Collections Assistant

  • Program stream: Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations
  • Job title: Collections Assistant
  • Organization name: Art Museum at the University of Toronto
  • Job location: Toronto, Ontario
  • Length of assignment: 2020-05-25 to 2020-09-11 (15.57 weeks)
  • Hourly wage: $16.00

The Art Museum at the University of Toronto is seeking a Collections Assistant to assist the Collections Manager with maintaining the digital archives and support for the collections. This program is an essential component of managing the 1,000+ artworks out on loan throughout the Art on Campus Program on the St. George campus and more highlights in online exhibitions. The position is a 37.5-hour work week, paid at $16/hour, from May through August for 11 weeks.


The ideal candidate for the position of Collections Assistant will have a background and demonstrated knowledge – through education and volunteer or previous employment – in contemporary and historical Canadian art. The candidate is currently enrolled in post-secondary studies and are intending to return to school in the fall semester, preferably in the field of art history or museum studies.


The candidate will bring excellent communication and organizational skills, as well as the ability to work independently and in a team, with an emphasis on critical thinking, a great sense for detail, information accuracy and enthusiasm for art and history. The candidate will have proven experience with information management. For the role of Collections Assistant, it is preferred that the candidate have some prior experience with Collections Managements and digital databases. The Assistant will be working remotely while keeping in close contact with their supervisor and Art Museum team online.


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 on May 18, 2020. Interested applicants should apply by sending a cover letter and CV by email to artmuseum@utoronto.ca with the subject heading “Young Canada Works Collections Assistant”. Digital applications in a single document PDF are preferred.



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