Dusk Dances Volunteer Coordinator – touring and home season

Date Posted: Feb 14, 2020
Application Deadline: Feb 28, 2020
Start Date: Apr 01, 2020

Hourly From: $25/hr To $25/hr
Province: Ontario
Region: Metro Toronto Area
City: Toronto
Employee Benefits: N/A
Organization's Field/Discipline: The Arts
Job's focus: Administrative
Job Type: Contract
Career Level: Intermediate

Organization Description

Dusk Dances

Dusk Dances is an outdoor dance festival that brings high quality contemporary and traditional dance to public parks. As dusk descends, a theatrical host leads the audience — which invariably includes children, dog walkers and local residents — to eclectic dance pieces that unfold in different areas of the park.

Choreographers from various backgrounds are invited to perform a ten-minute piece inspired by the park’s natural environment. Audiences are invited on a pay-what-you-can basis to an innovative site-specific festival, which is not only an artistic event but a social and cultural one as well.

We bring dance to the community by making it accessible
• physically – our venue is a public space
• financially – admission is pay what you can
• artistically – our programming is diverse, for all tastes and ages

We give choreographers a unique opportunity to showcase their work in a non-traditional dance venue, in front of a large and mostly new audience.

Job Description

We are seeking a dynamic, motivated and outgoing Volunteer Coordinator for our 2020 tour and home season in Terrebonne (QC), Barrie, Hamilton and Toronto (ON) from July 6th to August 9th, 2020, to work closely with local volunteer coordinators at each location, as well as with the production teams, the Festival Director and the General Manager of Dusk Dances, to coordinate and manage festival volunteers in order to successfully carry out all Dusk Dances events.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity. You are a passionate, not-for-profit arts leader. You work well in a fast-paced environment and are passionate about dance, or about the arts. You are self-motivated, self-directed, with strong skills as part of a team.

> Speaking both French and English fluently is a highly desirable attribute.

The Volunteer Coordinator must be available for preparations from April to June 2020 – the schedule and total amount of hours will be agreed upon (approx. 25 hours of prep work). The candidate must be full available for the tour and Withrow Park week in Toronto (see the schedule in requirements).


The ideal candidate would be an outgoing and dynamic Volunteer Coordinator with:
  • A minimum of two years of proven experience working with volunteers, directly supervising staff, interns or co-op students
  • High proficiency of both English and French speaking and writing
  • Ability to prioritize, respect deadlines and effectively manage multiple tasks
  • Solid competence in planning and coordination
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with staff and individuals (or teams) within the organization and in the communities they work with
  • Excellent communication skills (emails, in-person and telephone)
  • Comfortable presenting to large groups in a personable and professional manner
  • Able to work in a fast-paced, open-concept environment and adapting to frequently changing priorities
  • Fully available for the touring schedule and adaptable to a flexible work schedule including some evenings and weekends:
    • July 6 to 12 in Terrebonne, QC
    • July 14 to 19 in Barrie, ON
    • July 21 to 26 in Hamilton, ON
    • August 1 to 9 in Toronto, ON

Additional Info:

  • Assisting the local volunteer coordinator in each festival location and offering training, guidance, and support, as necessary and when appropriate
  • Training and managing the volunteers, as required and as necessary
  • Assigning roles to all volunteers at every performance (e.g. ushers, info table personnel, dressing room security, site monitoring, etc.), as required and appropriate, in tandem with the local volunteer coordinators
  • Ensuring smooth communication with all the local volunteer coordinators, as well as with the Dusk Dances production team
  • Hanging any sponsorship banners in each park location, as provided by the Producer, the licensee or the co-producer
  • Setting up the information table, including food/beverage items for sale, CDs from the opening band, postcards, posters, merchandise, etc.
  • Maintaining the festival display board with relevant information
  • Placing signs around the park entrances to advertise the shows
  • Recovering t-shirts from all volunteers after each performance
  • Completing an audience attendance report for each performance, to submit to Dusk Dances Inc.
  • Asking volunteers to offer comments on their experience and to share valuable feedback they may have heard from audience member

How to Apply:

Please send your CV, a cover letter and two references to: marketa@duskdances.ca

The application deadline is set to February 28, 2020 at 5pm.

Interviews will take place from March 4 to March 11, 2020.

All applicants will be contacted. 


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