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Our initial advertisement of this position was interrupted by COVID-19 communications. The deadline has been extended to July 3 to allow for greater visibility of the posting.


Director/Curator Position


About the Mann Art Gallery (MAG): The MAG is Prince Albert’s only public art gallery, and the northernmost public art gallery in Saskatchewan. It has an important role to play in promoting local and regional artists' work through mounting and touring exhibitions, producing catalogues, and conducting curatorial visits. Diversity and community involvement in our programming is achieved by exhibiting works in three (3) on-site galleries from different artists and art groups. This allows the gallery to maintain its curatorial focus (Main Gallery), and display emerging artists (Project Space), while encouraging youth & adult students to actively participate (Studio Gallery/Education Room). OSAC touring exhibitions are exhibited in partnership with the Prince Albert Council for the Arts in the John V. Hicks Gallery at the Prince Albert Arts Centre. The MAG is a not-for-profit organization, financially supported by grants from the City of Prince Albert, the Mann Family, community and government sources.

Position Summary: The Director/Curator oversees the operational, artistic, developmental, and financial management of the organization, in accordance with the strategic and operational plan. Reporting to and working collaboratively with the Board of Directors, the Director/Curator leads the artistic programming and administrative operations consistent with the gallery’s vision and mission. The ideal candidate will have a wide range of skills related to curation and programming management, as well as financial reporting, policy implementation, and staff leadership.

Duties:

Directorial:

Participate in the planning, directing, coordinating and controlling of all aspects of development, operation, security and maintenance of the MAG in accordance with the constitution, by-laws, policies and procedures. This includes collection management and insurance procedures, exhibition and collection documentation and archiving, formulation of loan and acquisition documents and all applicable programming and operation correspondence.

Oversee selection and management of all permanent and temporary full and part time MAG personnel and relative obligations including development of job descriptions, recruitment, professional development, evaluation, and terminations in accordance with the policies and procedures of the MAG.

Maintain current knowledge of the latest funding opportunities and prepare grant applications and funding requests at the discretion of the Director / Curator or upon request by the Board of Directors as a whole.

Represent the MAG with the media, municipal, provincial and federal governments, cultural organizations and a diverse range of public in all matters pertaining to the programming and educational activities of the MAG and provide effective liaison with the community.

Endorse all public relations material affecting the gallery including the MAG image, advertisements, interviews, and public affairs relating to the Art Gallery and facility, programming and initiatives.

Supervise and facilitate facility rental by community and commercial groups including financial and administrative responsibilities in accordance with the MAG Policies and procedures.

Establish and supervise volunteers (as required) specifically pertaining to programming and education objectives.

Execute daily administrative tasks including:

· prepare and manage correspondence, reports and documents and communicate verbally and in writing to answer inquiries and provide information as requested. Process all outgoing mail.

· implement and maintain office systems (computer hardware and software, network, office supplies and equipment)

· continue to maintain filing systems

· collate membership, organization, and accounts receivable / payable contact information and maintain relevant databases

· analyze and manage financial information to prepare financial statements including monthly and annual accounts and ensure accurate and timely year end close.

· set invoices up for payment and monitor accounts to ensure payments are up to date.

· prepare vendor cheques for mailing

Curatorial:

Plan and organize the acquisition, storage, preservation and exhibition of work by individual artists, collections and related materials including the selection of exhibition themes and designs to promote audience development and education at the MAG. This includes publicity, promotional activities, catalogue production, organization of guest curators and community-based projects, as well as conferences, symposiums and residencies related to public programming as resources permit.

Curate a minimum of (8) eight exhibits per year to be displayed through the MAG and prepare a plan of exhibitions including opening and special event dates related to programming. The Mann Art Gallery pays CARFAC artist royalties.

Supervise and execute fabrication, design, preparation, and production of interpretive material and installation. Insure maintenance of high standards for physical (handling, storage, shipping), environmental (temperature and humidity control), and art administration requirements (insurance, advertising and promotion, formulation of artist agreements / rejection & acceptance letters, and artist correspondence.

Tour MAG curated exhibitions to other art organizations across Canada (as funding and human resources permit).

Curate and manage all artwork contained in the permanent collection of the MAG, including the acquisition of new works in accordance with Collections Management policies of the MAG.

Maintain current knowledge of the latest developments in exhibit design concepts, techniques, technology, innovations and maintain a broad and current professional knowledge of activities in contemporary art and related fields through studio visits, conferences, lectures and workshops.

Support and oversee the Educator and Registrar in all aspects of programming, initiatives and extension activities, and assist in maintaining liaisons with other educational groups and peer professional organizations.

Liaise with Board of Directors

Participate as an advisor to the Fundraising Committee and public relations liaison at MAG fundraising events, public programs and special events.

Keep the Board of Directors informed by monthly and annual reports on all matters pertaining to the programs, activities, and operations of the MAG.

Advise Board of Directors on funding requirements for specific purposes including capital and additional staffing requirements.

Assist the Board of Directors in the development of policies and procedures.

Other duties / tasks relevant to the activities of the MAG may be assigned by the Board of Directors from time to time.

Qualifications:

Education:

Master’s Degree in Fine Arts, or equivalent education & experience, from an accredited University program with a specialization in Art History, Curatorial Studies, Cultural Studies, or Studio Art. A suitable combination of education and experience may be considered.

Experience:

Three years of previous art gallery experience, administration and operation of a cultural institution, exhibitions or related programs. Demonstrated leadership working with a professional team, groups, and managing volunteers. Managing finances in the non-profit sector, including grant proposals and fundraising experience.

Skills:

· Broad knowledge of Canadian and Saskatchewan historical and contemporary art.

Oversee competent handling of artworks, shipping, and installation of exhibitions.

· Excellent writing, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.

· Able to manage staff and implement strategic plans.

· Analytical, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

· Able to manage time & energy efficiently, work under pressure, and meet deadlines.

Strong commitment to community, inclusivity, and equity. Able to work flexible hours including weekends, evenings, and holidays when necessary.

· Seek out and work with funding agencies.

· Able to prepare an annual budget, prioritizing yearly needs.

· Knowledge of and experience with financial statements and reports including income statements and balance sheets.

· Able to organize and commit resources realistically.

· Proficiency in various computer programs including Microsoft Office. Familiarity with SAGE 50 accounting would be helpful.

Understand the role of digital platforms, social media, and web development for contemporary cultural institutions.

Employment Details:

Ideal Start Date: Immediately (negotiable, August)

Full Time: Some evenings and weekends are required for meetings and events. Hours are flexible and negotiable.

Full Time: Some evenings and weekends are required for meetings and events. Hours are flexible and negotiable.

Contract: 3 year renewable

Starting Salary: $50,000 – $60,000 (commensurate with experience)

How to Apply:

Qualified candidates are invited to submit application packages to the MAG Board of Directors by e-mail only to: board@mannartgallery.ca with the subject heading “Application for Director/Curator”. Application deadline is July 3, 2020 at 5 p.m.

The Application Package should include:

· A cover letter

· CV

· Names & contact information for three professional references

· One or two original writing samples, such as a curatorial text, grant proposal, critical art analysis. Sensitive information may be redacted.

About Prince Albert: A vibrant community, Prince Albert prides itself on being family-focused. The city is located on the North Saskatchewan River in central Saskatchewan, close to lake country. Prince Albert offers all the benefits of big city amenities, including arts, entertainment and unique cultural experiences. We have a strong and diverse arts community that supports and celebrates artistic endeavours. A city for all seasons, there is easy access to parks, walking, hiking, sled or ski trails, plus modern facilities for indoor recreation. Prince Albert is leading the way in making an active, prosperous city full of opportunities for our 37,000 residents.

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