Assistant Curator

Published October 5, 2021

Closing Date: October 19, 2021

Assistant Curator, Blackwood Gallery

Date Posted: 09/21/2021
Req ID: 15825
Faculty/Division: UofT Mississauga
Department: UTM: Visual Studies
Campus: University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM)


About us:

The university’s second largest division, U of T Mississauga has 17 academic departments and offers 156 programs in 92 areas of study. Home to approximately 15,000 students and over 1,000 faculty and staff, the campus houses the Mississauga Academy of Medicine, Centre for Medicinal Chemistry and Institute for Management and Innovation. With its distinctive interdisciplinary programs such as forensic sciences and biomedical communications, U of T Mississauga offers a broad array of continuing education programs and professional masters programs. Established in 1967, the campus features award-winning architecture, robust community partnerships and a dynamic student environment set amongst 225 acres along the Credit River in Mississauga.

Your opportunity:

The Blackwood is a contemporary art centre at the University of Toronto Mississauga dedicated to open, public research. The Blackwood is committed to thinking about the gallery as a space for living ideas—for holding together research, creation, inquiry, interaction, and conversation. We present curated exhibitions featuring the work of local, national, and international professional artists in on-campus gallery spaces and off-site projects throughout the GTHA; support artistic research, commissions, and residencies; and foster transdisciplinary strategies for knowledge production and circulation via a robust publishing program. We cultivate cultures of learning, provide mentorship, and facilitate professional development.

Under the direction of the Director/Curator, the Assistant Curator is responsible for initiating, researching, developing, implementing and overseeing The Blackwood’s academic and community outreach programs (including experiential learning opportunities, workshops, interdisciplinary forums, lectures, panel discussions, performances, and off-site projects). The Assistant Curator will be responsible for on-going (budgetary, logistical, administrative and time-table) coordination of the outreach program and publications, including coordinating the efforts of participants and contributors such as artists, guest curators, writers, researchers, the general public, students, faculty, and staff at the University of Toronto Mississauga. In addition, the Assistant Curator will provide supervision of a changing team of permanent and contract staff, interns, work-study students, and volunteers.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Overseeing day-to-day operational needs of the unit
  • Developing and implementing community engagement strategies and plans
  • Analyzing and making recommendations for programming enhancements
  • Developing and implementing content marketing plans that support strategic objectives
  • Creating and/or editing original, published content and materials
  • Curating exhibitions and gallery installations

Essential Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree or acceptable combination of equivalent experience.
  • A minimum of three years of curatorial experience in a professional gallery of contemporary art
  • Demonstrated experience initiating and implementing major exhibitions in the areas of contemporary Canadian and international art in a diversity of media and interdisciplinary outreach programs with diverse participants and publics
  • Experience leading and supervising staff
  • Experience overseeing financial resources for projects within established budgets
  • Experience overseeing logistics and scheduling of all aspects associated with the artistic program of a non-profit, visual art gallery
  • Experience working with students in a curricular and co-curricular capacity to mentor them through the process of launching an exhibit and acquisitions
  • Familiarity with the contemporary art context at a local, national and international level, as evidenced in their writings and curatorial projects
  • Must have superior organizational skills, effective problem solving and interpersonal skills; detail-oriented focus
  • Ability to multi-task and to work a hectic schedule and demanding deadlines, overlapping schedules and timelines. Ability to work well in a collaborative team environment.
  • Ability to conceptualize, analyze, prioritize and make decision aligned to exhibition production, from conceptualization through all aspects of project implementation
  • Ability to navigate intellectually challenging materials (interdisciplinary research, educational texts, concepts)
  • Requires great analytical abilities, including budgeting and resource management and ability to build and lead a team of assistants
  • Knowledge of technical and aesthetic dimension of exhibition installation, from planning to design and implementation and all exhibition-installation processes and related materials.
  • Working knowledge of MS Office, including PowerPoint, Excel, Word
  • Demonstrated exceptional oral and written communication and editing skills, including exhibition and marketing texts, interpretation of art works for public presentations, grant writing, etc.
  • Excellent knowledge of physical handling of works of art in a diversity of media

Assets (Nonessential):

  • Experience working in a university art gallery
  • Experience working in academic or visual arts publishing

To be successful in this role you will be:

  • Goal oriented
  • Motivated self-learner
  • Multi-tasker
  • Organized
  • Problem solver
  • Team player

Closing Date: 10/19/2021, 11:59PM ET
Employee Group: USW 
Appointment Type: Budget – Continuing 
Schedule: Full-Time
Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone:
USW Pay Band 13 — $74,781 with an annual step progression to a maximum of $95,634. Pay scale and job class assignment is subject to determination pursuant to the Job Evaluation/Pay Equity Maintenance Protocol. 
Job Category: Arts & Culture

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.