​​Seasonal Program Assistant, Education​ (Canada Summer Jobs)

Application Deadline: May 2, 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 a Seasonal Program Assistant, Education to provide the Education team with daily support of our School Visits program, including in-class support for our visiting school groups, as well as ongoing supply inventory, prep and management. Through the duration of the position, ongoing tasks related to the personal goals of the successful applicant will be identified and an action plan will be developed to support required skills for completion. 

As this job is supported by the Canada Summer Jobs wage subsidy, candidates must meet the requirements established through the Canada Summer Jobs program which are detailed in the Requirements section of this posting.


Position Title: Seasonal Program Assistant, Education

Department: Education

Reporting To: Manager, School Visits

Type of Employment: Seasonal/Contract

Duration of Employment: May 8 – June 28, 2024

Hours of Work: 35 hours per week

Rate of Pay: $17 per hour

Work Location: At our lakeside campus in Toronto at 235 Queens Quay W.



  • Support the daily delivery of arts-based workshops to a diverse range of students from pre-kindergarten to adult learners in our School Visits program. 
  • Support the preparation, monitoring, and reset of all classroom spaces.
  • Monitor student progress, provide assistance and encouragement, and support workshop participation for all students ensuring inclusion remains a top priority. 
  • Observe experienced educators, engage with program documentation and resources, and work towards the facilitation of partial or full workshops to the School Visit standard. 
  • Provide superior customer service to visiting teachers, parent/guardians and student groups.
  • Support all students and follow the direction of Education staff members during an emergency procedure. 
  • Keep inventories up to date and in good order, communicating to the Education Officers and/or Manager, School Visits when materials are running low.
  • Perform other duties of a similar nature as needed and as assigned.



As this job is supported by the Canada Summer Jobs wage subsidy, candidates must meet the first 3 requirements below established through the Canada Summer Jobs program, as well as the other following requirements specific to the role scope.

  • Be between 15 and 30 years of age at the beginning of the employment period.
  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment. Please note that international students are not eligible participants of this program, nor are youth awaiting a refugee status ruling, nor those who hold a temporary visitor visa, youth visa or work visa.
  • Have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.
  • Relevant experience working or volunteering with children and youth in any formal or informal setting (school, gallery, museum, before/after school program, camp, baby sitting, etc.).
  • Ability to work with students of all abilities ranging from 4-18 years of age. 
  • Capable of working independently and taking ownership for all aspects of programming (set-up, clean-up, supply management).
  • Ability to motivate and engage students during their time in our workshops.
  • Good organizational skills demonstrable throughout the work day (timing of workshop, safe arrival and departure, lunch routine, classroom space, required materials, etc.).
  • Able to provide or willing to obtain a Criminal Background Check and/or Vulnerable Sector Screening. 
  • Current enrollment in a post-secondary education or training in the arts, education, social work and/or child and youth worker roles is ideal. 
  • Bilingualism (English-French, emphasis on oral proficiency) is desirable. 



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 who meet the position requirements to apply by contacting jobs@harbourfrontcentre.com by no later than May 2, 2024. Please quote ​​Seasonal Program Assistant, Education​ 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.