Director of Programs & Chief Curator, Remai Modern


Director of Programs & Chief Curator

Closing date: January 31, 2020 (or until filled)
Term: Permanent full-time

Organization description:
Remai Modern is a new museum of modern and contemporary art in Saskatoon, a growing city on the vast and ever-changing Canadian Prairies. Remai Modern offers a unique perspective on art and culture in the 21st century, with an eye on the future. Building on the legacy of the Mendel Art Gallery, Remai Modern is setting a new direction for art in Saskatchewan. With increased capacity and a diverse team, Remai Modern is advancing as Canada’s museum of modern art.


  1. As a member of the senior leadership team, shapes and conveys the museum’s vision, strategic plan and annual institutional priorities;
  2. Develops strategies and models across all program areas, including: collections, conservation, exhibitions, research, publications, performance, engagement and education.
  3. Ensures the delivery of programs and related projects meet a high standard of excellence and are delivered on time and on budget , and delivers a variety of exhibitions and programs that are critical, scholarly, and of public note that serve as a gateway for new audiences
  4. Leads programming strategy meetings to set annual, program goals and priorities; and ensure that an integrated approach to exhibitions, research, collections development, interpretation, public programs, and publications is encouraged.
  5. Oversees the content and planning of the museum’s long-term exhibition calendar; and assists with programming decisions, including partnerships, co-productions and commissions including developing appropriate programs and strategies for the dissemination of information and documentation for exhibitions and related programs.
  6. Develops and leads strategies for all publishing initiatives to produce the highest quality print and digital publications.
  7. Develops, monitors and controls related program budgets including the acquisitions plan on an annual and multi-year basis; collaboratively develops departmental budgets, and oversees the administration of departmental budgets to ensure fiscal year end goals are met.
  8. Provide leadership and direction to the long-term collection development and acquisition plans. Coordinates curatorial efforts toward setting annual goals and priorities for purchase and gift solicitations. Cultivates donors locally and nationally, and actively solicits gifts of art for the museum’s collection.
  9. Leads the care and conservation efforts for Remai Modern’s collection, to include the digitization of the records and archives of the collection; leads efforts to develop long-term vision that moves toward greater integration and maintenance of the collections
  10. Develops fundraising strategies and secure contributions for individual projects, broader cross-disciplinary initiatives, and annual operating support.
  11. Supports communications, marketing and sponsorship of exhibitions and other projects to ensure a strategic approach to disseminating Remai Modern’s artistic program content and scholarship, seasonal content plans and ensure that staff across the programmatic areas generate and contribute content on a timely and regular basis. Act as media spokesperson for museum as required.
  12. Contributes to the development of effective partnerships with the local, national and international visual arts communities through the production of exhibitions and attending studio visits, related programs and other activities.
  13. Manages assigned staff; hires, assigns work schedules, assesses staffing needs, identifies and pursues other resources if necessary and performs layoff and recall. Plans and approves staff development. Conducts performance management and, when required, disciplinary action.
  14. Supports and promotes the health and safety of employees and the general public in accordance with the Saskatchewan Employment Act, Saskatchewan Health Regulations and Standards, Occupational Health & Safety Regulations and the City of Saskatoon’s administrative Occupational Health & Safety policies and departmental procedures. Maintains and monitors programs which affect public health and safety.
  15. Acts for the Executive Director/CEO as required.
  16. Performs other related duties as assigned.


  • Master‚Äôs degree in curatorial studies, art history, or related.
  • Ten years of progressively responsible related experience in museum management including exhibit and artistic program development, collection and acquisition coordination, public program and interpretive program development, supervision, staffing and budget development, project management and team leadership.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
  • National and international travel is required.
  • Thorough knowledge and relationships in the contemporary art field across disciplines; familiarity with contemporary film/video, performing arts, and web-based artistic media.
  • Ability for working with diverse artistic and community groups including art created in Western Canada and Indigenous contemporary art.
  • Thorough knowledge of public sector, non-profit organization operations and government relationships;
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and execute a sustainable multi-year program;
  • Demonstrated skill in managing substantial department, project and program budgets;
  • Demonstrated skill with scholarship and publications;
  • Demonstrated ability to express ideas and concepts effectively, orally and in writing, including the ability to prepare and present oral, written and audio-visual reports of a specialized nature and the ability to create a persuasive case to garner support for key programs and projects;
  • Knowledge of fundraising principles and practices in the arts;
  • Ability to use a team approach to plan and produce complex, interdisciplinary programming;
  • Demonstrated knowledge to principles of diversity, equity and inclusion in programming, staff, and audience experience;
  • Demonstrated leadership ability, interpersonal, planning and organizational skills including ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff by directing, managing and supporting staff in achieving desired results;
  • Ability to maintain a high level of professionalism, discretion, and confidentiality;
  • Demonstrated skill in the use of computer using the Microsoft Office Suite and collections management systems.
  • Ability to adapt to new and changing situations adept at managing risk. Enjoys and embraces new changes while continue to develop innovative and creative solutions.
  • Proactively model the importance of timely collegial interaction, personal accountability, communication, and exchange across disciplinary boundaries.

$108,204.24 to $127,139.52 per year (2016 Rates)

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