Associate Director, Communications

Date Posted: Nov 14, 2017
Application Deadline: Nov 17, 2017

Salary: TBD
Province: Ontario
Region: Metro Toronto Area
Organization's Field/Discipline: Cultural Industries
Term: Full-time
Career Level: Upper management

Organization Description

AGO - Art Gallery of Ontario
There has never been a more exciting time to be a part of the Art Gallery of Ontario. Transformed by internationally celebrated architect Frank Gehry, the AGO is now welcoming the world to an extraordinary new home for extraordinary art. As a new model for art museums, the AGO is becoming the imaginative centre of our city and province, a leading cultural destination and innovative partner in the celebration of art! Consider the AGO if you are looking for an organization that:
  • elebrates art in all that they do
  • Believes the visitor experience is paramount
  • Listens and contributes to our communities
  • Stands for creativity, innovation and ongoing learning
  • Is committed to the highest professional and ethical standards
  • Fosters respect and recognition for employees, volunteers, members and donors If you are creative, innovative and thrive on bringing art and diverse communities together, explore the opportunities available on our website.

Job Description

Associate Director, Communications
Temporary Full-Time
35 Hours per Week


At the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), we bring people together with art to see, experience and understand the world in new ways.

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is among the most distinguished art museums in North America. We celebrate creativity, advocate for artists and shape the conversation about art in our local and international communities. We connect to the world through collaborative and innovative partnerships which provide opportunities to share fresh ideas and discover new voices. As a not-for-profit, we are a unique and complex organization, funded by self-generated revenues and government investment. 

If you are a strong manager, creative writer and understand the importance of relationships, then the position of Associate Director, Communications may be the right challenge for you. 

Reporting to the Chief, Communications & Brand, the Associate Director, Communications will be responsible for developing and leading the implementation and management of external and internal communications strategies that position, promote and build the public profile of the Gallery. This is not a marketing or advertising role, as the position oversees several functions involving earned and owned media but does not have direct oversight of paid media. Primarily responsible for local, national and international media relations, internal communications, issues management and the weekly AGOinsider, the successful candidate will create narratives that reflect the AGO’s mission and strategic priorities. He/she/they will also work closely with the Communications & Brand teams (Marketing & Design, Digital, Visitor Services, Government Relations and Membership & Database Marketing) and with colleagues across the Gallery to increase public interest and engagement with the AGO’s programs and services. 


Our ideal candidate will have the following skills and experience:

• Degree in Communications, Journalism or Public Relations combined with a minimum 7-10 years directly related experience in communications and media relations 
• Demonstrated experience managing and motivating staff and projects
• Well-developed organizational, interpersonal and analytical skills
• Advanced communication skills (verbal and written) including presentation skills.
• Demonstrated ability in crisis communication and issues management
• Knowledge of applicable computer programs i.e. Microsoft Office
• Knowledge of all social media platforms, best practices, industry standards
• Familiarity with tracking softwares for traditional and social media coverage such as Meltwater, Hootsuite, Critical Mention, Sprout Social, True Social
• Knowledge and familiarity with industry standard measurement systems such as Media Relations Points (MRP) and Ad Value Equivalency (AVE)
• Experience developing and managing budgets
• Demonstrated ability to work well under pressure
• Strong relationship skills that can be leveraged with high level media contacts when required
• Media training and experience talking in front of a camera an asset.

Additional Info:

In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act & the AGO’s Recruitment & Selection Policy for Staff, a request for accommodation will be considered throughout the hiring process.

The Art Gallery of Ontario is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
We thank all applicants but must advise that only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

How to Apply:

We invite individuals who reflect the diversity of our visitors to apply by visiting our website at 

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