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Museum & Arts Curator

Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Museum & Arts Curator assumes the responsibilities for managing, developing, maintaining and overseeing all aspects of the Museum and Art Gallery for the Woodland Cultural Centre. This includes: research and development of exhibitions, overseeing the collections management and acquisitions, publications and critical writing, artist relations, grant preparation, budget preparation and donor relations, public programming, exhibit production, public/community engagement and advocacy and awareness about the place of the WCC in the larger museum and gallery context nationally. The candidate will lead a team of staff, and report to the Executive Director and the Board of Directors.

Overview of Responsibilities:

The Museum/Art Curator is responsible for the development, implementation, and management of the Museum and Art Gallery initiatives which supports the WCC as a leader in the field of Indigenous material culture education and programming (including exhibitions, critical writing, artistic events and performances) both local for WCC support communities and nationally.

• Oversees the management of day to day operations of the Museum and Art Gallery.
• Recommends and develops work objectives, policies, projects, and special initiatives related to the Museum and Art Gallery.
• Creates, develops and coordinates artistic and historic exhibitions/permanent galleries and public programming at Woodland Cultural Centre and with other partner institutions.
• Researches and creates plans for executing museum exhibits, interpretation, and other supporting content.
• Recruits, supervises, trains, and mentors staff for the Museum and Art Gallery.
• Maintains the professional policies and procedures necessary to meet provincial and regional standards for Museum and Art Galleries in Ontario and Canada.
• Ensures the proper development, storage, and preservation of the Museum and Art collections.
• Identifies key contacts and organizations which could assist the Centre in meeting cultural and special interest programming objectives.
• Attending events and special programming outside of the centre to grow relationships and networks with provincial and national museums, museum organizations, art galleries and cultural centres.
• Hires artists and negotiates contract conditions for artists.
• Develops fundraising proposals, grants and researches and develops funding opportunities for the Museum and Art Gallery.
• Manages finances for the Museum and Gallery including the creation of budgets, tracking expenses and revenues, and financial reports.
• Works with the Marketing Coordinator to create engaging marketing, media, social media and community engagement campaigns for Museum and Art Gallery exhibits and events.

Qualifications:

The Museum/Art Curator shall have:
• Degree in Museum Studies/History/Visual Arts, or a related discipline, with a minimum of 5 years experience at the Director/Curator level.
• A dedication and interest in contemporary Indigenous art and the preservation of history, and ideally a knowledge/understanding of the Indigenous Civilizations of the Eastern Woodland including their history, geography, cultural practices and language.
• Proven ability to manage multiple assignments effectively, problem solve and set priorities in an environment with multiple competing deadlines.
• A history of solid fiscal management, and be well versed in the creation of annual budgets, capital budgets and budget tracking.
• A curatorial track record of solid collections management, acquisition, research, publications, interpretation and exhibition creation, fabrication and installation.
• An in-depth knowledge of curatorial and educational programming.
• A working knowledge of Museum methods and techniques, such as those relating to the identification and cataloguing of objects
• High degree of professionalism with outstanding ability to work effectively and efficiently with colleagues at all levels of management.
• Have experience in strategic planning, forecasting and financial management, fundraising/grant writing, and working with non-profit board.

 

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All applicants for this position should submit a cover letter, a current CV or Resume, and three references and two samples of published writing.

Preference will be given to applicants of Indigenous heritage.

Closing Date: Wednesday, June 26th 2019

 

If interested, please send cover letter and resumé with references to:

Woodland Cultural Centre
184 Mohawk Street
Brantford, ON N3S 2X2

Attn: Melanie Fernandez
Interim Executive Director
(519) 759-2650
projects@woodlandculturalcentre.ca

Note: Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

 

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