Indigenous Curator

Indigenous Curator 

Job Number: 1803640 

Faculty / Division: University of Toronto Scarborough 

Department: UTSC: Doris McCarthy Gallery 

Campus: Scarborough   


Under general direction of the Director/Chief Curator, the Indigenous Curator will be responsible for initiating, researching, interpreting, developing, and implementing a cycle of exhibitions and related programming for the Doris McCarthy Gallery. The Indigenous Curator will assume curatorial oversight of specific current and future Indigenous and non-Indigenous programming, including incoming and outgoing exhibitions and developing content with guest curators, as well as artists for academic and public outreach (lectures, panel discussions, performances). The Indigenous Curator will serve as a resource to the Seventh Generation Image Makers/Doris McCarthy Gallery Artist-in-Residence, and will work with staff, faculty and the Director to increase campus and community awareness of Indigenous events and interests on campus and in the community through the use of art. The incumbent will serve in an outreach capacity to surrounding Indigenous communities and organizations through promotion of Gallery events and exhibitions.

In discussion with the Director, the Curator will be working with the Collections Coordinator, to initiate acquisitions committee meetings, prepare acquisition briefs, and loan approvals.

The Indigenous Curator will work within allocated budgets as well as identify potential external funding sources—including partnerships, collaborations, cultural agencies, foundations, and others—to supplement existing resources where possible. 


Qualifications:  (Minimum qualifications)

Education: MA in Curatorial Studies or an equivalent combination of education and experience.  

Experience: A minimum of three years of combined curatorial experience in a professional gallery of contemporary art and Indigenous community involvement, with demonstrated experience of initiating and implementing major exhibitions and artistic projects in the area of contemporary Canadian and international art in a diversity of media. Demonstrated experience in leading and supervising, garnering and managing financial resources for projects within established budgets, overseeing logistics and scheduling of all aspects associated with the artistic program of a non-profit, visual art gallery. The candidate will have  demonstrated experience with Indigenous and non-Indigenous contemporary (traditional Indigenous) art context at a local, national and international level, as evidenced in their writings and curatorial projects.  A strong understanding of systemic issues facing Indigenous learners, Indigenous community-based organizations, and more generally local urban Indigenous issues an asset.

Skills: Thorough working knowledge of MS Office, including Powerpoint, Excel, Word; demonstrated exceptional oral and written communication skills, including exhibition and marketing texts, interpretation of art works for public presentations, grant writing, etc.; effective problem solving, and interpersonal skills; excellent knowledge of physical handling of works of art in a diversity of media; ability to work well in a collaborative and team environment. 

Other: Must have superior organizational skills, detail-oriented focus and the ability to manage multiple priorities in a very fast-paced environment; great ability to conceptualize, analyze, prioritize and make decisions aligned to exhibition production, from research and conceptualization through all aspects of project implementation. Requires great analytical abilities, including budgeting and resource management. Knowledge of technical and aesthetic dimension of exhibition installation, from planning to design and implementation and all exhibition-installation processes and related materials.


Travel: None 

This is a one year term position with the possibility of an extension. 

Preference will be given to Indigenous Peoples of North America or Peoples of Turtle Island, including those who identify as First Nations (status, non-status, treaty or non-treaty), Metis, Inuit, Alaskan Native, Native American, and Native Hawaiian Peoples.


Employee Group: United Steelworkers (USW) 

Appointment Type: Budget - Term 

Schedule: Full-time

Pay Scale Group and Hiring Rate: USW Pay Band 12 -- $67,372 with an annual step progression to a maximum of $86,157. Pay scale and job class assignment is subject to determination pursuant to the Job Evaluation/Pay Equity Maintenance Protocol.   

Job Field: Arts & Culture

Job Posting: Aug 14, 2018

Job Closing: Sep 2, 2018, 11:59:00 PM