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Career Opportunities

Located on the Lək̓ʷəŋən traditional territory, known today as the Songhees, Esquimalt, WSÁNEĆ (Tsartlip, Tseycum, and Tsawout) and Scia’new (Beecher Bay) Nations, the Victoria Conservatory of Music identifies equity, diversity, inclusion, accessibility, and reconciliation among its guiding ideals, and encourages applications from candidates of all identities and backgrounds.

The Victoria Conservatory of Music (VCM) is much more than just a music school; it is a creative hub where music, technology, and vision converge – an environment where students can stretch their musical imaginations. Our beautiful heritage Alix Goolden Performance Hall is a premier concert space for the Greater Victoria region. In addition, this is a place where people come for the health and wellness benefits that music brings through our renowned Music Therapy program. We are a community that inspires, nurtures, and enriches through excellence in music education, performance, and wellness.

We thank all applicants for their interest. Please Note: While we happily accept open applications, we reserve the right to only contact applicants who may be of interest to the Conservatory. All successful applicants for positions at the Victoria Conservatory of Music must undertake a current Criminal Record review.

Staff Positions

Facilities Booking Coordinator & Administrative Assistant

Hours: Permanent full-time position, generally 30 to 37.5 hours/week with 7.5-hour days.

Compensation: $23.00/hour plus a competitive benefit package, including a bonus paid vacation week at Winter Break, Extended Health, Dental Health Spending Account, and Personal Wellness Days.

Start Date: As soon as possible.

Please submit a resume by email to Martin, Chief Facilities Officer, at [email protected]


Key Responsibilities

The Booking Coordinator / Administrative Assistant is responsible for all booking requests (rooms and resources) and processing requests from Conservatory staff, faculty, and students. Working with our Facility Management Software and Access Management Software, the Booking Coordinator ensures that all required booking information is gathered and communicated with the Conservatory’s Facilities Coordinator, faculty, and staff.

  • Scheduling, optimizing, and booking internal usage of space.
  • Assigning Access Key Cards to staff and faculty.
  • Working with staff and faculty to facilitate their space needs.

This position plays a vital role as the Facilities Division Administrative Assistant to the Chief Facilities Officer, helping manage room access, student lockers, Lost & Found, student practice rooms, and general office management.

Qualifications and Requirements
  • Strong computer skills.
  • Clear communication skills.
  • A background in facilities bookings, school administration, music schools, or office management considered an asset.
  • Familiar with Access Control Software an asset (key card administration).
  • A friendly and helpful personality who will interact professionally with students, faculty, and staff.

Receptionist/Registration Clerk

Hours: Part-time position, average 8-15 hours per week, to a maximum of 18.5 hours per week. Requires a flexible schedule, (including evening and Saturday shifts), and the ability to work at both the Victoria and Langford locations. Hours may increase or be reduced seasonally.

Compensation: $19.00 per hour; with a potential pay increase after 6-month probationary period.

Application Deadline: February 29, 2024.

Start Date: March 18, 2024.

Please submit a resume by email to [email protected]


The Conservatory front desk administrative team is a small, dedicated group of 5 or 6 staff who collaborate each day to support our wonderful students and faculty. We are proud of the musical opportunities the Conservatory offers students of all ages and strive to provide a professional environment for each other and for all members of this special musical community! We thrive on effective communication, are a flexible, supportive, solutions orientated team, and whenever possible work to each other’s skill sets and strengths.

Under the supervision of the Registrar, this position requires an energetic, friendly, patient, and resourceful person to serve as the first point of contact for Conservatory students, parents, clients, and faculty.

Key Responsibilities
  • Providing excellent internal and external customer service.
  • Reception: Answering multi-line phone; directing and screening calls; assisting walk-in clients; practice room allocation.
  • Registration: Registering students for lessons; providing reports on registrations as required by administration and faculty.
  • Payment Handling: Processing payments for lessons, donations and other Conservatory products; follow-up on Accounts Receivable; day-end cash and cheque reconciliations.
  • Administration: Assisting with administrative task, registrations follow-ups, or organizing events or summer programs.
  • At times, may include Front of House Coordinator shifts: manages volunteer ushers, handles ticket sales, and oversees Venue traffic and entrance.

Qualifications and Requirements
  • Ability to multi-task and exercise good judgment when prioritizing assigned duties.
  • Ability to work independently while maintaining excellent communication with management.
  • Ability to exhibit a professional and positive attitude with a commitment to quality service.
  • Working knowledge of Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Ability to complete time-sensitive assignments with accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work under pressure, remaining calm and focused during high-volume registration periods.

Education and Experience
  • Recent experience working in an educational or office environment.
  • Experience working with business software systems.
  • Preference given to those with a post-secondary credential.
  • Cash-handling experience considered an asset.
  • Music background and/or formal education considered an asset.
  • First aid certification, or willingness to obtain.

Venues Front of House Staff
Hours: On-call/casual. Compensation: $21 – $22.00/hour. Start Date: As soon as possible. Please submit a resume by email to Melody Benbow, Venues and Booking Manager, at [email protected]
Key Responsibilities

Concert and event service/coordination for venues Front of House. Duties include managing and coordinating volunteer ushers, box office ticket sales and entry scanning, audience experience, cash handling reconciliation, and concession inventory. Other technical Venues or front-of-house experience would be an asset.

Qualifications and Requirements
  • Clear and confident communication skills for serving the public.
  • Strong computer skills.
  • Accurate cash balancing and reconciling skills.
  • A friendly and helpful personality to interact professionally with patrons, artists, clients, other staff, and volunteers.

Instructor Positions

Early Childhood Music Group Class Instructor

Hours: Part-time position.

Compensation: Paid monthly according to hours submitted, using the Conservatory’s established pay rates for in-community teaching, plus mileage as per Conservatory rates for program delivery at community sites.

Application Deadline: Monday, January 15, 2024, or until position is filled.

Start Date: February 2024.

To apply: Submit via email a cover letter and resume, relevant supporting materials, and contact information for two references to: Office of the Dean, [email protected]
Attn: Dr. Johanne Brodeur Ph.D., MTA, Dept Head for Early Childhood Music


Overview

A part-time, independently contracted teaching position within the Victoria Conservatory of Music’s Department of Early Childhood Music, to teach Infant/Toddler & Preschool music classes at Conservatory community sites around Greater Victoria, including the Westshore.

Minimum Qualifications and Experience
  • Musical proficiency in vocal, instrumental, and musicianship areas relevant to leading music activities for young children (infants to 5 years).
  • At least two years’ experience working with young children in daycare and/or preschool setting and/or experience teaching music to younger grades (K-3) in Elementary school.
  • Valid BC Driver’s License and access to own transportation to travel to Conservatory community sites with portable Early Childhood instrument sets for use in classes (similar to medium-sized suitcase).
  • Experience teaching music classes in small and large groups (4 to 20 children per group).

Strengths and Skills
  • Familiarity with age-appropriate music repertoire and musical activities.
  • Creative and innovative approaches to teaching music to young children.
  • Able to design structured music classes on specific themes with sequential musical activities using a wide range of instruments appropriate for this age group.
  • Able to sing in a pitch range and volume appropriate for young children, in small to large groups.
  • Effectively interact and communicate with children, parents, and staff at each community site.
  • A well organized, punctual, and professional individual, with an enthusiastic, energetic, as well as sensitive and respectful disposition.

 
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