Curator of Education
Full-time, permanent position
Salary: $40 000 – $45 000 (based on experience)
Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) is seeking a full-time curator to oversee its educational programs. The Curator of Education enhances access to and understanding of OAG’s collections and exhibitions through a dynamic range of interpretive tours and workshops, lectures, interpretive gallery tools, research and scholarship, and public engagement opportunities.
The curator is responsible for designing age-appropriate school programs, as well as educational opportunities for audiences of all ages. The individual in this position is responsible for the training, shift scheduling and supervision of a team of gallery educators and volunteer docents. The curator serves as an institutional ambassador, actively engaging with patrons, professional colleagues, partner institutions, and the Ottawa/Gatineau arts community.
The ideal candidate has a minimum of 5 years working in education in a museum setting, as well as a proven ability to develop original, rigorous, accessible and socially relevant educational programs and research projects in the arts.
Ottawa Art Gallery is in the midst of an exciting time of expansion and evolution. In late 2017, the Gallery will reopen in a new, purpose-built facility. The Curator of Education will play a key role in renewing and expanding the Gallery’s commitment to education, accessibility, and social responsibility. Individuals identifying as disabled, Indigenous, POC, Queer and/or Trans* are highly encouraged to apply.
Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):
- Conceptualize educational programs related to OAG’s exhibitions and collections;
- Design age-appropriate tours and workshops for school groups;
- Collaborate with the department head on the creation of strategic documents;
- Track spending and manage budgets for all educational and school programs;
- Research, write and report on educational project grants;
- Annually hire, train and supervise a team of gallery educators and volunteer docents;
- Develop interpretive gallery tools and contribute to writing exhibition labels;
- Maintain an extensive list of educational contacts;
- Foster academic and institutional programming partnerships;
- Contribute to the OAG’s inaugural celebrations;
- Manage school tour bookings and gallery educator shift schedules;
- Collaborate with the Communications and Marketing department on the production of brochures and printed collateral;
- Contribute to the varied events and functions of the Gallery.
- Advanced degree in Education, Art History, Museum Studies, Fine Art or related field;
- Minimum 5 years working in museum education;
- Impeccable communication skills, both written and verbal;
- Fluent bilingualism in both official languages an asset;
- Impeccable track record in arts administration and grant writing;
- Familiarity with current research and ideas in critical pedagogy;
- Minimum 3 years’ supervisory experience;
- Knowledge of major Canadian art historical movements and periods;
- Familiarity with major currents in contemporary art practices;
- Sensitivity towards diverse lived experiences, perspectives and political realities;
- Compelling presentation skills;
- Ability to collaborate effectively within a team.
Please apply with cover letter and resume addressed to Stephanie Nadeau, Head of Public, Educational and Community Programs: email@example.com
Please note that the successful candidate will be required to provide a valid police record check from the Ottawa Police Service.
Ottawa Art Gallery is an equal opportunity employer. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.