Community Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator

Date Posted: Mar 21, 2017
Application Deadline: Apr 21, 2017
Start Date: May 01, 2017

Salary: TBD
Province: Ontario
Region: Hamilton Area
City: Hamilton
Organization's Field/Discipline:
Term: Contract
Career Level:

Organization Description

Hamilton Fringe Festival

The Hamilton Festival Theatre Company strives to make theatre accessible and affordable to both audience members and theatre makers and is committed to fostering the development of professional artists in Hamilton.
The company produces a year-round educational program for emerging theatre professionals, the annual Hamilton Fringe Festival, and site-specific winter festival, Frost Bites.
The annual Fringe Festival is an 11-day un-juried arts festival that runs every summer in the core of downtown Hamilton. The organization is a member of the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals and adheres to their Four Guiding Principles:
1/ Participants will be selected on a non-juried basis.
2/ 100% of the box office revenue is returned to the participating companies.
3/ Fringe Festival producers have no control over the artistic content of the productions.
4/ Festivals must be easily accessible for all audiences and artists to participate.

Job Description

The Hamilton Fringe Festival is currently seeking a Community Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator for a full-time, 14-week contract position that begins on May 1, 2017.

Reporting to the Executive Director, this individual will oversee the recruitment and coordination of volunteers for all fringe venues and events. They will also have the opportunity to develop and support a variety of youth and current community outreach initiatives.

This position is funded by Canada Summer Jobs, a federal employment program for returning post-secondary students, and represents an exciting opportunity for a passionate young person to make an impact on culture and community development in Hamilton and surrounding communities. Please check the Canada Summer Jobs 2017 website for eligibility criteria.


Key Areas of Responsibility:

  • Recruit new volunteers through community outreach efforts. Interview applicants and train, support, and motivate new volunteers.
  • Create and fill volunteer schedules for all Festival events.
  • Organize the Volunteer Appreciation event.
  • Maintain a volunteer database and keep track of individual volunteer activities.
  • Assist in launching youth-focussed outreach initiatives and distributing the 2017 Youth Access Pass to participating schools and community groups
  • Establish relationships with local community groups, encouraging participation and helping to address barriers to accessing cultural activities at the Fringe
  • The responsibilities listed above address the key duties of this position. Additional related tasks may be assigned at the discretion of the Interim Festival Director

Professional Qualities and Skills

  • The ideal candidate will be a hardworking, organized, and motivated individual with a passion for community outreach and volunteerism
  • Experience working with and recruiting volunteers
  • Interest and/or experience in arts administration and management
  • Leadership skills and an ability to self-direct as well as work well with supervisors and peers.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to problem solve under pressure while maintaining a friendly demeanour
  • Ability to accommodate a schedule that will sometimes require work on evenings and weekends
  • Working knowledge of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
  • Valid driver's license is an asset.
  • Valid first aid certification is an asset.


How to Apply:

Please send cover letter and resume in one pdf with OUTREACH COORDINATOR in the subject line to

Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Thank you for your interest in the Hamilton Fringe!


Contact Info:

Name: Claire Calnan


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