Children, Youth & Family Programs Manager

The Canadian Opera Company (“COC”) has articulated a vision of bringing the transformative experience of opera to our local, national, and global audience every day of the year. To help achieve this plan, the COC is looking for a creative, energetic, organized, and adaptable person with a passion for opera to develop its after-school and opera programs for children, youth, and families.

In addition to programs for schools and adults, the COC offers an array of events and programs, including after-school programs, summer camps, youth programs, and family activities.

Reporting to the Associate Director, Education and Outreach, the Children, Youth & Family Programs Manager is primarily responsible for programming, coordination and administration of the COC’s After School Opera Program; summer opera programs for children and youth; creating new programming for families; programming and supporting other public engagement initiatives; devising effective and engaging resources for children, youth, and families; fostering new and maintaining existing community and artistic partnerships; facilitating programs when necessary; recruiting, training, scheduling and supervising artist educators, program assistants, interns and volunteers; data gathering, analysis and reporting; updating the children, youth, and family program webpages; devising marketing and promotional materials; and managing programming revenue/expenditures.

As the COC runs over 20 education and outreach programs, all Education and Outreach staff take an active role in support of events outside of their area of focus.

The Children, Youth & Family Programs Manager position is an intermediate level, salaried, full-time, permanent position. Evening and weekend work will be required.

Further information on Education and Outreach programs is available on the COC website at


The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • A post-secondary degree in community arts, arts management, education or related field of study
  • Three - five years’ experience in program management, preferably in a non-profit, arts, or child- and/or youth-serving organization
  • Knowledge of and enthusiasm for opera, appreciation for the collaborative arts, and/or arts education
  • Enjoys working with children, youth and parents and/or caregivers
  • Broad knowledge of diverse teaching practices and methodologies and best practices in child and youth development, and how they are applied in public programming (i.e. outside of a school setting)
  • Demonstrated experience in fostering and maintaining relationships with a wide range of communities
  • Exemplified superior collaboration, leadership and facilitation skills
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills and the ability to handle all situations with professionalism and tact
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects at once
  • Enjoys working in a fast-paced and creative environment
  • Highly organized, detail-oriented, self-motivated with excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
  • Valid Police Check and Vulnerable Persons Clearance Certificate
  • Valid Driver’s License is an asset
  • Proficient in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and proven ability to integrate technology with arts programming
  • Enthusiasm, initiative, imagination, creativity, willing to take risks, and a sense of humour



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



Interested persons are invited to submit their resume and cover letter via e-mail or mail, stating salary expectations, no later than Tuesday, March 26, 2019 to:

Lorraine O’Connor
Manager, Human Resources
Canadian Opera Company
227 Front St. E. Toronto, ON M5A 1E8

Only applications received by Tuesday, March 26, 2019 will be considered. The Canadian Opera Company thanks, in advance, all applicants, however, only those considered for an interview will be contacted.  No phone calls or agencies please.

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.

Phone: 416-363-8231

Toll Free: 1-800-250-4653

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