Learn to Skate Head Instructor

Application Deadline: December 31, 2021

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!

Since 1985, Harbourfront Centre has been teaching people of all ages to Learn to Skate! Set against the beautiful shoreline of Lake Ontario, the city’s most scenic rink awaits. The Harbourfront Centre Rink offers a stunning and unique location for classes that are fun, engaging and accessible.

Position Title: Learn to Skate Head Instructor
Department: Recreational Learning
Number of Vacancies: 2-3
Type of Employment: Part-time, Seasonal
Duration: November 22, 2021-February 27, 2022 (staff training early-mid November; dates to be determined based on staff availability and rink conditions)
Session Dates: Session 1: November 22, 2021-December 19, 2021 / Session 2: January 3, 2022-January 30, 2022 / January 31, 2022-February 27, 2022 (please note classes will run on Family Day, February 21)
Hours of Work: Part-time, Monday-Thursday 5:15-10:15pm and/or Saturdays and Sundays 9:45am-2:15pm and/or 2:15-7:45pm
Rate of Pay: $20 per hour

Job Description

Working under the direction of the Assistant Manager–Recreational Learning, the Learn to Skate Head Instructors will support all processes related to the successful operations of the Learn to Skate programs. As a Head Instructor, you will be responsible for the execution of programming, daily attendance, staff training and inventory management. The Head Instructors will provide customer service to all participants in our programs via Twitter, Learn to Skate Phone Line, face-to-face communication, and position themselves as a senior step in conflict resolution. Candidates will have experience leading skating instruction for children/youth and/or adults in recreational, community-based or other settings. Candidates should also have the ability to skate at the level required for instruction, evaluate participant’s abilities and place them in an appropriate level while promoting health, safety and participation.

Please visit: https://harbourfrontcentre.com/series/learn-to-skate/ for a detailed description of each program.


Program Support

  • Able to support professional development of Learn to Skate Instructors and Volunteers through ongoing feedback and coaching;
  • Able to oversee and facilitate Learn to Skate programs to the Recreational Learning standard;
  • Able to sanitize high-touch areas in between group classes or private lessons, as well as participant equipment at the end of each day

Program Instruction

  • Able to teach a variety of skating skills to a diverse range of participants, ranging in age from pre-kindergarten to adult learners;
  • Able to prepare, monitor and reset Learn to Skate lobe;
  • Able to monitor participant progress, provide assistance and encouragement, and pace programming to meet participants’ needs, ensuring inclusion of all participants remains a top priority;
  • Able to take ownership of participant safety during an emergency procedure;

Program Development

  • Able to work closely with Learn to Skate Instructors to develop programming ideas that meet participants’ needs and abilities and the Recreational Learning standard;
  • Able to collaborate with Assistant Manager and Manager, Recreational Learning on program renewal, keep optimal participant outcomes in mind;

Administrative Duties

  • Able to conduct administrative tasks such as participant attendance, incident reports, end-of-session report cards, customer service and other duties as assigned;
  • Able to keep inventories up to date and in good order, communicating to Assistant Manager, Recreational Learning when materials are running low

Skills & Requirements

Essential Criteria

  • Strong skating skills and understanding of the fundamentals of skating;
  • Previous experience leading skating instruction (recreational, community-based or other settings);
  • Ability to work with participants of all ages (pre-kindergarten to adult learners);
  • Ability to work independently and take ownership of all aspects of programming;
  • Ability to remain organized throughout the work day (timing of program, attendance, required materials, etc.)
  • Ability to motivate and engage participants during their time in our programs;
  • Able to take ownership of participant safety during emergency procedures;

Desirable Criteria

  • Standard First Aid and CPR-C certification;
  • National Coaching Certification Program certification;
  • Experience coaching and/or teaching in a focus on hockey, ringette, and/or figure skating;

Working Conditions

  • Some exposure to inclement weather conditions during Learn to Skate programs (Harbourfront Centre’s Working in Cold Weather and Inclement Weather Policies apply);
  • Some rigorous physical activity when demonstrating skating skills/lessons;
  • Standing on ice (in skates) for prolonged periods of time;
  • Varying work schedule

Harbourfront Centre’s Learn to Skate team is committed to advancing our efforts in equity, diversity and inclusion. We are passionate about learning and supporting participants of all ages and abilities in their growth and development. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply–regardless of race, ancestry, ethnic origin, place of origin, colour, age, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, creed, citizenship, or disability. We strive for a barrier free recruitment process and as such, encourage applicants to request accommodations at any stage of the hiring process.

Our staff team is one of the things that makes our Learn to Skate programs so unique. If you’re looking for new experiences and opportunities for personal and professional growth, this is the place for you! We are dedicated to building a future that better serves our communities—a diverse staff team is essential in achieving this goal. When submitting your application, we encourage applicants to clearly self-identify in your cover letter if you are a member of an equity-seeking group. We genuinely look forward to receiving your application!

Harbourfront Centre recognizes its heightened duty to protect employees from health and safety risks during the current pandemic. Therefore, an offer of employment shall be conditional upon proof of vaccination with a vaccine series approved by Health Canada or the World Health Organization.


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

Acceptable applications must include a current resume and a cover letter, indicating why you wish to join the team, how you would meet the criteria for this key position, and your salary expectation.

Harbourfront is committed to diversity and inclusiveness. We encourage qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply by contacting jobs@harbourfrontcentre.com by no later than December 31, 2021. Please quote Learn to Skate Head Instructor 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 accommodations will be available upon request during the hiring process.