Public Engagement Coordinator

  • Program stream: Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage
  • Job title: Public Engagement Coordinator
  • Organization name: The Visual Arts Centre of Clarington
  • Job location: Bowmanville, Ontario
  • Length of assignment: 2019-10-23 to 2020-03-31 (22 weeks)
  • Hourly wage: $16.00

The Visual Arts Centre of Clarington (VAC) is seeking a friendly, energetic and organized individual with an interest in gaining valuable experience within the field of arts programming and engagement. Working in a creative and vibrant setting, the Public Engagement Coordinator will help the VAC team in ensuring that newly launched public engagement initiatives are managed in the most inclusive, efficient and sustainable ways. Duties include researching the development of exhibition based tours and programs, managing and training volunteer docents and gallery attendants, animating the gallery during public hours, and developing engaging programs for gallery members. The candidate will work closely with the Curator of Exhibitions and Education and the Development Coordinator to develop a series of gallery programs that will be offered to VAC members, volunteers, visitors, and community groups to create a social space that uses conversation and meaningful learning experiences to foster community.

The Visual Arts Centre of Clarington (VAC) is a not for profit public art gallery and art education centre located in Bowmanville, ON. The VAC is dedicated to the delivery of contemporary art to the Clarington Community, the wider Durham Region, and beyond. It has a 43-year history of community engagement, and connecting people of all ages and backgrounds in a creative place for learning and discovery. The Centre occupies a four story 1905 Mill, which holds exhibitions spaces and studio spaces including a pottery studio equipped with a kiln, and a painting studio, and a rustic attic gallery. Educational and public engagement programs are offered to kids, youth, and adults, while exhibitions of contemporary art show the works of Canadian regional and national artists in various stages of their careers. The VAC is a safe space where ideas are exchanged, questions are asked, and connections are made.

Public Engagement Coordinator

22 week position

Starts: Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Ends: Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Wage: $16.00/hr for 37.5 hrs/wk

Description of tasks:

- Animating and supervising the gallery space during public hours 5 days/week, welcoming and assisting visitors, encouraging conversations, leading formal and informal tours, and providing general information concerning the gallery program and history

- Working with volunteers and interns to train on exhibition content and public engagement practices

- Developing in-gallery engagement activities, developing a series of questions and conversation starters, and conducting research on ways exhibitions and arts education spaces can be spaces of deeper engagement and participation

- Being involved in day-to-day ongoing programming tasks such as event coordination, developing educational programs and materials, administrative duties, volunteer management, and delivery of programming

- Preparing materials and setting up the gallery for educational visits and workshops

- Reaching out to and offering free tours to community groups and VAC members

- Working with the Development Coordinator to develop and deliver members engagement programs

- Evaluating each exhibition upon completion to provide feedback on improvement for future program development

- Researching and developing in-gallery engagement activities for the VAC’s 2019/2020 exhibition programs

Candidate Profile:

• Recent graduate (within twenty-four months) from studies in Visual Arts, Art History, Arts Education, Arts Management, or a related field is mandatory

• Excellent written and oral communication skills, including public speaking and presentation experience

* Excellent Organizational and Research Skills

• Ability to multi-task and work well independently and within a team

• Experience working within an educational and creative setting

• An enthusiastic and energetic communication style

• Strong interpersonal skills

* Proficiency in the use of: Standard Office software as well as Communications / document sharing software (such as Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Drive)

• Ability to work all twenty-two (22) weeks (mandatory)

• Ability to speak French is an asset

• Eligible for Young Canada Works Program for Building Careers in Heritage

The Visual Arts Centre of Clarington is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to employment equity and building strength through diversity. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates and encourage women, visible minorities, and Indigenous peoples to apply. Acknowledging that we are not a fully accessible building, we attempt to be as inclusive as we can in our hiring process.

Applicants are encouraged to apply through the YCW website and contact Sandy Saad, Curator of Exhibitions and Education, at

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