There’s room for you at DUO!


Are you a recent university or college grad and think a career in arts administration may be right for you?  Do you want a chance to learn more about producing, administration and communications in the field of arts services?  Check out this newly created position, currently available with DUO.



Job Title: Administration and Communications Assistant– Dance Umbrella of Ontario
Organization’s Field/Discipline: The Arts
Job Category: Paid
Job term: Full time
Career Level: Entry/Intern
Region: Ontario-Metro Toronto Area
City/Town: Toronto
Salary: $15 per hour
Organization Web Site:

Job Description

The Dance Umbrella of Ontario has an opportunity for a recent graduate to develop skills and be mentored in arts management and communications in the performing arts.  The Administration and Communications Assistant will receive mentorship from DUO’s Executive Director and Communications Manager on multiple client projects and productions.  A training timeline with milestones will be developed and tailored to the successful applicant. This full time position starts in February. The successful candidate may be considered for additional work beyond the initial internship.

Supervised by both DUO’s Executive Director and Communications Manager, the participant will work collaboratively with multiple clients on the following:

Production and Administration:

  • Coordinate and administer client development projects and upcoming productions.
  • Working closely with DUO’s Executive Director provides support with: budgets, grant writing, critical paths, governance and tour development.
  • Support DUO clients with various aspects of their projects including budgeting for grant applications to various public funders.
  • Support DUO’s clients with administrative and management support for projects in various stages of development.
  • Work closely with the Executive Director to support consultancy services as required
  • Other Administrative duties as assigned

Marketing and Communications:

  • Working closely with DUO’s Communications Manager provide support with social media planning and execution, event marketing, publicity, web site management and updates, and data analytics.
  • Gather support for DUO’s clients for social media campaigns including, images, videos, and written materials
  • Schedule social media content
  • Proof read e-newsletters and press releases
  • Update and maintain client websites
  • Research cross promotion opportunities and execute partnerships
  • Research relevant media contacts and update DUO’s media list
  • On-site photography during rehearsals and events for communication and social media postings
  • Add events to online listings
  • Other Marketing and Communications duties as assigned

The ideal candidate is strongly motivated to establish a career as an arts manager, with experience/exposure to the non-profit sector. The candidate should have a Bachelor’s degree in arts administration, dance, theatre or business.


  • An entrepreneurial sprit and a passion for the success of dance in Ontario
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to deal with a wide range of people and situations.
  • Excellent time management skills; manages multiple projects simultaneously, sets and balances priorities, and meets multiple deadlines.
  • Strong writing, editing and proofreading skills
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Strong planning and coordination skills
  • An understanding of the principles of government arts funding, not-for-profit and charitable organizations an asset
  • Excellent computer skills with knowledge of software programs; Microsoft Office Suite (Word and Excel).
  • Bilingual – (English/French) an asset
  • Knowledge of Adobe InDesign is considered an asset

Personal traits/requirements:

  • Strong communication skills.
  • Ability to build rapport with clients.
  • Ability to analyze and solve problems.
  • Exceptional organizational skills.
  • Discretion when dealing with confidential information.
  • Professional maturity and judgment.

Because this is a government-funded position, the candidate must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. 30 years of age or under
  2. Possess a post-secondary diploma or degree
  3. A Canadian citizen, or permanent resident or a protected person as defined by the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
  4. Be legally entitled to work in Canada; and
  5. Be legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations.

How to Apply:
Please submit your resume, cover letter and 3 references to:

Deadline to submit an application is 5:00 PM on January 18th, 2018.

Only successful candidates will be contacted for an interview.