Contract Position

The Canadian Opera Company (COC) is looking for an energetic and responsible assistant to provide administrative and artistic support for the Scotiabank Summer Opera Camps. 

The COC’s Summer Opera Camps offer children and youth entering grades 1 to 12 the opportunity to create their own opera over the course of one of four fun-filled weeks in July. Under the guidance of a professional creative team, participants explore every element of an operatic production, including singing, composing, story creation, drama, movement and stage design. At the end of the week, participants present a special showcase of their opera to family and friends. The assistant will work as part of the education department, which consists of four full-time employees, and will report to the Children, Youth and Family Programs Manager.

The camps assistant position is a six-week contract position that will run from June 25, 2018 to August 3, 2018, according to the following schedule:

June 25 to 29, 2018     

The assistant will work approximately 30 hours per week, Monday to Friday at the COC’s  administrative offices at 227 Front St. E.

July 3 to 6, 2018   The assistant will work Tuesday to Friday, approximately 30 hours for the week at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts at 145 Queen St. W.

July 9 to 28, 2018

The assistant will work Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except for the two Fridays when they will work until 6 p.m., and on the last Saturday of the month, at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts at 145 Queen St. W.

July 30 to August 3, 2018

The assistant will work approximately 30 hours for the week, Monday to Friday, at the COC’s administrative offices at 227 Front St. E.

Your role:

  • Provide administrative support for the COC’s Summer Opera Camps including, but not limited to: preparing documents and spreadsheets related to scheduling and registration; overseeing sign-in and sign-out each day; communicating with parents and guardians by phone, e-mail, and in person about questions and concerns; developing feedback forms and processing and analyzing feedback; organizing and maintaining supplies; photocopying documents; assisting with marketing initiatives; and attending meetings.
  • Following the completion of camps, contribute to the writing of a program report that catalogues information about the COC’s Summer Opera Camps
  • Assist with social media activity around camps (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter)
  • Provide artistic support for the COC’s Summer Opera Camps including, but not limited to: helping to establish a safe and welcoming environment for children and youth, leading activities and games, assisting with set up and clean up, actively engaging in all programming (drama, movement, stage design, singing, libretto-writing, and composing) and encouraging participants to stay on task, supervising children during lunch and extended care, and contributing to leading rehearsals and activities when called upon.

Your background:

  • Post-secondary student studying voice, instrumental music, theatre, art education, and/or arts administration
  • Background in the arts or relevant work/volunteer experience in the cultural sector
  • Considerable experience working with, and leading, small and large groups of children and teenagers
  • Proven ability to work independently as well as in collaboration with others
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
  • First Aid and CPR certificate an asset
  • Holds, or agrees to acquire, a valid Vulnerable Sector Verification through the Police Reference Check program

Due to grant requirements, candidates for the Camps Assistant position must:

  • be between 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive) at the start of employment;
  • have been registered as a full-time student during the preceding academic year;
  • intend to return to school on a full-time basis during the next academic year;
  • be a student in a secondary, post-secondary, CEGEP (Quebec only), vocational or technical program, university;
  • be a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act* and;
  • be legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations.

*Foreign students are not eligible.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to or fax: 416-363-5584. We thank all candidates who apply, however only those chosen for an interview will be contacted. 

Closing date: Monday, April 30, 2018 at 10 a.m.

For more information about Summer Opera Camps and all of the COC’s education and outreach initiatives, please visit our website at or contact

The COC is committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities in all parts of the hiring process.  If you require an accommodation, please let us know and we will work with you to meet your needs.

About the Canadian Opera Company

Based in Toronto, the Canadian Opera Company is the largest producer of opera in Canada and one of the largest in North America. The COC enjoys a loyal audience support-base and one of the highest attendance and subscription rates in North America. Under its leadership team of General Director Alexander Neef and Music Director Johannes Debus, the COC is increasingly capturing the opera world’s attention. The COC maintains its international reputation for artistic excellence and creative innovation by creating new productions within its diverse repertoire, collaborating with leading opera companies and festivals, and attracting the world’s foremost Canadian and international artists. The COC performs in its own opera house, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, hailed internationally as one of the finest in the world. Designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects, the Four Seasons Centre opened in 2006. For more information on the COC, visit its website,

About the Education and Outreach Department

The COC stands at the forefront of opera production in Canada and is internationally recognized for its commitment to delivering opera of the highest standards. In addition to the core activities on the mainstage, the COC offers 20 accessible, meaningful and enriching education and outreach programs to a diverse audience of 40,000 children, youth, and adults annually. Working with the COC education and outreach team, individuals gain invaluable arts administration and artist-educator experience and learn about the inner workings of a large cultural institution.

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