Carol and Morton Rapp Curator, Contemporary Art
Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)
Regular Full-Time (35 Hours per Week)
ART + AUDIENCE + LEARNING
The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is one of the largest art museums in North America with close to 100,000 works and 1M visitors annually. We have an operating budget of over $60M and a team of more than 600 employees and 400 volunteers committed to presenting great art, facilitating learning, and increasing access for our audiences.
Aligned to our 10-year vision to lead global conversations through our extraordinary collections, exhibitions and programs and by reflecting the people who live here, we recently launched a bold new admission model that has brought in more than 100,000 passholders in less than 6 months.
This is an exciting time to work at the AGO and we are currently looking for a Curator, Contemporary Art who is a collaborative, dynamic leader and who will shape our direction with contemporary art in line with our vision.
At the AGO, we are committed to being an employer who reflects our community and fosters an inclusive workplace. We welcome and encourage candidates who are women, BIPOC, LGBTQ2S+ and people with disabilities to apply for this incredible opportunity.
Do you want a role where you can inspire diverse audiences during an extraordinary time of growth and change?
The Curator, Contemporary Art:
- Reports to our Deputy Director and Chief Curator and is a vital member of our Curatorial team, as well as an active partner with colleagues across the AGO
- Collaborates with colleagues across our museum to strategically lead and effectively deliver on curatorial priorities aligned to the AGO’s overall vision including exhibition development, programming, and collection building
- Plans, builds, and presents our permanent collection of modern & contemporary art
- Creates, organizes, and executes major exhibitions and interprets works of art in an engaging, relevant way for our broad, diverse audience
- Identifies and researches significant trends, issues, and opportunities in the visual arts
- Inspires our visitors and public, locally and globally, by providing a meaningful understanding of modern & contemporary art in a relevant way
- Is exceptional and trusted in establishing and fostering strong, credible and long-term relationships with our artists, donors, Board members, employees, volunteers and other stakeholders
- Is responsible for guiding, motivating and developing their team of employees to deliver on goals and projects aligned with our mission, vision and values
- Is accountable for working with colleagues across our museum to ensure budgets and financial goals are met aligned to the overall direction of the AGO
Are you a talented leader who makes a positive impact through modern & contemporary art?
The ideal candidate has these skills:
- Ability to identify works of extremely high quality
- Strong, credible, collaborative relationship builder who establishes and sustains long-term, trusted, credible relationships with our artists, donors, Board members, employees, volunteers and other stakeholders
- Exceptional, inclusive leader who values and utilizes the expertise of diverse individuals and groups (artists, teams, colleagues, other museums, stakeholders) as they achieve curatorial goals and projects together, locally and globally
- Innovative thinker who has developed modern & contemporary art strategies aligned to vision and mission, and who has taken a practical, proactive approach to implement them to engage visitors, donors, community members and other stakeholders in relevant, meaningful ways
- Inspiring leader who guides, motivates and coaches their team to deliver superior results using available resources and budget
- Diplomatic, authentic and influential curator who excels in cultivating sustainable, credible donor relationships aligned to the overall direction of the museum
- Flexible, agile team member who embraces change, diverse points of view and creative problem solving to accomplish deliverables that meet changing audience needs
- Curious, open minded learner who stays up to date on museum trends and best practices that engage audiences through art, collections and exhibitions
The ideal candidate has these qualifications:
- 10 years of related museum experience in exhibition research and development and/or collection development
- Master’s degree or Ph.D. in Contemporary or Modern art history or directly related field
- Demonstrated ability to lead and inspire a team, as well as hold them accountable to deliver exceptional results with available resources and budget
- Proven track record in partnering with others across a museum(s) to establish a long term, comprehensive vision for Contemporary Art
- Demonstrated experience in cultivating sustainable, relevant donor and stakeholder relationships aligned to the overall direction of a museum(s)
- Flexibility to work changing schedule and to travel
- English language proficiency
Compensation & Benefits:
- Annual base salary range of CDN $100K-$130K per annum based on qualifications, skills, and experience
- Annual wage increases are available
- Medical Benefits, Dental Benefits, Vision Care Benefits
- Disability and Life Insurance Benefits
- Relocation allowance to be considered
- Discounts from the Provincial/City Reciprocal Agreements (Free admission to museums, the CN Tower & Discounts off amusement parks, city attractions, hotels, wine tours, Second City, the Ontario Science Centre, and much more!)
- Discounts to Goodlife Fitness
- Free tickets to every major exhibit at AGO
We invite individuals who reflect the diversity of our visitors to apply by submitting a tailored cover letter and CV by October 31, 2020 via our website: https://ago.ca/jobs-and-volunteering . We thank all applicants but must advise that only those selected for interviews will be contacted.
The Art Gallery of Ontario is located at:
317 Dundas Street West
Toronto, Ontario, Canada