Job Posting: Education and Community Engagement Manager
Start Date: August 23, 2021
FT Salary: $40-$45,000 + benefits
Currently in an artistic leadership transition, Tarragon is a
theatre that creates, develops and produces new Canadian
plays and provides the conditions for that new work to thrive through high-quality development, production and administrative infrastructure. The theatre trains and supports new generation, emerging and established artists through extensive residencies, flexible play development programs and substantial producing capabilities. To complement its new creations, Tarragon presents new plays from across Canada, revives significant Canadian plays, produces international work, and runs education and community engagement programs. Its rehearsal halls, Workspace and Extraspace are used extensively by the arts community for the creation and production of new work.
About the Position:
An integral role in Tarragon’s community, the Education and Community Engagement Manager will work closely with the Artistic and Managing Directors to uphold the company’s mission by supporting artists and audiences through meaningful educational opportunities and community impact, emboldening art’s capacity to educate and enrich on a professional development and social level.
You are a dedicated theatre practitioner or have a foundational background in arts education, with a passion for sharing your love of theatre with others. You enjoy working in a fast-paced, artistically engaging, and collaborative work environment.
Reporting to the Artistic and Managing Directors, the Education and Community Engagement Manager is responsible for coordinating Tarragon initiatives and programming that connect the theatre with both the schools and training institutions, as well as artistic communities and the general public. Specific duties include, but are not limited to:
For the training/education community:
• Maintaining and building relationships with educators and their environment (administrators, school boards, principals, etc.)
• Organizing and implementing Tarragon’s annual Teacher Appreciation Night.
• Organizing in-person and virtual student workshops.
• Maintaining and facilitating Tarragon’s Education Committee, to stay informed about provincial and local curriculum priorities, as well as teacher needs and requirements.
• Coordinating the creation of study guides and/or educational resources to accompany artistic programming
• Coordinating, with Scarborough Arts and participating schools, the East of Tarragon Project (formerly “Scarborough Project”).
For the General Public:
• Organizing First Previews with community partners.
• Organizing the Season Lecture Series, or its equivalent enrichment program, and the Audit the Season events, to complement the season’s programming.
• Organizing and facilitating performance talkbacks and guest speakers
• Working with Patron Services to coordinate accessibility initiatives, such as ASL-interpreted and Relaxed Performances.
• Assisting Patron Services with Group Sales & Student Matinees.
For the Artistic Community:
• Planning and coordinating in-person and online courses and webinars offered to the artistic community.
• Assisting the Young Playwrights Unit (YPU) Program Lead with the delivery of the program.
• Maintaining all statistical record-keeping for student and adult participation figures for CADAC and each level of government, i.e. Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council
• Working with and supporting Tarragon staff as needed.
Qualifications and Skills:
• A minimum of 2 years of accomplished work in theatre and/or theatre-in-education and/or community-building practice.
• Proficiency in MS Office with expertise in Microsoft Word and Excel, plus some database experience (we use Theatre Manager) and knowledge of Zoom.
• Strong communication skills, and a comfort with public speaking.
• Ability to manage competing priorities and to complete work in a timely manner.
• The flexibility to adjust work-schedule when required to work evenings and/or weekends.
• A sense of humour and ability to contribute to staff potlucks are definite assets!
To apply, please send by email a cover letter and resume with references in a single pdf to Mike Payette, Incoming Artistic Director and Andrea Vagianos, Managing Director atTarragon Theatre, c/o [email protected], 30 Bridgman Avenue, Toronto, ON M5R 1X3. Please use the subject: Education and Community Engagement Manager Application. The application deadline is Monday, July 5, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.
Tarragon Theatre believes in a richly inclusive working environment and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates. If you need accommodation pertaining to accessibility at any stage of the application process, please do not hesitate to make a request.
We thank all applicants for their interest in Tarragon Theatre, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.