Curator-Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery
The Curatorial Director brings artistic vision, leadership and museum/gallery experience to the MJM&AG, and is responsible for crafting a year-round schedule of exhibitions that are challenging, innovative, and relevant to the community. In addition they are responsible for overseeing the care and development of the collection and all aspects of the education program.
The MJM&AG operates both a history museum (3800 sq ft) dedicated to the history of Moose Jaw and area, and an public art gallery (4200 sq ft) exhibiting a variety of contemporary and historical exhibitions. The MJM&AG is in a purpose built museum/gallery adjacent to the public library in beautiful Crescent Park and welcomes over 30,000 visitors per year. Operating under the guidance of a non-profit Board of Directors the Curatorial Director and Administrative Director cooperatively guide all aspects of the organization. The MJM&AG permanent collection consists of approximately 5500 human history artifacts and 3300 pieces of art.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
The Curatorial Director is responsible for the performance of the following:
- Initiate and organize exhibitions, including research, writing, selection of works, arrangements for loans, supervision of related publications, design, installation, and touring arrangements.
- Plan and schedule borrowed exhibitions, including coordinating insurance, shipping, other touring arrangements, and installation.
- Manage development of permanent exhibits and capital projects in concert with the Administrative Director.
- Plan and prepare effective and innovative interpretive programs, including artist lectures, tours, writing text and title panels, and to coordinate program delivery with the Administrative Director, Education Coordinator, and Administrative Assistant.
- Manage the collections, including acquisitions, research, interpretation and exhibition of permanent collections, registration and care of the collections, and preparation and maintenance of insurance reports in concert with the Administrative Director.
- Prepare funding applications to municipal, provincial and federal agencies with the Administrative Director, and to maintain contact with those agencies and file reports as required.
- Direct and supervise the activities of the Education Coordinator, Curatorial Assistant, and paid or volunteer staff working in the areas of exhibition installation, collections care and management, and summer staff.
- Provide the necessary information and direction to enable the Administrative Director to prepare a detailed annual budget for the Board of Directors.
- Oversee Resource Centre development.
- Oversee inventory purchases and display in the Museum Shop.
- Oversee all areas of design and display, including exhibits, signage, promotional materials and all decisions that affect the image of the organization.
- Follow established Museum policy and work with the Board and Administrative Director in the development of policy and short- and long-term plans.
- Attend Board meetings, Committee meetings, as required, opening receptions and other similar functions.
- Assist other organizations in areas of expertise.
Qualifications – A Master’s degree or equivalent experience in Art History, Museum Studies, Curatorial Studies, Fine Art or a related field, with recent, relevant museum/gallery experience at a level appropriate to this positions responsibilities; substantial knowledge of Saskatchewan and Canadian art history, an appreciation and commitment to programming that engages the public, fiscal management and supervisory skills, and significant grant writing experience. Desirable special skills and abilities would include: superior written communication skills, excellent time management skills and the ability to manage multiple tasks, excellent aesthetic judgment abilities, and the demonstrated ability to work in a team environment. Candidates with experience working in both history museums and art galleries are particularly encouraged to apply. For questions or concerns please e-mail email@example.com.
Starting salary commensurate with qualifications and experiences, complemented with a benefits package; salary range $82,021 to $102,517.
Please apply by mail with a Letter of Application addressing the above responsibilities and qualifications,
Resume and contact information for three references.
Application Deadline: March 6, 2015
Mail to: Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery, 461 Langdon Crescent, Moose Jaw, SK. S6H 0X6
Director Programs/Chief Curator-Remai Modern Art Gallery of Saskatchewan
Opening to the public in 2016, Remai Modern Art Gallery of Saskatchewan (Remai Modern) is a direction-setting modern art museum taking shape at River Landing in downtown Saskatoon, Canada. Inspired by the local landscape and the rich history of architectural modernism, the renowned Canadian architectural firm KPMB has designed a 130,000 square foot museum that will be an architectural centerpiece for the city.
Wrapping around the Persephone Theatre, the museum will be the largest in the province and five times the size of Saskatoon’s current Mendel Art Gallery, which will close in 2015. Remai Modern will take over the collection of 7,700 works of art in the Mendel Collection, which has been supplemented by a $20 million collection of Picasso linocut prints donated by the Frank and Ellen Remai Foundation to Remai Modern. The Foundation also donated a further $30 million to the gallery, $15 million toward the construction cost and $15 million for future international programming. The combined donation is amongst the largest to an art gallery in Canadian history.
The new building is supported by all levels of government and, most importantly, by generous donors, including families and corporations. To date over $100 million has been pledged toward the cost of construction of the gallery, including an underground parking garage. Construction began in April 2013. The gallery’s first Executive Director and CEO commenced duties the following month. The museum will be a vibrant, imaginative and prescient institution committed to affirming the powerful role that art and artists play in questioning, interpreting and defining the modern era.
The Director of Programs/Chief Curator will play a key role in the establishment of the gallery. As a member of the Leadership Team, the position works closely with the CEO on the development of program models and programs across all areas including collections, conservation, exhibitions, research, publications, performance, engagement and education.
As a thought leader fully engaged with new developments in both art and museum practice internationally, the Director of Programs/Chief Curator will create a bold vision for the museum, driven by interests in artists, scholarship, innovation and public engagement.
SCOPE AND MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES
Reporting to the Executive Director and CEO, the position is responsible for leading a team in executing the strategy and related annual plan in all program areas ensuring high standards of excellence.
1. As a member of the Leadership Team participates in strategic planning and works with the CEO and Directors to ensure the museum meets its vision and mandate;
2. Works with the CEO and Programs Team to develop program strategy and models across all program areas including collections, conservation, exhibitions, research, publications, performance, engagement and education;
3. Executes the strategy and related annual plan in all program areas ensuring high standards of excellence and that programs and related projects are delivered on time and on budget;
4. Develops and manages all budgets of the Programs Department and prepares revenue and expense budgets, monitors progress and reports, along with the Director of Finance & Operations, to the CEO;
5. Recruits, directs, supervises, trains, develops and evaluates the performance of Programs Department staff, including curators, educators, program administrators, collections staff, and preparators;
6. Develops and implements operational and program policies of the Programs Department;
7. Manages relationships, contracts and deliverables determined by the Programs annual plan;
8. Executes a collections development strategy and recommends acquisitions;
9. Advocates through written and oral communication for the institution and its mandate in all relevant professional and public forums;
10. Contributes scholarship to and develops exhibitions, projects and engagement programs as defined in the Programs annual plan;
11. Leads Patron’s tours and supports fundraising approaches as required by the Development Department;
12. Works with Director of Development to ensure that all applications to arts funding and cultural agencies meet the requirements of the agencies and the mandate of Remai Modern;
13. Ensures editorial direction, design, production and distribution of all gallery publications meets the vision and strategic marketing direction of the Remai Modern;
14. Cultivates and builds relationships with collectors, donors, curators, academics, publishers educators and relevant colleagues;
15. Supports the preparation of media/press briefings, speeches, presentations and talking points for the CEO, Board of Directors and Campaign Committee and the Leadership Team and acts as a media spokesperson as required;
16. Prepares reports for the Board and Board committees;
17. Performs other related duties as assigned.
Candidates will have a strong background in managing staff, budgets, teams and complex projects; be a skilled advocate for the institution and its mandate; be able to support fundraising initiatives and have extensive networks in the field, including artists, collectors, donors, publishers, curators, and educators. S/he will have a track record of inventive projects and a passion for rethinking the possibilities for an art museum in the 21st century.
Specific qualifications include:
· Master's degree in art history or related field, PhD or equivalent preferred.
· Minimum of 7 years of management-level museum experience.
· Minimum of 3 years of experience at senior leadership level.
· Eight years curatorial or program development experience.
· Demonstrated ability to develop and execute a sustainable multi-year program.
· Demonstrated experience managing substantial department, project and program budgets.
· Experience overseeing the design and production of print and web-based materials and publications.
· Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff.
· Ability to express ideas and concepts effectively, orally and in writing, including the ability to prepare and present oral, written and audio-visual reports of a specialized nature and the ability to create a persuasive case to garner support for key programs and projects.
· Demonstrated skill in the use of a computer using Microsoft Office Suite and collection management systems.
· Demonstrated ability to build and foster effective relationships with trustees, volunteers, artists, collectors, donors and sponsors.
· Demonstrated ability to direct, manage and support staff in achieving desired results.
· Ability to maintain a high level of professionalism, discretion and confidentiality.
· Demonstrated organizational and planning skills.
This is a new position and will be filled at the earliest possible date.
PROCEDURE FOR APPLICATION
Applications (including a cover letter, resume and the names of three references) as well as nominations and expressions of interest should be submitted to Management Consultants for the Arts, an executive search firm working with the museum’s Executive Director/CEO. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
All inquiries should be directed to:
Management Consultants for the Arts
Linda Sweet, Partner or Diane Frankel, Associate
Via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject line: Remai Search
Museum and Program Administrative Assistant- Kroneau Heritage Museum
The Kronau Heritage Museum seeks as Program and Adminstrative Assistant for summer employment commencing May 20-September 6, 2015 (30 hrs/week, 16 weeks, $15/hr).
-development, implementation and evaluation of a summer children's program and ongoing activities based on Museum exhibitions
-assisting with the development and delivery of the Museum's annual summer festival including volunteer coordination, coordination of equipment/supplies and entertainment/programs.
- assisting the Museum in all areas of marketing, including but not limited to social media, development of promotional materials and media releases. The position may be asked to accompany a Committee member for media interviews.
- be responsible for the daily opening/closing of the facility including regular cleaning to maintain a positive experience for visitors
- providing general administrative support to the Museum Committee
-providing good customer service to program participants and visitors to the Museum
Candidates will be full time post-secondary students with excellent written and verbal English skills and eligible to participate in the Young Canada Works Program. The individual must have good interpersonal skills, experience working with children, the ability to think creatively and work well as part of a team. The candidate should have familiarity with computers and basic office equipment.
The individual should be able to create detailed records of work completed over the summer and provide written final evaluations of programs initiated. An interest in history and demonstrated community involvement (paid or unpaid) would be an asset. Due to the location of this position, candidates must possess a reliable vehicle and hold a valid driver's license.
Applicants should mail a cover letter, copy of transcript and a resume/CV (including three references) to:
Kronau Heritage Museum
Box 1, Kronau SK S0G 2T0