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ID: 14317

Associate Curator, Academic Outreach and Community Engagement

Queens University - Kingston, ON

Website: https://www.queensu.ca/

Education/Training/Certifications

  • University degree in art history, visual and media art, visual studies, cultural studies, curatorial studies, museum studies, or relevant discipline. Graduate degree is considered an asset
  • Minimum five years’ related experience in the art gallery, museum and/or university education fields, with a focus in successfully delivering public, cultural and/or education programs to culturally and socially diverse audiences
  • Demonstrated knowledge of pedagogical approaches across a variety of disciplines at a research university, and familiarity with the academic mission and administrative structure of the university environment
  • Demonstrated success in project management, and experience in short- and long-term program planning
  • A record of successful, innovative outreach and community-engaged program development
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and respect for the ethical and operational protocols of a public art museum
  • Satisfactory Criminal Record and Vulnerable Sector Check required
  • Consideration may be given to an equivalent combination of education and experience

Reporting to the Chief Curator, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, the Associate Curator, Academic Outreach and Community Engagement is responsible for developing, coordinating and delivering programs that enhance the gallery’s integration with Queen’s University’s academic community, embracing both curricular and co-curricular approaches through an anti-oppression, arts-based lens.

Being both civically minded and pedagogically engaged, the Associate Curator, Academic Outreach and Community Engagement advances Agnes’s capacity to foster and relay intersectional connections across the diverse disciplines and communities that converge at the museum. Playing a significant role, this position acts as a catalyst that brings artists, students, scholars, community groups, and different disciplinary thinking together into new social, cultural, and pedagogical effect with real and simultaneous consequence: on students’ professional and academic development, on transdisciplinary innovation, on artists’ practices, and on community well-being.

Liaising with faculty, staff and student groups  throughout the university and working closely with the team of Agnes curators, the Associate Curator, Academic Outreach and Community Engagement cultivates and facilitates course-specific access to Agnes exhibitions and collections, formulating innovative strategies for active and creative use of original works of art within university curricula and more broadly, as a research and teaching resource and pedagogical tool for non-art disciplines. Adhering to high standards of museum excellence and current trends in socially-engaged artistic and curatorial practice, the incumbent will perform research, administrative and public-facing tasks to ensure that academic outreach programs and community engagement strategies are inclusive and cutting-edge, delivered as conceived, on time and on budget with the best possible realisation of artistic and pedagogical potential. This position supports and advances the gallery’s university-wide mandate and Queen’s University’s mission by communicating and creating opportunities for experiential learning and object-based scholarly research on-site and through the gallery’s digital platforms with a particular emphasis on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Indigenization.

The schedule for this position may require the incumbent to work variable hours according to program needs.

Position Requirements

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Actively seeks, cultivates and maintains relationships with University faculty, instructors, and student leaders across all disciplines to encourage academic engagement with Agnes collections, exhibitions, programs, expertise and facilities, including online resources.
  • Researches, develops, coordinates, presents and evaluates academic outreach programs, ensuring their astute integration with Agnes exhibitions, collections, and public programming.
  • Delivers object-based study sessions, exhibition tours, collection seminars, talks and other academic outreach and socially-engaged programs and events, and works with the Program Coordinator in the delivery of select academic programs.
  • Writes sophisticated and engaging content for academic program outlines, promotion, reports, funding applications, proposals, Agnes website and other related purposes, working effectively with the curatorial staff and Communications Coordinator.
  • Schedules and monitors university class visits to Agnes, working closely with staff including the Collections Manager, Program Coordinator, and Visitor Services Assistant.
  • Liaises with faculty and instructors in the planning and presentation of partnered external events that are both course-based and public, creating innovative and sustainable art gallery learning programs with a focus on socially-engaged and community-driven outcomes.
  • Consults with Agnes curators in the planning of exhibition-, public- and collections-based academic programs, supporting their ongoing awareness of outreach opportunities. Participates in relevant internal planning and coordination meetings, as needed. Contributes to the creative planning of in-gallery, on-campus and online programs.
  • Works with the Collections Manager and Collections Assistant to coordinate, safely move, and display collection objects for use by visiting classes.
  • In collaboration with the Communications Coordinator, ensures high-quality documentation (photography and/or videography) of academic outreach programs and content, securing reproduction permissions as needed.
  • Develops budgets for Agnes academic programs and tracks and codes invoices for payment.
  • Identifies, reviews and makes recommendations about funding opportunities relevant to academic engagement, preparing high-quality support material and documentation as required.
  • Maintains current knowledge about Agnes history, exhibitions, collections and role within the University; about relevant developments in university art museum practices and pedagogy, nationally and internationally; and about events, courses, programs, student clubs and activities, faculty and staff on campus as relevant to Agnes academic engagement.
  • Works to promote inclusion and advance understanding of diverse cultural perspectives in all programs and in some instances works in collaboration with the Office of Indigenous Initiatives, the Human Rights and Equity Office, and other relevant units on campus to support scholars at risk, students from equity-seeking groups, and Indigenous students.
  • Ensures that Agnes participates in the strategic Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Indigenization initiatives from the perspective of artistic programming and engagement.
  • Play a key role in furthering Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression initiatives on campus from an arts-based lens.
  • Assigns tasks and oversees the work of staff and volunteers to high standards, as required.
  • Represents Agnes academic outreach program in the wider community, university and museum networks.
  • Collects statistics and evaluations of academic programs, for regular reporting, and creates and tracks related administrative records.
  • Undertakes additional duties, as required, in support of academic outreach and community engagement and Agnes.

SPECIAL SKILLS: 

  • Respects diversity and promotes inclusion in the workplace and on campus.
  • Superior written and oral communication skills, including effective public speaking.
  • Excellent visual acuity and aesthetic judgement abilities, and capacity to communicate these.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, combined with the capability to inspire others.
  • Excellent time-management skills with the ability to manage multiple tasks.
  • Strong research skills in art and art education.
  • Familiarity with art museum online and in-gallery digital platforms and their use.
  • Knowledge of French and/or other language(s) are an asset.
  • Art-handling skills and understanding of museum collection care.
  • Ability to develop and maintain strong relationships in the university community and across relevant external sectors.
  • Ability to work independently, with minimal supervision, and as an effective team member.
  • First aid training is an asset.

DECISION MAKING:

  • Determines the structure, format and content for academic outreach programs; determines the most effective ways to design, deliver and present programming that is inclusive and furthers a mandate of equity, diversity, inclusion and indigenization.
  • Recommends communications content.
  • Determines the relevance of research material.
  • Develops appropriate responses to external requests.
  • Identifies target academic audiences, stakeholders and collaborators.
  • Prioritizes work and time amongst multiple competing demands.
  • Makes daily programmatic decisions and resolves problems within policy guidelines; determines when complex problems or sensitive issues should be referred to senior staff.
  • Contributes to decisions with regard to establishing priorities, setting goals, long-term planning and program development.
  • Contribute to budgetary decisions and the allocation of resources as it relates to the long-term financial strategy of the academic outreach program within Agnes.

Type of Job: Full Time,

Hourly Wage/Salary: To Be Discussed

Hours: 35 hours week

Closes: Mar 22, 2021

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