Curatorial Associate, Schools & Community Programs

Date Posted: Oct 16, 2020
Application Deadline: Oct 30, 2020
Start Date: Nov 09, 2020

Salary From: 55K To 70K
Province: Ontario
Region: Metro Toronto Area
City: Downtown Toronto
Employee Benefits: Health, Pension, Other (e.g. flex time, comp tickets, etc.)
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Organization's Field/Discipline: Doesn't apply
Job's focus: Creative & Administrative
Job Type: Full-time
Career Level: Intermediate

Organization Description

Art Gallery of Ontario

At the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), we bring people together with art to see, experience and understand the world in new ways.


Our Vision: We will become the imaginative centre of our city and province. We will be welcoming to our visitors, inspiring for our audiences and innovative in the ways we gather people together to create community through art. We will become a preferred cultural partner for artistic visionaries from all over the world.


The AGO is committed to recruiting a diverse and collaborative workforce, who exemplify our mission, vision and values and will thrive in a dynamic environment.

Job Description

Curatorial Associate, Schools & Community Programs
Regular Full-Time (35 hours per week)

Are you energized by the idea of working in Canada’s leading art museum, surrounded by great art, award-winning programs and big ideas? Would you thrive working with colleagues who are leaders in their field, from a variety of professional backgrounds? Do you believe art has the power to spark conversation, create community and change lives?
Located in Toronto, the Art Gallery of Ontario (“the AGO”) is one of the largest art museums in North America, with a collection of close to 100,000 works. Through the collection as well as collaborations with leading museums around the world, the AGO presents wide-ranging exhibitions and programs to more than 1 million visitors annually. Focused on delivering content of exceptional quality and contemporary relevance, the AGO is deepening relationships with existing members and visitors, attracting new and diverse audiences, and strengthening its recognition on a global scale. With an operating budget of over $60 million, over 500 employees, and 400 volunteers, the AGO continues to build a high-performance culture as an employer-of-choice, with strong staff and volunteer satisfaction and engagement aligned to the AGO’s compelling mission to bring art and people together to see, experience and understand the world in new ways.
We are seeking a full-time Curatorial Associate, Schools & Community Programs. The ideal candidate will work collaboratively to create and realize programs that support the AGO’s values of art, audience and learning. They will be a motivated self-starter able to effectively assist in the activation of the public spaces of the museum addressing the needs and interests of a broad and engaged public.
Key responsibilities include:
  • Coordinating the logistics and production of related school and community programs, and performances for all ages and audiences under the direction of the Associate Curator, digitally and onsite. Working in collaboration with curatorial colleagues to plan and implement these events with best-in-class production and implementation.
  • Under the direction of the Associate Curator works to develop and implement an annual program, digitally and onsite. Serves as the primary point person for the partners, and external and internal stakeholders for all partnerships. Identify programs and institutions as community partners and work collaboratively with the PP&L team to ascertain whether programs became further integrated into overall learning opportunities of both schools and the AGO community programs initiatives. The role will ensure an ongoing audit of the use of the space, and the establishment of a more integrated approach to the partner relationships inside the museum.
  • Under the direction of the Associate Curator, research and help develop school programs and early childhood learning opportunities for existing and new audiences. Identify integration into the related school curriculum and assist the Chief, Education & Programming in managing and delivering related metrics and tools for evaluation. Coordinate administration and logistics of programs and all related events in collaboration with institutional colleagues.


Our ideal candidate will have the following skills and experience:
  • Demonstrated experience of at least 3 years minimum in the administration and production of large-scale events, public programs or any related program, including working with artists, cultural producers, and including on-site event and program production and logistics and communication for public audiences. 
  • Teaching and art history knowledge are assets
  • Graduate level education degree and knowledge of formal education sectors, museum education, art history as well as contemporary art practices
  • Proven program development and scheduling for large numbers of participants
  • Highly developed administration and organizational skills, and demonstrated experience in project coordination, logistics, scheduling, expense tracking and administration.
  • Knowledge of museum practices and diversity
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience processing information and working to tight deadlines. 
  • Well-developed organizational, interpersonal and public relations skills. 
  • Proven ability to work effectively and positively with other professional staff in a highly collaborative environment, and at times high volume organization. 
  • Demonstrated experience working with a variety of computer software packages; including excel, Portfolio for Images, TMS, Adobe Suite, and similar 
  • Knowledge of French and/or other languages an asset.

How to Apply:

We invite individuals who reflect the diversity of our visitors to apply by submitting a tailored cover letter and CV  to We thank all applicants but must advise that only those selected for interviews will be contacted.
In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act & the AGO’s Recruitment & Selection Policy for Staff, a request for accommodation will be considered throughout the hiring process. The Art Gallery of Ontario is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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