Education and Community Projects Coordinator


Vancouver Opera


Aug. 18, 2017

Organization Description: 

Vancouver Opera, Canada’s second-largest opera company, has been active for nearly sixty years. Each season includes four main stage presentations, as well as a range of educational and community engagement activities. Vancouver Opera serves over 85,000 British Columbians from all walks of life each year.


Job Description: 

The Education and Community Projects Coordinator (ECPC) ensures the success of Vancouver Opera’s education and community engagement programs. This position assists the Director of Education and Community Engagement in the planning and facilitation of all education and community based programs. The ECPC also works alongside staff from the Marketing, Development and Production departments to ensure the success of Vancouver Opera’s productions and events. This position is the direct contact for Vancouver Opera Teaching Artists in relation to their work within the schools and represents Vancouver Opera in a professional manner to school boards and the general public.



  • Manager of the month-long Vancouver Opera In Schools (VOIS) Tour in collaboration with the Artistic department
  • Oversee the execution of the Project Opera, Opera Experience and Work Experience programs including all coordination between Vancouver Opera Teaching Artists and participating schools
  • Coordinate professional development opportunities for educators throughout the academic year
  • Assist in the management and facilitation of education events taking place during the VO Festival
  • Facilitate education programs within the role of Teaching Artist as required including Spring Break Opera Camp and Summer Opera Camp (Teen Intensive and Junior Camp).
  • Assist in the creation of study materials for schools and lead related workshops
  • Evaluate and report on VO's education and community engagement programming

Community Projects

  • Coordinate the community engagement program of the Vancouver Opera Festival including managing events, leading pre-show talks, and facilitating education activities
  • Assist with community-based programs in collaboration with VO’s community partners
  • Coordinating VO's efforts in relation to the Community Engagement Opera Requiem for a Lost Girl in partnership with the Kettle Society and SFU Woodwards.
  • Assist in all community engagement events including off-site presentations and conference participation
  • Oversee Culture Days in collaboration with Artistic, Production, Marketing and Development department representatives


• Minimum of 3 years experience in arts administration and/or arts education. 
• A bachelor’s degree or related experience in music and/or theatre
• Successful completion of a Vulnerable Sector Criminal Record Check
• Proven experience in the development and implementation of arts-focused programming
• Previous experience teaching music and/or theatre to children and youth
• Excellent public speaking skills
• Excellent communication skills including strong writing and evaluation abilities
• Demonstrated ability to work in highly collaborative and creative environments
Desired qualities:
• Experience in opera
• Demonstrated experience in social justice and/or education contexts
• Willingness to facilitate open ended projects with a focus on the creative process

How to Apply: 

Interested candidates should submit a letter of intent and resume to This post will remain open until filled. Those candidates selected for interview will be asked to submit a portfolio of previous experience. Letters of intent should reference the job description and clearly outline how previous experience and skills match the requirements of the position. Start date will be September 2017


Salary and benefits are in alignment with industry standard and will reflect experience of successful candidate.

Contact Name: Colleen Maybin
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: (604) 682-2871

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