Exhibitions and Collection Manager, Oakville Galleries

Installation view of Tarik Kiswanson: Prelude. Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens, 2024. Courtesy of the artist and Oakville Galleries. Photo: Jimmy Limit.

Exhibitions and Collection Manager
Terms: Permanent (30 hours/week)
Salary Level: $52,000 or commensurate with experience

Oakville Galleries is one of Canada’s leading contemporary art museums. We are driven by a belief in the singular power of art to deepen our understanding of ourselves and our communities and move us towards a better world. We are currently seeking a dynamic Exhibitions & Collection Manager to add to our vibrant team.

Job Description

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Exhibitions & Collection Manager is responsible for coordinating and installing exhibitions, and organizing public programming. The Exhibitions & Collection Manager is also responsible for all registration, collections management and conservation activities for the collection. Previous experience should demonstrate professional program management, logistical skills and exhibition installation skills. Professional development training for aspects of this position may be made available for the right candidate.

General Responsibilities and Duties

  • Work closely with the Executive Director and other staff or guest curators to support the curatorial program, including in-house and traveling exhibitions, as well as public programs, events and other contemporary art projects;
  • Manage incoming and outgoing loans from artists, collectors, dealers, and institutions;
  • Oversee local, national and international transportation of artworks and related customs arrangements;
  • Liaising with artists in preparation and support of their exhibitions, and supporting participants in various programming;
  • Installing exhibitions, including managing part-time technical support and working with a variety of artwork; and maintenance of exhibitions (troubleshooting, repairs, etc.)
  • Assist in monitoring expenses, project budgets and schedules;
  • Manage the permanent collection, including database management, observing policies, procedures; and developing new digital initiatives for collections data with the team;
  • Supporting the team with various other projects including events, education, marketing and publishing, where needed.


The ideal candidate has:

  • a Bachelor‚Äôs degree in Art, Studio Art, Art Administration or a related discipline;
  • a minimum of three years of relevant experience;
  • strong technical skills and demonstrated experience in installing exhibitions;
  • an interest in contemporary art and public art institutions;
  • superior organizational and administrative skills, detail-oriented focus, and the ability to manage multiple priorities;
  • significant experience working on registrar tasks for a museum or arts institution, including international art transportation, condition reporting, collections management and loan processes;
  • knowledge of safe and proper handling, care, and storage procedures for a variety of art and media;
  • strong skills in managing strict timelines and budgets;
  • excellent communication skills;
  • strong database management skills; and
  • the ability to work independently, as well as collaboratively, with other colleagues at all levels of operation, and to manage small teams of technical support staff.

A valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle is a significant asset.

How to Apply / Application Deadline

  • We invite you to submit your cover letter and resume in a single PDF via email to employment@oakvillegalleries.com with the subject line ‚ÄėOakville Galleries ‚Äď Exhibitions & Collection Manager‚Äô
  • We will review applications on an ongoing basis. Candidates will be interviewed on a rolling basis.
  • Please note, while we appreciate everyone who applies, we are only able to respond to applicants moving to the next stage of the recruitment process.

Oakville Galleries is committed to equity, welcomes diversity, and hires on the basis of merit. All qualified individuals who may contribute to the diversification of Oakville Galleries, including individuals who identify as BIPOC, 2SLGBTQIA+, people with disabilities and others from historically marginalized groups are encouraged to apply. Please state in your application any accommodations you may require.

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Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens
1306 Lakeshore Road East, Oakville

Oakville Galleries at Centennial Square
120 Navy Street, Oakville

Admission is free.

For more information about Oakville Galleries, our exhibitions or programs, please visit oakvillegalleries.com

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