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Assistant Curator

MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina
Deadline: October 19, 2018 - November 09, 2018

Contact

Name: Jackie Martin

Phone: (306) 584-4250 ext. 4275

E-mail: jackie.martin@mackenzieartgallery.ca

Website: http://mackenzieartgallery.ca

Deadline

November 09, 2018

Reporting to the Head Curator, and in collaboration with other Gallery staff, assists in the development
and production of exhibitions, publications, collections, and associated programs to achieve the Vision
and strategic objectives of the Gallery.

Assists with the coordination and development of the Permanent Collection and acquisition processes.

Nature of Work:
Reporting to the Head Curator, works collaboratively with all Gallery staff in a consultative manner to
deliver dynamic, engaging and innovative programs. The Assistant Curator must be knowledgeable in
curatorial and administrative planning and best practices and assists to ensure consistency of the
MacKenzie Gallery program alignment with Mission and Vision, Strategic and Business plans, brand and
visual identity, and how these documents are realized through all programs, visitor experience and
engagement.

Accountabilities:
• Assist the Executive Director and CEO, Director of Programs, and Head Curator in the review and development of multi-year strategies and goals for the Gallery Programs.
• Assist the Executive Director and CEO, Director of Programs, and Head Curator in the review and
development of policy and procedures for Gallery programs.
• Under supervision, develop programming aimed at engaging in and understanding diverse art media, with a focus on creating opportunities to bring artists and audiences together.
• Cooperate and collaborate with other programming staff in the planning and implementation of
exhibition-related programs and activities.
• Under supervision, establish and monitor budgets for exhibitions and programs as assigned.
• Research potential exhibitions by initiating contacts with artists, curators, collectors, and dealers
and by keeping abreast of current literature in the field.
• Propose new in-house exhibitions with written and oral justifications for input from the Program
Development Team, including exhibitions of Indigenous art.
• Review and recommend touring exhibition proposals for input by the Program Development Team.
• Under supervision, prepare and/or assist in the preparation, monitoring and reporting of grants from funding agencies and/or sponsors for designated exhibitions, research projects, and related programs.
• Under supervision, curate and/or assist in the curation of assigned exhibitions through the phases of research, design, coordination and installation.
• Coordinates with and assists the curatorial team responsible for the production and/or installation of designated exhibitions.
• Under supervision, negotiate contracts with artists, lenders, guest curators, editors and writers.
• Under supervision, produce and/or assist in the production of publication and other interpretive materials that include original scholarship and/or interpretive writing, and frequently engaging
and overseeing the services of writers, editors, designers, photographers, and printers.
• Under supervision, develop and assist in the development of exhibition tours for selected exhibitions on a regional, national, and international basis.
• Under supervision, organize and/or assist in the organization of programs including lectures, panels, workshops, and symposia.
• Communicate designated program activities to staff and volunteers, formally in meetings, and through informal discussions.
• Assist the Executive Director and CEO, the Director of Programs, and the Head Curator in the review and development of multi-year strategies and goals for the development of the Permanent Collection.
• Research and propose potential acquisitions (donations and purchases), by initiating contacts with artists, dealers and collectors and by keeping abreast of current literature in the field.
• Propose new acquisitions (donations and purchases) to the Permanent Collection Committee with oral and written justifications.
• Under supervision, prepare proposals to funding agencies and organizations for acquisition assistance, and assist in the application to the Cultural Property Export Review Board.
• Provide access to the collection, including exhibitions, publications, interpretive materials, and supplementary programming, and through electronic media.
• Review and make recommendations regarding loan request from other institutions.
• Provide input to the collections management process, coordinated by the Collections Coordinator.
• Produce exhibitions, publications (online and in print), and other interpretive materials that include original scholarship and/or interpretive writing related to the Permanent Collection.
• As a member of the Program Development Team, Permanent Collection Advisory Committee, and at other applicable committees as required or assigned (subject to change from time to time), provide information and facilitate discussion about exhibition, program and collection activities, and provide input and expertise related to the general program and operation of the gallery.
• Provide advice, assistance and expertise to Community, School and Outreach Educators, Visitor Services, Administration, Fund Development and Communications staff.
• Assist in cross-gallery discussions regarding exhibitions, school and community programs, other events, and communications in preparation for global grant proposals.
• Initiate orders for monographs and journals for the Library.
• Provide Curatorial tours and talks provided for specific exhibitions, programs, and events.
• Respond to public inquiries.
• Develops and maintains a network of professional colleagues external to the organization and represents the Gallery publicly at events and in partnerships.
• Provide media interviews related to programs and acquisitions, in consultation with Communications staff.
• Present lectures and papers to local, national and international art communities as required.
• Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

Education: A bachelor’s degree in a related field.
Experience: A minimum of two years of directly related experience in a non-profit, or similarly complex environment, with excellent knowledge of art gallery museum procedures, art handling, and environmental standards, comfortable discussing issues affecting the arts today, knowledge of art,
including specialist expertise in an established area of research, with a strategic priority towards
Indigenous art and artists, and comfort and experience working with artists and curators; demonstrated
knowledge of exhibition production and design; experience organizing Indigenous exhibitions and
programs an asset; experience with project management and delivery in a complex, dynamic
environment.

Skills: Strong leadership and consensus building skills; the demonstrated ability to think and act
strategically; proactive, highly organized and self-motivated; ability to prioritize deadlines; strong team
player with the ability to work independently, collaboratively, and within a team environment; ability to
express ideas and concepts effectively, verbally and in writing, including the ability to prepare and
present verbal and written reports of a specialized nature; fluency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel,
PowerPoint, Outlook), familiar with Collections Management software considered an asset.

Salary Information: $49,814 to $56,606

Benefits: This position includes a comprehensive benefits package.

The MacKenzie Art Gallery is committed to maintaining an inclusive culture and building a diverse
workforce that includes women, Aboriginal, Inuit and Métis peoples, persons with disabilities and
members of visible minorities who have traditionally been and are currently underrepresented in the
Canadian workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates.

HOW TO APPLY
Please apply no later than Friday, November 9, 2018 4:30 PM.
Email: jackie.martin@mackenzieartgallery.ca
Please include “Assistant Curator” in the subject line of all applications sent via email.
MacKenzie Art Gallery
Attn: Jackie Martin
Director of Finance and Operations
3475 Albert Street
Regina, SK S4S 6X6

Inquiries regarding this position can be directed to Jackie Martin, Director of Finance and Operations, at
(306) 584-4250 ext. 4275.

The successful candidate must submit a satisfactory Criminal Record Check prior to employment.