Quill and Quire

Senior Producer, Cultural and Special Events

Toronto Public Library Published: February 14, 2020
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Posting #:                    20-130EXT

Closing Date:             February 24, 2020

Job Title:                      Senior Producer, Cultural and Special Events

Location:                     Communications, Programming & Customer Engagement

                                         Toronto Reference Library – 789 Yonge Street      

Status:                         Permanent Full Time

Posting Note:             The responsibility of this position focuses on developing and executing live cultural and literary events for the library’s premier event venues, including branch venues and thought exchange.

Hours Per Week & Schedule of Work (Subject to change in accordance with Article 19): 35 hours per week. Evenings and Saturdays required.

Job Summary:

To develop and execute live events for the library’s premier event venue, the Bram & Bluma Appel Salon, as well as other special events across the system.  The successful candidate will come with fresh ideas, a strong network of contacts in the literary and cultural world, and the ability to take a leadership role in the creation of world class programming in a variety of genres.  He/she will also extend the reach, scope and accessibility of the Library’s programming through multichannel and digital delivery.


Under the general direction of the Manager, Cultural and Special Event Programming, the position is responsible for:

  • Producing live events for the Appel Salon and other select branches. This includes:
    • Conceiving, developing, and executing top tier literary, cultural and ideas-based programming
    • Finding and booking talent for programs, including panellists and moderators for events on issues of topical interest
    • Structuring the events so that they are dynamic, engaging and interactive
    • Researching ideas, crafting talent and stakeholder communications, creating agendas, script writing and briefing notes, and co-ordinating digital assets
    • Ensuring a welcoming and accessible atmosphere at live events, including delivery of opening remarks as needed, and dealing with crowd control
    • Co-ordinating and supervising event support staff for successful execution of programs
  • Overseeing shooting, editing, digitizing and packaging of live events to extend audience reach, and promote library programming
  • Creating and producing unique and value-added content to extend access and promote programs across multi channels, including video, pod casting and web streaming
  • Employing innovative engagement/interactive strategies for building community and audience on web and social media platforms.
  • Working collaboratively with internal stakeholders to ensure smooth delivery of programs in the context of the Library’s broader strategic goals
  • Developing strategic, integrated marketing plans around programming across multiple channels
  • Establishing and maintaining partnerships with other cultural institutions, publishers and vendors to deliver and promote quality programs
  • Evaluating and reporting on all facets of events, including host and guest performance, and audience numbers
  • Maintaining relationships with media to build and maintain the image of the library, specifically with regard to the library’s program offerings. May act as a media spokesperson for the library
  • Writing copy for speeches, media releases, welcoming remarks, fact sheets other reports as required
  • Keeping abreast of new trends in programming at other libraries and cultural institutions


  • University degree
  • Minimum 5 years of professional experience in programming, live event production and new media content
  • Wide knowledge of the literary and cultural landscape, as well as topical issues
  • Strong producing skills (booking and management of talent and seamless event production)
  • Demonstrated talent and experience in producing relevant, audience-focused programs that reflect the public interest.
  • Strong network of contacts in publishing, media, and arts world
  • Demonstrated ability to use social media to expand the audience for events, including web streaming and pod casting
  • Demonstrated experience in overseeing editing, packaging and producing video for broadcast or digital channels
  • Excellent writing and verbal skills; ability to edit and proofread; understanding of basic layout, graphic design, printing and photography
  • Demonstrated ability to work with other staff and internal stakeholders in negotiating venue access and staff resources
  • Demonstrated ability to work in fast paced atmosphere with tight deadlines
  • Strong public relations skills
  • Broad knowledge of library services and issues to interpret them to the public and the media
  • Confidence, discretion and tact in dealing with the public and the media
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the proven ability to work cooperatively with staff at all levels
  • Proven ability to exercise strong judgment and flexibility
  • Accuracy and speed in keyboarding
  • Demonstrated knowledge of relevant software applications

Salary:        $81,536.00 - $92,164.80 per annum (2019 Rates)


E-mail your cover letter and resume, quoting the Job Posting #, to recruitment@tpl.ca. We thank all applicants and advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

 The Toronto Public Library invites applications from all qualified individuals.  The Library is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from visible minorities, aboriginal people, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity.

 Upon request, accommodation will be provided for persons with disabilities through all stages of the recruitment and selection process.