Educator, Visual Arts

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, Visual Arts to deliver a variety of our School Visits art programs to a diverse student audience.


Position Title: Educator, Visual Arts

Department: School Visits

Reporting To: Manager, School Visits

Available Positions: 1-2

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

Pay Rate: $20 per hour

Work Location: Toronto


Role Summary

The Educator, Visual Arts is responsible for the daily execution of the School Visits visual arts programs in the following mediums: clay, printmaking, painting, textile arts, mixed media, and digital photography. 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.

Our ideal candidate will have experience leading visual arts programs for children and youth in arts-focused, community-based, or other settings.  The incumbent should also have the ability to facilitate and lead enriching workshops while promoting the health, safety, and participation of students.  As a Visual Arts Educator, a commitment to artistic exploration through personal practice and an ability to convey passion for the arts is encouraged. 



  • Teach a variety of visual arts workshops to a diverse range of students daily, ranging in age from pre-kindergarten to adult learners.
  • Prepare, monitor, and reset all classroom spaces.
  • Monitor student progress, 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 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.
  • 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 in any formal or informal setting (school, gallery, museum, before/after school program, camp) in at least one of the following mediums: clay, printmaking, painting, textile arts, mixed media.
  • Ability to work with students of all ages and abilities (please note that most School Visits workshops are facilitated to students from ages 4-18).
  • 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 ownership of student safety during an emergency procedure. 
  • Able to provide or willing to obtain a Criminal Background Check and/or Vulnerable Sector Screening (expense to be covered by candidate).
  • 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 valuable. 
  • Post-secondary education or training in visual arts (B.F.A., diploma, or equivalent) 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.

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 January 19, 2024. Please quote Educator, Visual Arts 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.