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Communications & Design Coordinator
The Textile Museum of Canada
Working with operations and curatorial staff, as well as revenue development and philanthropy, designs, and executes the Museum’s communication and marketing program. The Communications & Design Coordinator facilitates aspects of the Museum’s public relations, media exposure and relationships, the Museum’s online visibility, as well as cultural sector presence and promotional audience development partnerships.
- Design and implement the Museum’s marketing and public relations program within established budgets.
- Manage and oversee the writing, design, production and distribution of members’ newsletters, program flyers, print advertising, social media accounts and electronic communications
- Develop and produce exhibition graphics
- Collaborate on the development of the messaging, design and production of fundraising materials including project proposals and direct mailing pieces (print and electronic).
- Manage a proactive media relations program; expand/update media contacts in database; write media releases; pitch stories and answer inquiries
- Manage, maintain and update the TMC corporate website.
- Create materials related to special events and fundraising activities.
- Some evening and weekend work is required.
The Communications & Design Coordinator will have a passion for working in the arts and knowledge of the arts and culture sector. A self-motivated individual with excellent organizational skills and the ability to manage several projects at one time who possesses excellent interpersonal skills to deal effectively with a variety of groups including internal staff, outside organizations, board members, volunteers, audiences, and patrons.
- High level of competence with Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator)
- Superior design sense and a strong understanding of print and electronic production
- Experience with CMS, HTML and third party email providers; familiarity with website editing software, FTP software and databases
- Superior writing and communication skills with strong attention to detail
- Experience in media relations and comfort dealing with the press
- Very proficient with MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
- Flexibility and willingness to adapt to changing priorities
- Have a strong ability to multi-task and an ability to meet deadlines
- Post-secondary diploma/degree in a relevant discipline
- A sound knowledge of Canadian contemporary art, museum operations, interdisciplinary cultural activity, methods of interpretation and education
About the Textile Museum of Canada
The Textile Museum of Canada is one of Canada’s most vibrant arts institutions. With an international collection of 13,000 artifacts, archaeological to contemporary, as well as a renowned exhibition program featuring the historical collection, contemporary art as well as touring exhibitions, the museum is uniquely positioned to speak to experiences in a global context and in our increasingly global communities. The Museum features ongoing public and education programs and has implemented an aggressive digital strategy that supports universal access to the Museum’s resources. A non-profit institution funded by admissions, memberships, and community support, the Museum stimulates cultural knowledge, historical research and innovative thinking.
To Apply: Please submit your resume and a letter of interest to:
Textile Museum of Canada
55 Centre Avenue
Applications accepted until September 6, 2016 at 5 pm or until position is filled.
Thank you to all applicants, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
For more information about the TMC, please visit www.textilemuseum.ca
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Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery
Preparator (Permanent Full-Time)
The Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery is seeking a Preparator to join a high performance and passionately dedicated team. Rooted deeply in its community, the Gallery is progressively redefining the role of the public art museum in a regional and international context.
We are looking for the best individual to provide technical expertise and services for all exhibitions and special events on behalf of KWAG. Reporting to the Senior Curator, the Preparator will assist with the security, maintenance and transport of the Permanent Collection, the works of art in the care of KWAG, and KWAG’s physical plants, equipment and furnishings.
The ideal candidate will possess:
- Experience working in a gallery or museum
- Substantial knowledge of museum standards, installation and fabrication of exhibits; as well as lighting standards and techniques
- Audio/visual equipment expertise
- Practical knowledge and experience with framing artworks and handling artifacts
- Strong interpersonal and planning skills
- Ability to lift and move heavy objects and work at heights
- Sound knowledge of workplace health and safety
- Valid Class G driver’s license
- Ability to work overtime as required
Thirty-five hour workweek, Monday to Friday.
Visit http://www.kwag.ca/en/about/FullTime.asp for a detailed job description.
Deadline for applications is 5:00 p.m. on September 8, 2016 or until the position is filled.
Applications may be sent to:
The Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery is an equal opportunity employer. We thank all applicants, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted
Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery
101 Queen St. North
Re: Preparator Position
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Freelance Gallery Educator & Artist Instructor
Hours: Gallery Educators & Artist Instructors work as freelance/occasional positions. School workshops run Tuesday to Thursday 8 am – 3 pm during the school year, and Gallery Educator scheduling is based on the number of bookings. Community art programs typically occur during after-school hours, evenings and weekends. Scheduled working hours depend on number of sessions offered and program registration.
Station Gallery is a non-profit public art gallery and vibrant cultural centre offering Whitby and neighbouring Durham Region communities a variety of art exhibitions, programs, workshops and classes, performances and special events. Station Gallery has operated as a community visual arts centre for over 45 years.
The SG Education Philosophy
Our courses are driven by our 21st Century Learning Model, which connects art to things that are relevant and meaningful and are centered on the exploration of our exhibitions, other artists and Big Ideas in the world around us.
We take a multi-dimensional approach that allows for a diversity of art-making processes, use of quality Fine Art materials and imaginative problem-solving. We treasure individuality and provide a friendly, supportive, and inspiring learning environment.
Are you extremely charismatic? Do you have a confident personality with a proven ability to relate to groups of children? Reporting to the Education Department, Gallery Educators & Artist Instructors are responsible for delivering comprehensive arts education and enrichment, including but not limited to developing and implementing community & school programs and workshops.
Gallery Educator-specific Duties
- Deliver pre-determined school workshops to students in grades JK to grade 12 with accuracy & enthusiasm
Artist Instructor-specific Duties
- Develop, prepare, and deliver art classes, focusing on contemporary art practices for toddlers, children, youth or adults both in the gallery and off-site,
- Integrate current exhibitions and Permanent Collection into programming,
- Integrate technology into programming and support materials.
- Modify programming as needed to ensure activities are age appropriate and accessible,
- Manage and organize art materials and equipment and identify inventory gaps,
- Maintain a clean, safe and pleasant environment for visitors,
- Attend training sessions.
- Post-secondary diploma or degree in Fine Arts or a related field,
- OCT certificate relevant but not mandatory,
- Passionate and energetic approach to instruction; professional demeanour and ability to cope well under pressure,
- Comprehensive knowledge of studio-based art-making techniques, Canadian art history and artists,
- Enthusiasm, creativity and a commitment to providing a positive experience for visitors of all ages and abilities,
- A proven ability to work independently as well as part of a team,
- Responsible, punctual and reliable,
- Strong teaching, leadership and communication skills,
- Must be able to accommodate a flexible work schedule,
- Experience as a visual artist is considered a strong asset,
- Experience working with children, youth and adults including teaching and developing art classes,
- Experience working with students of all ages,
- Experience working with people with disabilities, seniors and ESL students.
How to Apply
Please send your cover letter and resume to email@example.com quoting Freelance Gallery Educator & Artist Instructor Positions by 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 7. Please indicate which position you’re applying to. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
Station Gallery is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to inclusive recruitment and selection processes and work environments. The selection process may include assessment methods to further determine a candidate’s knowledge and skills for the position. Please advise Station Gallery of any accommodations needed to ensure your access to a fair and equitable process. Any information received relating to accommodation will be addressed confidentially.
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For almost 40 years, Gallery TPW has engaged the vital role that still and time-based images play in contemporary culture. Through a diverse program of exhibitions, screenings, performances, new critical writing and education events, TPW has consistently showcased unique, challenging, contemporary work by Canadian and international artists.
The gallery maintains an essential role, locally and nationally, advocating for the rights of artists, artist-run culture and new critical models of engagement between artists, arts organizations and audiences.
In 2014, TPW undertook a major project, transforming a 3,300 square-foot warehouse on St Helens Avenue in Toronto into a sleek purpose-built exhibition facility. TPW is now better positioned than ever to stage ambitious exhibitions, ask urgent and compelling questions, and forge meaningful relationships with artists, curators and audiences. At this exciting moment in our history, we are seeking a dynamic individual to guide the next stage of our development.
Gallery TPW is committed to fostering an equitable, inclusive and accessible workplace that reflects the diversity of Toronto’s communities. We strongly encourage qualified candidates from all communities to apply. Should you require accommodation during the interview process, please let us know and we will work with you to meet your needs.
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director leads all aspects of the operations of Gallery TPW, and defines and implements strategic initiatives to foster the financial, organizational and programming vitality of the gallery. The Executive Director works with the staff and Board to envision and implement short- and long-term goals that fulfill TPW’s mission. The Executive Director manages and supports staff; creates a collaborative working environment; oversees finances, fundraising plans and facilities; engages granting agencies and existing donors; and proactively cultivates new supporters. As the senior officer and spokesperson for TPW, the Executive Director is a leader in the arts community in Toronto and beyond, and a vocal advocate for the gallery and artist-run culture, in general.
- Articulates, communicates and implements a clear vision for TPW, in consultation with the Board of Directors and staff.
- Takes primary responsibility for the financial management and administration of the gallery.
- Leads and directs fundraising initiatives, with the goal of increasing self-generated revenue.
- Cultivates and fosters relationships with a diversity of donors, granting agencies, members and other supporters.
- Works with the Curator to ensure the effective and financially feasible implementation and promotion of an ambitious program.
- Manages and provides leadership to staff. Takes primary responsibility for the hiring, management, evaluation and professional development of staff.
- Fosters a collaborative and diverse work environment.
- Directs and oversees the overall communications and marketing strategies.
- Ensures clear and transparent internal communication between staff, Board members, advisory committee members and TPW’s general membership.
- Acts as the primary spokesperson for the gallery with media, arts councils, granting agencies, professional associations and advocacy groups, among others.
- 5-10 years experience as a senior manager in the non-profit sector, preferably in a culture related field.
- Strong knowledge of contemporary art – knowledge of current photography, time-based practices, performance and/or public programming experience an asset.
- Outstanding skills in financial management, strategic thinking and project management.
- Demonstrated success in grant-writing and fundraising.
- Strong knowledge of arts councils and funding agencies in Canada.
- Proven ability to cultivate donors.
- Proven ability to promote financial sustainability.
- Proven ability to foster a collaborative and diverse work environment.
- Excellent interpersonal skills.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- French, or a second language an asset.
Salary is commensurate with experience, and includes health and dental benefits. The job entails working 32-35 hours per week with some evenings and weekends.
How to Apply
Please submit a cover letter outlining your interest in the position and your relevant background, a resume, and any other support material you feel is pertinent by September 19, 2016 at 5pm to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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WKP Kennedy Gallery
Located in the heart of downtown North Bay, a small but closely-knit community 3.5 hours north of Toronto, the WKP Kennedy Gallery is a public art gallery that operates within the Capitol Centre, a not-for-profit performing arts centre, for a community of 54,000 and beyond. The WKP Kennedy Public Art Gallery presents the finest in historical and contemporary Northern, Canadian and International visual artists. Within two spaces, the WKP Kennedy Public Art Gallery is a gathering place for art and art ideas and offers the people of North Bay and Northeastern Ontario, a forum for artistic dialogue and development.
The WKP Kennedy Gallery seeks a highly motivated team player to be the Gallery Manager. The Gallery Manager is accountable to the General Manager and acts, with the advice and input of the Gallery Advisory Committee and in accordance with the constitution, by-laws, and policies of the W.K.P Kennedy Gallery, to achieve the goals and priorities of both the Gallery and the Capitol Centre. The Gallery Manager oversees all visual arts programming and is responsible for the development of an ongoing exhibition program, working directly with artists, curators and Capitol Centre staff. The Gallery Manager will be responsible for the operation of the Gallery including programming, fundraising, grant writing, community outreach, and volunteer management. The Gallery Manager will also be responsible for the documentation and maintenance of the W.K.P. Kennedy Gallery Permanent Collection.
Salary: $35,000 per annum plus company benefits program
- Senior management experience with a University degree/diploma in Fine Arts, Arts Administration, Cultural Studies or equivalent;
- Grant writing experience (preferably to the Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts) absolutely essential;
- Curatorial experience an asset; Superior written and verbal communication skills along with honed research skills;
- Collections management experience an asset;
- Fundraising experience an asset
- Desire to live and work in a small community where community and partnerships are essential.
Three professional references are required on resume.
How to Apply:
Please send all resumes/letters of interest to Dee Adrian at email@example.com or to the Selection Committee, 150 Main Street East, North Bay, Ontario, P1B 1A8. Closing Date September 9, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. Thank you for your interest in this position. Only those being considered for an interview will be contacted.
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Ottawa Art Gallery
The Ottawa Art Gallery is launching a call for applications in order to create a bank of casual employees who will support occasional Gallery needs, helping to respond to school group reservations and other programming initiatives.
The gallery educator will, under the direction of the education coordinator, conduct various research projects that synthesize, integrate and transmit information on exhibition-related artists and artworks. He or she must also create hands-on group workshops that connect with artists or works displayed in the exhibition.
- Conduct research on artists and/or exhibitions presented at the gallery.
- Research, expand on and adapt an animation method that accounts for the length of the visit and the intended audience.
- Lead interactive tours.
- Facilitate hands-on workshops and make links between the workshop and the techniques or themes of the exhibition.
The ideal candidate possesses the following qualities, knowledge and experience:
- A university degree in visual arts or other related field.
- Two years’ experience in a museum context dealing with front-line tasks and working with the public or related experience
- Knowledge of art history and contemporary art.
- Familiarity with the OAG collection is an asset.
- Excellent command of French and English.
- Excellent customer service skills.
- Ability to be courteous at all times and under all circumstances.
- Be outgoing.
- Be dynamic, proactive and cheerful.
- Be punctual.
WAGE CONDITIONS: Casual, on-call position
$13-$15.50 per hour, contingent on experience and studies completed.
Please note that selected candidates will be required to provide a recent and valid police background check from the Ottawa Police Service.
Please send your cover letter and CV to:
The Ottawa Art Gallery is an equal opportunity employer. We appreciate the interest of all applicants, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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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).
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.
- 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 to:email@example.com
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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AZ Driver (Full-Time)
Salary: Between $50,000 to $70,000
Job Type: Full-time
PACART, Canada's most respected fine art transport company has a full time position available in our Toronto location for an Ontario licensed class AZ driver who is energetic, careful, conscientious and pays attention to detail. The successful candidate will possess good interpersonal skills, be customer service oriented and have an interest in the arts.
- Must be able to work flexible hours
- Valid AZ class Ontario driver’s license
- Supply a current CVOR or drivers abstract
- Possess a valid AZ class license, valid passport or PR card and be able to travel in the USA when required.
- Average physical health (position involves bending and lifting)
- Must be bondable
- Must be able to pass a pre-employment drug testing screening and participate in a Drug and Alcohol program in accordance with USDOT regulation
- Provide RCMP or provincial police background check
- An interest in the Arts
- Relational knowledge of Metro Toronto
- City driving experience
- Computer literacy
Scope of Work:
- Long delivery
- Long distance driving - single and dual
- Over night or out of town driving up to a week at a time
- Some onsite and warehouse packing
Minimum: 3 years
Required license or certification: AZ
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Call for Volunteer Docents
The McMichael Canadian Art Collection
The McMichael Canadian Art Collection is seeking motivated individuals to serve as Volunteer Docents. The ideal candidate is people-oriented and enthusiastic about introducing school groups and adults to Canadian art and the McMichael Collection.
What does a docent do?
McMichael Docents and Educators provided tours for more than 30,000 students and adult visitors in the 2015/16 school year. Our teaching philosophy emphasizes an interactive approach, encouraging an exchange between the visitor and the Docent/ Educator. Tours provide exciting opportunities to view a variety of Special Exhibitions at the McMichael, as well as the Permanent Collection, including The Group of Seven and their contemporaries, as well as artwork by Indigenous and Inuit artists.
The McMichael Canadian Art Collection has two Docent groups:
School Programs Docents are responsible for conducting tours for school groups. These tours are highly interactive and include hands-on activities. Docents may choose also to be involved in facilitating studio programs led by McMichael Educators. School programs run from September-June, with the exception of school holidays. School program Docents are required to attend group meetings every third Monday, and to provide five hours per week of availability for tours.
Gallery Tour Docents are responsible for giving Permanent Collection and Special Exhibition tours to adult and special interest groups, primarily on weekends. Gallery Tour Docents are required to attend group meetings every third Saturday from September-June, and to provide 8 hours of weekend availability per month.
What type of training does a docent receive?
Before starting to tour, Docents are required to attend Provisional Docent training sessions, which are scheduled between January-April. These sessions introduce Docents to the McMichael Permanent Collection, as well as touring techniques, approaches and methods that will engage visitors. During this training period, Docents also shadow experienced Docents/Educators and complete assigned reading associated with the exhibitions. The learning continues even after training is complete, as Docents take part in group meetings that function as ongoing training sessions. These meetings touch on art history, art criticism, aesthetics and art-making, as well as strategies for leading an effective and enjoyable tour.
After completing their training, docents work independently. They are expected to be reliable, prepared and well-versed in the material they will be covering in their tour. Acting as a Docent requires a training, preparation and commitment, and applicants should be prepared for the time commitment involved.
If you are interested in becoming a Docent at the McMichael, please complete a Volunteer application form via http://www.mcmichael.com/support/volunteer.cfm and forward with
your resume electronically or via hard copy to Human Resources: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions? Call 905-893-1121 x2224
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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
- 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 | email@example.com (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).
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).
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 | firstname.lastname@example.org (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 email@example.com 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
905-615-4860 x 2111
Operations Assistant | Volunteer Coordinator
905-615-4860 x 2110
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Chief Executive Officer
Museum of Vancouver (MOV)
ABOUT MUSEUM OF VANCOUVER
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate the position you are applying for in the subject line of the email.
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