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Job - Curator, Multidisciplinary Programs, Koffler Centre of the Arts, deadline February 10

Posted by April Steele • Saturday, January 7. 2012 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

Koffler Centre of the Arts is Canada’s only multidisciplinary, contemporary Jewish cultural institution, with a broad mandate to serve all and present a wide range of artistic programs through a global lens in a specifically Canadian context. The Koffler’s unique mix of programs and exhibitions examine the arts across disciplines and cultures in a way that strengthens identity while encouraging an appreciation of difference, aiming to bring people together to create a more civil and global society.

The Curator of Multidisciplinary Programs of the Koffler Centre of the Arts is a full-time, senior position reporting to the Executive Director. The Curator of Multidisciplinary Programs is responsible for developing, scheduling, contracting and producing literary, film, theatre, dance, global music, current affairs, symposia, and festivals for adults and children often in conjunction with Koffler Gallery exhibitions and the Koffler’s education department. S/he works collaboratively with the Koffler professional team to shape the artistic agenda for the Koffler.

The Curator of Multidisciplinary Programs will be responsible for strategic planning, development, budgeting, and fundraising efforts for programs described above at multiple sites in the GTA, including those at the UJA Sherman Campus (Sheppard and Bathurst), Artscape YOUNGplace (where the Koffler Gallery and Koffler administrative offices will be relocated in late 2012, and at the UJA Lebovic Campus in Vaughn. S/he will prepare and manage multiyear program budgets, logistics, schedules, and artist and venue contracts and be responsible for creating successful business and content strategies with an emphasis on building a robust repertoire of programs, a strong and loyal audience, and increasingly new and diverse audiences. S/he will work to ensure increasing recognition and support for the full range of Koffler programs and be able to articulate goals and objectives as well as strategies for reaching them.

The Curator of Multidisciplinary Programs will supervise the Programs and Outreach Assistant and will work closely with the Director of the Toronto Jewish Book Festival, the Curator of the Koffler Gallery, the Education Coordinators, the Head of Communications and Marketing, and the Director of Development as part of the senior professional team.


The successful candidate will have minimum 4 years experience in cultural programming, an advanced degree in art, art history or related fields and have demonstrated strong leadership and imaginative approaches to content and audience development. Experience working in small organizations with limited budgets and many projects at once is a plus. Knowledge of contemporary Jewish arts and culture is preferred. The Curator of Multidisciplinary Programs will need experience working with cultural institutions, knowledge of the Toronto and Canada arts scene, excellent people skills, administrative skills, grant writing abilities, and ability to balance business development with content goals. Excellent writing and verbal communication skills, a good sense of humor, capacity to work collaboratively as part of a team, and ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously are a must.

Additional Information

Application Deadline: February 10, 2012, 5 PM.

Please send a cover letter, CV and a short writing sample via e-mail or mail to:

Tony Hewer
Head of Communications and Marketing
Koffler Centre of the Arts
4588 Bathurst Street
Toronto, ON, M2R 1W6

No phone calls please. We sincerely appreciate the interest of all who apply, however only those selected for interviews will be contacted.
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