Join the Team

Thinking Rock Community Arts is hiring for Summer 2019!

Thanks to funding through the Canada Summer Jobs Program, we’re seeking an outstanding youth candidate (aged 15 to 30) to join the team in the role of Programming and Outreach Assistant. See below for full details, including eligibility.


Programming and Outreach Assistant
Organization: Thinking Rock Community Arts
Location: Thessalon, ON
Start Date: June 24, 2019
Pay: $14 per hour, 30 hours per week
Term: This is an 8-week contract position from June 24 to August 16, 2019

About Thinking Rock Community Arts:

Thinking Rock Community Arts (TRCA) 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 in Central Algoma. 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.
Our artistic team represents professional established and emerging rural artists of Indigenous, Métis and Settler descent who share a burning desire to explore how we can together begin to create spaces for dialogue and mutual understanding through multidisciplinary, multi-generational, cross-cultural community-engaged art projects.
We believe that if Central Algomans of Indigenous and Settler descent co-create community arts projects and presentations, then we will build relationships 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.

About the Programming and Outreach Assistant Position:

The Programming and Outreach Assistant (POA) will work with Thinking Rock Community Arts – at its head office location in Thessalon, and other partner sites in Central Algoma – to support programming and public outreach activities in the rural and Indigenous communities of Central Algoma, related to Thinking Rock’s Social Fabric project. The POA will work with Thinking Rock staff and volunteers to develop and deliver art-making and outreach activities at Thinking Rock and other community events; encourage broad participation in Thinking Rock’s programs and work; build relationships with local community organizations, partners and participants; and promote Thinking Rock’s activities and programs widely to the public. Supervision and mentorship will be provided by Thinking Rock’s Acting Artistic Director, Miranda Bouchard. The position is for 30 hours per week, with flexibility in scheduling: daytime, with some evenings and weekends.

Thinking Rock Community Arts, 199 Main Street, Thessalon; and partner sites in Central Algoma including many outdoor locations.

Skills, experience and qualifications:

  • Self-directed and reliable
  • Organized, good attention to detail
  • Comfortable working in a flexible, collaborative work environment
  • Enjoys working outdoors
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills, enjoys working with people
  • Creative thinker, good problem solving skills
  • Respect for diverse people and communities, committed to working towards inclusion and equity
  • Experience and/or training in Performing or Visual Arts, Community Arts or Arts Administration is preferred
  • Community outreach and client service experience is an asset
  • G-class license with access to reliable vehicle is an asset
  • French and/or Anishnaabemowin language skills are an asset
  • Excellent digital skills (word processing, email, social media, Google Drive) are an asset
  • Applicants must obtain a vulnerable sector check prior to offer of and appointment to this position

Tasks and responsibilities:

  • Participate in project planning
  • Join in prep, setup and strike of art activities
  • Assist with facilitation, welcoming participants and helping them to engage and integrate with programming
  • Assist artists, staff and volunteers leading workshops
  • Help with outreach and promotion: social media posts, blogs, email, posters, etc.
  • Host outreach booths at community events
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of the Social Fabric project through creative activities and community connections
  • Programming-related data entry, documentation and evaluation
  • Other tasks as assigned

This position is supported by the Canada Summer Jobs program. As specified in the program requirements, the successful candidate

  • is between 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive) at the start of employment;
  • is a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act* and;
  • is legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial / territorial legislation and regulations.*International students are not eligible. Recent immigrants are eligible if they are Canadian Citizens or permanent residents.

How to apply:

Please send a two-page resume and one-page cover letter outlining your skills, experience and what you feel you would bring to our team. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered. Please include phone and email contact details. Email documents in PDF format, with “Summer Employment” in the subject line, to:
Applications must be received by 11:59 pm on Sunday June 9, 2019.


You will receive an email to confirm receipt of your application. Thanks for your interest and understanding.

We are an equal opportunity employer and we are committed to building a diverse and inclusive workplace. Youth who self-identify as being part of groups which are underrepresented or have additional barriers to the labour market are encouraged to apply. Contact us if you require accommodations in the interview/hiring process.