Indigenous Education Coordinator Trainee

Application Deadline: October 3, 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!

Position Title: Indigenous Education Coordinator Trainee

Department: Education

Reporting to: Manager, School Visits

Key Relationships: Manager, Recreational Learning, Education Officers, PT Educators, Registrar, School Visits

Type of Employment: Contract

Period of Employment: ASAP-March 31, 2023

As this position is funded by a grant, participants need to identify as Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, Inuit) and must be currently residing within the Greater Toronto Area.

Summary of Function:

Reporting to the Manager, School Visits, this position will work collaboratively with full time and contract staff in the Education team to support Indigenous content delivery throughout our Education programs. The daily expectations for this position will be to support all administrative and programming tasks of the School Visits team, including program registration, materials preparation and program delivery. In addition, the co-facilitation and eventual facilitation of our existing Indigenous Studies programs (7 Gifts and Exploring our Treaties) is a key deliverable in this role. As the candidate becomes more familiar with our routines and programs, a critical lens to program renewal within existing School Visits programs will be required. This position will also work with the Recreational Learning team to support program delivery for Summer Camp 2022 and March Break Camps 2023 as scheduled. Beyond the Education team, the Indigenous Education Coordinator Trainee will be responsible for a weekly Indigenous-focused internal email, support the delivery of our monthly Indigenous Voices staff PD sessions and collaborate with other Indigenous and non-Indigenous staff to further personal growth and development.

Please note that Harbourfront Centre’s Education team continues to work in a hybrid manner, with some days onsite at Harbourfront Centre and other days working remotely. Harbourfront Centre continues to respond to recommendations from our Manager, Health and Safety as well as local, provincial and federal health agencies regarding working conditions and will require the candidate to be flexible in the location of work. During the employment period for this position, it is anticipated that we will return to campus full time to support the delivery of face-to-face Education programs.


Planning & Execution

  • Able to support the daily delivery of School Visits program (Online Classes for Spring 2022; face-to-face programming from Fall 2022 onwards)
  • Able to participate in job shadowing, training and if comfortable, teaching of programs in Indigenous Studies portfolio; possibility to explore training in other artistic disciplines as per interest and business need
  • Able to work with the School Visits team to refine existing programs in Indigenous Studies.
  • Able to work with the Recreational Learning team to support the delivery of Summer Camp 2022 and March Break Camps 2023
  • Assist other team members as required

Content Development

  • Able to develop training resources to support School Visits Educators in their understanding and connection to Indigenous content
  • Able to distribute Indigenous Voices content (monthly internal professional development series for staff), including selection of resource(s), communication to staff members about upcoming sessions, preparation of key questions and/or discussion points for session and support facilitate of sessions
  • Able to support content development for our Indigenous Resources Internal SharePoint site to support staff members
  • Able to support Education staff members in development of annual Orange Shirt Day programming
  • Able to review and refine Indigenous content in all School Visits programs with a critical lens to program positioning and content
  • Able to support School Visits team in the development of Creative Edge and/or ad-hoc programming that responds to the needs of the division and organization

Customer Service

  • Able to provide exceptional customer service to all visiting school groups, teachers, students, campers and/or camp families;
  • Willing to support the Registrar, School Visits in processing of School Visits registrations through our Artifax database


  • Able to communicate verbally and in writing with teachers to ensure they are prepared and supported before, during and after the delivery of programming (online and onsite);
  • Able to respond to the needs of visiting school groups through clear verbal and written communication;
  • Willing to maintain a weekly Indigenous news email to internal staff members, highlighting current events, activities and topics in the media;
  • Able to support delivery of monthly Indigenous Voices staff professional development sessions;
  • Willing to liaise with departments and outside groups to support implementation and renewal of Education programs with Indigenous content
  • Able to prepare a monthly report to Miziwe Biik, outlining tasks, key skill development and hours worked as per the agreement for this position


Workplace Health and Safety

  • 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.
  • 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.

Skills & Requirements

Essential Criteria

  • Post-secondary education focusing on Education and/or the Arts, or relevant work experience in an Education setting.
  • Some experience working with children and youth, particularly in an arts-based setting
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational, time and stress management skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, able to work in a team environment
  • A Criminal Background Check (with Vulnerable Sector Screening) is required
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, Teams, PowerPoint, SharePoint), Dayforce, Google Meet and Zoom considered an asset


  • Job involves freedom of movement- standing, sitting, walking
  • Job involves lifting boxes up to 20lbs
  • Job may require prolonged periods of time at a desk with the regular efforts of an office environment


Working Conditions

  • Works with deadlines and varying schedules.
  • Working conditions are a normal office environment with the usual risks and discomforts, no special safety precautions required
  • Working conditions may include overtime, and could require weekend work. Work schedule will be adjusted accordingly.



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 is committed to diversity and inclusiveness. We encourage qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply by contacting by no later than Monday, October 3rd. Please quote JOB REF # Indigenous Education Coordinator Trainee in the subject line of your application. 

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those being considered for an interview will be contacted. Suitable accommodation will be available upon request during the hiring process.