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Site Assistant for YONA-Sistema Afterschool Music Program

Employment Opportunity
YONA-Sistema Site Assistant (3-month contract)
Edmonton Symphony Orchestra | Francis Winspear Centre for Music
Youth Orchestra of Northern Alberta Sistema Program

We are seeking a qualified, dedicated Site Assistant to join us in April 2017 in the Youth Orchestra of Northern Alberta (YONA-Sistema) program, which enacts social change through music education for Edmonton’s underserved youth. This position is to fill a maternity leave, on a 3-month salaried contract with potential opportunity for renewal in the next full school year.

As a YONA-Sistema Site Assistant, you work Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 2:50-6:20, Thursdays from 2:00-4:00, and attend planning sessions and meetings on Wednesdays each week. You are responsible for ensuring site and program materials are kept in order, supervising students while in transit from their school to the program location, and updating the program’s blog.  You collaborate with the YONA Site Manager in handling behavioural challenges, communicating with families, maintaining a clean and safe program location, providing academic support to students, and supervising break time. You collaborate with the entire YONA team to build the culture and curriculum of the program.

What you get is a salaried contract position, paid professional development opportunities, amazing community support and assistance, and the knowledge that you are creating profound social change.

Your qualifications include experience working with children in group settings and/or training in classroom or behavioural management. You are a highly-organized, flexible thinker, who takes initiative to solve problems as they arise. Since this program is aimed at supporting underserved youth, familiarity with outreach programs and social work philosophies is an asset, as is a background in music, experience working with multicultural communities, and the ability to speak languages other than English. Successful candidates are patient, positive, open-minded, empathetic, non-judgmental and committed to building strong communities.

Salary range starts at $3,800. Please submit your résumé and cover letter in a single attachment PDF to Alyssa Paterson, YONA Manager, at, by Monday, February 6th. Subject line: “YONA-Sistema Site Assistant”. Please mention how you heard about this posting. Please no phone calls.

The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra has been an anchor in Edmonton’s music community for over six decades. Our vision is to make music accessible to everyone and minimize barriers for people to access musical arts experiences.                

Application Deadline: 
Monday, February 6, 2017
Start Date: 
Monday, April 3, 2017
Type of Work: 
Education Level: 
High School
Prefered Method(s) of Application: 
By E-Mail

Employer Details

Edmonton Symphony Orchestra & Francis Winspear Centre for Music

Julia Darby
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.