Public Programming Assistant

  • Program stream: Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations
  • Job title: Public Programming 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 (comprised of the federated Justina M. Barnicke Gallery and the University of Toronto Art Centre) is seeking a Public Programming Assistant to assist in the research, coordination, and implementation of our educational and outreach activities during the summer and planning for the fall/winter. The position is a 37.5 hour work week, at $16/hour, from mid-May to early September for 11 weeks.

The ideal candidate for the position of Public Programming Assistant will have a background and demonstrated knowledge – through education and volunteer or previous employment – in contemporary and 20th century Canadian art. They are currently enrolled in post-secondary studies and are intending to return to school in the fall semester, in a related field such as of art history, curatorial studies or museum studies.

The candidate will have excellent communication, public speaking, and organizational skills, as well as the ability to work independently and in a team, with an emphasis on critical thinking, information accuracy and enthusiasm for contemporary Canadian art and history. The candidate will have proven experience with detailed contemporary art research, and is able to process information in a variety of formats, use databases, and present findings. Prior experience in administration and as an educator in a gallery or museum context is an asset. The Assistant will be working remotely while keeping in close contact with their supervisor and Art Museum team online. Their work will include assisting with facilitating online programming as well, instead of face-to-face public tours this summer.

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.

The application due date is on May 18, 2020. Interested applicants should apply by sending a cover letter and CV by email to with the subject heading “Young Canada Works Public Programming Assistant”. Digital applications in a single document PDF are preferred.

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