  • Interest in teaching in other artistic areas (visual arts and/or performing arts) is desirable.
  • Willingness to teach at locations other than Harbourfront Centre as a part of our new In-School initiative 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.

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, particularly those who self identify as a a member of one or more First Nations, Métis and/or Inuit communities.

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 jobs@harbourfrontcentre.com by January 19, 2024. Please quote Educator, Indigenous Studies​ 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.