Patron Services Representative

Date Posted: Dec 02, 2019
Application Deadline: Dec 16, 2019
Start Date: Jan 06, 2020

Hourly From: $15/hr To $15/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: Full-time
Career Level: Entry level/ intern

Organization Description

Toronto Symphony Orchestra
The Toronto Symphony Orchestra, now in its 98th season, is one of the largest and most attended performing arts institutions in the country. With a core ensemble of 93 musicians, 130 performances each season, and annual attendance of 270,000, the TSO plays a vital role in the city’s dynamic cultural life. Soon to celebrate its centennial, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s name remains synonymous with musical versatility and growth, and artistic distinction. Sir Andrew Davis serves as TSO Interim Artistic Director for the 2019/20 season, prior to the arrival of incoming Music Director Gustavo Gimeno in 2020/21. 

Job Description

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) is one of Toronto’s most important cultural institutions, recognized internationally as an outstanding orchestra and proud to represent Canada on the world stage. The TSO exists to inspire, enrich, and engage audiences of all ages, to enhance our city, and to serve as a showcase for the beauty and power of orchestral music. It is an exciting time in the organization’s history with many new initiatives underway that will deepen the TSO’s connection with the community and provide music lovers with meaningful opportunities to get involved.

 We are looking for an experienced, dynamic individual with a passion for Customer Service, ticketing, and the field of Arts Administration. This position reports to the Manager of Patron Services. This is a full-time hourly contract position from January 6, 2020, to July 3, 2020.

 The Patron Services Department works in a fast-paced environment, focusing on providing an exceptional and engaging customer service experience for all patrons and donors. Typical services include ticketing, development, inbound and outbound calls, Live Chat, email, and dealing with general inquiries.

Office hours are generally Monday to Friday, from 9 AM to 5 PM. Additional hours are required to work evening and weekend concert duty, primarily at Roy Thomson Hall and  George Weston Recital Hall, as well as occasional meetings and office work during peak times of the season.



  • Facilitate patron transactions at the TSO that include single tickets, subscriptions, group sales, and fulfillment of subscriber and donor benefits, etc.
  • When answering patron enquiries, be prepared to go the extra mile by not just answering product and service questions, but by providing information for alternate concerts, packages and services, as appropriate.
  • Remain current and knowledgeable about TSO and TSYO performances, TSO Friends Donor Program and Events, TSOUNDCHECK Program, Subscription Packages, Single ticket and Group Sales policies and practices, promoting each, where appropriate.
  • Resolve customer service challenges by clarifying the patron's complaint, determining the cause of the problem, selecting and explaining the best solution to solve the problem; expediting correction or adjustment, and following up to ensure resolution.
  • Respond to all inquiries by phone, Live Chat, email, and in-person in a prompt and professional manner.
  • Field feedback from patrons, finding solutions to challenges that may arise. Ensure that patrons’ voices are heard and that the TSO patron experience continually improves.
  • Position includes outbound courtesy calling to patrons regarding concert changes, subscription renewals, subscriber perks, and Friends program.
  • Remain current with legislative training as it pertains to customer service (i.e., AODA, Bill 168, Bill 132).
  • Assist with other duties/projects as required.
  • Minimum of 1-2 years’ experience in delivering a high level of customer service.
  • Thrives in a fast-paced team environment with a high call volume, and responds calmly to challenging situations.
  • Attention to detail is critical.
  • Experience in effectively managing multiple medium scale tasks simultaneously; excellence in organizing and prioritizing.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact with all levels of staff, including management.
  • Available to work some evenings and weekends in addition to the regular 9-5 schedule
  • Demonstrates initiative, analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Some light lifting is required to move ticket inventory and supplies.
  • Knowledge of ticketing systems. Working knowledge of Tessitura is a strong advantage.
  • Passion for orchestral music or performing arts.

How to Apply:

Please submit a cover letter, resumé, and the names and phone numbers of 3 references by MONDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2019 to Jeffrey Stacey, Manager of Patron Services at

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra is an equal opportunity employer and encourages all qualified individuals to apply. The TSO is committed to providing accommodations for persons with disabilities. If you require accommodation, the TSO will work with you to meet your needs. 

 While the TSO thanks all applicants for their interest, only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. No telephone calls please. 


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