Curator of Programs and Education

Date Posted: Jun 22, 2022
Application Deadline: Jul 15, 2022
Start Date: Sep 06, 2022

Salary From: 65K To 75K
Province: Ontario
Region: Metro Toronto Area
City: Toronto
Employee Benefits: Health, Pension
Organization's Field/Discipline: The Arts
Job's focus: Creative & Administrative
Job Type: Full-time
Career Level: Middle management

Organization Description

Gardiner Museum
The Gardiner Museum brings together people of all ages and communities through the shared values of creativity, wonder, and community that clay and ceramic traditions inspire.
We engage audiences with exhibitions, programs, and hands-on classes, while stewarding a significant permanent collection. We interpret historical ceramics to emphasize their relevance today, and champion emerging and established Canadian artists and their role in the broader world. We innovate through clay education, as we bring together the experience of making with a deeper understanding of the art of ceramics.
We believe in making, looking, and thinking through clay.
The Gardiner Museum has a collection of over 4,000 objects from the Ancient Americas, Europe, Japan, and China, as well as contemporary works with an emphasis on leading Canadian artists. We are among the few museums focused on ceramics, and one of the world’s most notable specialty museums.

Job Description

The Curator of Programs and Education oversees both the programming and educational activities of the Museum. The Curator conceives, organizes, and delivers public programming in support of the permanent collection, special exhibitions, and audience development goals of the Museum. The Curator is responsible for developing public programming initiatives and strategic community partnerships, including Community Arts Space programs. The Curator directs the educational activities of the Museum, including sessional classes, camps, school group and private bookings, Family Day activities, and gallery teaching. The Curator is responsible for providing an overall vision of Programs, Education, and Community Arts Space that aligns with the Museum’s Strategic Goals and Curatorial Vision.

This position reports to the Chief Curator and requires the candidate to build knowledge of the Gardiner Museum’s permanent collections and exhibitions. The position will carry out such job duties and functions as are outlined below, or as assigned to you from time to time.

  • Ensure education and program activities align with key points of the Museum’s Curatorial Vision and Strategic Plan
  • Work in consultation with the Chief Curator at initial stages of project development, incorporating other internal and external stakeholders as planning develops on a case by case basis
  • Manage a team composed of a Programs Coordinator and Education Manager
  • Prepare, administer, and maintain the Education and Programs Budget
  • Sit on the Senior Manager Team and participate in broader Museum discussions.
  • Liaise with other departments within the Museum, in particular: Marketing for promotion of events, classes, and camps; Development on programs related to member benefits and education sponsor opportunities; and Operations for program set-up and delivery
  • Identify and implement strategies for ongoing audience development, cultivating enduring community partnerships with organizations and individuals throughout the year
  • Assist with special initiatives and other projects as needed

The Curator leads both the planning and implementation of public programming in support of the permanent collection, special exhibitions, and audience development goals of the Museum. The Curator is responsible for developing public programming initiatives and strategic community partnerships. 
  • Develop all annual programming in support of special exhibitions, permanent collections, and Community Arts Space, emphasizing a direct connection to clay and ceramics
  • Lead development, planning, and execution of Community Arts Space program
  • Lead development and planning of summer Plaza Programs, overseeing execution of the activities by Education Manager, Program Coordinator, volunteers, etc.
  • Lead development and planning of programs for the International Ceramic Art Fair.
  • Coordinate the Gardiner Museum’s Signature Lecture Series, in conversation with Curatorial and Development.
  • Coordinate and execute administrative tasks for program planning and delivery, including: vendor outreach, budget planning, letters of agreement, flight and hotel reservations, and event notes
  • Coordinate programming for city-wide events such as Nuit Blanche and Culture Days, when participating
  • Supervise full- and part-time Programming staff, including Programs Coordinator and CAS Instructors

The Curator oversees dedicated staff to carry out Education initiatives; the Curator designs and manages the educational activities of the Museum, including sessional classes, school group and private bookings, Family Day activities, and gallery teaching.
  • Develop and oversee the Museum’s in-gallery education program, including school programs, group tours, and special exhibition tours
  • Develop and oversee the Museum’s hands-on adult Education program, including sessional classes, special workshops, and drop in sessions for adults
  • Develop and oversee the Museum’s hands-on kids Education program, including sessional classes, camps, school programs, and Family Days
  • Oversee development of permanent collection and special exhibition resources for teachers, docents, and group tours
  • Oversee the development of Education beyond the Museum’s studio space, including on Plaza, online, and in the Exhibition Hall
  • Supervise full- and part-time Education staff, including an Education Manager, camp assistants, and instructors
  • Manage the development and care of the Museum’s Education Collection


Business Skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office
  • Working knowledge of forecasting and budgeting, including ability to work with a budget and within a budget
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to manage and supervise teams
Technical skills
  • Event coordination skills for talks, lectures, museum-wide events, live performance, co-presented events, among others
  • Calendar management and planning
  • Knowledge and understanding of social media and web platforms
Interpersonal/People Management skills
  • Knowledge of the non-profit sector, and a preferred strong network of cultural and academic contacts in Toronto and beyond
  • Knowledge of or training in anti-oppression/anti-racism
  • Experience in working with partners and forming partnerships
  • Ability to analyze trends in event attendance
  • Ability to work well with a team in executing events
  • Ability to be proactive and a self-starter
  • Ability to collaborate with external partners and create ways to meet mutual goals
  • Excellent customer service skills for interacting with visitors
  • Identify, build and maintain prospective community and cultural organizational partners
  • Capacity to work under pressure, multi-task and to meet deadlines
Experience/Bona fide education licenses or degrees required
  • Minimum 4 years experience managing programs at a cultural institution, with ceramic or studio education experience preferred
  • Prior work experience in a museum/gallery environment preferred
  • University degree, MA in related field preferred

Additional Info:

Special conditions of employment
This position is built on working five days out of seven days.  Flexibility is required for some evening and weekend work in order to deliver programs.
The Gardiner Museum regularly updates our COVID-19 protocols and health measures in accordance with the Province in an effort to protect the health of both visitors and staff.

Start date

Early September

How to Apply:

To apply, candidates should submit a letter of interest and CV in one PDF document by July 15, 4pm, to Please reference “Curator of Education and Programs” in the subject line. No phone calls or visits please. For further information on the Gardiner Museum, please refer to our website:

The Gardiner Museum is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from qualified candidates from visible and invisible minority group members, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons across the spectrum of sexual orientation and gender identities and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. We are committed to hiring on merit and to removing barriers in employment policies. Reasonable accommodations for disabilities will be provided, on request, to support applicant’s participation in all aspects of the recruitment and selection process.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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