Research Program Coordinator, The Image Centre

Peter Higdon Research Centre, 2018 © Riley Snelling, The Image Centre

The Image Centre at Toronto Metropolitan University is hiring a Research Program Coordinator


This role’s primary objective is to provide support to the Head of Research through various tasks including the coordination of The Image Centre’s fellowship program, the publication of new volumes of the IMC Books series, and various research related projects and events.


Job Title: Research Program Coordinator
Department: The Image Centre
Supervisor’s Title: Head of Research
Wage: $25-$30 per hour
Hours of Work: Up to 24 hours per week; temporary part-time
Start: As soon as possible
End: 6-month term with the possibility of renewal


  • Minimum 1 year of relevant experience working in a cultural institution or academic setting.
  • Master’s degree in museum studies, art history, photographic preservation and collections management, or a related visual arts field preferred.
  • Strong informational research skills (including online and library-based).
  • Strong computer skills including familiarity with various operating platforms and programs such as Adobe Suite and Microsoft Office.
  • Excellent communication, organization, writing, proofreading and copyediting abilities.
  • The ability to work both independently and within a team setting.
  • A focused, detail-oriented approach to assigned work.
  • Proficiency in French is an asset, but not required.


  • Coordinates the scholarly publication RIC Books series:
    ◦  Works with the Head of Research to create work-back schedules to ensure the successful and timely completion of the publication.
    ◦  Works with the Head of Research and the Manager, Administration and Operations to draft and issue contracts for MIT Press and all participants, as required.
    ◦  Communicates and supports authors with their deliverables.
    ◦  Researches and secures copyright for illustrations.
    ◦  Works with the Collections Curator and Research Centre Manager and Digital Asset and Imaging Specialist to determine digital imaging needs.
    ◦  Works with various external vendors related to design, copy editing, translating, printing and shipping.
  • Coordinates the fellowship program:
    ◦  Writes and posts announcements in collaboration with the Marketing, Communications and Public Relations Officer.
    ◦  Organizes and announces the release of the fellowship awardees.
    ◦  Receives and organizes applications.
    ◦  Organizes and records minutes for jury meetings, ensuring that jury members have all the necessary documentation.
    ◦  Liaises with the Collections Curator and Research Manager and Archivist and Research Coordinator to provide collection access to fellows.
  • Coordinates the technical requirements, hospitality, agendas, budget tracking and travel arrangements for research events including conferences, symposia, and book launches.
  • Drafts and edits grant applications for various research projects and programs, in collaboration with the Director of Development.
  • Coordinates with the Marketing, Communications and Public Relations Officer on promoting the research program and its activities and projects.
  • Tracks and reconciles the research programs budget, in collaboration with the Administration, Finance, and Special Events Coordinator.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Applications must include a cover letter and resume and should be emailed as a single PDF to Kristen Gergely, Acting Manager, Administration and Operations at The deadline for applications is Friday, October 21st, 2022.


As an active partner within the academic fabric of Toronto Metropolitan University, the cultural network of Toronto, and the national and international photography community, we develop programs that speak to and welcome interested parties from many walks of life, including students, faculty, artists, historians, and curators, as well as the general public.

The Image Centre boasts three interrelated areas of activity: an exhibition program, which addresses topics of social, cultural, aesthetic, and historical concern from a variety of contemporary perspectives; its research program, which conducts and facilitates inquiry into primary resource materials and offers lectures, symposia, and publications devoted to the history of photography; and, accessible in its Peter Higdon Research Centre, a collection of photography spanning the medium’s history—including the renowned Black Star Collection of twentieth-century photo-reportage. The Image Centre is also home to several artists’ archives, including those of Berenice Abbott, Wendy Snyder MacNeil, Jo Spence, and Werner Wolff.

Our museum-standard facility consists of approximately 4,500 square feet of exhibition space; a Great Hall for lectures, conferences, screenings and receptions; a glassed-in entrance colonnade with the 16-foot Salah Bachir New Media Wall visible from the street; a temperature and moisture-controlled vault for our growing collection; and a state of the art, professionally staffed research centre.


Kristen Gergely
Acting Manager, Administration and Operations
416-979-5000 Ext. 553359
33 Gould Street, Toronto, ON, M5B 1W1

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