TD Curator of Education and Outreach Fellow, The Power Plant at Harbourfront Centre


The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery at Harbourfront Centre is Canada’s leading public gallery devoted exclusively to the art of our time and is recognized as an important centre for contemporary art in North America and in the world. Over more than 30 years, its reputation for presenting cutting edge exhibitions, superior catalogues and editions, and challenging public programs and special events has remained unparalleled. Presenting contemporary art by living artists of local, national, and international stature, The Power Plant’s mission is to present and disseminate the best contemporary art in all and any media within Harbourfront Centre and offsite through partnerships in Toronto, Canada and abroad. We are currently looking to bring on board a motivated and passionate TD Curator of Education and Outreach Fellow to assist in the development and execution of our public programs.

Position Title: TD Curator of Education and Outreach Fellow
Reporting to: Curator of Education and Public Programs
Type of Employment: 2-year contract (January 2021 – January 2023)
Work hours: 5 days per week, 35 hours per week
Salary: $19.00 to $22.00 per hour

Summary of Function

The TD Curator of Education and Outreach Fellow is a two-year fellowship that supports The Power Plant’s goal to contribute to, nurture, and foster the careers of up-and-coming Canadian art educators/programmers. This is an opportunity for a recent graduate or emerging educator/programmer to be integrated fully into all areas of a major Canadian public gallery that has a national and international resonance. The Fellow will gain valuable and tangible hands-on experience in many aspects of program development and execution, experience that is quite difficult to gain in the sector these days, and which contributes positively to one’s professional development. Coaching, research, documentation, professional development and mentoring are at the heart of this program! The Fellow will have the opportunity to work closely with curators and artists, and to conduct research to inform the development and implementation of a broad range of public programs.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Works closely with the Education & Public Programs team as well as with the Director, Exhibitions, Development, Marketing & Communications, and others.
  • Participates in all phases of public programming, including: research; invitations to speakers; writing for Program Guide and web site; logistics; documentation; budget tracking; and more.
  • Leads several public programs and series including Black Curators Forum, Field Trip, Sunday Scene, Student Night, film screenings, writing workshops, an annual symposium, and more.
  • Writes promotional texts for the Program Guide and web site, and promotes programs to Toronto’s diverse communities.
  • Chairs a Steering Committee comprised of colleagues focused on interdepartmental collaboration
  • Coordinates program logistics including liaising with guest presenters, production staff, program co-presenters/partners.
  • Leads occasional tours for a wide range of visitors, from general public to VIPs
  • Tracks budgets/expenses for public programs
  • Contributes to reports and prepares presentations for various internal and external constituents
  • The Fellow will have opportunity to pursue professional development focused on diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • As this Fellowship is supported by TD, the Fellow may be called upon to lead on- and/or off-site programming for TD Bank guests (tours, presentations); will provide TD with an annual account of each year’s activities; and may develop programs involving TD Bank Group’s collection.

Skills & Requirements

  • Bachelor degree in art history, art education, museum education, or a related discipline (e.g. cultural studies, education, etc.); Master degree strongly preferred.
  • Familiarity with visual art is required; deep knowledge of contemporary art is preferred.
  • Effective communication skills (written and oral).
  • Experience with research, writing, copy-editing, proof-reading; excellent research skills with high level of critical/logical and creative/innovative thinking is desirable.
  • Experience tracking budgets.
  • Marketing/Communications experience including website and social media proficiency is desirable.
  • Proficiency in French (reading, written and oral) is a valuable asset.
  • Computer proficiency (Microsoft and Apple) required; knowledge of web CMS, basic audio/photo/video editing is desirable.
  • An energetic, self-motivated, results-oriented attitude.
  • A strong work ethic and the ability to perform in a fast-paced environment with multiple projects on the go and with varying deadlines.
  • 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 for the full duration of the contract.
  • 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 return to work directive is in place.

How to Apply
Acceptable applications must include the following:

  • A letter (maximum 2 pages) describing the applicant’s interest in the Fellowship program and museum education, and what they hope to learn;
  • A résumé (maximum 2 pages);
  • Three references (with contact information);
  • Two writing samples: (1) excerpt from a thesis or other academic writing (less than 8 pages) and (1) art-related sample.

Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply by contacting by January 3, 2021. Please quote TD Curator of Education and Outreach Fellow in the subject line of your application.

The Power Plant at Harbourfront Centre is committed to building a diverse workforce and strongly encourages qualified applicants from all backgrounds to apply. Suitable accommodations will be available upon request during the hiring process.