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Position

Director/Curator

Salary: $70,000-$85,000 per annum based on experience

Summary

The Director/Curator is the leader of the organization and reports directly to the Board of Directors. They will be responsible for the strategic planning and leadership of the organization. This is a full-time position based at Homer Watson House & Gallery.

The Role

Tasks may include but are not limited to:

Business Management

  • Responsible for the daily operations and long-term strategic planning of HWHG
  • Accountable for budget development, tracking, and reporting
  • Responsible for staff management – recruiting, supervising, training, and mentoring
  • Oversees programming and marketing activities
  • Maintains the professional policies and procedures necessary to meet provincial and regional standards
  • Identifies and applies for grants at the municipal, provincial, and federal levels
  • Accountable to the Board of Directors and is the liaison with funding agencies including The City of Kitchener, The Region of Waterloo, and community partners and patrons.
  • Experience managing investments would be an asset.
  • Coordination of annual financial audit

Exhibitions

  • Create a multi-year plan for contemporary and historic exhibitions aligned with the mission of the HWHG
  • Coordinate the installation of exhibitions
  • Develop curatorial statements and interpretation
  • Lead efforts to secure financial resources for the execution of exhibitions through a combination of grants, sponsorships, and donations

Collections Management:

  • Establishes priorities for collections development, maintenance, and monitoring
  • Manage the permanent collection according to industry standards, including acquisitions,

de-accessions, donations, and related cataloguing

  • Maintain safe and proper storage protocols; determines existing and future collection storage needs
  • Maintain permanent records, technical files and database records related to the collection

About Homer Watson House & Gallery

Homer Watson House and Gallery is one of the oldest operating art galleries in Canada. Our mission is to preserve and celebrate the legacy of Homer Watson’s creative spirit by stimulating the appreciation, enjoyment, and practice of the visual arts.

Mission

Homer Watson House & Gallery will fulfill its mission by engaging in a three-part program of:

1. Preservation and Collection of Homer Watson’s art, his home studio and gallery, and the heritage of his life, his times, and that of Phoebe Watson and the Doon School of Fine Arts.

2. Exhibition of Homer Watson’s body of work and regular shows of contemporary local and regional artists.

3. Education and enrichment through events and instructional programs in the visual arts.

Values

  • Inspire creativity, knowledge, and ideas through art.
  • Celebrate diversity and inclusivity in our activities and working practices.
  • Recognize the inherent value of the natural environment.
  • Improve accessibility.
  • Operate in a fiscally responsible way to ensure long term sustainability of the organization.
  • Develop meaningful relationships within our region and the broader arts community.

The Ideal Candidate

To be fantastic in this role, you should:

  • Have a minimum of 2 years experience in arts or business management
  • Have completed a university degree in Arts, Cultural Management or Museum Studies, graduate level is preferred, or
  • Have completed a university degree, or minored in, Business Management
  • Have a broad knowledge of the Canadian arts community – knowledge of the arts in Waterloo region would be an asset
  • Have excellent analytical, interpersonal, and communication skills
  • Have experience effectively managing a high performing team
  • Be competent with computer systems (Microsoft Office, Adobe Suite, etc.)
  • Have experience in financial management
  • Have experience writing successful grant and sponsorship applications
  • Be familiar with collections management standards
  • Have curatorial experience including research and effective communication for consumption by the general public
  • Be personable, professional, and diplomatic

Hours of Work:

This position works weekday hours, with occasional evening and weekend hours.

Driver’s license/vehicle requirements:

Because this position will require some travel, a valid Province of Ontario driver’s license with access to a reliable motor vehicle is necessary.

Police check requirements

Because of the environment this position will be working in, the successful candidate will be required to provide an original Police Information Search (criminal reference check) (working with vulnerable persons) prior to commencement of employment. You must be 18 years of age or older to obtain a vulnerable police check.

Successful candidates must provide proof of qualifications and professional references.

Interested applicants should submit a resume and covering letter to the Chair of the Board of Directors, Colleen Bulla by October 23, 2022.

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Salary: $70,000.00-$85,000.00 per year

Benefits:

  • Extended health care
  • Paid time off

Schedule:

  • Evenings
  • Holidays
  • Monday to Friday
  • Weekend availability

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Kitchener, ON: reliably commute or plan to relocate before starting work (required)

Education:

  • Bachelor’s Degree (required)

Experience:

  • arts management: 2 years (required)

Licence/Certification:

  • Driving Licence (required)

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