Educator, Indigenous Studies, Harbourfront Centre


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 seeking an Educator, Indigenous Studies, to facilitate the daily delivery of our two Indigenous Studies programs, 7 Gifts (Grades 1-3) and Exploring our Treaties (Grades 4+).

Position Title: Educator, Indigenous Studies
Department: School Visits
Reporting To: Manager, School Visits
Type of Employment: Contract, with an anticipated start date of late August or September 2021, until June 2022.
Hours of Work: Vary, 1-5 days/week
Rate of Pay: $20 per hour

Summary of Function:

The School Visits programming began in the 2018/19 school year through program development and consultation with Indigenous staff member and community groups. Face-to-face programming began in the 2019/20 school year with the launch of two programs (7 Gifts and Exploring our Treaties). In the 2020/21 school year, we delivered digital programming for Orange Shirt Day and Indigenous History Month. For the 2021/22 school year, we will be delivering digital programming for Orange Shirt Day and will resume onsite, face-to-face programming once it is safe to do so as per the directive of the Ministry of Education, local school boards and the Toronto Public Health Unit. As such, candidates will be supported by our Education Officers to prepare them for both digital and in person program facilitation.

Working under the direction of the Manager, School Visits, the Educator, Indigenous Studies is responsible for the daily delivery of our two Indigenous Studies programs to Grade 1-4+ students. Educators set up, deliver programming and clean up for their scheduled workshops. In addition, Educators highlight Harbourfront Centrre, our current galleries and exhibitions, and upcoming programs with visiting groups. During the 2021/22 school year, the Educator, Indigenous Studies will also work collaboratively with our full time Education Officers to facilitate digital learning in support of School Visits Online Classes.

Candidates will self-identify as a member of one or more First Nations, Métis and/or Inuit communities. Candidates should have the ability to facilitate and lead enriching workshops while promotion the health, safety and participation of students. An awareness of the needs of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students is important.


  • Teach a variety of workshops in Indigenous studies to diverse students ranging in age from pre-kindergarten to adult learners (current offering are for students aged 4-18).
  • Prepare, monitor and reset all classroom spaces.
  • Monitor progress of students, provide assistance and encouragement, and pace workshop to meet students’ needs, ensuring inclusion of all students remains a top priority.
  • Observe experienced educators, engage with program documentation and resources, and facilitate existing programs to the School Visits standard.
  • Provide superior customer service to visiting teachers and student groups.
  • Co-facilitate digital learning programs, both live and pre-recorded, supported by our full-time Education staff.
  • Be responsible for student safety during an emergency procedure.
  • Work closely with the School Visits team to develop new program ideas.
  • Collaborate with Education Officers on program renewal, keeping optimal student outcomes in mind.
  • Develop new Indigenous Studies programs for consideration in future school year and/or in response to new programming opportunities as they arise.
  • Keep inventories up to date and in good order and keep Education Officers informed when materials are running low.
  • Maintain personal schedule through online scheduling software.
  • Under the guidance of the full-time staff, support the professional growth of interns, co-op students and/or volunteers if required.

Skills & Requirements:

Essential Criteria

  • Relevant experience leading workshops with children and youth in any formal or informal setting (school, gallery, museum, before/after school program, camp, etc.).
  • Ability to work with students of all ages and abilities.
  • Ability to work independently and take ownership for all aspects of programming (set-up, clean-up, supply management).
  • Ability to motivate and engage students during their time in our workshops.
  • Ability to remain organized throughout the workday (timing of workshop, safe arrival and departure, lunch routine, classroom space, required materials, etc.).
  • Ability to take responsibility for students’ safety during an emergency procedure.
  • Passionate about sharing knowledge specific to First nations, Métis and/or Inuit community/communities that the Educator is a part of.
  • Proof of a Criminal Background Check and/or Vulnerable Sector Screening.

Desirable Criteria

  • Bilingual (English-French, emphasis on oral proficiency).
  • Training in education and/or child development (B.Ed., E.C.E, artists in the community, or equivalent).
  • Interest in teaching in other artistic areas (visual arts and/or performing arts).
  • Willingness to teach at locations other than Harbourfront Centre as part of our new In-School initiative.

How to Apply:

Harbourfront Centre values and is committed to diversity and inclusiveness in our teams, creative communities, programmes and services. We invite qualified applicants from all backgrounds to apply. Acceptable applications must include a cover letter and a current resume.

Qualified applicants can submit their candidacy by contacting by no later than July 27, 2021. Please quote Educator, Indigenous Studies in the subject line of the application.

Interviews are anticipated to take place digitally on Thursday, July 29, 2021 and/or on Friday, July 30, 2021. We sincerely 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.