JOB POSTING: Hosting Leads (seasonal)

Position Type: salary
Positions Available: 2

Salary: $29,575.00 for 25 hours/week + benefits
Closing Date: Submission intake currently paused
Start Date: as soon as possible to work until July 2024

Buddies in Bad Times, known to friends as Buddies, is a queer organization: for us queerness is a political/aesthetic orientation, more than (just) an identitarian subcategory, our queerness is oppositional, disobedient, and centres and celebrates otherness and radical outsiders.


Our Hosting Team fosters a welcoming atmosphere inviting all patrons into an authentically queer cultural experience and thrives on being a sassy source of information and support for all folks who come through our doors. 

The Hosting Leads are the supportive backbone to that team, while playing a key role in volunteer management and data support through Theatre Manager. The Leads work under the direction of our Sales and Operations Manager, Jake Ramos.

Hosting Leads work September to June around our programming year, with shifts during the day, evenings and weekends. Should our vibes be right, we may bring folks back as our season ramps up in September.

  • Welcome folks into the Buddies space
  • Advise patrons on the details of their experience at Buddies such as seating and pricing
  • Be an enthusiastic source of information about performance and events
  • Overseeing the processing of ticket orders and donations – you will play a key role in Theatre Manager, building events, pulling reports, and supporting Buddies’ data needs
  • Supervising the Hosting Team supporting them with training, scheduling, and patrons who need a bit more attention.
  • Creating and upholding Buddies’ Hosting Culture through connecting with patrons, volunteers, artists, and all folks who walk through our doors.
  • Ensuring our space is safe, accessible, and clean.
  • Creating an enlivening volunteer program that celebrates our longstanding volunteers and brings new folks into the fold.
  • Working closely with the various teams at Buddies to ensure we are reaching and supporting the various communities we work with.
  • You love Buddies and working with the general public
  • You are available to work evenings, weekends, late nights and some holidays
  • You like to follow the rules but thrive in a little bit of chaos and queer wildness
  • You like being a leader and supporting the team you work with and your dedication to maintaining a safe, accessible, and engaging environment is bare none.
  • You’re adept at working in a dynamic environment, responsive to patron needs, and capable of fostering a positive, inclusive atmosphere for staff, volunteers, and patrons. 
  • You have experience on the Arts Management Theatre Manager software or similar. 
  • You nerd out of detail oriented and organizational tasks.

We prioritize applications from folks from equity-deserving groups, including those who identify as Indigenous, racialized, Trans, Nonbinary, Queer, Disabled, Neurodiverse, Mad and intersections of those identities. We enthusiastically invite submissions from individuals from a diversity of performing arts practices. This position will prioritize internal candidates.

To apply, prepare a resume and cover letter (we welcome you to bring your creativity) and fill out the form below:

UPDATE (February 1, 2024): Application submissions are on hold while we assess current candidates. All those who have applied to date will hear from us by February 7.

We are committed to inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection processes and work environments – if you require accommodations at any point in the application or recruitment process please submit them in confidence to hiring@buddiesinbadtimes.com – Kristina Lemieux monitors this email.


Buddies in Bad Times Theatre is Toronto’s leading destination for artistically rigorous alternative theatre and a world leader in developing queer voices and stories for the stage. Buddies offers a year-round program that includes a full season of queer theatre, new works festivals, artist residencies, and intergenerational training and education initiatives.We have dedicated time over the last two years addressing the company’s inherent complicity in perpetuating racism, anti-Blackness, and ableism. There is a section on our website dedicated to updating our community on the ongoing work towards better equity practices in an effort to remain accountable to this very important work. To learn more visit: Organizational Change — Buddies in Bad Times Theatre 

Buddies follows COVID-19 protocols to ensure safety of staff, led by our Joint Health and Safety Committee who work to ensure safety standards are met, and adjustments made when needed or requested.