Exhibition and Project Coordinator, Art Museum at the University of Toronto

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Exhibition and Project Coordinator
Art Museum at the University of Toronto

Closing Date: Thursday, August 25, 2022, 11:59pm ET

The Art Museum at the University of Toronto is an internationally renowned centre for contemporary art and interdisciplinary inquiry located on the University of Toronto’s downtown campus, in Canada’s largest and most diverse city. With its two distinct gallery spaces (the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery at Hart House and the University of Toronto Art Centre at University College), the Art Museum offers intensive cycles of programming dedicated to artistic and curatorial experimentation. Featuring works in a wide array of traditional and contemporary media, the Art Museum’s exhibitions are further complemented by energetic offsite projects, digitally accessible programs, and research engaging with the University of Toronto’s extensive contemporary and historical collections.

Working with artists and curators of diverse backgrounds, embodiment and cultural contexts, the program emphasizes the intersectional potential of the visual arts and cultural practices, their ability to undo normativity, model new identities, and create other ways of knowing and belonging. This includes an emphasis on critical engagements with local histories, attention to their complex embeddedness in local and global relations, and the development of counter-histories that model other, possible stories.

An integral part of all our programs are the in-depth and wide-ranging experiential opportunities for students and faculty, emerging and established scholars, visitors and communities alike—with mentorships, academic and co-curricular engagement, co-productions, partnerships, and other participatory programs and possibility of involvement—to catalyze the possibility of transdisciplinary knowledge and greater awareness of the worlds we share.

Above all, the Art Museum aspires to be a welcoming meeting point to bring into conversation the university community and broader publics. Creating multi-faceted opportunities for dialogue, our program fosters deeper knowledge of the visual arts, and especially their unique contribution to ways of seeing, hearing, sensing, and thinking about what is happening at present, and what is urgent in our time.

Your opportunity:

Reporting to the Chief Curator, the Exhibition and Project Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating the installation and de-installation of the Art Museum’s diverse exhibitions and projects. Their work will include planning and coordinating of focused production meetings with all relevant stakeholders (including artists, technicians, curators, and staff of partner organizations) to determine the scope of preparation and the implementation of all in-house and off-site projects, including those drawn on the permanent collection and touring exhibitions.

The incumbent will prepare and implement all logistics related to projects and exhibitions, including developing the overall schedule (short and long view), disseminating information amongst the members of the exhibition production team, and implementing projects accordingly, ensuring adherence to timelines.

They are responsible for drafting and editing loan and artist agreements, sustaining artist and curatorial communications, planning and estimating financial resources required to implement exhibitions and projects, advising on adjustments of scope, and preparing and sourcing AV equipment, digital assets, project materials, and furnishings in keeping with set exhibition budgets. The Coordinator also manages workflow and directs one appointed staff member and a team of installation technicians (casual staff), that includes communications, coordination of transportation, in- and outgoing shipments, sourcing and delivering materials, installation and de-installation activities, registration, exhibition documentation, and reporting.

Additionally, the Coordinator oversees the care, maintenance and repair of artworks, reporting to Risk Management, and ensures safety protocols are in place for the handling of artworks, and for the team of casual staff. They research and recommend how to improve, supplement, refurbish, and improve work- and exhibition spaces, materials and supplies, tools and equipment, media needs, and preparatory challenges.

They will bring to all their work proactive attention to sustainable exhibition production practices (toward reduction of waste and ecological impact, as well as the re-use and sharing of resources), and, together with the team of the Art Museum, ensures the implementation of anti-racist, anti-harassment, and non-discriminatory processes that enable and provide a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere throughout their own work and all the museum’s relations.

Essential Qualifications:

  • Masters of Studio Art degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Health and Safety certifications, including ladder training, first aid/CPR, use of power tools.
  • Minimum three years of exhibition program management and coordination of multiple, simultaneous exhibitions in a museum setting, of historical and contemporary art
  • Demonstrated experience in all facets of planning and managing overarching schedules and implementation of multiple, simultaneous projects at the level of technical, budgetary, human resources, and logistical challenges as typical of major Canadian and international exhibitions
  • Demonstrated experience handling and producing artists’ works in a broad array of traditional and contemporary media; and with all aspects of installing art, including evolving and advanced uses of AV, digital applications, and various other construction, technical and material resources
  • Demonstrated experience recruiting, managing, directing a team of gallery technicians and art installers; sustaining the coordination of logistics and materials/supplies
  • Coordinating incoming and outgoing art shipments (inter)nationally from private and public institutions
  • Managing exhibition and project budgets according to plan and allocations, and to consistently monitoring and reviewing expenditures and patterns of expenses
  • Proven management of communicating and liaising, as well as sustaining excellent communications (oral and written) relations with artists, students, private and institutional lenders, and guest curators at a local, national and international level
  • Short- and long-range planning
  • Budgetary tracking
  • Multi-tasking
  • Technical and resources-related problem solving
  • Adaptability to frequent change
  • Analytical (review, feedback, project assessment)
  • Creativity
  • Excellent oral and written communication
  • Expert handling of materials, a wide variety of tools, construction, and technical processes encountered in contemporary art
  • Workplace health and safety
  • Thorough working knowledge of MS Office, including PowerPoint, Excel, Word, Office 365, TMS
  • Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills; interpersonal and team leadership skills; ability to mentor and oversee work with students and interns
  • An ability to strategically manage multiple projects with competing deadlines and a proven ability to motivate, manage and supervise others including staff
  • Embodied and proactive experience and demonstrated commitments to anti-racist equity, across age, culture, genders, identity and complex embodiment

Schedule: Full-Time. Monday to Friday, 8:45am–5pm. Overtime on weekdays. Occasional overtime on weekends.

Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone: USW Pay Band 11—$67,659 with an annual step progression to a maximum of $86,523.

Closing Date: Thursday, August 25, 2022, 11:59pm ET

Application Process: Submit your application via the University of Toronto Careers at U of T, Opportunities for External Candidates portal. For more information, contact artmuseum@utoronto.ca

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