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Chief Curator

The McMichael Canadian Art Collection stands alone as the only public fine art gallery in the nation that focuses on Canadian art and the Indigenous art of our country, both historical and contemporary. The permanent collection consists of over 6,400 artworks by Tom Thomson, the Group of Seven, their contemporaries, and First Nations, Métis, Inuit and contemporary artists who have contributed to the development of Canadian art. The McMichael is also the gallery of record for works on paper from the Inuit community of Cape Dorset, as we are the custodians for the Cape Dorset archive, totaling more than 100,000 artworks.

The three floors of gallery, exhibition, studios and program space, as well as library and archives and conservation laboratory, are surrounded by 100 acres of conservation land, including outdoor sculpture installations. The gallery welcomes on average more than 115,000 visitors annually. As a public institution, the McMichael is committed to delivering exceptional visitor experience throughout our campus grounds and facilities.

The Chief Curator acts as a high-profile face of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, an ambassador and champion of The Art of Canada* on the national and international stage, raising the profile of the McMichael, and playing a leading role in establishing the institution’s prominence as the go-to venue for engagement with Canadian art.

Working closely with the Executive Director and Leadership team, the Chief Curator is responsible for overseeing the creative development and implementation of a balanced exhibition program integrating temporary special exhibitions and permanent installations, consistent with the mandate and vision of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection.

The Chief Curator is responsible to ensure the ongoing safekeeping, maintenance, development and accessibility of the McMichael collection as well as other collections in its care through planned preservation, acquisition, research and public presentation strategies.

The Chief Curator reports to the Executive Director and is a member of the Leadership Team involved in the organization business planning and implementation of strategic initiatives.

The successful candidate must balance professional curatorial and museological practices with sound business methodologies, as well as recognize the importance of the interrelationship of the curatorial/ content function with marketing, development and fundraising, in the effective operation of the McMichael.

Qualified candidates will have a Masters or PhD degree in art history with a broad knowledge of Canadian art and a minimum of ten years of relevant experience, encompassing museum administration, exhibition production, curatorial practices, and collections management. Candidates must have a broad familiarity with Canadian art history as well as an in-depth understanding of public sector, non-for-profit organizations, and government relationships. An effective team player, with excellent managerial, financial, interpersonal, and organizational skills and the ability to supervise, coach, mentor and motivate subordinates effectively is essential. A working knowledge of French and other language(s) an asset.

Application Process:

Forward your resume with a covering letter to Human Resources by March 31, 2018 to

McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 10365 Islington Avenue, Kleinburg, Ontario, L0J 1C0, Fax (905)893-2588

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We thank all applicants for their resume. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
The McMichael supports individuals with disabilities throughout the interview and employment process.





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