Job Posting: Community Play Production Assistant

Posted by on May 15, 2017 in Blogs, Updates | 0 comments




Full Time Contract Position June 5 – September 29, 2017 (16 weeks, 32 hours per week)



The Community Play Production Assistant will work closely with the Artistic Director of Thinking Rock Community Arts to undertake tasks related the production of The Rivers Speak Community Play to be produced in Mississaugi First Nation, in the Central Algoma region of Northern Ontario, in September 2017.

The Community Play Production Assistant will work directly with the Artistic Director of the Rivers Speak Community Play to undertake tasks related to the overall execution of the production, ranging from direct arts practice and facilitation to administration and project management.  The successful candidate will build skills in relationship management, arts management, marketing and communications, and project management (managing logistics, timelines, schedules, evaluation etc.). They will be closely mentored in this role but will also be required to think and work independently, and will need to employ highly developed skills in problem solving, time management and interpersonal skills.

Specific job tasks will involve:

– Evaluation and tracking.
– Marketing and communications
– Human resource management
– Logistics and project management
– Application of artistic skills to support production process



This position is funded by Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage.  In order to be eligible for the position, the applicant must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada. Note: Non-Canadian graduates 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.
  • Have finished the school term at the start of employment.
  • Be registered in the YCW online candidate inventory (Register Here:
  • 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 as a YCW BCH intern.
  • Be an unemployed or underemployed college or university graduate, i.e. not employed full-time.
  • Be a recent graduate who has graduated from college or university within 24 months of the start of employment.
  • Not be receiving Employment Insurance (EI) benefits while employed as an YCW BCH intern.
  • Not have previously participated in or been paid under this or any other program funded under the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy.



We are seeking a graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Arts Management, Theatre and Development, Theatre for Social Change, any Arts Discipline, Art History or a related field of study.

Other preferred qualifications include:

– Sound understanding and appreciation of Aanishinaabe, Metis and other Indigenous cultures, worldviews, and traditions
– Personally invested in concepts of reconciliation and decolonization
– Passionate about the arts’ role in community development and social change, familiar with and/or interested in learning more about community-engaged arts practice
– Passionate about working with stakeholders representing diverse cultures, ages, and sectors
– Proven experience in program planning, development, implementation
– Ability to work as part of a team as well as with minimal supervision
– Excellent communication skills and interpersonal skills
– Proven ability to time manage, prioritize and oversee multiple concurrent tasks
– Knowledgeable about using Social Media for marketing and promoting events
– Very familiar with Microsoft Office: Publisher, Word, Excel
– Familiarity with using Google Apps for Business a definite asset (Google Drive, Hangouts, etc.)
– Experience working with Adobe Creative Suite an asset
– Valid G license and access to a reliable vehicle

*** We strongly encourage and welcome applications from people who identify as Indigenous (Métis, First Nation, Inuit, on/off reserve), a person of colour, LGTBQQ2, living with a disability, or a religious minority.***


The Rivers Speak Community Play is the result of a four year community-engaged art-making process involving people of all ages from rural and First Nation communities in Central Algoma.  Its intent is to surface untold stories of the rivers and waterways in this region from Settler and First Nation perspectives, and in doing so begin to build positive relationships across cultures, ages, languages, and abilities.  

The production process will be guided by a team of local and visiting professional theatre artists trained in co-developing community-engaged theatre with non-artists as well as a team of local Anishnaabe Elders and Advisors.  It will be performed outdoors at the Mississaugi First Nation Pow Wow Grounds and will be performed in Aanishnaabemowin, French and English.


Thinking Rock is a non profit community arts organization based in Thessalon, Ontario that creates art with and for the people living along the North Shore of Lake Huron, from Spanish to Sault Ste. Marie and all points in between.  We invite people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to join us in playing, making and dreaming about this special place we call home – as it was, as it is, and as it might be.  

We believe that if Central Algomans of Indigenous and Settler descent come together to co-create community arts projects and presentations, relationships will be built across cultures and communities, and opportunities to live, work and play in the arts will increase across the region.  Ultimately this will lead to more inclusive, vibrant and resilient communities across Algoma.

Applicants are asked to send their resume and cover letter to by Friday May 26, 2017 at 5pm.