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Heritage and Community Assistant, Artscape Youngplace

Position Type: Full-Time, Hourly Contract for a Summer Student ($14/hour, 40 hours per week)
Location: Toronto – Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street
Start Date: Week of May 12, 2014
End Date: August 29, 2014

Artscape is currently seeking a passionate student returning to school in the fall who is interested in heritage, the arts, community history and community building to join the Artscape Youngplace team as Heritage and Community Assistant, May 12 – August 29, 2014 (16 weeks).

Reporting to the Artscape Youngplace Managing Director and the Program Coordinator, the Heritage and Community Assistant will contribute to enriching the community participation and heritage celebration of Artscape Youngplace. The Assistant will share the history of Artscape Youngplace by compiling findings and materials, conducting research and interviews, and prepare information for our website and social media. The Assistant will participate in the development of a community research and outreach plan to strengthen connections with the variety of past, present and future community members at Artscape Youngplace. These include designing and offering free tours highlighting the history of, and opportunities offered at, Artscape Youngplace during the Doors Open Celebrations on May 24/25 and throughout the summer months. They will participate in the planning and delivery of community events, including the celebration of the 100th birthday of 180 Shaw Street as well as other community programs. The Assistant will have the opportunity to learn about the Artscape Youngplace project, participate in Artscape Youngplace program planning and visioning sessions and develop leadership and communication skills in the delivery of these special heritage projects. The work schedule will involve working 40 hours per week on a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends, and will be paid $14 per hour. This position has been made possible through the Young Canada Works program.


  • Creating posts for the Artscape Youngplace website and social media, highlighting stories and people of the building’s past, through the research and selection of archival materials
  • With guidance and support, participate in the development of a community research and outreach plan to strengthen connections with the variety of past, present and future community members at Artscape Youngplace
  • Developing a building tour and offering it to community members
  • Organizing aspects of a 100th Birthday Party community celebration which could include outreach, volunteers, food and beverage, and artistic activities
  • Organizing aspects of additional community outreach events and activities
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Passion for arts and culture, community arts, and/or community building through the arts
  • Interest in communication, research and/or arts education
  • A working knowledge of the West Queen West community
  • Exceptional research, writing and organizational skills
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills
  • Full training is provided, but the successful candidate will at times work independently on assigned projects and therefore must be a self-starter
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • High level of computer proficiency (MS Word, MS Excel, and internet research experience preferred)
  • Experience in leadership roles and desire to improve leadership skills
  • Previous office administration experience and previous research experience are assets
  • Fluency is multiple languages is an asset


Applicants must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada
    Note: Non-Canadian students holding temporary work visas or awaiting permanent status are not eligible
  • Be legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Be between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment
  • Meet the specific eligibility criteria of the program for which you apply
  • Be registered in the Young Canada Works online candidate inventory (to register, please complete the application form here: https://www.youngcanadaworks.ca/apply-eng.cfm
  • Be willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment
  • Not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week) while employed
  • Have been a full-time student (as defined by his or her educational institution) in the semester preceding the job
  • Intend to return to full-time studies in the semester following this job

There is no formal deadline. Applications will be reviewed as they are received until May 12, 2014. No phone calls please. Artscape thanks all applicants, however only those being considered for an interview will be contacted directly. Candidates selected for an interview should be prepared to interview during the week May 5, 2014.

Please submit cover letter and resume by email only (attach documents in Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat) to the email address listed below. Please note in your cover letter where you saw this posting.

Applications will be received in confidence by email and should be forwarded to:
Attention: Human Resources, Heritage and Community Assistant – Summer Student Position, Artscape Youngplace
careers@torontoartscape.on.ca (please note Artscape Youngplace Heritage and Community Assistant in the email subject line).