Work with Us

Ringleader Required! (aka Operations Manager)

About Us

Arts on The Ave is an arts-based non-profit charitable organization working around 118 Avenue between NAIT and Northlands. We are artistic leaders who continually engage to build community, inspire and be inspired, across the globe. We think BIG! Our passion is to celebrate the human spirit through the arts, and our vision is to build a creative, safe and healthy community that is driven by the arts.  We live our passion and vision in everything that we do.  

About You:

If you want to 

  1. Be a part of a mission-based arts organization

  2. Work and play with the best team of volunteers in Edmonton

  3. Engage in a non-traditional workplace, with our coffee house and office space, as well as our many events “on the street.”

  4. Support LOCAL: arts, businesses and economies, community organizations and people.

  5. Be a part of a team of unique individuals who think differently, live unconventionally, and work collectively.

  6. Contribute to a nimble environment where no two days are the same, using a consistent “make-it-work” attitude.

You are:

  1. Exceptionally flexible, and we don’t mean stretchy! You are not stuck into one way of thinking, and you have a “can do” attitude in every situation.

  2. Creative and believe in the creative process, by consistently saying “yes, and!”

  3. A relentless multi-tasker, who loves to have at least 5 balls in the air at all times! You can combine this with strong prioritization and critical thinking skills, to achieve maximum effectiveness and efficiency.

  4. A helpful team member who genuinely cares about the other members of the team. You will always go the extra mile for the team and do whatever it takes to help others thrive.

  5. Able to take a little (direction, resources, ideas) and make it a lot! You enjoy building projects, programs, and systems for long term, sustainable growth.

  6. Especially customer focused, able to understand the many different customers we have, and how to consistently exceed their expectations.

  7. A lover of technology and continuously seek new ways to use it for the benefit of yourself and the organization.

  8. A servant leader; still waters run deep here, we lead without fanfare and MVPs. In fact, we don’t pay much attention to titles, even though we had to put one on this posting!

  9. Energized by both the big picture and the small details, you can move back and forth between macro and micro with ease.

  10. Motivated by dynamic, busy and loud workspaces; and you can find a way to both enjoy the environment and focus to get your work done at the same time. You know how to be friendly and open, while also setting the right boundaries to complete your tasks.

  11. Contagiously positive: energy giving, not energy sucking! If we are not clear, grumpy people are not allowed.

  12. Skilled in the art of identifying what motivates people and can use this to ensure our volunteer schedule is filled 100% of the time. You understand that our volunteers are integral members of our team, equal to paid staff, and lead them accordingly.

About the Opportunity 

This is a maternity leave contract, starting immediately, and expected to go until September 30th, 2020.  We are always growing and there is strong potential for continued work for the right person. 

You get the keys to the kingdom (The Carrot Community Arts Coffeehouse) and the all the treasures within!  Seriously, you are responsible for the daily operations of The Carrot and a key member of AOTA’s leadership team.  

Operational responsibility means that you enthusiastically steward our three-pronged unicorn:  community, arts and coffee!  All the prongs are of equal importance and you must embrace and love each one of them.

We have well-developed systems and processes in place; and are open to continuous quality improvement.  Our preferred approach is that newcomers to the organization first learn our existing methods inside and out (including the WHY), and then make suggestions for improvements.

You will share responsibility for ensuring The Carrot is open from Tuesday to Saturday, 8:30 am to 10:00 pm, and some Sundays and Mondays for rentals and special events.  Your work week averages 30-35 hours per week, making this a perfect fit for someone with an existing “side-hustle” or who wants to develop one.  

If you want to explore the mysterious and crazy world of a non-profit, charitable arts organization, we’d love to talk to you.  Visit our website at or to get the position description, and apply to

Volunteer Coordinator Assistant

Hours of Work

The Volunteer Coordinator Assistant will work as a contractor to Arts on the Ave Edmonton Society.

Job Purpose

The Volunteer Coordinator Assistant will work under the guidance and direction of the Volunteer Coordinator. During our two annual festivals will also report to the Festival Director and Festival Producer. The Volunteer Coordinator Assistant will be responsible for planning and coordinating volunteer orientation dinners, volunteer appreciation events, and will support the Volunteer Coordinator in the recruitment, coordination, and management of volunteers for Deep  Freeze: A Byzantine Winter Festival (285 volunteers). Ideally this position would be returning in Fall 2020 for Kaleido Family Arts Festival and the following Deep Freeze: Byzantine Winter Festival. 

General Job Description

This is a part-time position, with additional hours required during planning and development of the two annual arts festivals,  Deep Freeze: Byzantine Winter Festival (January 11 & 12, 2020) and Kaleido Family Arts Festival (second weekend in September). This part-time contract position begins as soon as possible with hours increasing leading up to the festival. Additional hours and evenings are normal and are to be expected. 

Duties and Responsibilities

o Planning, coordinating, executing volunteer orientations and volunteer appreciation events

o Assisting the Volunteer Coordinator in:

  • Updating of volunteer recruitment forms and online tools

  • Development and recruitment of volunteers including preparing Call for Volunteers, posting Calls for Volunteers on various outlets etc.

  • Scheduling volunteers through Better Impact Database

  • Creating and executing volunteer training

  • Set up, management, and strike of the Volunteer Centre during festivals

  • Set-up, management of Volunteer Check-in during festivals

  • Creation and execution of a volunteer survey, after festivals

  • Maintaining effective communication with all volunteers via email, phone, and social networking sites

  • Supervising volunteer shifts during the festival; working closely with various festival departments to assign volunteer shifts

  • Administrative and office duties as required

  • Preparation and delivery of a final Festival Volunteer report

  • Attend regular festival planning meetings when necessary

  • Oversee the Kaleido website if necessary

  • Other job-related duties as required


o Experience with volunteer management. 

o Experience with Better Impact software is an asset.

o Ability to build effective relationships within the arts communities

o Detail-oriented team worker who is able to work independently

o Great communication and problem-solving skills

o Computer literate (especially with Excel, Word, and MailChimp)

Please send your Resumé and Cover Letter to
We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.  Thank you for your interest in working at Arts on the Ave Edmonton Society.