Associate Curator, Academic Outreach

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Reporting to the Chief Curator, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, the Associate Curator, Academic Outreach 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. Liaising with faculty throughout the university and working closely with the Agnes’ team of curators, the Associate Curator, Academic Outreach cultivates and facilitates course-specific access to Agnes exhibitions and collections, formulating strategies for active use of original works of art within university curricula and more broadly, as a research and teaching resource. Adhering to high standards of museum excellence, the incumbent will perform research, administrative and public-facing tasks to ensure that academic outreach programs are delivered as conceived, on time and on budget with the best possible realisation of artistic and learning 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.

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

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Actively seeks, cultivates and maintains relationships with University faculty and instructors across all disciplines to encourage academic use of the 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 and collections.
  • Delivers object-based study sessions, exhibition tours, collection seminars, talks and other academic outreach programs and events, and works with the Program Coordinator, student and community docents in the delivery of select academic programs.
  • Writes sophisticated and engaging content for academic program outlines, promotion, reports, funding applications, proposals, the Agnes website and other related purposes, working effectively with the curatorial staff and Communications Coordinator.
  • Schedules and monitors university class visits to the 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.
  • Consults with the Agnes curators in the planning of exhibition- 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 and online programs.
  • Works with the Collections Manager and Collections Assistant to coordinate and 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 the 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, 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.
  • Assigns tasks and oversees the work of staff and volunteers to high standards, as required.
  • Represents the 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 the Agnes.

 

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: 

  • University degree in art history, visual and media art, visual studies, cultural 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 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.

 

SPECIAL SKILLS: 

  • Superior written and oral communication skills, including effective public speaking. 
  • Respects diversity and promotes inclusion in the workplace and on campus.
  • 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.
  • 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 the Agnes.