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Application Deadline:​ August 6, 2017 ​

Hours per week:​ 10-20
Rate of Pay:​ $21/hr ​Intended
Start Date: ​August 23, 2017
Interviews: ​ ​Aug 14 - 17, 2017

Art Starts creates vibrant Toronto neighbourhoods through community-building arts initiatives. We inspire long-term social change by using the arts to engage residents, collectively work to overcome challenges and create a shared sense of identity. Our collaborative approach to art-making celebrates communities, nurtures resilience, cultivates life skills and inspires personal growth. Established in 1992, Art Starts is recognized as one of Toronto’s leading community arts organizations. The Toronto Arts Foundation recognized Art Starts with its Arts for Youth Award.


The Program Manager is a member of the Art Starts team who is responsible for overseeing, developing and managing Art Starts’ creative programs and projects. The Program Manager fosters a positive, engaging and safe environment for participants while ensuring high artistic merit, impact, organizational effectiveness and accountability. The Program Manager promotes Art Starts’ organizational culture, works in co-operation with individuals and organizations and supports our artists and program participants to be the best they can be.


The Program Manager is responsible for the planning, facilitation and evaluation of arts-based programs in Art Starts communities. They recruit, supervise, oversee and monitor program staff, working in co-operation with artists, community residents and stakeholders in accordance with arts-based programming needs at various locations in the City of Toronto.

Program Management

  • Balance responsiveness to community needs with artistic excellence and project vision
  • Attend meetings with Art Starts staff, relevant stakeholders, residents, community partners
  • Facilitate effective outreach and community consultation
  • Ensure an inclusive, emotionally and physically safe program environment for participants and staff
  • Meet project goals and grant deliverables
  • Identify, address and troubleshoot challenges and conflicts that may arise
  • Manage, organize and contribute to collaborative and inter-connected projects & initiatives
  • Initiate and nurture partnerships to strengthen programs
  • Actively participate in professional development activities

Artistic Vision

  • Hire high calibre artists; collaboratively develop an artistic vision for their workshops based on community needs and aspirations
  • Support artists to work collaboratively and responsively with community participants

Communication & Facilitation

  • Communicate effectively with participants, community residents and other stakeholders to determine program direction, needs and interests
  • Communicate Art Starts mandate to program participants
  • Suggest project changes and interventions to achieve project goals
  • Respond to all stakeholders in a timely, clear and respectful manner
  • Advise and give support to staff when resolving issues


  • Hire, manage and support program staff: artists, program assistants, volunteers, etc.
  • Provide and prepare healthy snacks, art materials and supplies
  • Ensure a safe environment: First Aid kits at all programs, program space free from any potential hazards, staff familiar with emergency exits and procedures

Financial Management

  • Monitor and manage program expenditures while adhering to budgets
  • Retain original receipts for all purchases made; use Art Starts forms for cash advances and expense reimbursements (food, materials, travel, etc.)
  • Reporting, Administration & Documentation
  • Submit program reports within 2 weeks of final program date
  • Ensure each project is documented through photos, video and/or participant testimonials
  • Ensure all appropriate releases are signed (photo/video, field trips, etc.)
  • Facilitate the program evaluation process


  • 2+ years experience in program coordination
  • Experience in working with children and youth from marginalized communities
  • 2+ years experience in not-for-profit arts or community organization
  • Experience working with other partners and liaising with different stakeholders
  • Superior communication, project management, and organizational skills
  • Administrative and reporting experience, and attention-to-detail
  • Familiarity with community-engaged arts sector in Toronto and understanding of art-making in a community context
  • Strong understanding of the issues affecting underserved Toronto neighbourhoods
  • Team player, with ability to work independently
  • Availability evenings and some weekends as required
  • Access to a vehicle is an asset

Art Starts is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity and inclusiveness in the workplace. If you require any accommodations during the hiring or interview process,
please email with your request. Send resume & cover letter to ​​ with​ Program Manager​ listed in the subject line. We regret that only those applicants to be interviewed will be contacted.

No phone calls please.

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