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Posting Number: YUSA-11522
Position Title: Assistant Curator
Department: Art Gallery of York University (AGYU)
Category: Administrative/Secretarial/Clerical
Reports To: Assistant Director/Curator
Affiliation/Union: YUSA
Band: 13
Salary: $66,221
Hours of Work: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm. May be required to work some evenings and weekends.
Full-Time / Part-Time: Full-Time
Duration: Permanent - Continuing
 
Purpose:
The Assistant Curator is responsible for facilitating the exhibition and collection of original works of art at York University, and the publication of Gallery catalogues and handouts to the public. The position provides a liaison with the Gallery's public (i.e. faculty, staff, students, and general public) and supports the function of the Director/Curator.
 
Responsibilities:
ADMINISTRATIVE:
Assists in long-term planning, scheduling and budgeting of programmes. Assists in preparation of grant requests and summary reports. Responsible for the administration of the permanent collection. Initiates correspondence regarding programmes, operations, and collections. Assists in the coordination of Work/Study students, interns, and volunteers. Assists in training, scheduling and work assignments for employees. Assists in preparing time sheets, evaluations and direction for casual employees and volunteers. Percentage of time: 50%

CURATORIAL AND REGISTRATION:
Assists in research, planning, publicity, and installation of exhibitions. Arranges transport, insurance, customs and security of artworks. Implements the installation of exhibitions. Administers travelling exhibitions. Assists in the organization of special projects e.g. seminars, workshops, video screenings and panel discussions. Coordinates AGYU catalogue distribution centre/bookstore. Percentage of time: 30%

RESEARCH AND WRITING:
Assists in the compilation, editing, proofing of all gallery publications. Prepares reports on gallery operations, policies and special study reports. Develops and maintains research files and visual documentation. Researches and compiles information on incoming exhibitions for public information. Percentage of time: 15%

OTHER DUTIES AS ASSIGNED. Percentage of time: 5%
 
Contacts:
Type: Government funding agencies, artists, museums, and internal departments. Work/Study program, payroll and employees.
Purpose: Fundraising, development of programs, on-going administration, to source out subsidized employment programs e.g. work/study, internships and volunteers, and to assist in the task assignment and training of casual staff.

Type: Artists, curators, museums, shipping and customs agents, international departments, media contacts e.g. magazines, newspapers, radio stations, and general public.
Purpose: To ensure the success of gallery programmes

Type: Artists, writers, designers, museums, and internal departments.
Purpose: To facilitate the production of gallery publications and operations.
 
Communications:
English
  • Basic reading skills (eg. Scanning text, reading forms, etc)
  • Basic writing skills (eg. Writing brief notes, completing forms, etc.)
  • Comprehends written material (eg. Asking & answering simple or repetitive questions, etc.)
  • Write non-complex documents (eg. Extracting information/details, reading reports/correspondence, etc.)
  • Sustains conversation on specific topics (eg. Explains standard policies/procedures/services, etc.)
  • Comprehends complex texts (eg. Reading & interpreting policy papers/research papers/technical reports, etc.)
  • Composes documents (eg. Drafting reports/recommendations/research papers/summaries, etc.)
 
Responsibility for Others:
Affiliation   Number of Individuals   Direct/Indirect   Type
Student   4   Indirect   Administrative/Secretarial/Clerical

The following supervisory responsibilities are required for the individuals listed in the corresponding affiliation:
Affiliation   Responsibilities
Student  
  • Provides direction or instructions
  • Arranges work schedules, coordinates work flow & reviews completed work
 
Physical & Sensory Demands/Environmental Conditions:
VDT use: 50%
Bending: 5%
Other: 5
 
Education:
University degree in Visual Arts or, or equivalent combination of education, or an equivalent of 4 years recent experience (defined as within the last five years) working at York University and performing the same or similar tasks. This education equivalency is in addition to the experiential requirements outlined below.
 
Experience:
2 years recent related experience in a gallery or museum, specializing in contemporary art (e.g. research, curatorial assistance, administration of a collection, installation of artwork, art handling, condition reports, etc.). Experience working with diverse communities.
 
Skills:
Strong knowledge of fine art handling, shipping and condition reporting. Strong knowledge of exhibition coordination and project management in contemporary art. Strong knowledge of contemporary art practices and current trends in curatorial practice. Knowledge in publication coordination and distribution. Strong writing skills, attention to detail, and ability to multitask competing deadlines and overlapping projects. Knowledge of the non-profit public gallery sector, including experience with grant applications. Ability to stay current with trends in collections management.
 
Recruitment Checks:
This position requires the candidate to produce a verification of degree(s), credentials(s), or equivalencies from accredited institutions and/or international equivalents at the time of interview.
 
Job Specifications:
Peak Period Definition: Hours during peak periods: Maybe required to work week-ends and evenings during events and Exhibition openings.
Vacation Restriction Definition: September - January.
 
Dates:
Internal Posting Date: November 7, 2018
Internal Application Deadline: November 14, 2018
 
Extended Posting Date: November 29, 2018
Extended Application Deadline: January 4, 2019
 
External Posting Date: November 29, 2018
External Application Deadline: January 4, 2019

Please Note: All applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. on the posted deadline date.

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