University of Manitoba School of Art Gallery: Director/Curator, Application Deadline July 30

Director/Curator – School of Art Gallery, University of Manitoba

Full Time Permanent Position

Deadline: July 30, 2019

Expected start date: October 01, 2019

Job Description:

Director/Curator School of Art Reporting to the Director of the School of Art, the Director/Curator is administratively responsible for the overall operations of the Gallery of the School of Art, including activities, programming, financial management, and supervision of gallery staff. The Director/Curator is responsible for ensuring that the research and focus of exhibitions and events reflect the strategic goals of the School of Art and the University of Manitoba. The programming goals of the Gallery should contribute significantly to the contemporary culture of Manitoba and Canada, representing all of its diversity, with particular attention to ensuring that Indigenous voices and culture are directly represented in all of the gallery's activities. The position is expected to commence on October 1, 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.


The Director/Curator is responsible for ensuring that contemporary museological standards are applied to the production of temporary exhibitions as well as to the care, management, exhibition and expansion of the School of Art's Permanent Collection, through exhibitions and collections management. The responsibilities of the Gallery Director/Curator encompass: research, exhibitions, collections management, administration. The Director/Curator is responsible for organizing and producing exhibitions, as well as their ancillary educational programs and events. Exhibition production includes but is not restricted to research; grant writing; administration (general production, advertising and promotion, catalogue production, installation, hiring of guest contributors); education; extension; and liaison with other Canadian cultural institutions on collaborative projects. Collections management includes but is not restricted to the acquisition, documentation, preservation, exhibition and interpretation of the School of Art Permanent Collection, as well as assistance with University of Manitoba Collection management. Research in this context is understood as being in support of the curatorial needs and purposes of the presentation of artworks and curatorial projects that serve the mandate of the Gallery. Administrative responsibilities encompass the day-to-day operations of the Gallery in accordance with the standards for care and ethical conduct as determined by the Canadian museum community and also the administrative policies and procedures of the School of Art and The University of Manitoba. Duties include, but are not restricted to: fiscal responsibility to the School of Art and outside funders; budgetary intake and disbursements for all Gallery transactions; hiring, training and supervising casual and part-time contract and student employees; grant writing and project-specific fundraising with the Office of External Relations, as appropriate.


The successful candidate will hold a Master's degree in Art History, Museum Studies, Visual Cultural Studies, Critical Studies or Visual Arts, combined with substantial previous experience in curatorial work and administration within a public or university art gallery, including catalogue publishing, grant writing, collections management. In addition to proven senior leadership experience, organizational ability, the successful candidate brings strong interpersonal skills and an inspiring and effective leadership style, as well as a demonstrated ability to interpret historical/contemporary art to a broad audience.

Additional Information:

For more information, please contact: Kanchana Sankar 204-474-7240 or The University of Manitoba is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from women, racialized persons, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. If you require accommodation supports during the recruitment process, please contact U of M's Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Facilitator, Valerie Williams at or 204-474-8371. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. Application materials, including letters of reference, will be handled in accordance with the protection of privacy provision of The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (Manitoba). Please note that curriculum vitae may be provided to participating members of the search process. Applications will be accepted until July 30, 2019.

The posting for the SoA Gallery Director/Curator position can be viewed on the University of Manitoba recruitment site. Please visit the link shown below: