Head of Learning & Outreach, The Power Plant

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The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery (TPP) at Harbourfront Centre is Canada’s leading non-collecting, public art gallery dedicated exclusively to contemporary visual art from Canada and the world. It is a vital forum for the advanced artistic culture of our time that offers an exceptional facility and professional support to a diverse group of artists while engaging equally diverse audiences in their work. The gallery fulfills its mandate by generating: exhibitions that represent the range of advanced practice in visual arts; publications that provide in-depth explorations of contemporary art; lectures and symposia that encourage debate and further understanding; interpretative tools that invite visitors to question, explore and reflect upon their experiences; programming that incorporates other areas of culture at their intersection with visual art. To learn more about us, please visit www.thepowerplant.org.

We are currently searching for an experienced, passionate, imaginative and collaborative Head of Learning & Outreach to lead and drive the gallery’s learning and outreach initiatives and staff in the areas of Public Programs, Education and Group Visits, in the development and presentation of engaging, informative and inspirational experiences for audiences of broad abilities, ages, and cultural backgrounds.

Position Title: Head of Learning & Outreach
Reporting to: Director and Artistic Director of The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery
Direct Reports: Power Kids and Outreach Coordinator; TD Curator of Education and Outreach Fellow, Visitor and Volunteer Services Coordinator (Group Visits & Outreach Officer), Power Youth Coordinator Assistant
Type of Employment: Full time, 35 hours per week
Compensation: $65,000 – $80,000 per year, including a comprehensive employee benefits package

SUMMARY OF FUNCTION:

The Head of Learning & Outreach’s primary focus is leading The Power Plant’s learning and outreach staff in three primary areas—Public Programs, Education, and Group Visits—to develop and present on-site and off-site programs for audiences of broad abilities, ages, and cultural backgrounds. The incumbent is responsible for ensuring that the Power Plant’s programs are well aligned and consistent with the gallery’s vision, mission, and mandate, setting high standards for quality and accuracy and remaining within budget. Additionally, the incumbent strives to establish long-term external partnerships to strengthen programming and audience development; collaborates with the Director and Managers (and their direct reports) in other operational areas; and, especially, supports the Director and the Development team to seek and secure funding.

DUTIES:

External Affairs (30%)

  • Contributes towards development of positive relationships with artists, collectors, critics, scholars, art professionals, granting agencies, foundations, sponsors, partners, donors, and stakeholders to ensure support for The Power Plant mission.
  • Creates and implements a Learning & Outreach strategic plan that will raise awareness among K-12 and postsecondary administrators and educators to build audiences.
  • Builds community awareness for TPP’s Learning & Outreach offerings by attending K-12 and postsecondary events; community organization gatherings; etc.
  • Establishes, maintains and promotes partnerships with peer institutions, educational institutions and community-based organizations by means of networking, regular communications and developing co-presented/co-produced programs that support and enhance TPP’s mission.
  • Works with Learning & Outreach staff to align TPP offerings to accommodate educator and/or community needs and expectations, when possible.

General Administration (30%)

  • Prepares and justifies proposed annual budget for Learning & Outreach.
  • Works with direct reports to maintain departmental budgetary tracking, quarterly and annual report documents.
  • Contributes to program-specific requests for funding and evaluative/summative reports to government agencies, foundations and private funding sources in conjunction with the Director, Development staff, and other colleagues.
  • Collaborates with Development staff to identify potential funding sources for Learning & Outreach programs and initiatives.
  • Ensures that the Learning & Outreach team prepares and submits reports for board (and other stakeholders) in a timely manner.
  • Works with the Visitor and Volunteer Services Coordinator (Group Visits & Outreach Officer) to maintain statistical information.
  • Participates in interviews of candidates for positions in varied operational departments (Development, Exhibitions, Finance, Marketing, etc.).
  • Completes other administrative duties as assigned.

Lead Learning & Outreach Team (30%)

  • Leads hiring of Learning & Outreach staff members, especially Power Kids and Outreach Coordinator, TD Curator of Education and Outreach Fellow, Power Youth Coordinator, and Visitor and Volunteer Services Coordinator (Group Visits & Outreach Officer).
  • Leads Learning & Outreach team to develop and implement nationally and internationally significant programs that contextualize and/or relate to exhibitions each season/year.
  • Works with Power Kids and Outreach Coordinator and TD Fellow to conceive of discursive and inter-disciplinary programs for postsecondary, adult, and senior audiences.
  • Works with Power Kids and Outreach Coordinator to conceive of art-making programs including Power Kids, Seniors Initiative, Expanding Access, and Power Youth.
  • Works with Visitor and Volunteer Services Coordinator (Group Visits & Outreach Officer) to recruit, hire, train, manage, and evaluate the Lead Gallery Attendant, Gallery Operations who oversees the Gallery Attendants and Volunteers who staff the Front of House and galleries; recruit, hire, train, and co-evaluate (with Finance Manager) the Lead Gallery Attendant, Shop Operations who coordinates retail services (including limited editions, publications, and other merchandise); ensure Gallery Attendants are informed about exhibition content by curators and artists, and that galleries are staffed for all public hours (with contingency plans).
  • Works with Learning & Outreach team, Marketing & Communications, external partners, and outside contractors (when possible) to plan and implement evaluation of on-site and off-site programs.
  • Provides educational tours of and talks about TPP exhibitions, as necessary, to a variety of audiences.

Internal Affairs (10%)

  • Collaborates with Curators (including Guest Curators) and Marketing & Communications to ensure texts related to exhibitions are appropriate for specific purposes and audiences (press release, web site, program guide, social media, etc.).
  • Collaborates with Marketing & Communications to create and implement a comprehensive plan to ensure consistent messaging to key constituent groups each season/year.
  • Collaborates with Development to create and implement a comprehensive plan for grant writing, management and reporting, as well as VIP/member programs each season/year.
  • Advises on and contributes to the development of content and editing of Learning & Outreach materials, internal training manuals, Program Guides, Annual Reports, and other publishing initiatives agreed upon by the Curatorial team and assigned by the Director.
  • Advocates for accessibility of facility and in programming for visitors of all abilities.
  • Manages special projects related to Learning & Outreach as assigned by the Director.

SKILLS, EXPERIENCE & ATTRIBUTES:

Essential Criteria

  • Knowledge and skills commensurate with degree(s) in Art History, Art Education, Fine Art, Cultural Studies, or related discipline (BA required; MA strongly preferred).
  • Minimum five years of experience in a public art gallery/museum setting organizing learning and outreach about contemporary art.
  • Strong knowledge of national and international contexts for contemporary art and extensive knowledge of pedagogical approaches to engagement / interpretation of contemporary art for a broad range of audiences.
  • High level of critical/logical and creative/innovative thinking.
  • Experience with basic-to-intermediate accounting principles and methods.
  • Experience interviewing, hiring, training, managing, and evaluating staff and contractors in gallery/museum learning and visitor services (including retail operations).
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and/or management skills to build positive relationship with colleagues, volunteers, partners, audiences, and stakeholders.
  • An understanding of and commitment to the institution’s mission.
  • Ability to take initiative within established institutional parameters.
  • Excellent organizational, time management, and project management skills to complete multiple tasks with tight deadlines despite frequent interruptions.
  • Knowledge and ability to guide direct reports to create age-appropriate learning experiences, develop curriculum-based education materials, and cultivate and maintain meaningful relationships with area K-12 schools and postsecondary institutions.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills to manage diverse staff and volunteer corps, and to liaise with other departments.
  • A strong work ethic and well-defined sense of diplomacy, including conflict resolution.
  • Familiarity with office systems and technical aptitude to operate office equipment (computer hardware and software, point of sale, audio/visual equipment).
  • Ability to maintain confidential information.
  • Ability to meet demanding deadlines, manage juggling of priorities and work on multiple projects simultaneously with a sense of composure, flexibility and adaptability.
  • Ability to pay considerable attention to details regarding budgets, programming, presenter and partnership agreements, etc.
  • Must be legally eligible to work in Canada. Non-Canadian applicants must have a valid employment Visa and proper documentation authorizing their ability to work in Canada.
  • Remote work from home is currently in place, however the candidate must be able to work on site at our downtown lakeside gallery as needed, and when our return to work plan is implemented.

Desirable Criteria

  • Knowledge of English and French.
  • Knowledge of American Sign Language.
  • Prior experience with technologies used for Learning and Outreach including, but not limited to, digital audio/video editing, web-based applications, Zoom, Skype, etc.
  • Prior experience with visitor (or customer) service.
  • Prior experience with retail operations.

HOW TO APPLY:

Acceptable applications must include a current resume and a cover letter addressed to Gaëtane Verna, Director of The Power Plant, indicating why you wish to join the team, how you would meet the essential criteria for this key position, and your salary expectation.

The Power Plant is committed to diversity and inclusiveness. We encourage qualified applicants from all backgrounds to apply by contacting jobs@harbourfrontcentre.com by no later than August 27, 2021. Please quote Head of Learning & Outreach (The Power Plant) in the subject line of your application.

We sincerely thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those being considered for an interview will be contacted. Suitable accommodations will be available upon request during the hiring process.

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