Curatorial Assistant

Date Posted: Jul 08, 2019
Application Deadline: Jul 24, 2019
Start Date: Aug 28, 2019

Salary Range: 30K - 40K
Additional Salary Information: $38,000
Province: Ontario
Region: Metro Toronto Area
City: Toronto
Employee Benefits: Health
Organization's Field/Discipline: The Arts
Job's focus: Creative & Administrative
Job Type: Full-time
Career Level: Intermediate

Organization Description

Textile Museum of Canada
Founded in 1975, The Textile Museum is the only museum in Canada that explores ideas and builds cultural understanding through the universally relevant media of textiles, connecting diverse contemporary art practices to centuries of material culture. The pillars of our contributions to diverse and inclusive textile cultures are public exhibitions, education and outreach, and collections. Our programming contributes to the art form through explorations of personal expressions and global cultures as they relate to material culture and community. We build our programs on previous outcomes, resulting in a rich, considered diversity and inclusion. It is important that audiences see themselves in our activities.
 

Job Description

CURATORIAL ASSISTANT
REPORTS TO: Curatorial Director
POSITION TYPE: Full-time - 5 days a week permanent position; work days are to be from Monday to Friday
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS/SKILLS: Must be physically capable of lifting up to 35 lbs.; have experience and the ability to handle art objects of various shapes and sizes.

The Textile Museum of Canada is seeking a highly motivated team player for the position of Curatorial Assistant.

The Curatorial Assistant supports the Museum’s ambitious program of exhibition projects. Reporting directly to the Curatorial Director they are responsible for a variety of curatorial and administrative tasks including exhibition research and planning; managing contacts and correspondence; assisting with the coordination and editing of all exhibition-related copy and documentation. Contributions to grant applications, partnership agreements, and internal and external communications is a core function. The Curatorial Assistant is an integral part of the programming team.
 
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Curatorial
  • Provides general curatorial support for staff and guest curators.
  • Conducts curatorial research for exhibition projects.
  • Maintains accurate exhibition checklists, image files, and other exhibition details.
  • Helps create, coordinate, and edit exhibition descriptions and didactic materials such as wall texts, labels, newsletter and website content.
  • Participates in, and assists with, staff training on exhibitions, as required.
  • Contributes to touring exhibition outreach and communications
  • Assists with hosting visiting artists, curators, colleagues, including itineraries and transportation.
 Exhibition Projects
  • Creates and manages planning systems for internal workflow for all exhibition projects – long and short term.
  • Procures exhibition materials and equipment, maintaining the inventory of display cases, AV equipment, and digital technology.
  • Participates in exhibition installation activities as required.
  • Creates digital floor plans for exhibitions.
 Administration
  • Supports Curatorial Director in day-to-day planning and communications.
  • Assists with the preparation of materials to promote and publicize exhibitions and related public programs.
  • Assists with gathering and writing information pertinent to grant applications, final reports, and other institutional needs.
  • Assists with budget management, correspondence with partners, artists, and colleagues.
  • Assists with coordination of logistical needs for artist/curator visits including arranging honoraria, travel, lodging, and meals.
 
Other
  • Work to further the goals and objectives of the Museum and participate actively in the life of the institution. Act in a respectful, accountable, and generous manner towards other staff, volunteers, and the general public.
  • Demonstrate a positive professional presence, inspiring and building confidence both within the Museum and outside the institution among a broad range of constituencies.
  • Foster an understanding of philanthropy within the organization.
  • Serve as representative of the Museum responding to and orienting visitors and volunteers.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Requirements:

REQUIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
  • Highly developed writing and copy-editing skills.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong attention to detail, high level of accuracy, and strategic problem solving.
  • Experience working with members of global Indigenous communities an asset.
  • Professional connections to local, national, and international individuals, communities and institutions.
  • Ability to work effectively and confidently with staff, trustees, artists, arts professionals, and the public.
  • Computer skills including proficiency in Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Skilled in establishing priorities, coordinating multiple complex projects simultaneously, and meeting deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently as well as closely with a small team.
  • A flexible/versatile approach to ensuring every project’s success.
 
Education, Training, and Traits
Bachelor’s degree from accredited college or university required, with coursework in art, art history, museum studies, or related field preferred.
Knowledge of current principles and procedures of curatorial activities in a museum or gallery setting.
 
Work Experience
Minimum three years of related experience with a focus on curatorial activities in a professional museum of gallery setting.
 

Additional Info:

This is a full-time, 5 days a week permanent position. The position requires availability for occasional evenings and weekends. Salary is $38,000.

DEADLINE TO APPLY IS WEDNESDAY JULY 24 AT 5PM

About the Textile Museum of Canada

Founded in 1975, The Textile Museum is the only museum in Canada that explores ideas and builds cultural understanding through the universally relevant media of textiles, connecting diverse contemporary art practices to centuries of material culture. The Museum's history of exploring ideas and building complex cultural understanding has produced an internationally regarded incubator for artistic practice and research.  The Museum presents audiences with opportunities to connect with 2000 years of global history through a collection of 15,000 objects, and provides local, Canadian, and international artists with a platform for the exploration and exhibition of new ideas. The Museum satisfies an otherwise unfulfilled need for professional, critical display, and interpretation of interdisciplinary practices that have material exploration at their core -- in Toronto and beyond.
 
The pillars of our contributions to diverse and inclusive textile cultures are public exhibitions, education and outreach, and collections. Our programming contributes to the art form through explorations of personal expressions and global cultures as they relate to material culture and community. We build our programs on previous outcomes, resulting in a rich, considered diversity and inclusion. It is important that audiences see themselves in our activities.
 
The Museum's social role is reinforced in a wide range of exhibitions, with an extensive schedule of complementary programming including workshops, lectures, seminars, tours, and digital initiatives. Visitors can explore materials and techniques, encounter rich cultural information and ideas, and create new work themselves within professional workshops or in Fibrespace – the Museum's educational hands-on gallery. 

 

How to Apply:

Qualified candidates should email their cover letter, resume, and three references (including email and phone #s) as a single document attachment to hrsearch@textilemuseum.ca. The email subject line should read <title of position applied for> <followed by applicant’s last name>.

Kindly note that we will accept no phone calls. We thank all applicants for their interest but advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

The Textile Museum of Canada maintains a Board of Trustees approved Anti-Racism, Access, and Equity Policy. Respect, accountability, and a generous manner towards other staff, volunteers, and the general public are requirements for all staff. The Museum is committed to achieving representation of equity-seeking groups on its staff by ensuring that members of said communities have unbiased access to employment. The Textile Museum of Canada is an equal opportunity employer.
 

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