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The Canadian Opera Company (COC) aims to bring the transformative experience of opera to our local, national, and global audience every day of the year.

To help achieve this goal, the COC is looking for a creative, energetic, organized, and adaptable person with a passion for opera to develop its adult programs.

In addition to programs for schools, youth and community partners, the COC offers an array of events and programs targeted to engage current and new adult audiences and program participants.

Reporting to the Associate Director, Education and Outreach, the Adult Programs Manager is primarily responsible for programming, co-ordination and administration of all the COC’s  adult education and outreach programs including, but not limited to, Opera Insights,  Opera Connect, Opera Talks, Pre-performance Opera Chats; on-going assessment and  evaluation of all programs to ensure points of engagement for audience members/participants at all levels of experience and interest; programming and supporting other public engagement initiatives;  supporting Communications staff in researching and developing marketing materials including website content to promote programs and build awareness, when necessary; fostering new and maintaining existing community and artistic partnerships; facilitating programs when necessary; recruiting, training, scheduling and supervising artist-educators, guest speakers and volunteers; data gathering, analysis and reporting;  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 Adult Programs Manager, Education and Outreach position is an intermediate level, salaried, full-time, permanent position. Evening and weekend work may 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 education, community arts, arts management or related field of study
  • Five years’ experience in program management, preferably in a non-profit, arts organization
  • Knowledge of and enthusiasm for opera
  • Appreciation for the collaborative arts, and/or arts education
  • Enjoys working with the public in a facilitation capacity to encourage engagement in the arts
  • Broad knowledge of diverse methods and best practices in audience/participant development
  • 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 Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and ability to work in and/or learn various digital platforms including Tessitura
  • Enthusiasm, initiative, imagination, creativity, willingness 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, July 25, 2017 to:

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

Only applications received by Tuesday, July 25, 2017 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 any accommodation, please let us know and we will work with you to meet your needs.

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