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Call for

Development Assistant

Shakespeare in Action

  • Program stream: Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage
  • Job title: Development Assistant
  • Organization name: Shakespeare in Action
  • Job location: York, Ontario
  • Length of assignment: 2021-06-07 to 2022-03-26 (43 weeks)
  • Hourly wage: $17.00
  • Hours: 30 hours/week
  • Deadline to apply: May 15th, 2021

For more than 30 years, Shakespeare in Action (SIA) has made the language and stories of Shakespeare accessible, fun, and relevant to young audiences across the GTA through productions and interactive workshops in schools, libraries, and community centres. In 2019, SIA became the resident professional theatre company at the Artscape Weston Common, in Toronto’s Weston community. Since our move, we have begun to shift our mission and vision to focus on growing a sustainable and culturally-diverse performing arts ecology in northwest Toronto.

SIA seeks to hire a Development Assistant, who will play a pivotal role in SIA’s transformation in 2021 as we seek to grow relationships with donors and partners to support free and accessible performing arts programs for neighbourhood children and youth.

TASKS

The Development Assistant will be responsible for:

  • Maintaining and improve donor relations by ensuring accurate and timely handling, processing, receipting, and acknowledgment of donations and gifts
  • Entering and revising donor information in CRM, and creating monthly reports for board on donation progress
  • Generate customized queries and reports
  • Respond to donors’ concerns with discretion, insight, tact and sensitivity.
  • Support the General Manager and Artistic Director to successfully cultivate, solicit and steward donors and prospects to meet the fundraising goals of SIA
  • Use template text to fill in information in grant and sponsorship applications
  • Support fundraising event for donors in December

QUALIFICATIONS

The ideal candidate will possess the following skills or qualifications:

  • A minimum of 1 year direct related experience working in a non-profit organization or charity,
  • Demonstrated experience in data entry and collection
  • Familiarity with gift processing and/or fundraising principles
  • Knowledge of CRA guidelines an asset
  • Advanced skills in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) and Google applications (Docs, Sheets, Forms)
  • Strong focus and attention to detail along with high degree of accuracy
  • Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to take initiative, and develop and implement process improvements
  • Ability to manage multiple projects, set priorities and meet strict deadlines
  • Highly effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Solid customer service skills with the ability to build and foster reliable work relationships within a diverse work environment
  • A passion for theatre, and community engaged arts
  • A relationship with Weston and/or northwest Toronto (an asset)

HIRING STATEMENT

SIA is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion and to building an organization that reflects the communities we serve. We encourage applications from members of Black, Indigenous, and racialized communities; Two-Spirit, non-binary, trans, lesbian, gay, bisexual and queer people; disabled people; youth; and members of other equity seeking groups. SIA also prioritizes candidates that live, work, and/or have a relationship with the diverse communities in northwest Toronto, including but not limited to: Weston, Mount Dennis, Rockcliffe-Smythe, Pelham, and Rexdale.

SIA also understands that candidates may not have all of the skills listed above. We are dedicated to providing training and support in any of these skills to passionate and qualified candidates.

HOW TO APPLY

Candidates must be eligible to work through the Young Canada Works program. Click here for the eligibility criteria and for instructions on how to apply.

Call for

Summer Camp Director

for Shakespeare for Kids Summer Camp

  • Job title: Summer Camp Director
  • Organization name: Shakespeare in Action
  • Dates: June 21st to July 30th, Monday to Friday
  • Hours: 40 hours/week
  • Salary: $4320.00
  • Deadline to apply: 5pm on Monday, May 10th, 2021

Shakespeare in Action is excited to announce the 22nd year of our Shakespeare for Kids Summer Camp, which takes place this summer in Weston. We’re looking for an enthusiastic, self-motivated camp director with a passion for arts education to lead the charge!

Reporting to the Artistic Director, and alongside the Education Coordinator they will:

• Attend training and ensure that they understand all camp policies and their role within the camp
• Edit the Shakespeare plays to a suitable length for production, ensuring reasonable allocation of parts amongst students (with Education Coordinator)
• Lead the staff training, in partnership with the Education Coordinator
• Lead the development of day-to-day plans for camp activities, and the creation and mounting of camp productions
• Serve in a mentorship role for Summer Camp Assistants
• Send an End of Day report each day to the administrative team
• Be open to transition Camp to the online realm

HIRING STATEMENT

SIA is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion and to building an organization that reflects the communities we serve. We encourage applications from members of Black, Indigenous, and racialized communities; Two-Spirit, non-binary, trans, lesbian, gay, bisexual and queer people; disabled people; youth; and members of other equity seeking groups. SIA also prioritizes candidates that live, work, and/or have a relationship with the diverse communities in northwest Toronto, including but not limited to: Weston, Mount Dennis, Rockcliffe-Smythe, Pelham, and Rexdale.

Given the ongoing uncertainty around the pandemic, SIA is committed to following all public health guidelines, and are presently planning to take the following steps to reduce COVID transmission: reducing camp size from 24 to 12, prioritizing outdoor activity, providing PPE to all staff and campers, provide COVID-19 best practices training and resources to all summer staff, provide independent art kits to campers to reduce high-touch areas, indoor mask-wearing, regular hand-washing, physical distancing and paid sick days. Given the evolving nature of the pandemic, SIA is also planning for the event we need to shift to a digital or hybrid model.

Posted by: Shakespeare in Action
For more information: https://www.shakespeareinaction.org/nobles/

HOW TO APPLY

Applicants will be required to submit a cover letter and resume to jobs@shakespeareinaction.org [jobs AT shakespeareinaction DOT org] before 5pm on Monday, May 10th, 2021. Please title your email “Summer Camp Director – YOUR NAME”.

Call for

Director

for original adaptation of Shakespeare's Tempest

  • Job Title: Director
  • Job start date: August 2nd, 2021
  • Salary / Compensation: $1600/week
  • Agreement: ITA
  • Submission Deadline: May 10th, 2021

     

Ethnocultural mandate or casting statement:

SIA is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion and to building an organization that reflects the communities we serve. We encourage applications from members of Black, Indigenous, and racialized communities; Two-Spirit, non-binary, trans, lesbian, gay, bisexual and queer people; disabled people; youth; and members of other equity seeking groups. SIA also prioritizes emerging and experienced candidates that live, work, and/or have a relationship with the diverse communities in northwest Toronto, including but not limited to: Weston, Mount Dennis, Rockcliffe-Smythe, Pelham, and Rexdale.

For more information on the work we’re doing to centre equity at the organization, please visit: https://www.shakespeareinaction.org/strategic-revisioning/

Additional information:

Since Spring 2020, SIA has been working with local seniors through York West Active Living Centre, and engaging participants in digital story-telling workshops that use Shakespeare’s plays as springboards to tell personal stories. These workshops have lead to the following project.

SIA seeks to engage a director for an original adaptation of Shakespeare’s Tempest which weaves together local stories of Hurricane Hazel (a local storm that ravaged the Weston community in 1954) with personal stories of isolation from local seniors living through the COVID pandemic. The project is being written by Pete Smith, dramaturged by Suchiththa Wickremesooriya, and has/will include community members in its script creation. The professional production is scheduled for late August, and is being imagined as a one or two person outdoor play.

HOW TO APPLY

We ask that directors submit a cover letter and resume to jobs@shakespeareinaction.org [jobs AT shakespeareinaction DOT org] with the subject line “Director – YOURNAME” by 5PM on Monday May 10th.

Call for

Community Arts Coordinator

Shakespeare in Action

  • Start Date: June 7 th , 2021
  • End Date: August 3 rd , 2021
  • Hourly Rate: $18.00/hour
  • Hours/Week: 30

The Community Arts Coordinator will act as the main contact and liaison between artists, facilitators, partners and communities for pop-up programming activations throughout York South Weston. They will also be responsible for community outreach and growing visibility and marketing of these events within the community. The Community Arts Coordinator will report to Shakespeare in Action, and will be responsible for sharing ideas on how to engage the community’s children, youth, and seniors through safe in-person activations.  

Tasks will include: 

– In partnership with programming organizations, create a summer programming schedule for pop-up activations
– Connect with local BIAs, politicians, businesses, community groups, and local not-for-profits to share marketing materials for pop-up summer schedule
– Oversee and coordinate contracted artists who run pop up sessions
– Manage and coordinate the Artists Supporting Community Initiative delivery program, an SIA initiative that targets local isolated seniors
– Facilitate bookings of building squares/parking lots
– Liase with community members on needs and organize relevant programs
– Assist with recruitment, training, and monitoring of artists
– In partnership with programming orgs and service orgs, create a final report assessing the success of the project 

The successful candidate will:

  • Be between 15-30 years of age
  • Be able to commit to the full term of employment
  • Have some experience producing arts and culture events 
  • Will require travelling to high-rise residences through York South Weston

Additional assets include:

  • A passion for community-engaged art
  • Interest in programming for children and youth
  • Ability to think on your feet
  • A strong communicator and organizer
  • First Aid training
  • Lives in / has a relationship with the York South Weston community, and has an understanding of the unique needs of children, youth, and seniors living in this area

HIRING STATEMENT

SIA is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion and to building an organization that reflects the communities we serve. We encourage applications from members of Black, Indigenous, and racialized communities; Two-Spirit, non-binary, trans, lesbian, gay, bisexual and queer people; disabled people; youth; and members of other equity seeking groups. SIA also prioritizes candidates that live, work, and/or have a relationship with the diverse communities in northwest Toronto, including but not limited to: Weston, Mount Dennis, Rockcliffe-Smythe, Pelham, and Rexdale.

SIA also understands that candidates may not have all of the skills listed above. We are dedicated to providing training and support in any of these skills to passionate and qualified candidates.

HOW TO APPLY

We ask that directors submit a cover letter and resume to jobs@shakespeareinaction.org [jobs AT shakespeareinaction DOT org] with the
title “Community Arts Coordinator – YOURNAME” by May 20th at 11:59pm.

Call for

Summer Camp Artistic Associates

FOR SHAKESPEARE FOR KIDS SUMMER CAMP​

  • Job title: Summer Camp Artistic Associate
  • Organization name: Shakespeare in Action
  • Dates: June 21st to July 30th, Monday to Friday
  • Hours: 15 hours/week first two weeks of training, 37.5 hours/week in the remaining 4 weeks
  • Salary: $15/hour
  • Deadline to apply: 5pm on Monday, May 31st, 2021

Shakespeare in Action is excited to announce the 22nd year of our Shakespeare for Kids Summer Camp, which takes place this summer in Weston. We’re looking for an enthusiastic, self-motivated individuals for the following three positions on our team:

  • Assistant Director – Assistant to the Camp Director
  • Stage Manager – Organise technical element and manage staging needs of two shows at Camp
  • Designer – Oversees set, costume and prop design of production, in collaboration with camp director and campers

Reporting to the Artistic Director, the Education Coordinator and the Summer Camp Director, they will:

  • Attend training and ensure that they understand all camp policies and their role within the camp
  • Assist Summer Camp Directors and Education Coordinator to ensure the safety of all participants & staff
  • Model positive, respectful, and inclusive behaviour at all times
  • Lead camp-specific workshops for campers depending on your expertise (Movements, arts and Crafts, clown etc.)
  • Provide assistance in developing day-to-day plans for camp activities 
  • Assist in the creation and mounting of camp productions 
  • Supervise campers during lunch hour and help with any activities 
  • Promptly report any emergent incidents to Summer Camp Director, and Education Coordinator 
  • Help maintain a fun and friendly environment for all participants and staff 

The successful candidate will:

  • Be between 15-30 years of age
  • Be able to commit to the full term of employment
  • Have some experience working in leadership roles with youth aged 7-14
  • Have skills and training relevant to the role for which they are applying
  • Be able to provide a Vulnerable Sector Police Reference Check

     

Additional assets include:

  • A passion for theatre arts and education
  • First Aid training with CPR-C
  • Ability to think on their feet
  • Ability to have fun while working hard

HIRING STATEMENT

SIA is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion and to building an organization that reflects the communities we serve. We encourage applications from members of Black, Indigenous, and racialized communities; Two-Spirit, non-binary, trans, lesbian, gay, bisexual and queer people; disabled people; youth; and members of other equity seeking groups. SIA also prioritizes candidates that live, work, and/or have a relationship with the diverse communities in northwest Toronto, including but not limited to: Weston, Mount Dennis, Rockcliffe-Smythe, Pelham, and Rexdale.

Given the ongoing uncertainty around the pandemic, SIA is committed to following all public health guidelines, and are presently planning to take the following steps to reduce COVID transmission: reducing camp size from 24 to 12, prioritizing outdoor activity, providing PPE to all staff and campers, provide COVID-19 best practices training and resources to all summer staff, provide independent art kits to campers to reduce high-touch areas, indoor mask-wearing, regular hand-washing, physical distancing and paid sick days. Given the evolving nature of the pandemic, SIA is also planning for the event we need to shift to a digital or hybrid model.

HOW TO APPLY

Applicants will be required to submit a cover letter and resume to jobs@shakespeareinaction.org [jobs AT shakespeareinaction DOT org] before 5pm on Monday, May 31st, 2021. Please title your email “Summer Camp – YOUR NAME – Position”. Please see our website for more information about the Camps.