Education Assistant

  • Program stream: Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations
  • Job title: Education Assistant
  • Organization name: The Art Gallery of Peterborough
  • Job location: Peterborough, Ontario
  • Length of assignment: 2021-06-10 to 2021-08-27 (11.14 weeks)
  • Hourly wage: $16.87

General Information:

Job Title: Education Assistant

Duration: 14 weeks; 35 hours per week

Application Deadline: May 10, 2021


How to apply:

Apply through the Young Canada Works portal with a cover letter detailing your interest and suitability for the position along with a current resume or CV.


Applicants must be YCW eligible.


The Art Gallery of Peterborough is seeking an Education Assistant through the Young Canada Works Program. Candidates must be full-time students who are returning to studies on a full-time basis in the next academic year as is the requirement of the YCW program.


The AGP is an equal opportunity employer and we encourage applications from all qualified candidates. We are committed to building an inclusive and barrier-free environment for staff, volunteers, artists, visitors, and patrons. We actively work to reflect the diversity of our community. As such, applicants will not be discriminated against for any reason, including but not limited to issues of race, creed, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, class.


About the AGP:

The Art Gallery of Peterborough (AGP) is a non-profit gallery with a history of groundbreaking exhibitions and programs. Located in the heart of the city of Peterborough, we are rooted in the Kawartha region yet reach across the nation to present and collect contemporary Canadian art. We develop programs that support our exhibitions and encourage discourse through talks, workshops, and publications. We are committed to providing multiple access points that are welcoming and inspiring while remaining challenging.


Applicants are encouraged to explore our website, agp.on.ca for insight into our operations, including our five-year Strategic Plan.


Project & Job Objectives:

The Education Assistant (EA) is an essential part of the AGP team and will work closely with the Curator and the Education and Programming Coordinator. The AGP provides important programming and access to art with a small staff, allowing the EA to integrate quickly into most aspects of education and make a valuable contribution. The EA’s role will primarily be to assist with the development and delivery of education programs, both online and, as possible, in a physical setting, to ensure the enrichment and safety of all participants. The AGP is a prime environment in which to gain experience with art education for all ages. The role of the Education Assistant is to ensure the quality of our summer education programming and to assist in the development of future programs. The impact of the EA goes well beyond the duration of the contract.


Given the current situation with COVID-19, the EA’s workplans will adapt as we continue to provide programming and services keeping the health and well-being of our staff, audience, and artists front of mind.


During the contract, work will be conducted both onsite and remotely. Staff meet regularly over Microsoft Teams to update, share files and report on projects. It is expected that remote working will be limited but the EA should be prepared to work remotely, either for short term projects or for the longer term. If working remotely, the EA will have the use of equipment and tech support provided by the City of Peterborough IT department but will need to provide their own home working space.


Typically, the EA acts as the frontline contact person for our annual seven weeks of Summer Art Camps for children and teens ages 4 to 17. This includes registration, processing payments, and maintaining class lists and up-to-date Health Forms for all participants. Day-to-day management includes morning check-in, lunch breaks, outdoor time, and afternoon check-outs. They will serve as liaison between Instructors, Youth Volunteers, and the AGP Education Coordinator. The EA will be able to lead a class of students, age 4 to 11, and be prepared to take on instructing duties when required. As of this posting, we are expecting our day camps to run at a limited capacity, with additional online supports and programming options. If in-person programming is cancelled, the EA role will continue to focus on assisting in the development and delivery of online programming and content, focused on educational activities providing access to art that inspire and challenge our audience.


Other tasks include assisting with marketing for the AGP’s Annual Kawartha Autumn Studio Tour and preparations for the upcoming education year. The EA will also assist with Visitor Services, Gallery Shop and Front Desk Reception, Opening Receptions, artist talks, and other activities as needed.

Orientation and Supervision will primarily be carried out by the Education and Programming Coordinator and the Curator.

Our ideal candidate will have proven organizational and leadership skills in the arts and cultural sector. They must be able to work independently with minimal supervision; coordinate several tasks at one time and must be a team player committed to quality customer service.


The ideal candidate should have an education or background in studio practice and art education. They should have a keen interest and background in working with children and youth and preferably have teaching qualifications. A background in volunteer management and digital engagement is an asset.


The ideal candidate will be required to provide (or obtain) a current criminal reference check with vulnerable sector check (if 18 or older), First Aid and Accessible Customer Service training, as a condition of employment. Computer skills required: Word, Excel. Photoshop is considered an asset.


Characteristics of city/region:

Peterborough is a diverse and active community with a population of approximately 81,000 people and offers excellent opportunities with both Trent University and Fleming College located in the City. The community and region is culturally rich, with many festivals and activities happening throughout the year.


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