Curatorial Assistant - Education and Research Administrator

Date Posted: Aug 01, 2019
Application Deadline: Sep 06, 2019
Start Date: Oct 14, 2019

Salary Range: 0 - 20K
Additional Salary Information: CAD 16.03 to 16.03 Hourly
Province: Ontario
City: Markham
Employee Benefits: N/A
Organization's Field/Discipline: Doesn't apply
Job's focus: Creative & Administrative
Job Type: Contract
Career Level: Doesn’t apply

Organization Description

City of Markham
The City of Markham is a dynamic and change-oriented leader among Canadian municipalities. The recipient of multiple environmental awards, we are recognized for our innovative sustainability and urban planning initiatives as much as for our fiscal accountability. More than 320,000 residents call Markham home and benefit from our rich heritage, culturally diverse environment, vibrant local economy and focus on quality of life.

Job Description

Applications are now being received for the above position at the Varley Art Gallery. To apply for this position, please submit your resume and cover letter online by September 6, 2019 at:

Job Summary
The Varley Art Gallery of Markham is seeking a friendly, energetic and organized individual with an interest in gaining valuable experience within the field of arts education. Working in a creative and vibrant setting, the Education and Research Administrator will support current educational and public programming events by providing logistical and administrative support for booking, confirming, and delivering educational programs. They would also be responsible for reviewing, updating and streamlining the orientation, training and operations of educational programs. Additionally, the candidate is responsible for researching, developing and recommending new and exciting educational and public programs for upcoming exhibitions, using visitor feedback and in alignment with the imperatives developed as a result of the Varley Art Gallery’s new strategic plan.

Note: This position is supported by Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage. Applicants should review the website to confirm their eligibility:

Anticipated Start Date: Monday, October 14, 2019.
Contract End Date: Friday, March 27, 2020.
Hours: 30 hours/week.
Duration of Term: 24 weeks.


Candidate Profile:
  • Recent graduate within the last 24 months with a minimum Bachelor’s degree in arts administration, education or related fields looking to build a career in the arts/heritage sector, and aged between 16 and 30 years.
  • Experience working within an educational and/or creative setting planning and/or delivering programs.
  • High proficiency with word processing, high comfort level with learning new software and computer systems; knowledge of Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign an asset.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including public speaking and presentation experience.
  • Must be fluent in English.
  • Ability to speak French or a second language an asset.
  • Ability to multi-task, work well independently and within a team.
  • Proven leadership record and effective supervision of staff.
  • Excellent organizational and research skills.
  • An enthusiastic and energetic communication style.
  • Strong customer service, organization and interpersonal skills.
  • Must be able to work all twenty-four weeks mandatory.
  • Eligible for Young Canada Works program for Building Careers in Heritage.
  • Service Excellence: Meets or exceeds service standards when interacting with customers in the community and in the organization.
  • Change & Innovation: Responds positively and professionally to change and helps others through change.
  • Teamwork & Relationship Building: Interacts with others in an inclusive, collaborative and respectful way that creates effective working relationships.
  • Communication: Communicates in a clear, professional and respectful way; demonstrates active listening.
  • Accountable & Results Oriented: Demonstrates ethical behaviour and accountability, aligns with City values, and abides by relevant policies and legislation.
  • Management & Leadership: Demonstrates self-management, professionalism and engagement; leads by example.
The Varley Art Gallery is located on Main Street in the historic village of Unionville in Markham, Ontario. The permanent collection includes, among others, the work of F. H. Varley, in whose honour the facility is named. The Varley Art Gallery encourages new ways of seeing and appreciating art, offering a broad range of activities including group tours, school programs, lectures, studio courses and workshops, and family activities.

The Varley Art Gallery is committed to employment equity and building strength through diversity as per the City of Markham’s Diversity Action Plan. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates and encourage women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, and Aboriginal peoples to apply. We thank all applicants for their interest; however only candidates that best fit the candidate profile will be contacted for an interview. Interviews will be conducted as per the policies of the City of Markham, ensuring a fair and equitable process. Candidates are asked to provide 3 personal and/or professional references who will be contacted prior to any official job offer.

Please respect our scent free area by not wearing scented products when visiting the office.

Additional Info:

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How to Apply:

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