Director/Curator, Dunlop Art Gallery
Regina Public Library (RPL) is seeking a Director/Curator for Dunlop Art Gallery. Reporting to the Deputy Library Director, the position manages the operations and activities of Dunlop Art Gallery and the RPL Film Theatre, an arthouse cinema dedicated to presenting the best in world cinema and bringing community together through film.
Dunlop Art Gallery is offered through Regina Public Library, in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. It presents a diverse range visual artwork, enhances visual literacy, and offers exhibitions, programs, publishing and collecting. It operates out of two galleries – one at Central Library downtown, and a second, satellite gallery at Sherwood Village Branch in Regina’s Rochdale community. The Dunlop’s focus is on contemporary culture.
RPL is a dynamic hub of literacy, lifelong learning, curiosity and new ideas, integral to the social and economic vibrancy of Regina. Our core mandate is to create enriching educational experiences for the community we serve, while embracing innovation and continuous improvement. Through our Central Library and eight Branch locations, RPL fosters community meeting places that celebrate cultural differences – where citizens unite in the joy of reading, the arts, literacy, and lifelong learning.
The Director/Curator, Dunlop Art Gallery directs and manages the operations and activities of Dunlop Art Gallery to fulfill its mandate to research and present a diverse range visual artwork and enhance visual literacy. The Director/Curator also strategically directs and manages the activities of RPL Film Theatre to fulfill its mandate to present the best in world cinema and bring community together through film. The Director/Curator is responsible for ensuring that Regina Public Library’s Dunlop Art Gallery and RPL Film Theatre units deliver strategic imperatives tied to RPL’s Strategic Plan, and outcomes tied to RPL’s Service Plan.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND ACTIVITIES:
Direct the artistic programming of Dunlop Art Gallery and RPL Film Theatre:
- Oversee artistic direction and development of all exhibitions, educational programs and outreach initiatives, working with curatorial staff to develop and execute a distinct artistic vision, and achieve short- and long-term goals
- Collaborate with the curatorial team to develop programming activities for Dunlop Art Gallery and RPL Film Theatre which are relevant and valuable to Regina audiences
- Conceive and implement future activities and partnerships in response to community and organizational needs through research and planning
- Direct the acquisitions process for the permanent collection and art rental collection, and oversee the growth and maintenance of the collections
- Curate a minimum of 30% of all exhibitions and programs
- Accountable for the overall artistic vision for Dunlop Art Gallery and RPL Film Theatre activities, under the supervision of RPL’s Deputy Library Director
Manage the operations of the Dunlop Art Gallery and RPL Film Theatre:
- Develop sustainable operational plans that balance artistic objectives with fiscal responsibility under the supervision of RPL’s Deputy Library Director
- Partner with other units of RPL to maximize the organization’s capacity for impact
- Actively seek funding for programming initiatives and oversee all aspects of funding application processes, ensuring units fulfill reporting requirements for grants and other funding opportunities
- Use evidence gathered from evaluations to shape ongoing and future initiatives
- Develop and manage the budgets for Dunlop Art Gallery and RPL Film Theatre
- Research and implement best practises for cultural institutions, and use them to inform operational procedures
- Develop internal procedures for the unit as required to support operations and adhere to best practises, which align with other RPL policies and procedures
- Recommend policy positions to the Director’s Office, Regina Public Library, and ensure implementation of policies approved by the RPL board, that pertain to the unit
- Manage the performance of five permanent full-time staff members and ensure effective recruitment of staff
- Oversee the fulfillment of all contractual obligations between the Dunlop Art Gallery and Film Theatre and key stakeholders, as well as those of contractors and suppliers
Serve as the public face and chief advocate for Dunlop Art Gallery and RPL Film Theatre:
- Maintain positive ongoing relationships with internal, local, national and international stakeholders
- Build meaningful partnerships and foster collaborations with audiences, organizations, and stakeholders
- In collaboration with RPL’s Marketing and Communications Unit, create and implement effective external and internal communications and promotional campaigns for programming, events, and other activities
- Foster collaboration with regional and national cultural organizations and academic institutions
- Increase visibility and influence of the Dunlop Art Gallery and RPL Film Theatre with elected officials, all levels of government, media, artists, funders, sponsors, educational institutions, visitors, and the general public
- Define, communicate and implement a cultural vision that articulates the unit’s creative direction and inspires people to achieve their best
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Education and Experience:
- Minimum three years of experience working at a cultural institution in an arts administration (preferably managerial) role
- Minimum three years of curatorial or programming experience
- Graduate degree (MA or higher) in art history, curatorial studies, fine arts, film, or cultural studies
- Diploma or degree in business management preferred, or demonstrable evidence of a strong business acumen
Knowledge and Abilities:
- Demonstrated critical thinking skills to analyze financial, budgetary, and operational data to identify inconsistencies and/or errors, comment on variances, recommend, and implement improvements to meet the anticipated needs of Regina residents
- Demonstrated ability to work constructively in a collaborative decision-making framework
- Demonstrated ability to assume responsibility, and perform duties requiring independent judgment, initiative, and discretion
- Knowledge of the principles of human resource management in a unionized environment and demonstrated supervisory skills, including the ability to motivate and lead staff in mandate and service delivery
- Managerial experience in the principles, processes, and practices associated with supporting staff through change
- Proven ability engaging community and forming meaningful partnerships
- Strong organizational, communication, interpersonal, planning and management skills
- Broad knowledge of Canadian and international contemporary art, and collections management best practices
- Interest in the local community, visual literacy, and the opportunities inherent in working as a part of a public library
- Demonstrated ability to secure funding through grants
RPL has an inclusive and innovative work environment which offers a competitive salary ($100,147 to $143,067 per annum) and a generous benefits package, including 100% employer paid group benefits and five weeks annual vacation. Learning is one of RPL’s values and this is demonstrated through significant support for professional development in the amount of $4,000 per year.
Employees of RPL consistently strive for further refinement of service excellence and value to the community making it an employer of choice for over a century.
A review and consideration of applications for this position will begin on May 15, 2020. Please submit your resume and cover letter to:
Mail: Box 2311, Regina, SK S4P 3Z5
Candidates must be eligible to work in Canada.
The successful candidate shall be subject to a Criminal Record Check as a condition of employment.