Public Programming and Outreach Assistant

  • Program stream: Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage
  • Job title: Public Programming and Outreach Assistant
  • Organization name: Art Museum at the University of Toronto
  • Job location: Toronto, Ontario
  • Length of assignment: 2020-09-28 to 2021-03-31 (25 weeks)
  • Hourly wage: $19.00

YCW Website Job Poster:

The Art Museum at the University of Toronto (comprised of the federated Justina M. Barnicke Gallery and the University of Toronto Art Centre) is seeking 2 Public Programming and Outreach Assistants to assist in all aspects of in-person and online public programming coordination and implementation for the 2020/21 schedule. Each position will focus on interdisciplinary topics through contemporary Canadian and international artists’ projects, including a focus on microplastics in the Great Lakes and sustainability. The position is for 37.5 hours work week and commences with a salary of $19/hour from September 28 through March 31.

This position includes supervising the museum spaces during public hours, engaging with visitors and ensuring their safety, helping ensure accessibility, and assisting in coordination and execution of public programming. The ideal candidate for the position of Public Programming and Outreach Assistant will have a background and demonstrated knowledge – through education and volunteer or previous employment – in contemporary Canadian art and a broader cultural context of current global issues as seen through artistic practice. They will have just completed a postsecondary degree in the field of art history, curatorial studies, museum studies or similar research background with emphasis on the contemporary art, audience engagement and community outreach.

The candidate will bring excellent communication and organizational skills, as well as the ability to work independently and in a team as a supervisor, with an emphasis on critical thinking, information accuracy and enthusiasm for engaging audiences and activating contemporary Canadian art. The candidate will have proven experience with detailed contemporary art research, design programs, database management, information systems, public programming and strong proofreading skills. Project management experience is a definite asset as is prior administrative and public educators experience in a public or private gallery context.

The Art Museum at the University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

Applications are due by 5pm EST September 23, 2020. Interested applicants should apply by sending a cover letter and CV by email to with the subject heading “Young Canada Works Public Programming and Outreach Assistant”. Digital applications in a single document PDF are preferred.

This position is dependent on funding from the Canadian Heritage Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage (YCW-BCH) program and candidate eligibility is stipulated by Young Canada Works graduate grant guidelines ( Candidates must register online through the YCW website. Only candidates called for an interview will be notified.

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