Join the SPARC Team!


The SPARC Network’s purpose is to ignite and help sustain performing arts communities in rural and remote Ontario. The Network aims to connect creators, presenters, producers and community animators working in rural and remote communities across the province, and encourage discussion, collaborative brainstorming, and the sharing of knowledge, resources, challenges and success stories. To learn more about SPARC visit

The job of the Northern Outreach Coordinator is to work with the Network Coordinator and SPARC Network Steering Committee to continue:

  • Building an active online network and creating opportunities for in-person networking
  • Connecting with likeminded organizations, networks, and community groups and pursuing possible collaborations and partnerships
  • Researching and developing services and resources needed to build the capacity of performing arts communities in rural and remote areas

The Northern Outreach Coordinator will be focused primarily on supporting rural and remote communities in Northern Ontario.

The successful candidate will be based in Northern Ontario** and will be bilingual (English and French). They will have an interest in the performing arts, strong communication and organizational skills, social media expertise (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), and a working knowledge of community engagement. We are looking for a creative self-starter and leader who is able to balance working with project stakeholders, communities, the Network Coordinator, and the SPARC Network Steering Committee.

This is an 11-month contract position with the possibility of extension.

Key responsibilities:

  • Foster sharing and the development of a connected province-wide performing arts community
  • Consult with performing arts communities in rural and remote Northern Ontario
  • Engage a broad range of artists including those working in different performing arts disciplines (music, theatre, dance, media arts) and those supporting the arts in their communities, as well as Francophone, youth and Indigenous artists
  • With the Network Coordinator, use social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) and other on-line tools (SPARC website, blog, Facebook live videos etc.) to encourage the exchange of information and networking related to the performing arts in rural and remote communities
  • Coordinate and/or assist the Network Coordinator with the development of new resources and services, and the translation of existing resources and services into the Northern context
  • Work with the Network Coordinator to provide strategic and operational support for the SPARC Network Steering Committee Working Groups
  • Attend community gatherings, conferences and other meetings to support the development of the network
  • Plan, maintain and report on budgets associated with this position
  • Identify and share with the Network Coordinator strategies for the long term sustainability of SPARC in Northern Ontario
  • Create, present, and begin implementing a plan for the SPARC Network to become fully bilingual. This may include researching and applying for specific funding to support this process.
  • Communicate with the Network Coordinator regularly, by phone or Zoom video conferencing
  • Attend monthly SPARC Network Steering Committee Meetings either in person or by video conference

$23.50/hour, 14 hours/week (flexible hours)

Some provincial travel required (including occasional meetings in Haliburton); vehicle required – travel allowance provided.

Computer required; access to SPARC Dropbox account will be provided for file storage. Cell phone required; subsidy for phone plan will be provided. 

To Apply

Please send cover letter and resume (including two references) to:

Rebecca Ballarin, SPARC Network Coordinator

Application Deadline: January 23, 2019


SPARC is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to fair and accessible employment practices. If you require an accommodation at any point in the hiring process please let us know and we will work to meet your needs.

SPARC is committed to reflecting our province’s diversity. We encourage Ontarians of all backgrounds, including those who identify as queer, Indigenous, or people of colour, as well as those with diverse abilities to apply.


**SPARC uses the Ontario Arts Council’s definition of Northern Ontario, which includes the Far North, Northwest, and Northeast regions of the province. This includes the Manitoulin, Parry Sound and Nipissing districts and all regions north of these districts. To view a map outlining these regions, click here:

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