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Gallery Associate
Division Gallery

Application Deadline: August 2, 2017
Date Posted: July 20, 2017

Full Time: 5 days per week – Tuesday to Saturday, 10:00am to 6:00pm. Occasional evenings for opening receptions and gallery events. Occasional travel for art fairs may also be required.

Organization description

Division Gallery is a commercial art gallery based in Toronto and Montreal. In conjunction with Arsenal Contemporary Art, a private art center based in Toronto, Montreal and New York, Division Gallery showcases contemporary Canadian and international artists.

Overall responsibility

The Gallery Associate will work closely with the gallery director and manager to ensure the commercial success of the gallery. They will be responsible for gallery sales and marketing, upholding relations with collectors, curators and museum professionals, organizing VIP events, as well as extending the client database. The Gallery Associate should have a strong familiarity with local, national and international contemporary art markets and the ability to coordinate and develop systems for tracking client interests. The Gallery Associate will also be required to attend non-gallery related events outside of work hours from time-to-time.

Rate of pay

Remuneration based on experience.

Key areas of responsibility

The duties associated with this role include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Working with the gallery director and manager to conduct sales and to strategize exhibition programming
  • Artist relationships – maintaining consistent correspondence with gallery artists and rotating artist inventory
  • Gallery communication – responding to emails, phone calls and in-person inquiries
  • Developing and sustaining relationships with new and existing clients
  • Coordinating VIP events and exhibitions
  • Assisting with client appointments and installations on and offsite
  • Coordinating and communicating sales leads with other gallery locations (ie. Montreal and New York)
  • Developing and maintaining ongoing gallery promotion and advertising
  • Developing systems for tracking client interest and notifying prospective clients of particular works and exhibitions, according to their interests
  • Promoting and selling artist’s work through both exhibitions and personal contacts


  • Previous gallery experience
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Organizational skills and ability to work independently
  • A high level of dedication and drive to succeed
  • Proficient on a Mac platform
  • Proficient with Microsoft Word, Outlook, and Excel
  • Working experience with Photoshop
  • Working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suites programs an asset but not a requirement
  • Knowledge of ArtSystems (database program) an asset but not a requirement



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-Owen Sound-
Curatorial Research Assistant (Contract)
Tom Thomson Art Gallery

Application Deadline: August 15, 2017
Date Posted: July 19, 2017
Term: September 6 - March 11 (with possible extension to March 31, 2018)

The Tom Thomson Art Gallery in Owen Sound, Ontario is seeking a Curatorial Research Assistant to work with the Senior Curator and curatorial team. This is an auspicious time for a recent graduate of an art history, studio art or curatorial studies program to gain valuable experience and contribute in a real way to the success of the curatorial team. 2017 represents a very important year for The Tom Thomson Art Gallery, packed with ambitious exhibitions and other specifically developed programming to mark the 50th anniversary of the Gallery, the 100th anniversary of Thomson’s death and the 150th anniversary of Confederation.

Under the direction and research goals of the Senior Curator, the Curatorial Research Assistant will provide valuable support to our curatorial team relative to all aspects of developing exhibitions from initial concept through research, coordination, and practical aspects such as shipping and installation. Communication skills are also an asset as the candidate will be responsible for the development of texts and supplemental materials to communicate to specialized and general audiences, including augmented materials that can be accessed by viewers on smart devices and on our Website.

The Curatorial Research Assistant will also work with the Curator of Temporary Exhibitions to assist with organization and installation of several off-site art projects. S/he will be introduced to exhibition planning and the role that exhibitions play whether within the Gallery or off-site. S/he will also assist the Exhibitions Coordinator with unpacking, installation and label production during a change-over between exhibitions.

A significant amount of time will be allocated for the Curatorial Research Assistant to research on Canadian art, artists and history for a major exhibition project entitled “Pouring Tales” that will explore the less commonly known or frankly ignored histories of Indigenous peoples, immigrants, women, LGBTQ, war, English and French settlers, the Canadian landscape and ecologic concerns ¬– in essence, our country’s stories of pride and shame and the contemporary Canadian artists who explore those stories in their work. The Curatorial Research Assistant will research and collect data through library and Internet research, and possibly structured interviews or other project specific methodology. S/he will interpret and synthesize, and hopefully make connections to other collected data/stories. The work developed here will form the basis of an exhibition that will take place in 2020 and is expected to tour the country. S/he will conduct additional research towards other exhibitions in development.

The Curatorial Research Assistant will benefit from the mentorship of a senior professional and three other highlyexperienced museum professionals and will gain knowledge related to the complexity of the functions of a contemporary art museum. The Assistant will learn both long-term planning and the practical aspects of developing and mounting exhibitions. Specifically, the Curatorial Research Assistant will receive supervision and training from professional Gallery staff and will develop specific skills in communicating concepts about art, working with the public, social media marketing and Web publishing, project development and management, and most particularly, in research and writing. The Curatorial Research Assistant will also be expected to provide occasional back-up to front desk staff and to publish one 800-word article about an exhibition presented by the Gallery and another article that documents her/his internship experience for The Sun Times (Owen Sound newspaper). This opportunity will provide skills applicable to further studies, and later, in entry-level positions at public and commercial galleries.

The Senior Curator is fluently bilingual and would be equally comfortable in working with a candidate whose mother tongue is French and having him/her produce the research in either English or French. The 800-word article would be equally welcome in French for a French publication. However, the candidate will need to have good oral facility of English in order to communicate with other staff.

The Tom Thomson Art Gallery (The TOM) is a national cultural attraction, dedicated to the innovation and spirit of iconic artist Tom Thomson (1877 – 1917), strongly identified with the Group of Seven whose images are virtually synonymous with the very idea of ‘Canada.’ Our national identity is forged and fortified by our awareness and understanding of historical figures like Thomson, whose artwork has been described as being the “visual equivalent of our national anthem.”

With over 50,000 visitors each year, and another 70,000 visitors to our off-site programming (both of which are expected to double this year), the TOM is the region’s main disseminator of contemporary art and provides a unique experience for its audiences. The TOM celebrates excellence in the visual arts locally, nationally and internationally, through exhibitions of historical and contemporary art, education programs and the enrichment and interpretation of its significant permanent collection. The TOM supports Thomson’s legacy through programs such as “Canadian Spirit” involving galleries, organizations and businesses across the country. The Gallery acknowledges that it is located on the traditional territories of the Chippewas of Nawash and Saugeen First Nation and works closely with First Nations artists and communities to develop and exhibit contemporary Aboriginal artists and to ensure that First Nations are part of the artistic and social dialogue of all of our programming wherever possible.

In this dynamic place where audiences and art merge, the Gallery’s award-winning educational programmes foster a lifelong enjoyment and appreciation of art and its creation. Using a variety of interpretive techniques, both traditional and innovative, we cultivate this relationship between our visitors and art. Exhibitions are accompanied by informative materials and tours are conducted by trained guides. Interactive displays, demonstrations and new technologies enable us to reach new audiences in exciting ways, showcasing the art of today and influencing the art of tomorrow. Admission to the TOM is free and all of our educational community programming is also free.

Ideally, the Candidate will have:

  • Excellent research skills
  • Excellent communication skills in written and oral forms
  • Strong interest in contemporary Canadian art
  • Good knowledge of Canadian history
  • Ability to work independently and to be self-directed
  • Strong interpersonal skills - for communication with Gallery patrons, staff and artists
  • Ability to work with a team and/or with diverse groups of people
  • Open to taking direction and willingness to learn
  • Organized yet adaptable
  • A keen attention to detail and the ability to multi-task;
  • Microsoft Office, Website publishing, and social media
  • Bilingualism in both official languages is an asset (Senior Curator is fluently bilingual. Writtenb work may be conducted in either language but candidate must have intermediate verbal comfort in English).

The applicant will have either an art history and studio arts training or a museum studies background. A solid education in art history will provide context in the understanding of contemporary art, Canadian history in order to research contemporary artists whose works are informed by historic and current events in this country. In addition to this experience and aptitude, a background in studio art means that the Curatorial Research Assistant comes with experience (or at least prior knowledge) on artistic/material processes and how they can inform an artist's creative process. A candidate with a background in both of these fields will understand the importance of doing any assigned task with accuracy and conscientiousness and s/he will have a predisposition to have great respect for both museum standards and the artworks being handles.

Preference will be given to candidates pursuing a Master's Degree in Fine Arts, Museum Studies or Art History or are entering their fourth year of a Bachelor's program in these fields. However, all candidate with the above skills are strongly encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate will be paid $14 per hour and will work 35 hours per week, Tuesdays to Saturdays, from September 6 and ending on March 11 (with possible extension to March 31), 2018.

Applications including a resume, cover letter and writing sample(s) must be received in writing by August 15, 2017 to:

Christian Bernard Singer
Senior Curator
Tom Thomson Art Gallery
840 First Avenue West
Owen Sound, Ontario N4K 4K4

The Gallery is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing accommodation in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the Ontario Human Rights Code.


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Membership Assistant (Job Ref#17F13-WC)
The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery

Application Deadline: July 26, 2017
Date Posted: July 12, 2017


Harbourfront Centre

Harbourfront Centre, on Toronto’s waterfront, is an innovative non-profit cultural organization which creates, for a diverse public, events and activities of excellence that enliven, educate and entertain. Working in partnership with various communities, Harbourfront Centre nurtures and supports educational and recreational activity as well as contemporary artistic creation through showcasing Canadian and international talent. Our year-round operation offers some 4000 internationally acclaimed events ranging from music, literary and theatrical festivals to children’s activities and craft workshops. Harbourfront Centre is one of Toronto’s most popular tourist attractions, drawing more than 3 million visitors and contributing over $126 million to the local economy annually.


Harbourfront Centre is a leader in providing internationally renowned programming in the arts, culture and recreation across a stunning 10-acre site at the heart of Toronto’s waterfront. For more than 40 years, Harbourfront Centre has celebrated the best in Canadian culture and the rich mosaic of cultures from around the world by curating over 4000 events annually across its ten-acre site from music festivals to contemporary dance, to craft and design to sailing lessons. There is something for everyone at Harbourfront Centre, year-round.

The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery (TPP) at Harbourfront Centre is Canada’s leading non-collecting, public art gallery dedicated exclusively to contemporary visual art from Canada and the world. It is a vital forum for the advanced artistic culture of our time that offers an exceptional facility and professional support to a diverse group of living artists while engaging equally diverse audiences in their work. The gallery fulfills its mandate by generating: exhibitions that represent the range of advanced practice in visual arts; publications that provide in-depth explorations of contemporary art; lectures and symposia that encourage debate and further understanding; interpretative tools that invite visitors to question, explore and reflect upon their experiences; programming that incorporates other areas of culture at their intersection with visual art

Position Title: Membership Assistant
Department: The Power Plant
Reporting to: Individual Giving and Membership Officer
Direct reports: N/A
Works with: Individual Giving and Membership Officer, Executive Assistant, Finance Administration Coordinator, Development Department

Type of Employment: Full Time

Summary of Function:

The Membership Assistant is responsible for supporting all administrative tasks with regards to the Membership and Individual Giving programs at The Power Plant.


Membership and Individual Giving

  • Assists the department in the planning and execution of membership and fundraising events, hospitality and stewardship.
  • Reports to the Individual Giving and Membership Officer, and completes assigned tasks.
  • Supports Individual Giving and Membership Officer in preparing for Art Travel Program, which includes drafting, editing and compiling documentation.
  • Ensures all Letter of Agreement benefits are tracked and fulfilled for every donation.
  • Assists with all Membership Renewals, patron follow –up phone calls.
  • Perform other duties of a similar nature and level.


  • Supports administrative tasks related to the planning and executions of Membership related items including events and members-only activities, minute taking at meetings.
  • Ensures Membership notices and packages have been created, signed and mailed out.
  • Supports general development within the database, focusing on data entry, capture and reporting.
  • Perform other duties of a similar nature and level
  • Workplace, Health and Safety (WH&S)
  • All staff are required to take reasonable care of their own health and safety and that of other personnel (including volunteers and interns) who may be affected by their conduct.
  • Ensure compliance with applicable obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, R.S.O. 1990, c.O.1.

Key Performance Indicators

  • Maintaining engaged, motivated and loyal Members.
  • Successful delivery of The Power Plant’s Membership program.


Essential Criteria

  • Understanding of contemporary art
  • Superior writing and communications skills, interpersonal skills to deal tactfully with a variety of people, artists and external groups and agencies.
  • Excellent computer skills (Excel, Word, Power Point etc), familiarity with database and design software an asset.
  • Strong organizational and planning skills with attention to detail.
  • Ability to maintain patron confidentiality.
  • Highly effective communication skills with individuals at all levels of the organization, including the ability to build and maintain relationships with departments.
  • Be prompt and dependable.
  • Ability to work flexible schedule: evening work at events will be required.

Education & Experience

  • University degree in an area such as visual arts and not for profit administration.
  • Experience working in an office environment, preferably in an arts or non-profit institution.

Desirable Criteria

  • Knowledge of Canada’s arts community.


Acceptable Applications must include:
• A current resume
• Responses indicating how you meet the essential criteria
• A cover letter including salary expectations

Qualified applications are invited to apply by:  July 26th, 2017
Please quote Job Reference # 17F13-WC
Harbourfront Centre is committed to building a diverse workforce and strongly encourages qualified applicants from all backgrounds to apply. Suitable accommodations will be available upon request during the hiring process.


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Artist Instructors, Visual Arts
MacLaren Art Centre

Application Deadline: August 8, 2017 by 5 pm
Date Posted: July 12, 2017

The MacLaren Art Centre seeks practicing visual artists to work on behalf of the Gallery delivering programmes at the Gallery, in the schools and in the community for children, youth and adults. Part-time contract positions begin September 2017. The deadline for applications is 5 pm on Tuesday, August 8, 2017. Please visit for more information.

About the MacLaren Art Centre
The MacLaren Art Centre is the regional public art gallery serving Barrie, the County of Simcoe and the surrounding area. Housed in an award-winning building, the Gallery has a permanent collection of 27,400 artworks and presents a year-round programme of world-class exhibitions, education activities and special events. As a cornerstone of culture for the region, the MacLaren is a central meeting place for residents, a destination for visitors from across the province and a catalyst for downtown revitalization. The MacLaren offers a dynamic work environment that supports opportunities for professional growth, encourages creativity, fosters teamwork and rewards excellence. Employees enjoy a well-organized, stable organization and a collegial culture that emphasizes mentoring, coaching and skills development.


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-Thunder Bay-
Finance Officer
Thunder Bay Art Gallery

Application Deadline: Sepetmber 15, 2017
Date Posted: July 12, 2017

Status: Initially part time, becoming full time in 2018
Supervisor: Director

Position Overview: 
As a member of the Management Team, the Finance Officer is responsible for overall financial management and reporting, controllership and strategic financial planning.  Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, day-to-day accounting (bookkeeping, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, financial statements, general ledger and investments in accordance with GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles).
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Administer and monitor the financial system to ensure that Gallery finances are maintained in an accurate and timely manner.
  • Maintain the accounts payable, receivable and charitable receipting systems, as well as capital project accounts, to ensure complete and accurate records of all monies.
  • Administer employee files and records in order to ensure accurate payment of benefits and allowances in accordance with HR Policies.
  • Administer biweekly payroll in order to ensure that employees are paid in an accurate and timely manner.
  • Prepare monthly government remittances (WSIB,HST, CRA).
  • Accurately complete bank and account reconciliations.
  • Prepare monthly reports, yearend reports, and financial statements.


  • A Bachelor’s degree in accounting.
  • Completed CPA, (CA, CGA, or CMA) credential is preferred; candidates who are in the process of obtaining a credential will be considered.
  • A minimum of five years (5) years accounting and financial business experience, including knowledge of financial planning, budget management, audits, risk management, and financing.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience of statutes, regulations and financial requirements of both federal and provincial governments and their funding agencies (CRA, WSIB, NOHFC, HRDC, etc).


  • Experience in implementing financial policies and procedures within an organization.
  • Advanced experience with accounting software (Sage 50 Premium).
  • Payroll experience, including Direct Deposit, CRA reporting (e.g., T4s).
  • Advanced working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs.

Please submit a cover letter and resume by email or in person to:
Holly Rupert
Assistant to the Director
Thunder Bay Art Gallery
PO Box 10193
Thunder Bay, ON  P7B 6T7


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Collections Assistant Intern (YCW-BCH)
MacLaren Art Centre

Application Deadline: August 14, 2017
Date Posted: July 11, 2017

About the MacLaren Art Centre

The MacLaren Art Centre is the regional public art gallery serving Barrie, the County of Simcoe and the surrounding area. Housed in an award-winning building, the Gallery has a permanent collection of over 27,400 artworks and presents a year-round programme of world-class exhibitions, education activities and special events. As a cornerstone of culture for the region, the MacLaren is a central meeting place for residents, a destination for visitors from across the province and a catalyst for downtown revitalization. The MacLaren offers a dynamic work environment that supports opportunities for professional growth, encourages creativity, fosters teamwork and rewards excellence. Employees enjoy a well-organized, stable organization and a collegial culture that emphasizes mentoring, coaching and skills development.

About the Job

The MacLaren Art Centre is seeking a recent graduate of a curatorial studies, art history, library and information studies or museum studies programme to assist with various tasks associated with the MacLaren’s Permanent Collection. Working closely with the Associate Curator/Collections Manager, the intern will assist with collating documentation related to the long-term preservation of the MacLaren’s Permanent Collection. The intern will also assist with researching and rehousing the Sovfoto Archive, a collection of 23,116 vintage Soviet press prints, in advance of exhibitions looking at circumpolar issues using this collection. In addition to these duties, the student will assist with: the installation of artworks in temporary exhibitions; labels and signage for exhibition displays; compiling research materials on collection works; and other duties as assigned. All applicants must be registered with Young Canada Works and meet all eligibility requirements for their Building Careers in Heritage program.

Position: Collections Assistant
Duration: 6 months (27 weeks)
Rate of pay: $14.00/hour
Hours: 37.5 hours per week, Monday through Friday
Suggested start and end date: September 18, 2017 to March 23, 2018*


  • Must be a recent graduate of a curatorial studies, art history, library and information studies or museum studies programme with experience in museum or art gallery environments. Master of Arts degree preferred.
  • Knowledge of Russian history and/or language, or courses in circumpolar or Indigenous studies are assets
  • Must maintain a high standard of professionalism
  • Must be personable, detail oriented and able to work as a team member
  • Must be able to lift up to 15 kg
  • Must arrange his/her own travel to and from the MacLaren Art Centre on a daily basis

In order to meet YCW Building Careers in Heritage eligibility requirements, all candidates must demonstrate that they:

  • are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada (non-Canadians holding temporary work visas or awaiting permanent status are not eligible);
  • are legally entitled to work in Canada;
  • will be between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;
  • are willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment;
  • will not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week) while employed with the program;
  • are an unemployed or underemployed college or university graduate, that is, not employed full-time;
  • are a recent graduate who has graduated from college or university within the last 24 months at the start of employment;
  • are not receiving Employment Insurance (EI) benefits while employed with the program;
  • have not previously participated in or been paid under this or any other Career Focus internship program funded under the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy.

The deadline for applications is 9 am on Monday, August 14, 2017
The MacLaren Art Centreis an equal opportunity employer serving our diverse communities. Although we appreciate all applications, only short-listed candidates will be contacted. The successful candidate will be required to supply a current criminal records check and vulnerable sector police screening before work can commence.

Please send a personalized cover letter and curriculum vitae in confidence to: Emily McKibbon, Associate Curator/ Collections Manager, MacLaren Art Centre, 37 Mulcaster Street, Barrie, ON L4M 3M2 or email to: 



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Curatorial & Collections Intern - Art Gallery (YCW-BCH)
Woodstock Art Gallery

Application Deadline: August 7, 2017
Date Posted: June 26, 2017

Salary: $14.00 per hour - 35 hours a week (some weekends and alternate shift hours required)
Term: 27-week contract from September 18, 2017 to March 30, 2018


The City of Woodstock is a dynamic and growing community of 38,000 located in the heart of southwestern Ontario at the crossroads of highways 401 and 403.  The City’s progressive actions have made it a leader in the region for conservation, environmental initiatives and long-term commitment to managed growth.  Woodstock has roots in both agriculture and manufacturing; as the recognized Dairy Capital of Canada and as home to Toyota’s second Canadian manufacturing facility.  With a skilled workforce, affordable housing and a new community hospital, Woodstock truly is a growing city with a lot of rural, small town charm.

“Curatorial & Collections Intern - Art Gallery”

To be considered for this position, applicants must possess the following minimum qualifications:

  • Degree or diploma in Art History or Museum Studies.
  • Demonstrated strengths in research and writing
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Familiarity and experience using Access or other database programs, and knowledge of database management would be an asset
  • Experience handling art, and knowledge of Canadian art would be beneficial
  • Prior experience working or volunteering in a public gallery, museum or library
  • Priority will be given to candidates who wish to pursue further academic or curatorial work, in addition to work in museums or galleries.
  • Must be able to work with minimum supervision


  • Work closely with the Director/Curator and Head of Collections
  • Practice with curatorial exhibition, collections management, along with other functions and  priorities within an innovative municipal gallery
  • Develop mini-exhibitions from the permanent collection for the collection gallery space;
  • Draft information panels for exhibitions;
  • Assist with correspondence with exhibiting artists;
  • Assist with installation and signage production;
  • Update exhibitions files with support material;
  • Audit, inventory, document and catalogue and photograph works of art in the permanent collection;
  • Contact artists and art dealers for material, conduct secondary source research on site and at libraries and galleries in the area;
  • Update collection files and support material;
  • Update the collections management database with research conduct;
  • Perform other related duties as directed by the Director/Curator, or designate.

Salary rate is $14.00 per hour.  Hours of work will be based on a 35 hour work week, which will include weekends and alternate shift hours.  Overtime may be required.  This is a 27 week contract from September 18, 2017 to March 30, 2018. This position is funded through Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage (graduate internships). Candidates must be meet the requirement of this program. See for eligibility requirements.

Resumes and cover letters will be received online at no later than 4:00 p.m., August 7, 2017.

The City of Woodstock is an equal opportunity employer.  Accommodations are available for all parts of the recruitment process.  Applicants need to make their needs known in advance.



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Chief Curator
Art Gallery of Ontario

Application Deadline: July 24, 2017
Date Posted: June 23, 2017
Start Date: September 1, 2017
$150,000 - $190,000 per annum


The mission of the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is to “bring people together with art to see, experience and understand the world in new ways.” This is achieved by focusing on great art, learning, and a commitment to being accessible to its diverse public. 

Founded in 1900, the AGO is among the largest and most distinguished art museums in North America, located in downtown Toronto and connected to the city through its innovative building design and revitalized Grange Park. At 500,000+ square feet, the AGO has a rich, diverse collection of more than 90,000 works of art, a staff of 680, 500 volunteers, 100,000 members, and an annual budget of $60 million. It has a robust exhibition and publications program as well as permanent collection galleries. The AGO seeks to offer interactive, responsive, and compelling public programs and learning opportunities.


The AGO seeks a permanent full-time leader who will galvanize and inspire its curatorial staff to develop an engaging exhibition program, deepen relations with its donors, and continue to build and preserve its substantial collection. The Chief Curator must be dedicated to exploring the changing nature of art museums and their relationships to the public, and firmly committed both to excellence in art and the importance of education and learning.

The Chief Curator will work closely with the Director and CEO to develop a visionary exhibition program and collecting strategy to engage audiences. S/He will help propel the museum forward by: motivating and mentoring a dedicated team to assume greater individual authority while working collectively as a collegial crew to meet the museum’s goals; enabling new partnerships through a network of global museum contacts; and guiding others how to interface effectively and directly with collectors and existing and potential donors. 
The Chief Curator leads a staff of 18 including: four lead curators with expertise in contemporary, Canadian, and European Art and Photography; an additional seven assistant and associate curators; five administrators; and two publications staff. The position is divided into three areas of focus: Curatorial; Administration; and Stewardship.

Curatorial (50 Percent)

It is expected that the Chief Curator will have a public profile and will inspire the curatorial team to excellence in its exhibitions scholarship, collections, and acquisitions. The Chief Curator will also initiate her or his own curatorial projects. Exhibitions should travel globally to peer art museums and must be scholarly and accessible. In partnership with the Director and CEO, the Chief Curator is responsible for developing and implementing a long-term collecting and deaccessioning strategy for growth and refinement, with a focus on quality and content that will further distinguish the AGO among its peers and with its public. 

The Chief Curator is an advocate for the entire collection plus archives, and is responsible together with other museum departments for their care, interpretation, and stewardship. 

Administration (25 Percent)

The Chief Curator will represent the Department on the AGO’s senior leadership team. It is important that the Curatorial Department is a partner with other AGO areas including Advancement, Exhibitions, Public Programming and Learning, Finance, and Buildings. The Chief Curator will ensure that all curatorial standards and processes are followed with regard to the collection, governance (including Board committees), and compliance. It is vital that the Chief Curator can inspire the entire museum staff to understand the importance of exhibitions and collections. The Chief Curator must be responsive and possess the skills to be a great manager of people.

Stewardship (25 Percent)

The Chief Curator will have a public profile in the community and will deepen relationships with collectors and new and existing donors in the city and more broadly in Canada, fostering a sense of connection with the AGO, together with the curatorial team. This includes overseeing and traveling with various curatorial donor groups under the guidance and support of the museum’s Advancement Division. The Chief Curator will be a visible representative of the AGO at high-profile art events and activities, both on site and on the global stage.


Respected professional (master’s degree in art required; PhD in art preferred) possessing a broad knowledge of art history and respected connoisseurship in a dedicated area of expertise.

  • Ten years’ experience at a leadership level within major collecting institutions.
  • Commitment to excellence in art, institutional best practices, and the highest ethical standards.
  • Track record of significant exhibitions and publications that are scholarly and accessible.
  • Effective communicator and collaborator with excellent written and verbal skills.
  • Ability to inspire and motivate curators, collectors, and community; collaborative and team-oriented.
  • Minimum of five years of experience managing a team.
  • Experienced and at ease in patron stewardship; able to win their trust and support.
  • Strong network of peers at major arts institutions around the globe.
  • A highly creative, ideally visionary, thinker.
  • Adept multitasker able to maintain a positive disposition under stress.
  • Familiarity with or willingness to learn about Canadian culture and art.
  • Recommended five years of experience with budget and fiscal management.
  • Willingness to travel and work evenings.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English required, with French highly desirable.


  • Annual base salary range of CDN $150,000 to $190,000 based on qualifications, skills, and experience may be increased based on an annual review.
  • Participation in annual bonus program


  • Medical Benefits, Dental Benefits, Vision Care Benefits.
  • Disability and Life Insurance Benefits.
  • Defined Contribution Pension Plan.
  • Relocation allowance to be considered.
  • Attractions Ontario Reciprocal Admissions Program.
  • AGO Advantage Program (discounts on transit passes, gym memberships, select gallery programming, merchandise, memberships, etc.).


The Art Gallery of Ontario is located at:

317 Dundas Street West
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M5T 1G4


We invite individuals who reflect the diversity of our visitors to apply. 

Please submit applications and nominations to the attention of Sarah James and Becky Klein at This position will be posted until filled.




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Open Call for Docents
Art Gallery of Windsor

If you’re passionate about Canadian art, art education and working with the public – don’t miss this opportunity! The AGW is looking for enthusiastic and flexible docents to work with visitors of all ages to inspire new forms of visual literacy. Docents lead exhibition tours, work with teachers and students in our new K-12 School Programs, and assist with public events at the AGW. Multilingual candidates are welcome. To apply, please send a cover letter explaining your motivation and a description of what you hope to achieve as an AGW docent along with a resume to

For more information, please contact Jessica Cook, Education and Public Programs Coordinator at 519-977-0013, ext. 103.

Visit Art Gallery of Windsor's Volunteer Opportunities webpage for information and details.


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2017 Festival Volunteer Programme


Entering its 42nd year, the Toronto International Film Festival will be accepting volunteer applications for those interested in joining the 2017 team. The online application form for new, prospective volunteers will be available starting on May 31 at  Apply as soon as possible to be a part of the team before the application closes (typically in late June)!

All new volunteers are required to apply online. Staff in the Volunteer Office will review every application. Only those selected will be invited to attend a mandatory orientation session (taking place on several dates throughout the first half of August 2017) to conduct a brief interview and complete the application process.

All new Festival volunteers must:

  • be eighteen years of age or older
  • apply to volunteer by completing the 2017 Festival Volunteer online application form ( with a current resumé and telephone contact information for two references
  • attend a mandatory volunteer orientation session
  • commit to completing a minimum of four Festival shifts (limit one shift per day; individual shift lengths will vary)
  • be prepared to attend all mandatory training sessions, where applicable (training session dates and times are determined and communicated to the appropriate volunteers some time after the initial registration process is complete)
  • have good English-language comprehension and strong verbal communication
  • be friendly, helpful team players who are supportive, respectful and professional when working with a diverse and talented group of volunteers and staff!

Applications are accepted based on our minimum volunteer requirements (as noted above) and additional applicable skills, knowledge and experience. Please note that the number of new volunteers accepted in a given year is dependent upon the number of positions that are available.

Volunteers with TIFF can choose to help in diverse ways during the Festival. Volunteer roles include:

  • assisting as a theatre volunteer at venues across the city, delivering exceptional customer service, directing patrons and answering guest questions
  • getting the word out about the People’s Choice Award as a part of our voting squad team
  • behind the scenes support with administrative, in-office duties
  • supporting TIFF’s Industry team at our Industry Centre and Industry Programming venues as an industry volunteer
  • and many more!

TIFF Volunteers are entitled to some awesome benefits, including:

  • a memorable experience as part of the team making this exciting event happen
  • access to screenings and events exclusively for volunteers
  • the opportunity to meet new friends and learn something new about film or even yourself!

If you have any questions about the application, volunteer opportunities, or getting involved with TIFF, don’t hesitate to email! We hope to see you join the team for 2017.

Festival Dates: September 7–17, 2017
Volunteer Hotline: 416-934-5846
Volunteer Email:

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