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Assistant Curator

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Museums & Collections Services
Competition No.  -        A106634677
Closing Date  -        Feb 04, 2018

The University of Alberta Museums seeks a dynamic, creative, and team-oriented Assistant Curator for the University of Alberta Art Collection.  Reporting to the Curator, University of Alberta Art Collection (UAAC), Museums and Collections Services, the Assistant Curator is responsible for activities and program implementation related to selected sections of UAAC – including but not limited to Contemporary Art, Public Art and assisting with the development of emerging and strategic programs.   The Assistant Curator works as part of the Art Team which includes the Executive Director, the Curator (Mactaggart Art Collection), the Curator (UAAC), the Curatorial Assistant and the Collections Assistant.  The Art Team works collaboratively with other members of the MACS Team and relevant academic units (e.g. Art and Design, East Asian Studies, Human Ecology, Anthropology and Native Studies).

The University of Alberta Art Collection (UAAC) is one of 29 collections that comprise the University of Alberta Museums, an award-winning model for teaching, research, discovery learning, and access in post-secondary institutions. The UAAC consists of more than 10,000 objects and includes paintings, prints, drawings, and sculptures by Canadian and international artists, both historical and contemporary, and the Mactaggart Art Collection of textiles, costumes, paintings, handscrolls, albums, engravings, and other artifacts from ancient and modern East Asia. Building on strengths in Inuit prints, strategic directions for the UAAC include a focus on indigenous art and artists.  For further information on the Art Collection, go to http://museums.ualberta.ca/art/.

The University of Alberta is a Top 5 Canadian university located in Edmonton, Alberta with a reputation for excellence in research, scholarship and creative activities across diverse areas of impact in science, engineering, humanities, social sciences and medicine. Home to 39,000 students and 15,000 faculty and staff, the University offers close to 400 rigorous undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs in 18 faculties on fives campuses. With a metropolitan area population of approximately one million people, Edmonton is home to numerous arts and music festivals and boasts the largest system of urban parkland in North America. Edmonton and the University of Alberta are situated on Treaty 6 territory, a traditional meeting ground and home for many Indigenous Peoples, including Cree, Saulteaux, Blackfoot, Métis, and Nakota Sioux.

The Assistant Curator will be engaged in the following activities:

    Recommends and undertakes independent research related to contemporary art, public art and emerging priorities while contributing to collection development and rationalization including new acquisitions and deaccessions
    Conducts independent research that creates new knowledge resulting in collection-based exhibits, publications, web-based projects and targeted public programs to engage various publics
    Implements day-to day prescribed museum standards of care, handling, movement and storage of objects in this Collection
    Assists with fund and resource development related to the Collection
    Assists with ensuring physical and intellectual access to the Collection
    Manages the day-to-day access and scheduled use of the Print Study Centre
    Teaches and/or delivers workshops, lectures and seminars as required for University of Alberta students, peers, the general public, etc. as required
    Periodically supervises volunteers, students and interns

 To be successful in this position, the incumbent will have the following education and experience:

    Master’s Degree in Art history (e.g. contemporary art, Indigenous art, etc.), studio art or a related discipline
    Minimum of five years progressively responsible experience working with an art or related museum collection with curatorial-related duties
    Evidence of curatorial achievement including demonstrated success in collections research and publication, exhibition planning and execution, and collections management
    Demonstrated ability and experience to develop and conduct independent research projects
    Demonstrated understanding of past and current art practices, materials and techniques as well as artists whose works fit the collection mandate
    Ability to interact effectively with all levels of campus personnel, students and volunteers internally, general public, potential Collection donors, and related museum/gallery professionals externally
    Evidence of overall and current knowledge of museum standards related to collections management, care, handling and exhibition of Collections objects
    Evidence of information management skills including use of collections management systems and word processing
    Proven written and verbal presentation skills
    Supervisory skills related to paid staff and volunteers
    Physical ability, knowledge and skills required to organize the Collection
    Core competencies include:  achievement orientation, analytical thinking, conceptual thinking, flexibility, impact and influence, organizational awareness, planning and initiative, self-confidence, self-development, sense of urgency, and team leadership and team cooperation

In accordance with the Administrative and Professional Officer Agreement, this full time continuing position offers a comprehensive benefits package found at: www.hrs.ualberta.ca and annual salary range of $62,475 to $104,123.

Interested applicants must submit a curriculum vitae, cover letter, and the names of three references to the attention of Janine Andrews, Executive Director, University of Alberta Museums by February 4, 2018.

How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.

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