Researcher & Producer

Date Posted: Oct 15, 2020
Application Deadline: Nov 01, 2020
Start Date: Nov 09, 2020

Hourly From: $25/hr To $25/hr
Province: Ontario
City: -
Employee Benefits: N/A
Organization's Field/Discipline: Cultural Industries
Job's focus: Creative & Administrative
Job Type: Contract
Career Level: Entry level/ intern

Organization Description

Ontario Culture Days

Since its inception in 2010, Ontario Culture Days' role has been to foster public engagement with a vibrant Ontario arts, culture and heritage sector. To that end, we lead a province-wide festival, and support a wide network of organizers through communications, marketing, outreach and artistic programs. We participate in the national Culture Days festivities, starting the last Friday of each September. In 2019, roughly 1,500 events were registered in over 130 municipalities, and over 750,000 Ontarians attended. In 2020, despite the pandemic, we have seen 1,000 plus events in 75 municipalities. Programs include digital and self-guided, and in-person events with safety precautions in place.
In 2019, ONCD expanded its year-round scope to include Ontario’s tourism sector through the inauguration of The website provides unique insight through local arts and culture stories found throughout the province, things to do, and a growing roster of digital travel guides. 
We are committed to reducing barriers to accessibility to the arts, culture and heritage sector, and in achieving greater equity within it. We believe that striving for equity is integral to the achievement our mission of a vibrant and sustainable sector. 
For more information please visit our website at

Job Description

11 weeks, 25.25hrs/wk, $25/hr

About the Role

The Research & Producer role supports the development of artistic programming and communications content implemented for our fall festival and year-round cultural tourism initiatives. 
Note: This position is funded by a Canada Summer Jobs grant, and therefore all applicants must be between the ages of 15 and 30 years. 
This role is responsible for:
  • Working with our community (artists and creatives, community leaders, municipal, tourism and sector staff), to research, archive and document the arts, culture and heritage activity that is occurring throughout the province
  • Gathering relevant stories for our channels, and working with colleagues to best present these stories to a wider audience
  • Alongside other colleagues, create, edit and implement content to be presented on our owned and partner websites, newsletters, and social media
  • Advising on artistic and public programming, and social engagement initiatives
  • Helping to execute special campaigns and projects
  • Identifying and resolving issues with content in a timely and professional manner
We are looking for someone to add to our team, who:
  • Has excellent writing and story-creation skills
  • Infuses their colleagues with knowledge, skills, energy, and passion
  • Fosters an environment of innovation, collaboration, and personal accountability
  • Supports a culture that actively raises the bar within Ontario Culture Days and beyond
  • Proactively establishes and maintains effective working team relationships
  • Has excellent time and task management skills
  • Understands and enforces all company policies and procedures


Required Experience

  • Post-secondary degree in a related field (Humanities, Marketing, Communications, Literature, Public Relations, Journalism etc) 
  • Experience working in a similar role, related to the arts, culture and heritage sector; tourism experience is an asset
  • Possess a solid understanding of effective grassroots and digital marketing techniques
  • Be able to communicate clearly and effectively
  • Strong time-management and organizational skills
  • A solid understanding of Wordpress, CreativeSuite, MailChimp (or ability to quickly learn)
  • Valid Ontario driver’s license 

How to Apply:

Application Process

Send a one-page cover letter and your resume to, with the subject line: “Application: Researcher & Producer Contract Position”.

This position is a Canada Summer Jobs position, and therefore all applicants must be between the ages of 15 and 30 years. We strive to activate a lens of pluralism, equity, and inclusion.

We invite participation from a variety of backgrounds with an interest in moving our mission, vision, and values forward. In particular, we encourage perspectives of Indigenous, Black, and People of Colour (IBPOC), Trans, Non-Binary, LGBTQ2S, as well as individuals across Ontario.

Location: Though our office is in downtown Toronto, over the course of this contract all Ontario Culture Days staff are working remotely. Successful candidates must be located in Ontario, but do not need to be in the Toronto area.

Deadline: November 1, 2020.

COVID-19 Resources
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