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Chief Executive Officer
The McMichael Canadian Art Collection

Situated on 100 acres in an 85,000 square foot complex of galleries, the McMichael is an unparalleled institution and Canadian icon that stands as a voice for our nation’s art, as well as our national tradition of being culturally connected to nature. The uniqueness of its location in a stunning natural setting and the strength of its distinct collection, which celebrates the “Art of Canada” by combining the Group of Seven, Aboriginal art and Canadian contemporary art, make it an important attraction and cultural pilgrimage site for the local community as well as national and international tourists. Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the McMichael is evolving to tell the story of Canadian art through its permanent collection, special exhibitions, educational programming, and community outreach.

It is within this exciting context that the McMichael is seeking to recruit a Chief Executive Officer.

Reporting to the Board of Trustees and working collaboratively with the Foundation Board, you will set a bold and compelling vision and strategy that invigorates the McMichael and positions it for long term success. You will work closely with the senior leadership team to develop innovative and creative programming and exhibitions that will attract broad and diverse audiences from across Canada and around the world. At the local, national, and international level, you will identify opportunities for innovative partnerships and collaborations that position the gallery as the go-to venue for Canadian art. Internally, you will promote a culture of recognition, engagement, and innovation that builds the energy, enthusiasm of staff and volunteers. Working closely with the Foundation, you will drive fundraising efforts and diversify revenue streams while delivering high quality programming that aligns with the mandate and mission.

As the ideal candidate, you are a visionary and charismatic leader with an entrepreneurial spirit and a track record of successfully leading an organization through change while preserving its core values. Peers and colleagues describe you as an innovative, dynamic, adaptable and flexible leader who is comfortable with ambiguity, and who possesses a natural penchant for inspiring people through authentic storytelling.  You have demonstrated an ability for working creatively and effectively with highly committed boards, and can develop effective relationships with government and a variety of partners and stakeholders to deliver results.  You possess a combination of strong administrative credentials and a passion for art, allowing you to balance effectively the need for curatorial excellence and commercial success. Your experience leading or working in an art gallery or cultural organization will serve you well, as will your ability to communicate in both official languages.

If you are interested in learning more about this exciting opportunity, please submit, in confidence, your résumé and cover letter to John Caminiti at

Additional information:

The McMichael Canadian Art Collection is located at 10365 Islington Ave, Kleinburg, ON, Canada L0J 1C0. The CEO role is a full time role with the expectation of a minimum 40 hours per week. The position is for temporary as well as permanent purposes. Benefits include disability insurance, dental insurance, pension, extended medical insurance, and limited relocation assistance). The salary range is $165,000 - $230,000 (CAD).

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Communications & Digital Lead
The Robert McLaughlin Gallery

The Opportunity:
This is an opportunity to make your mark at one of Canada’s leading public art galleries. This role navigates the intersection of digital, social and traditional public relations, marketing and communications channels.

We are the RMG:
A vibrant, engaging public art museum located in Oshawa’s civic centre. The RMG is the largest gallery in Durham Region, and occupies an inspired 36,000 square foot building designed by noted architect Arthur Erickson. Featuring a Permanent Collection of over 4,800 works, and five galleries of diverse and changing contemporary and historical exhibitions, the RMG holds an important collection of modern Canadian abstraction and the largest holdings of works by Painters Eleven. A robust roster of dynamic public and educational programs, thriving volunteer program, gallery shop, inspiring event spaces, art archive and library, artist-in-residence lab, and art studio comprise the gallery’s many rich assets and offerings.

You are…
A Story-teller. Your innate curiosity captures and beautifully communicates the stories of the RMG and our communities, attracting a legion of new fans and friends.

A Trendsetter. This role is not about waiting for things to happen. You look around the corner, forecasting and anticipating trends to influence strategies that position the RMG at the forefront of museum and digital experiences.

Digitally Savvy.  You live and breathe the internet and social media. Your fingers glide effortlessly across your phone and create captivating digital content across multiple platforms in seconds. You are fascinated by industry trends, media platforms and standards.

Fiercely Inclusive.  Cultural inclusion, diversity, social equity, AODA and W3C compliance are a part of your everyday language.

Boldly creative. You are innovative and solutions minded. You seize opportunities that may manifest. You have a design eye and create dynamic content and spot-on messaging for web and print on the fly.

Fundraising focused. This role is integral to our fundraising strategy and helps to create compelling content that increases affinity to the brand. Your donor-centred focus impacts membership, support and all realms of giving.

A Congenial Collaborator. You play well in the sandbox with others, building enduring internal and external relationships that propel the RMG forward.

Strategic. You understand the goals of the organization and ensure every post, tweet, flyer and eblast is consistent with the messaging and overall strategic plan. You effortlessly develop strategy and shift into action. You walk the fine line of fiscal responsibility and creating memorable experiences for the RMG communities.

You possess:

  • Three to five years of experience in a communications coordination, media or public relations position with superior and agile writing, copy editing and communication skills
  • A Bachelor's of Arts Degree, specializing in Public Relations, Journalism, Communications, Digital Media and/or Marketing or Fine Art or Art History with equivalent experience in communications and/or marketing and/or digital media.
  • Experience in the development, implementation and execution of a communications plan and budget management
  • Superior project management skills
  • Online media and internet marketing experience, including an excellent social media track record for organizations
  • Experience in graphic design for print and web
  • Knowledge of the print production process and supplier negotiations is desirable
  • Web management, Wordpress wizardry and proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Work experience in the cultural sector or not-for-profit organization, French bilingualism, knowledge of modern and contemporary art in Canada and experience working in a museum setting an asset
  • Flexibility to work evenings and weekends as required

All interested and qualified applicants are encouraged to apply. The RMG champions and empowers learners of all ages and fosters an environment of inclusivity and collaboration. As such, we strongly encourage applications from qualified applicants who also meet any of the following priority criteria:

  • Fluent in American Sign Language and/or Deaf
  • Applicants who are Inuit, Aboriginal or culturally diverse
  • Applicants who have disabilities
  • Applicants who reside in the Durham Region

How to Apply:
If this ad sounds as though we wrote it with you in mind, please forward your resume in confidence to Donna Raetsen-Kemp, CEO with your current resume and a brief letter of interest summarizing:

  1. Your related qualifications
  2. If you meet any of the priority criteria (optional)

Please submit to:
Donna Raetsen-Kemp, CEO
The Robert McLaughlin Gallery
72 Queen Street, Civic Centre
Oshawa, ON L1H 3Z3
Or by 5pm on August 15, 2016 

We thank all candidates for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Applications received will be screened based on information provided. Please ensure you include all relevant details about your qualifications for this position. RMG is committed to providing quality services by establishing a qualified workforce that reflects the diverse population it serves. RMG encourages applications from all qualified individuals.

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Assistant Curator
Judith & Normin Alix Art Gallery

Job Number: J0616-0588
Job Title: Assistant Curator
Job Type: Full Time
Facility: Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery
City: Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
Union: Non-Union
Division: Cultural Services
Shift: Monday - Friday 8:30 - 4:30 will include evening, weekend and holiday hours
Number Of Positions: 1
Date Posted: June 27, 2016
Closing Date: July 22, 2016
Starting Date: October 3, 2016
Wage Rate: $28.58 - $34.03/Hour

The County of Lambton is an urban-rural area in southwestern Ontario that is home to over 126,000 residents. The Corporation's seven divisions operate programs and services for the residents of Sarnia-Lambton ranging from emergency medical services to provincial offences, to waste management, to public health. Lambton County is a community dedicated to economic growth, environmental stewardship and an enhanced quality of life through the provision of responsive and efficient services and the collaborative efforts with our municipal and community partners.

Position Overview:
As a member of the Management Team participates in strategic planning to ensure the gallery meets its artistic vision and mandate. Develops and implements a program strategy across all programming areas including collections, exhibitions, research, publications, public engagement, community art and education. Achieving high standards of excellence, ensures programs and related projects are delivered on time and on budget.


Exhibitions and Collections

  • Research, development and coordination of selected exhibitions, curatorial projects and ancillary programming including but not limited to: lectures, film screenings, artist professional development workshops, etc.
  • Coordinates logistical arrangements for exhibitions, programs, and publications.
  • Responds to public inquiries regarding the gallery, its exhibitions and collections.
  • Researches and writes relevant grants.
  • Manages CCPERB applications and object appraisals, including original writing and research.
  • Supports all aspects of collections management.
  • Manages relationships, contracts and deliverables determined by the artistic programs annual plan.
  • Devise and consider the multi-purposing of content across the education and public program functions, ensuring integration of public engagement activities.
  • Develops and implements program processes as required


  • Development and oversight of docent and animator volunteer program.
  • Facilitate workshops and lectures as required.
  • Development of exhibition educational and didactic content as required.
  • Interprets exhibition content in an engaging, accessible and provocative way.
  • Selecting, hiring, training and monitoring docents, animators, guides and other education and community art volunteers.
  • Oversees the development, integration and coordination of all aspects of educational programming, ensuring alignment with the Ontario elementary & secondary curriculum.

Community Art

  • Oversees the development and coordination of all aspects of a robust community art program.
  • Ensures the gallery develops and maintains strong and productive relationships with community visual arts organizations and artists.

Public Engagement

  • Oversees the development, coordination, and integration of a comprehensive public engagement program.
  • Ensures the gallery develops and maintains strong and productive relationships with community partners, media, and gallery supporters.

Human Resource Management

  • Recruits, directs, supervises, trains, develops and evaluates the performance of programming staff.
  • Ensures appropriate volunteer and instructor processes and procedures are in place and implemented.


  • Incumbents must keep up-to-date on all relevant legislation, collective bargaining agreements, County Policies and Procedures, etc. ensuring that these are implemented as prescribed
  • Incumbents must possess the physical ability to meet the duties and responsibilities of the job description and/or the requirements identified within the position's Physical Demands Analysis
    These describe the general nature and level of work being performed by incumbents in this classification. They are not an exhaustive list of all job duties in the classification. Other duties may be assigned.

Supervision Requirements
Direct Supervision:

  • Gallery Assistant: Community Art
  • Gallery Assistant: Marketing & Online Relations
  • Gallery Assistant: Graphics

Indirect Supervision:

  • Volunteers: Docents, Animators, Art Education
  • Contract: Art Instructors
  • Artist residencies, interns, and summer students

Functional Authority: None


Minimum Formal Education:

  • University degree in Visual Studies, Curatorial Practice, Art History, or other related areas.


  • One year recent experience (within past two years) in Curatorial and Art Education in a public art gallery.
  • Supervisory experience with a team of artistic staff and volunteers.
  • An equivalent combination of education and/or experience may be considered.
  • Proven awareness and understanding of the current provincial and national context of contemporary and historical art, issues, production and practices.
  • Proven awareness of interdisciplinary and/or new media based contemporary art practices as well as a solid knowledge of Canadian Art History.
  • Proven expertise in conceiving and programming contemporary and historical art projects and exhibitions.
  • Demonstrated research and writing skills.
  • Knowledge of current art educational principles and practices.
  • Possesses excellent interpersonal skills, superior analytical, multi-tasking, organizational, customer service and teamwork skills.
  • Ability to develop strong relationships in community and across relevant sectors.
  • High level command of Microsoft office suite. Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite is an asset.
  • Satisfactory vulnerable sector screening will be required.
  • A valid Ontario driver’s license.

All applications must be submitted through the following link:

The County of Lambton is an equal opportunity employer servicing our diverse communities. The County of Lambton is committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities. If you require an accommodation, we will work with you to meet your needs. This information is available in an alternative format upon request, to accommodate individuals with a disability. Although we appreciate all applications, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Personal information required by this posting/advertisement is collected under the authority of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, 1990, CHAPTER M.56, as amended. The treatment, storage and handling of personal information is governed by the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, R.S.O. 1990, CHAPTER M.56, as amended and will be used in reviewing applications. Questions about this collection should be directed to the Corporate Manager, Human Resources, County of Lambton, 789 Broadway Street, Box 3000, Wyoming, Ontario N0N 1T0. Phone 519-845-0801 or Toll-free at 1-866-324-6912.

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-Thunder Bay-
Collections Management Intern
Thunder Bay Art Gallery

Reports To: Curator

Full-time position (35 hours per week, 1 year contract)

Since 1976, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery has served the needs of Northwestern Ontario artists and art audiences. The Gallery has a long history and commitment to the research, exhibition, and promotion of contemporary Aboriginal art in Canada and the art of Northwestern Ontario.

Job Description and Duties:
Working with the Curator and Registrar, the Collections Management Intern will assist with the preparation and management of collections information as well as data migration to an online database. This position will provide the intern with experience in key areas of collections management and exhibition installation. The position also requires the ability to perform under pressure and to various deadlines and a considerable attention to detail.  

The specific key duties and responsibilities of the intern will include:

  • Documentation of artwork, including digital photography, condition reporting, fact-checking, inputting and updating information in electronic and hard copy files;
  • Migration of image and text content to The Museum System database and eMuseum software;
  • Proofreading and correction of database records for typographic errors and data entry inconsistencies;
  • Organization and maintenance of paper-based object and artist files;
  • Organization and maintenance of library inventory and catalogue exchange;
  • Usage and enhancement of art handling and collections preservation knowledge;
  • Inventory, assessment and re-housing of objects in Collections Storage as required;
  • Assistance with environmental monitoring program at the Gallery;
  • Assistance with installing and dismantling exhibitions of Permanent Collection works;
  • Correspondence with artists and artist estates on copyright clearance requests;
  • Other duties as assigned.


The ideal candidate will have the following:

  • An undergraduate and/or graduate degree in Museum Studies, Collections Management, Art History, Fine Arts or a related field;
  • She or he will also have a general interest in contemporary Aboriginal art and material culture;
  • A keen sense of detail, fact-finding and copyediting;
  • Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite and familiarity with Microsoft Outlook needed;
  • Experience with digital photography;
  • Ability to work in cooperation with staff, volunteers and public;
  • Highly developed organizational and written communication skills;
  • Applicants must be university or college graduates who have graduated within the last three years from an accredited college or university:
  • The position will also be a first full-time employment in the candidate’s field of study.

 Application Deadline:  Wednesday August 10, 2016 at 5pm

Please send Cover Letter and Resume to:      

Nadia Kurd, Curator
1080 Keewatin Street
P.O. Box 10193
Thunder Bay, ON P7B 6T7

This opportunity is proudly supported by: the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation.

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Executive Assistant, CEO and Director
Museum of Contemporary_Art_Toronto

Application Deadline: Open until filled
Employment Type: Full-Time


On May 2, 2017, Toronto will be opening a new museum devoted to the art of the XXIst century, named the Museum of Contemporary Art_Toronto_Canada. This is a new step for MOCCA (Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art), the art centre formerly located on Queen Street West for 10 years (2005-2015).

Position Summary:

The Executive Assistant to the CEO and Director will administer the executive office by providing administrative support to the CEO and the Board of Directors. This position serves as the primary point of contact for internal and external stakeholders on all matters pertaining to the CEO’s office. This is an exciting opportunity for a highly organized and motivated individual with a passion for contemporary art to become part of the Museum’s growing team.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Set CEO’s schedule, including meetings with staff, board members and committees, prospect and governance events, and outside professional relations commitments.
  • Review daily correspondence, including emails; prioritize correspondence for CEO’s review and attention; provide follow-up as needed.
  • Lead the preparation, proofreading and editing of all correspondence issued by the CEO, as well as that submitted by other departments for CEO’s signature.
  • Track CEO expenses and prepare expense reports for Board approval; book CEO travel and assist with travel planning.
  • Serve as principal liaison between the CEO and Board members as it relates to the administration of Board governance issues.
  • Coordinate Board and Committee meetings, including preparing meeting minutes, packages, and correspondence.
  • Manage Board and Committee lists, contact information and reports, and maintain and update Board and MOCA files and archives.
  • Assist with various Board-related activities.
  • Perform special projects as assigned by the CEO.
  • Perform other related duties as required.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required; certificate in arts administration or a related field is preferred.
  • 2-3 years of experience providing administrative support to a senior executive.
  • Demonstrated superior organizational skills, with the ability to manage multiple projects and competing priorities.
  • Ability to work independently and in a fast-paced collaborative environment.
  • Excellent communication (verbal and written), interpersonal, and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent computer skills with proficiency in all Microsoft Office applications.
  • Strong accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Ability to deal with confidential matters with diplomacy, discretion, and tact.
  • Professional demeanour and ability to interact effectively with all levels of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Familiarity in non-profit administration desirable.
  • Interest in/knowledge of the visual arts.
  • Knowledge of French is considered an asset.

The posting will remain open until the position is filled.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates are invited to submit their cover letter and current CV as one document in pdf format
We thank all applicants in advance. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

The Museum of Contemporary Art_Toronto_Canada advocates equal opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment and is committed to diversity in the workplace.

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Manager of Gallery Operations
Corkin Gallery

Corkin Gallery is looking for a personable, well-presented and outgoing individual who enjoys working in a fast-paced environment, and has a strong and rigorous work ethic, to join a small and dynamic sales team in an internationally recognized gallery.
Excellent networking, customer service, and interpersonal skills are essential. The candidate must be highly organized, detail oriented, able to multitask and to work well in a dynamic and demanding environment. Superior communication skills, both verbal and written, are required. Strong computer skills with fluency in PC and MAC platforms, MS Office, and artwork inventory software (in particular Art Systems/Gallery Pro) are considered assets, as is proficiency in Spanish, German or French. Must have a University degree. You will have:  a University degree, or (College degree with related experience)


  • Supervises office activities to achieve maximum efficiency, expense control and productivity.
  • Develops procedures and policies for office activities, such as filing, records maintenance, word processing, faxing and mail distribution. May also be responsible for the maintenance of office equipment and supplies.
  • Responsible for human resources: staff supervision, job descriptions. Relies on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals. Typically reports to a senior manager.
  • Implement long and short term strategies and direction
  • Plan and coordinate exhibitions and art fairs both domestically and internationally
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Previous experience supervising/managing a team of people.
  • A minimum of 5 years working experience in a hospitality, client-based, or entrepreneurial environment, preferably in a Managerial role.
  • Self-motivated with effective time management skills, able to motivate and manage multiple teams and a varied workload.
  • Experience with process management and comfortable with a variety of systems.
  • Knowledge and experience with inventory management software, Adobe Suite, and OSX.
  • Strong computer skills including Word, Excel, social media tools, HTML.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, highly organized and efficient, attentive to detail and able to multi-task.


  • Deadline oriented work environment.
  • Works closely with management team; must adapt to various communication styles.
  • Must be flexible and adaptable to support a client and artist based business

Please forward all resumes and cover letters to Although we appreciate all applications, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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-North York-
Logistics Coordinator

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

PACART, Canada’s leading Fine Art logistic specialists, is seeking a full-time Logistics Coordinator to join its dedicated team of professionals in Toronto.

The successful candidate will possess a pleasant telephone manner, exceptional interpersonal skills, and be customer-service oriented.

Job Description:

  • Liaise with clients to coordinate packing and shipping of artworks
  • Assist logistics coordinators with estimating and coordinating ground transportation
  • Prepare and Complete import and export documentation for cross-border shipments
  • Invoice shipments upon completion
  • Reception and clerical duties as required
  • Work week standard - Monday to Friday - 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The successful candidates must:

  • Have the ability to meet deadlines
  • Have the ability to cope with changing priorities in a fast-paced environment
  • Have well-honed organizational skills
  • Have flexibility for additional hours as projects dictate
  • Be very detail oriented
  • Possess sales and customer-service experience
  • Practice discretion with confidential information
  • Be punctual
  • Be a creative thinker
  • Be computer literate, working in a PC environment (MS Excel, MS Word)

Assets to the position:

  • An interest in the Arts
  • Freight forwarding and/or logistics experience
  • Experience with cross border customs and/or brokerage
  • French as a second language

Wage & Benefits

  • $18.00 per hour starting rate with review after 6 months probationary period
  • Medical / Dental Benefits after 6 months of service
  • Self-directed pension contributions after 1 year of service

Interested candidates may apply by submitting their cover letter and resume to:

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Call for Docents, Interns, and Volunteers
Museums of Mississauga

Application Deadline: Until positions are filled

The Museums of Mississauga are looking for great Volunteers for new positions. 

Sponsored by Suncor Energy Inc., the successful candidates will be eligible to receive transit to and from the Museums as well as specialized training in Visitor Services and Museums specific opportunities.

The goals of the Volunteer program at The Museums of Mississauga:

  • to provide exposure to the inner workings of museums and share professional practices
  • to promote an awareness of museum and cultural careers
  • to offer experiences not typically available through an academic setting
  • to create a multi-layered learning experience for participants
  • to offer hands-on, team focused learning environment

Interested candidates will have:

  • A demonstrated interest in visual culture, history, art and design
  • A desire to learn the inner workings of a heritage house and exhibition museum

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • assisting with exhibition installations
  • assisting with exhibition and education tours
  • providing visitor services
  • Working with collections – research, data entry, artifact cataloguing
  • working with artists, writers and cultural producers

The Museums of Mississauga has a demonstrated commitment to the principles of equality and diversity, and proven ability to work effectively and collegially with diverse populations. As an equity employer, we encourage applications from women, visible minorities, and people with disabilities.

Volunteer with Museums!

We are seeking enthusiastic individuals to support the work of the Museums of Mississauga. The opportunities will expand your knowledge and skills. If you are looking for community service hours, a service project for your organization, an internship, or simply an opportunity to support a cultural institution in your community we are looking for people like you! Whether your interest is a short term placement or an extended commitment, the Museums look forward to meeting you and discussing your options for volunteering.  You will find a rewarding, warm, friendly and welcoming atmosphere at the Museums.  This is an opportunity to network with professionals, learn about history and become a part of a unique cultural community of Mississauga.
See below to learn about how to get involved in our Vision

General Requirements

  • Resident of Mississauga or GTA aged 16 or above.
  • Oral and written proficiency in English, other languages will be an asset
  • Desire to interact with people of all ages sharing your passion for culture
  • An open and enthusiastic interest in sharing Museums, heritage and contemporary ideas.
  • Docent program - a strong knowledge and experience base in the fields of history, heritage and culture or other related fields.
  • Commitment of Time
    • Events - Commit to 3 Museum events within a year or 40 hours with a successful application process and letter of agreement for Event Assistant - Community Voices.
    • Docents and Ambassadors - Commit to the one Year (1 year) program with a successful application process and a letter of agreement.  Also eligible for transit sponsored by Suncor Energy Inc. as a part of this program.
  • Available for Assignments from Monday to Friday or Sunday.

What are the benefits of volunteering?

  • Working experience and professionalism development
  • Free admission to the Museums of Mississauga.
  • Free subscription to the Museum's latest promotional materials
  • 10%-15% discount in the Museum's themed Maple gift shop Feb. – Apr. (exceptions apply)
  • Attend Ontario Association of Art Galleries workshops with a Volunteer discount
  • Volunteer training, seminars and workshops
  • Volunteer training on customer service and visitor experience

Enquiries: Please contact The Museums Volunteer Coordinator at 905-615-4860 ext. 2110 | (Mondays to Fridays 9:00am - 4:30pm) 

Please place in the subject line: VOLUNTEER APPLICATION


The recruitment of volunteers for the Museums of Mississauga Docent Program is ongoing for 2016-2017.

The Docent Program is ideal for those seeking work experience and learning through the Museums of Mississauga.  Docents may be eligible for transportation cost covered by Funding from the Suncor Corporation.

The goal of the program is to create a community of enthusiastic learners for education support, engagement platforms and other upcoming new programs at the Museums of Mississauga. Docents are encouraged to bring their specialized skillset to the Museums of Mississauga; their opinions and suggestions will be valued during the learning experience. The Docents are open to explore a variety of ways to lead visitors through special exhibitions and work with staff in development of concepts and tours. After completion of the training, Docents may choose to specialize in giving exhibition tours or workshops to a particular audience group – the general public, school groups, seniors, artists or people with disabilities.

Docents are guides, teachers, and are enthusiasts about history, heritage, art, culture and sharing knowledge with others.  The Docent will be the link between the Museum and the public.  Docents research, prepare and present projects related to education and exhibitions.  They enrich the visitor’s museum experience, engage personal interests and develop cultural appreciation in all forms with our audience. 

A docent is very important and highly valued at the Museums of Mississauga, helping visitors learn about the history of Mississauga and to engage in conversations about Living Heritage in new exciting ways.  Currently, the Museums have a Collection of over 11,000 artifacts including, furniture, paintings, period clothing, jewelry and household items from the early 1800’s through to the modern era.

The Museums asks the docents for a commitment of time and effort, enthusiasm and a positive attitude.  In return we offer:

  • The benefits of interacting with artists and museum staff and culture division staff
  • Develop and expand your public speaking skills with training and learning opportunities
  • Broaden your knowledge of history, heritage, art and cultural in many forms
  • A sense of achievement in working with the public
  • Working in a warm, open and energetic atmosphere
  • An honorarium may be offered at the end of the docent program for exemplary candidates

Museums Docent Position Description

Job Title:                     Museums of Mississauga Docent
Staff Coordinator:       Community Programs Supervisor | Volunteer Co-ordinator


To advance the mandate of the Museums of Mississauga by assisting in special exhibition tours,  curated events and educational programs for the general public (children, adults, families).

Job Description:

Docents assist with guided tours of the special exhibitions at the Museums of Mississauga for groups of students and adults. Utilizing the techniques of dialogue and inquiry, role play and storytelling, the docent encourages visitors to explore the Anchorage – a repurposed Historic House and the Benares Visitor Centre. The programs may explore topics such as the history of Captain Skynner,  his house the Anchorage, the Harris family of Benares and material relevant to current exhibitions. Docents assist in the development of exhibitions, curatorial projects and programs and conduct special activities for students, adults and families.

Activities and Responsibilities

Docents complete an Introductory Training Course, study selected readings and accompany other docents on guided tours to gain knowledge and skills in leading groups. Docents greeting visitors, assist with leading tours and programs and provide feedback of visitor experiences.

Docents must be enthusiastic, cheerful and willing to learn. They should have an interest in working with people, especially students and be willing to become actively involved in the programs of the Museums. Experience or education in history, political science, art, or teaching can be helpful, although not required.

Supervision, Training and Benefits:

The Community Program Supervisor & Volunteer Coordinator will train and supervise all docents. Docents will acquire teaching skills, gain understanding of the purpose and the Museums and have access to resource publications, lesson plans, exhibit guides and background materials on the Museums, Historic Houses and exhibits. Docents may purchase Museum Gift Store items at a 15% discount. Docents will be entitled to free admission to the Museums with up to 3 accompanying adults.


The recruitment of volunteer Museums of Mississauga Ambassadors is ongoing for the 2016-2017 seasons.

Ambassador Programme| Community Engagement

This is great for youth who are in need of Community Service volunteer hours. Enthusiastic volunteers are needed to help spread the word about the Museums in your community. Participate at our special events, share information about our projects at community events across the city, distribute flyers at special locations in the city plus bring your ideas to the Museums and become part of a team.  If you enjoy the outlook of this position, give us a call! 

Ambassador Programme – Visitor Services

The Museums of Mississauga places Ambassadors in the visitor services area on the weekends, weekday afternoons and evenings. The main thrust of this important position is to encourage guests to learn about the special exhibitions, the historic houses and the City of Mississauga as a whole. The Ambassador is also responsible for collaboratively interpreting & supervising the exhibition spaces to answer questions and ensure preservation of art and objects on display. In addition, the Ambassador will open conversation with viewers about membership benefits with the Friends of the Museums of Mississauga and light administrative duties.  A perfect opportunity for those who are interested in getting a foot in the door for other opportunities.

Ambassador Programme -Event Assistants

Provide support to the Community Programming Events Team and Special Projects Events:
Event Assistants will be asked to assist with event related activities,  assist with event set-up and clean-up, including museum closing procedures, demonstrated ability to follow directions, comfortable working alone and in a team meeting.  The applicants will gain experience in working at Community Based Historic House and sites
Experience or interest in cultural production, events, museums and historic conservation.

Museums Ambassador Position Description

Job Title: 
Museums of Mississauga Ambassador
Staff Coordinator:  Community Programs Supervisor | Volunteer Co-ordinator


To advance the mandate of the Museums of Mississauga by conducting special exhibition tours, assisting in curated events and educational programs for the general public (children, adults, families).

Job Description

Ambassadors conduct guided tours of the special exhibitions at the Museums of Mississauga for groups of students and adults. Utilizing the techniques of dialogue and inquiry, role play and storytelling, the ambassador encourages students to explore the Anchorage – a contemporary Historic House and the Benares Visitor Centre. The programs may explore topics such as the history of Captain Skynner and the Anchorage, the Harris family, and material relevant to current exhibitions. Ambassadors assist in the visitor services department, conduct special education activities for students, adults and families.

Activities and Responsibilities

Ambassadors complete an Introductory Training Course, study selected readings and accompany other docents on guided tours to gain knowledge and skills in welcoming groups to the Museums. Ambassadors conduct programs by greeting visitors and leading the visitors to Docents & Interpreters. He/she is involved in the evaluation of the welcome greetings and the front-line staff programs.


Ambassadors must be enthusiastic, cheerful and willing to learn. They should have an interest in working with people, especially students, and be willing to become actively involved in the programs of the Museums. Experience or education in history, political science, art, or teaching can be helpful, although not required.

Supervision, Training and Benefits

The Community Program Supervisor & Volunteer Coordinator will train and supervise.  Ambassadors will acquire teaching skills, gain an understanding of the purpose and activities of a Historic House and Museums, have access to resource publications, lesson plans, exhibit guides and background materials on the Museums, Historic Houses and exhibits. Ambassadors may purchase Museum Gift Store items at a 10% discount. Ambassadors may also gain free admission to the museum for up to 2 adults when accompanying the adults.


Course Credit with University or College Co-op Education Program

The experience is fast paced and requires thinking on your feet! It is an opportunity to learn about our mission, gain practical and theoretical training, while contemplating the role of a municipal heritage house and the function of Museums of Mississauga.

You will work closely with the Curatorial and Programming staff in the planning of exhibitions, writing or editing of texts and publications, database and inventory management, as well as working with the Museum of Mississauga’s permanent collection. Internship projects are based on current gallery needs. The Internship will allow the student to relate critical theory to professional practice. The Museums Internship are for Course Credit with an University, College or with a Co-Op High School Education Program.

For enquiries, please contact The Museums Volunteer Coordinator at 905-615-4860 ext. 2110 | (Mondays to Fridays 9:00am - 4:30pm) 

Please place in the subject line: Intern Position

Volunteer Application Form | How it works!

Email your resume in Word or PDF format to with the subject: Volunteer Application | Your Name | Type of Volunteer Programme

  • Applications will be reviewed on a bi-weekly basis.
  • Applicants will be asked for an interview with the Volunteer Co-ordinator
  • All positions require a letter of agreement and time commitment to the training to be signed.
  • Commitment of Time
    • Ambassador Program - commit to a 3 Museum events and/or a minimum of 40 hours
    • Docents and Ambassadors that commit to the one Year (1 year) programme will be asked to sign a letter of agreement, and may receive transit costs paid for by Suncor Corporation Volunteer Sponsorship Program, if applicable.
    • Intern:  Dependant on the Education Program requirements

For more information or to apply for a volunteer position, please contact:

Community Programs Supervisor
Kelly Kubik
905-615-4860 x 2111

Operations Assistant | Volunteer Coordinator
Stas Guzar
905-615-4860 x 2110

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Administrative Assistant
Urban Shaman

DEADLINE: Monday, July 25th before 5pm.

The Administrative Assistant is responsible for the administration and financial wellbeing of the Organization including finance and legal matters, grants and special funding, filing, day-to day gallery operations, outreach and public relations.

Accountability and Authority:
The Employee shall report to the Director of Urban Shaman Inc.

Employed by and responsible to Urban Shaman Inc, the Administrative Assistant shall play a key-supporting role in ensuring Organizational policy compliance especially including Finance Policy.

Key relationships of the Administrative Assistant include: Director; Bookkeeper; accountants/auditors; Outreach Coordinator; Preparator; volunteers; artists; members and Board members; funders, and the general public.

Quickbooks knowledge is an asset (only in the case that the applicant is willing to take over of all future internal bookkeeping tasks) but is also not necessary.

Grantwriting Responsibilities
The Administrative Assistant will with the Director:

  • Manage financial aspects of all grant applications, manage the annual grants calendar to meet deadlines, and manage grants including special project funding.
  • Ensure timely reporting related to the application process, financial cash flow and expense management related to grant revenues Finance Management and

Legal Responsibilities
The Administrative Assistant will with the Director:

  • Ensure the maintenance of accurate financial records and prepare monthly budgetary reports in co-operation with the bookkeeper/accountant.
  • Liaise with auditors
  • Ensure that legal, contractual, policy and other obligations of the Gallery are met.
  • Attend board meetings in an advisory capacity and ensure that decisions of the Board are carried out and communicated as requested.

Operations responsibilities
Administrative Assistant will (some applied to all staff as cooperate duties):

  • Be responsible for the day-to-day operations of Urban Shaman Inc, such as taking telephone calls & messages, document staff shift changes, occasional errand running, cleaning, and provide morale support for staff.
  • Manage and oversee all projects in advisement with the Director for programming time lines, which will include activities related to the core programming, media programming and film screenings, literary and music events, special projects, and offsite programming.
  • Work with the Director, related to curatorial management of all projects, exhibitions and programming including logistics, installation, artist relations, health/safety, audience development and public relations.
  • Be responsible for managing volunteers, students and interns (in assistance of Outreach Coordinator).
  • Develop & maintain an exhaustive Master Calendar for all Urban Shaman Inc. operations, which will include: funding schedule, programming calendar in advisement with the Director.
  • Manage arts-related space bookings, and Board meetings
  • Provide assistance compiling and sending Board reports, specifically the financials reports generated by the bookkeeper leading eventually to the Administrative Assistant.
  • With the Director, financially maintain currently planned community outreach strategies and workshops, lectures, and related programs.
  • Maintain relationships with the Indigenous, First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities, general community, funders, members and other arts organizations.

Wages and Benefits:
The Employee annual salary has been established at the rate of $24,000.00 a year (24 hour work week).

Subject to satisfactory performance, the Employee shall be entitled to a salary increase of following upon the evaluation of and successful completion of a three-month probationary period resulting in an annual salary of $28,000.00 (dependent on the ability to take over all

Annual salary increases are anticipated based on available funding and satisfactory performance appraisals.

The Organization shall make payment to the Employee on a bi-monthly basis (the 15th and the last day of the month)

The Organization shall calculate and remit biweekly all required deductions for taxes, CPP, UIC, and employee benefits on behalf of the Employee.

The Employee shall be entitled to two-week earned annual holiday (in addition to time off during the Christmas break) as per the Personnel Policy.

The Employee shall make payment if and as required and be entitled to life insurance benefits and insured health benefits provided by the Organization.

Blue Cross is the current benefits provider and health benefits currently include dental, medical and optical.

A written copy of the most recent Board-approved Personnel Policy shall be provided by the Organization to the Employee.

DEADLINE: Monday, July 25th before 5pm.

Please address resumes and any questions to Daina Warren, Director at

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Chief Executive Officer
Museum of Vancouver (MOV)


The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) (formerly the Vancouver Museum) is the largest civic museum in Canada and the oldest in Vancouver. The museum was founded in 1894 and today creates Vancouver-focused exhibitions and programs that encourage conversations about what was, is, and can be in Vancouver. Permanent exhibitions tell the city’s stories from the early 1900s to the late 1970s and are complemented by contemporary, ground-breaking feature exhibits.

Led by the outgoing Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Nancy Noble, the Museum underwent a re-branding and re-visioning in 2009 and became the Museum of Vancouver (MOV). The vision moved the museum from bringing the world to Vancouver, to focusing on Vancouver - both as a physical reality and as an idea. Since this revisioning process the MOV has won numerous awards, including the prestigious Governor General’s award for its programs and exhibits, enhancing the reputation and profile of the Museum in Canada and elsewhere.


The new CEO will now be mandated with building on this award-winning foundation and delivering for the citizens of Vancouver a Museum that truly realizes its potential through active strategies related to higher attendance, membership, public awareness, operations, fundraising and other revenue generation. Working closely with key stakeholders, including the City of Vancouver, the CEO will lead a team of 30 and oversee a budget of approximately $2m.


The ideal candidate is a business-focused and entrepreneurial senior executive with a proven track record of developing and executing on a strategic growth plan on behalf of an organization at a pivotal point. This experience may have come from the cultural sector or an organization with parallels to MOV, such as one that works to drive guest attendance or engage community. Experience working with groups of volunteers, ideally a Board of Directors, will be seen as important. Knowledge of running a facility will be seen as an asset.


This is a high impact executive management role for an individual who is alive to the arts and encouraged by a mandate to develop this highly awarded Museum to its full potential. To explore this opportunity please contact Ciara Farrell, Kathryn Young or Ken Werker in our Vancouver office at 604-685-0261, or please submit your resume and related information online at Please indicate the position you are applying for in the subject line of the email.

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