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Job - Chief Curator, Mendel Art Gallery, deadline November 11

Posted by April Steele • Friday, October 21. 2011 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

The application date for this opportunity has passed.

The Mendel Art Gallery is a not-for-profit Board of the City of Saskatoon dedicated to being a relevant and dynamic community resource that seeks to provide art experiences that help all of us see the world in new ways. As Chief Curator you are part of the senior management team that will guide, facilitate, and oversee the transition to the Remai Art Gallery of Saskatchewan and contribute to the development of the curatorial strategy (exhibitions, collection, publication and public programs), and business plan for this new facility planned to open in late 2014.

Scope and Major Responsibilities:
As Chief Curator you will report to the Executive Director/CEO and work closely with our creative and dedicated staff of professionals to:

Develop the long-range content-related strategies for the Gallery ensuring fulfillment of the mandate, mission and other Gallery goals.
Research, curate and implement self directed projects that contribute to the Gallery's strategic objectives relating to the development of the region's art historical record and visual arts accomplishments.
Set goals and priorities for the annual exhibitions plan.
Provide recommendations regarding collection development and use, exhibition and education program development, implementation and management.
Envision and implement a balanced and integrated exhibition plan and public programs offerings that are consistent with the Gallery's mandate.
Prepare, monitor and control the Curatorial Department budget, including developing and updating the annual acquisitions plan.
Manage, train and direct Curatorial Department staff. Conduct staff performance appraisals and plans and approves staff development. Provide recommendations regarding the staffing needs of the curatorial and program staff and contractors.
Work with the Senior Management team to develop rationale/business cases to support significant exhibitions and public program initiatives.
Work with the Resource Development Department to provide curatorial/program content, reviews sponsorship and other fund development packages.
Work with and provides guidance to the Resource Development Department regarding communications, marketing and sponsorship of exhibitions and other projects.
Contribute to the development of effective partnerships with the local, national and international visual arts community through the production of exhibitions. Attends studio visits, related programs and other activities.
Prepare and coordinates grants and funding requests for the exhibition program.
Provide direction to the Public Programs area to develop appropriate programs and strategies for the dissemination of information and documentation for exhibitions and related programs.
Identify and steward potential gifts of works of art and/or cash donations. 15. Work with the Executive Director and CEO and committees of the Board to review Gallery policies.


Master's degree in art history, or equivalent.
Ten years of curatorial accomplishment involving program direction, exhibition development and writing, as well as demonstrated experience in a management capacity, encompassing museum or gallery administration, exhibition production, curatorial practices, public programs, collection management, grant writing and fundraising.
Thorough knowledge of Canadian art history with a deeper understanding of art created in Western Canada.
Thorough knowledge of public sector, non-profit organization operations and government relationships.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team environment displaying excellent curatorial, managerial, financial, interpersonal and organizational skills.
Demonstrated ability to build and foster effective relationships with artists, donors and sponsors within the local, regional and national art community.
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

$76,553.28 to $89,950.08 per annum. Through the City of Saskatoon benefits plan, the successful candidate will receive a comprehensive benefits package.

How to Apply
For further information regarding this position, contact Human Resources at (306) 975-3261. Applications are to be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 11, 2011 to: Human Resources, City Hall, 222 Third Avenue North, Saskatoon SK S7K 0J5; Fax: (306) 975-3073; Email: careers(at)saskatoon.ca.

The Mendel Art Gallery is committed to maintaining an inclusive culture and to building a diverse workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates.
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