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Educational Outreach Assistant / Youth Program Site Coordinator

Edmonton Symphony Orchestra & Francis Winspear Centre for Music Seeks Educational Outreach Assistant and YONA-Sistema On-site Coordinator


Educational Outreach Assistant – Edmonton Symphony Orchestra & Francis Winspear Centre for Music

YONA-Sistema On-site Coordinator – Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and Inner City Children’s Program


The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (ESO) & Francis Winspear Centre for Music (FWCM), in partnership with Edmonton Inner City Children’s Program (ICCP), is seeking an individual to fill two joint roles: Educational Outreach Assistant and YONA-Sistema On-site Coordinator (Youth Orchestra of Northern Alberta Sistema Program).


YONA-Sistema is a program for social change beginning September 2013 in Edmonton’s inner city. The El Sistema program uses music to create positive social change in the lives of disadvantaged youth. Over the past 38 years, this program has proven its power to transform lives for the better.


Educational Outreach Assistant

This role coordinates program and event logistics for the ESO and FWCM’s multiple education and community outreach programs (e.g. Education concerts, Adopt-a-Player composition mentorship program, E-SWAT musical ‘strike’ team, Musicians in the Making amateur musician showcase program, Concerts in Care, Alberta Culture Days, Symphony for Kids family programming, children’s interactive learning tours, etc.) You will be responsible for coordinating registrations, responding to teacher queries, processing payments and receipts, and keeping all records up-to-date. You will prepare curriculum-based study materials and participate in the development of new programs. You will also coordinate family-friendly programming for community events, family concerts, and outreach programs. This role involves 12-20 hours/week working in the FWCM office.


YONA-Sistema On-site Coordinator:

We are seeking a site coordinator with patience, compassion, and energy to work with students, teachers, and volunteers for 4 hours every day after school. You will provide group management, handle record-keeping and administrative support, and be a point of contact for parents. You will be responsible for implementing safety policies, administering the nutrition program, overseeing academic study times, leading movement/fitness activities and playtime, and ensuring the site is cleaned according to ICCP housekeeping standards.



Your qualifications include experience working with children in group settings and/or training in classroom or behavioural management, in particular experience planning/developing and implementing children’s programming. You are a highly organized creative thinker, proficient with computer technology, and committed to building strong communities. Experience with event coordination and records management is recommended. Familiarity with community outreach programming and social work philosophies is beneficial. Your core belief that music has the power to change lives is essential to success in this role, and some musical knowledge is an asset. You will be required to have valid First Aid and CPR (Level C) certification and a current security record check (including vulnerable sector check).



What you get is a full-time equivalent position with flexible hours comprised of two exciting roles, one coordinating educational and community programs for the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and Francis Winspear Centre for Music and a second one, working directly with children after school to oversee the YONA-Sistema orchestra program for underserved youth. Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience.


Please submit résumé and cover letter to Alyssa Paterson at Subject line: EO Assistant & YONA-Sistema On-site Coordinator. Please mention how you heard about this posting. No phone calls.


Closing date for applications is July 11, 2013.

Application Deadline: 
Thursday, July 11, 2013
Type of Work: 
Full Time
Education Level: 
High School
Prefered Method(s) of Application: 
By E-Mail

Employer Details

Edmonton Symphony Orchestra & Francis Winspear Centre for Music

Meghan Unterschultz
9720-102 Avenue
Edmonton, AB T5J4B2

The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra is one of Canada’s major orchestras, with 56 full-time musicians and a performance season which runs from September through early June. The ESO’s adventurous programming reflects the diversity of the communities it serves and stimulates joy and inspiration in local, national, and international audiences. The orchestra serves the community of Edmonton and northern Alberta, performing more than 80 concerts each season. The ESO’s home is the Francis Winspear Centre for Music, Alberta’s premier concert hall. With an international reputation in the musical arts industry as an aesthetically delightful and acoustically superior concert hall, the Winspear Centre is recognized as an important artistic centre and magnet for performers from at home and abroad. Over 400 distinct events take place at the Winspear Centre each year, with 250,000 people coming through the facility for everything from black-tie Gala events, family concerts, and rock shows to corporate receptions, weddings, and yoga classes. In addition to hall rentals for third-party events, the Winspear Centre has its own artistic programming through Live at the Winspear.