Job Opportunity: Curator, Doris McCarthy Gallery

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Three-Thirty, 2020, Installation view. Photograph by Toni Hafkenscheid

Job Opportunity: Curator
Doris McCarthy Gallery, University of Toronto Scarborough

Deadline for application: Wednesday, May 26, 2021, 11:59 pm EST

Under general direction of the Executive Director and Chief Curator, and in partnership with Gallery team members, the Curator will be responsible for developing and implementing exhibitions and related programming for the Doris McCarthy Gallery. The incumbent will assume curatorial oversight of specific programming, and will develop content with guest curators, artists, and creatives to produce activities that support meaningful engagement with art. The Curator will foster relationships within the university, in our surrounding communities, and with organizations to build sustainable programs and partnerships that strengthen community. The Curator will serve as a resource to the Gallery’s various residency programs and will contribute to an equitable environment where ideas are openly exchanged, explored, and valued.

Key Responsibilities include:

  • Developing and implementing community engagement strategies and plans.
  • Curating exhibitions and gallery installations.
  • Analyzing and making recommendations for programming enhancements.
  • Creating and/or editing original, published content and materials.
  • Monitoring accounts for a project and/or program.
  • Directing a small group in a limited area, including responsibility for scheduling and/or workflow.

Essential Qualifications:

  • Master’s in Curatorial Studies or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Minimum three years of combined curatorial experience in a professional gallery of contemporary art with demonstrated experience of initiating and implementing major exhibitions and artistic projects in the area of contemporary Canadian and international art in a diversity of media.
  • Experience developing trust and building sustainable relationships in community arts.
  • Applicants are also expected to show evidence of a commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and the promotion of a respectful and collegial learning and working environment.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading and supervising others, garnering and managing financial resources for projects within established budgets, overseeing logistics and scheduling of all aspects associated with the artistic program of a non-profit, visual art gallery.
  • Advanced knowledge of MS Office, including PowerPoint, Excel, Word.
  • Highly developed presentation and communication skills (verbal and written) including exhibition and marketing texts, interpretation of art works for public presentations, grant writing, etc.
  • Excellent knowledge of physical handling of works of art in a diversity of media.
  • Great ability to conceptualize, analyze, prioritize and make decisions aligned to exhibition production, from research and conceptualization through all aspects of project implementation.
  • Requires great analytical abilities, including budgeting and resource management.
  • Knowledge of technical and aesthetic dimension of exhibition installation, from planning to design and implementation and all exhibition-installation processes and related materials.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to lead and maintain productive working relationships within team and both internal and external stakeholders.
  • Strong time management and organizational skills with the ability to work well under pressure and meet competing priorities and deadlines.
  • Excellent problem solving and analytical skills, with demonstrated ability to make sound decisions.
  • Ability to work effectively with a wide range of faculty, staff, and students.

Familiarity with Scarborough and the eastern GTA and its creative communities would be considered an asset.

Employee Group: USW
Appointment Type: Budget – Continuing
Schedule: Full-Time
Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone: USW Pay Band 13 — $74,041 with an annual step progression to a maximum of $94,687. Pay scale and job class assignment is subject to determination pursuant to the Job Evaluation/Pay Equity Maintenance Protocol.

A copy of the full job description is available upon request from the University of Toronto Scarborough Human Resources Office.

About the Doris McCarthy Gallery & University of Toronto Scarborough:

The Doris McCarthy Gallery is a professional public art gallery within the University of Toronto Scarborough that advances artistic innovation, critical thinking, and cultural exchange through engagement with contemporary art. The Gallery undertakes to initiate and support education, research, and knowledge dissemination; engage the University of Toronto community and wider public of Scarborough and the eastern Greater Toronto Area through its exhibitions and related programming; and develop, manage, and make accessible its collection for the purposes of research, teaching, and exhibition.

The University of Toronto Scarborough is a place of energy, enthusiasm and passion. Our commitment to inclusive excellence attracts the brightest learners, scholars and employees from around the globe. Our success has been made possible by the opportunity given to us by our Indigenous hosts to operate on their territory, and we cherish our continuing partnerships with these communities. The University of Toronto Scarborough is an exciting campus with unlimited potential.

TO APPLY:

Applications must be submitted through the U of T Careers website.

Deadline for application: Wednesday, May 26, 2021, 11:59 pm EST

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities. If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact uoft.careers@utoronto.ca.

Any questions regarding this position should be directed to humanresources.utsc@utoronto.ca. Please note that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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University of Toronto Scarborough
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