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Application Deadline: August 11, 2021, 9AM ET

Job Title:  Community Engagement Senior Coordinator

Organization: Toronto Fringe

Reports to:  Executive Director & Communications Manager

Department: Community Development, Outreach, Festivals

Term: Full Time, Permanent Employee

Hours: 35 hours/week

Location: Virtual/Fringe Office/Festival and event sites

Salary: $40,000

Interview Dates: Week of August 30, 2021

Start Date: September 13, 2021

Toronto Fringe is a grassroots, charitable organization that runs the Toronto Fringe Festival each July, the Next Stage Theatre Festival each January, and various year-round programs that benefit youth, artists, and the theatre community at large. We are a creative match-maker, connecting artists with audiences, and empowering everyone to unleash their inner artist. We create opportunities for both emerging and established artists to produce their work with artistic freedom, while engaging members of the community by making productions as affordable and accessible as possible.

The Toronto Fringe is an organization that is inclusive and accessible and our programming reflects these principles. We ensure that we produce well-marketed, well-organized, and fiscally stable events through which artists may develop and produce new work. In our festivals, participants have a reasonable opportunity to earn back their investment and compensate themselves for their work. The Fringe also provides audiences with the opportunity to experience a wide variety of quality theatre at an affordable price. We are proud members of the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals (CAFF) and World Fringe. More information here.

Organization Mission
The Toronto Fringe is a platform for everyone to access, discover, and experiment with the arts. By valuing creative experiences, we contribute to a healthy arts economy and, ultimately, a thriving society.

Organization Values
ACCESS – in every sense of the word
ACCOUNTABILITY – we work with integrity and respect
CREATIVITY – freedom of expression permeates everything we do
EXPLORATION – we let curiosity be our guide
SUPPORT – empowering you to take a chance

Main Purpose of the Position: The Community Engagement Coordinator will, in collaboration with all senior staff, be responsible for building and maintaining relationships with community partners, as well as develop and grow extensive and diverse outreach and educational opportunities.

Key Accountabilities:

Outreach and Partnerships

  • Meeting with potential or existing partners to grow or develop engagement with the organizations
  • Seeking partnerships with more diverse media outlets
  • Familiarity with our recently completed Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Audit and use as a basis for researching and proposing new partnerships and opportunities with a consideration for equity-seeking artists
  • Updating and/or creating a database of outreach contacts throughout the GTA and beyond
  • Developing informational share kits for outreach contacts
  • Work with community advisors, partners, and community leaders to ensure relevant and successful events leveraging local community expertise and knowledge
  • Working closely with the Communications Manager to develop an extensive outreach plan for both Festivals
  • In collaboration with the Communications Manager, maintaining a focus on the organization’s social media accounts with an added focus on community engagement
  • Create relationships with artists as well as with audience
  • Connect with day camps and assist with planning outings for the KidsFest shows and KidsFest Club
  • Oversee pre-existing relationships at the Fringe Patio, POSTSCRIPT, and develop new relationships for additional Fringe and Next Stage Patios/lobbies
  • Deepen relationships with existing partnerships
  • Oversee the various contests including but not limited to New Play, New Musical, and 24-Hour Playwriting competition
  • Managing and expanding Best of Fringe and similar Partnerships for Fringe Festival
  • Manage the organization’s presence at outreach events leading up to the Fringe Festival (i.e. street fairs such as Dundas West Fest, community events such as Pride) in collaboration with the Communications Team
  • Assisting with tourism packages, sourcing accommodations/food and beverage partners

Education and Community Programs

  • Manage and develop educational programming, which currently includes:
    • My First Fringe
    • Theatre Entrepreneurs Network and Training Program (TENT Program)
  • Manage and develop Fringe Festival ancillary programming, which currently includes:
    • New Young Reviewers Program
    • Teen Fringe
  • Manager and develop the Fringe HomeStay Billet Program, including outreach to expand database of homeowners.
  • Oversee partnership with Toronto District School Board, and the Pathways to Fringe program.
  • Manage and develop programming to foster indie arts worker community and network
  • Research and source sustainable public and/or private funding sources, manage relationships with existing programming funders

Additional Accountabilities:

  • Support development of Equity Strategic plan and execution of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) action plan

The ideal candidate is:

  • Detail oriented, and possesses strong organization skills
  • Highly motivated
  • An excellent written and verbal communicator, and possesses well-developed interpersonal skills
  • A confident facilitator
  • Able to adapt to changing priorities, react quickly to changing circumstances
  • Able to maintain composure in stressful or difficult situations, and able to de-escalate
  • Able to offer positive and compassionate customer service
  • Sensitive and understanding of diversity of race, abilities, ages, and all forms of diverse lived experiences of Fringe’s community and stakeholders

The ideal candidate should have:

  • Project management experience
  • Leadership and mentorship experience
  • Interest in and strong connection to the Toronto, Ontario, and Canadian performing arts ecology
  • Working knowledge of graphic design programs, social media platforms, and website copywriting
  • Experience managing a large and ever-changing contact database
  • Experience in building or sustaining relationships with community groups in the inner suburbs of Toronto
  • At least 3 years of relevant and comparable work experience in the arts and/or non-profit sector.

How to Apply:

Please outline your interest and qualifications in a cover letter. Be sure to relate your relevant past experiences to how you would be suited to this role, and explain why you are interested in a position with Toronto Fringe in your letter. Submit your letter and current resume as a SINGLE PDF DOCUMENT by email to with the subject line: Community Engagement Senior Coordinator Application.

The Toronto Fringe is committed to employment equity and diversity. Everyone is welcome to apply. We encourage applications from applicants from equity-seeking communities and intersecting identities to apply, including Black, Indigenous or Two-Spirit people, People of Colour, LGBTQIA and/or Deaf, Mad, or disability-identified people. Toronto Fringe is committed to providing staff with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment, and fostering an inclusive and supportive workplace.

We thank all applicants for their interest but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
Interviews will take place using Zoom in a video conference session, and will be scheduled between August 30 – September 2.

Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. If you would like to apply but require additional time, or if this application poses an obstacle in any way, we encourage you to get in touch with the hiring committee at before the application deadline of Wednesday August 11 at 9:00AM EST.

Final candidates will be asked for references. All applications are considered confidential.

What to expect once you’ve applied:

  • Every application will be reviewed by the Executive Director, the Managing Director, and the Communications Manager
  • Candidates that are selected to advance in the application process will be invited to meet the hiring committee in an interview, which will take place on Zoom. The candidates will be sent the questions that will be asked in the interview in advance. Candidates that are selected for an interview will be contacted by August 20.
  • At least one interview will be scheduled with select candidates. Candidates may then be invited for a second interview to meet more of the senior team, and join them for a brainstorming meeting.
  • All applicants will be contacted by the Toronto Fringe and notified once the position has been filled

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