​​Educator, Indigenous Studies​

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 an enthusiastic, experienced and creative Educator, Indigenous Studies​ ​ to deliver two of our Indigenous Studies programs, 7 Gifts (Grades 1-3) and Exploring Treaties (Grades 4+), to a diverse student audience.


Position Title: ​​Educator, Indigenous Studies​

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

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.  We look forward to the return of onsite, face-to-face programming for all School Visits programs in February 2023. 

Working under the direction of the Manager, School Visits, the Educator, Indigenous Studies is responsible for the delivery of our two Indigenous Studies programs – 7 Gifts (Grades 1-3) and Exploring Treaties (Grades 4+).  Educators set up, deliver programming and clean up for their scheduled workshops.  In addition to teaching workshops, 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 ideal candidates 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 (NB: Current offerings in Indigenous Studies are for students aged 4-18).
  • 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
  • All staff are required to take reasonable care of their own health and safety and that of other personnel (including volunteers and interns) who may be affected by their conduct.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Remain organized throughout the workday (timing of workshop, safe arrival and departure, lunch routine, classroom space, required materials, etc.).
  • Take responsibility for student safety during an emergency procedure.
  • Share knowledge specific to First Nations, Métis and/or Inuit community/communities that Educator is a part of.
  • Ability to provide or willing to obtain a Criminal Background Check and/or Vulnerable Sector Screening.
  • Bilingual (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 an asset.
  • 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.
  • 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. 


Perks of This Role

  • Paid training.
  • Flexible scheduling.
  •  When scheduled, work shifts are usually 4 or 6 hours in length.
  • 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 jobs@harbourfrontcentre.com by September 19, 2023. 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.