Preparator & Facility Coordinator, MacLaren Art Centre

Preparator & Facility Coordinator
MacLaren Art Centre

Location: Barrie, ON. This is an on-site position
Job Type: Full Time, Permanent
Salary: $60,000 – $65,000 p/year with Benefit package
Application Deadline: February 19, 2023 (or until filled)
Start Date: ASAP


The MacLaren Art Centre (MAC) is a free public art gallery located on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabek, which include the Odawa, Ojibwe, and Pottawatomi Nations, collectively known as the Three Fires Confederacy. With over 4,000 works of contemporary and modern Canadian art in the permanent collection, the gallery serves an immediate community of approximately 300,000 people across Barrie and Simcoe County. We approach our work with a regional responsibility, responding to issues that matter in our immediate community within the broader context of the provincial and national visual art and cultural framework. We offer a variety of modern and contemporary exhibitions that focus on visual art and visual culture by Canadian artists of regional, provincial, and national significance. Our goal is to provide the community with an exciting and relevant range of art exhibitions, tours, lectures, and art programs that inspire curiosity, creativity, and interest in the visual arts.

Position Summary

The Preparator & Facility Coordinator position is a multi-functional role with a wide range of responsibilities that support the gallery’s artistic, community, and business activities. This position plans, implements and oversees the preparation and installation of exhibitions and projects in addition to: performing regular facility inspections; preparation of exhibition spaces; installation / take-down of exhibitions and projects; coordination of exhibition logistics including shipping; coordination of room and furniture requirements; and is the primary contact/liaison with the City of Barrie facility representative. This position maintains the inventory of all gallery equipment, tools and installation hardware and oversees general security coverage and monitors environmental trends. This position acts as an ambassador for the MacLaren Art Centre at all levels of public engagement.

Minimum Formal Education and Experience

  • Degree or diploma in Fine Art or Applied Museum studies.
  • Relevant and Transferrable skills and experience.

Minimum Qualifications and Skills

  • Experience working in an art gallery setting handling art and prepping space.
  • Possesses knowledge of methods of art display materials and techniques and use of related tools and equipment.
  • Understands the importance of maintaining the integrity of artwork throughout the installation and preparatory process with proven ability to safely handle art objects and display units.
  • Up to date on new media and technologies related to contemporary artistic practices, as well as historical and traditional art practices.
  • Basic carpentry, building and painting skills.
  • Demonstrated interest in staying up to date on latest artistic practices and strategies of display.
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively in a team environment with artists and artistic staff.
  • Proven ability to meet tight and multiple deadlines.
  • Strong coordination and project management skills.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and analytical skills.
  • Basic building management knowledge – or willingness to learn.
  • Shipping and receiving experience an asset.
  • Applied knowledge of and capacity with Google Sketchup an asset.
  • An energetic desire to work with colleagues, artists, volunteers, interns, and community members to create something extraordinary.
  • Believes the visitor experience is paramount.
  • Flexible and embraces change, diverse points of view, and creative problem solving.
  • Adaptability, strong interpersonal skills, and a good sense of humour.

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How to Apply:

In one pdf document, applicants must submit a relevant CV, and Cover Letter (max – 2 pages, 12pt font, single spaced) that describes your background, curatorial practice, and interest in the position.

Resumes and cover letters will be received via email at no later than 11:59pm February 19, 2023. Subject line: Preparator & Facility Coordinator Position.

The MAC is committed to being an employer that reflects our community and fosters an inclusive workplace. We welcome and encourage candidates who are women, BIPOC, LGBTQ2S+ and people with disabilities to apply. Accommodations are available for all parts of the recruitment process. Applicants must make their needs known in advance.

The MAC has been actively adapting to the evolving situation regarding COVID-19 and will continue to do so, ensuring staff, and visitor safety, and striving to maintain a supportive work environment subject to accommodations required in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code.

We thank all candidates who apply but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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