Digital Access Assistant

  • Program stream: Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations
  • Job title: Digital Access Assistant
  • Organization name: Carleton University Art Gallery
  • Job location: Ottawa, Ontario
  • Length of assignment: 2022-06-06 to 2022-08-12 (9.57 weeks)
  • Hourly wage: $19.00
General Information
Title: Digital Access Assistant
Location: Work from home (Remote)
Duration: 6 June – 12 August 2022 (Working 7 hrs/day Monday-Friday)
Salary: $19.00/hour
Language of work: English

The Digital Access Assistant will play a vital role in new and evolving digital processes at CUAG. Under the supervision of CUAG’s Student and Public Programs Coordinator, the Digital Access Assistant will assist with the following tasks related to digital access of images on CUAG's website and social media: a) Research basic techniques for improving SEO (search engine optimization) and then apply to exhibition pages website; b) Upload images to website; c) Write and enter captions and alt-text descriptions for images on website; d) Review and correct transcripts for videos of CUAG virtual events; e) Write alt-text descriptions for images on CUAG's social media.

Note: These tasks have been designed to be completed remotely, following university, provincial and municipal protocols and recommendations for Covid-19 safety.

Field of study: The candidate will preferably possess a minimum of two years of technical training in a museum studies program, such as the one offered by Algonquin College in Ottawa, or a minimum of two years completed towards a university undergraduate degree. Alternate practical experience will be considered. An affinity for detail-oriented tasks is important. Interest in and experience working with visual art is an important asset.

Computer skills: The candidate should possess excellent computer skills, with an affinity for detailed-oriented computer tasks. Experience with SEO and with website content management software, specifically WordPress, are definite assets, but not required. The candidate must be comfortable working independently and remotely (as this is a Work-from-home position).

Women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, and Indigenous peoples are encouraged to apply.

Young Canada Works Eligibility:
To qualify for this position, you:
-Are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada.
-Are legally entitled to work in Canada.
-Are between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment.
-Meet the eligibility criteria of the program for which you are applying.
-Are registered in the YCW online candidate database.
-Are willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment.
-Do not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week) while employed with YCW.
-Have been a full-time student (as defined by your educational institution) in the semester preceding the YCW job.
-Intend to return to full-time studies in the semester following the YCW job.

Applications (a cover letter and curriculum vitae) should be sent by email to:

Victoria McGlinchey, CUAG Administrator
Carleton University Art Gallery
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6

Description of Carleton University Art Gallery:

Founded in 1992, Carleton University Art Gallery (CUAG) is located in a region rich in cultural institutions. CUAG offers dynamic exhibitions in an environment predisposed to dialogue and the free exchange of ideas. It is distinguished by its diverse and professional program of contemporary art, vibrant public programs, and ambitious publications. It attracts a broad and diverse audience that draws on the campus community and the Ottawa-Gatineau region, Canada’s fourth largest metropolitan area.

Characteristics of City/Region:

Carleton University is situated on unceded Algonquin territory beside the historic Rideau Canal, an official UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was founded by the community in 1942 to meet the needs of veterans returning from the Second World War. Today, Carleton University has almost 30,000 students, 1900 faculty and staff, and strives for innovation in research, teaching and learning.

A high-tech centre of the country, Ottawa is also a city of park-like greenery and interconnecting rivers and canals. In the shadow of Canada's majestic Parliament Buildings, the bustling Byward Market, trendy restaurants, elegant shops, quaint outdoor cafes, and artisans' stalls flourish in a dynamic downtown centre.

Ottawa is a bilingual city of modern and historic architecture, and boasts some of the finest cultural facilities in the country. The National Gallery of Canada enjoys an international reputation, drawing visitors from around the world. The National Arts Centre is a leader in the presentation of classical and contemporary music, theatre, and dance. The region is also home to the National Museum of Science and Technology, Canadian Museum of History, Museum of Nature, a network of municipal art galleries, the Ottawa Art Gallery, five artist-run centres, and Carleton University Art Gallery.

Ottawa is a city of festivals. The Canadian Tulip Festival celebrates the colours of spring with dazzling garden displays throughout the city. Just outside the city and minutes from downtown Ottawa, you'll discover Gatineau Park. The park is 365 square miles of pristine lakes, rolling hills, and panoramic views of the Ottawa Valley. The park is famous for excellent hiking, swimming, canoeing, and bird-watching.