Communications Officer, Part-time, Varley Art Gallery[Markham]


Communications Officer, Part-time, Varley Art Gallery





The City of Markham



Markham, Ontario


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$19.04 To $21.15 Hourly

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The City of Markham is a dynamic and change-oriented leader among Canadian municipalities. The recipient of multiple environmental awards, we are recognized for our innovative sustainability and urban planning initiatives as much as for our fiscal accountability. More than 320,000 residents call Markham home and benefit from our rich heritage, culturally diverse environment, vibrant local economy and focus on quality of life.

Applications are now being received for the regular, part-time Communications Officer position for the Culture Department of the Development Services Commission. To apply, please submit your cover letter and resume online at by February 23, 2018.


Reporting to the Manager/Director, the Communications Officer is responsible for producing, distributing and collecting information about the Varley Art Gallery of Markham and its programs to the media, members, volunteers and the general public. This is accomplished through the production of marketing collateral such as newsletters, advertisements and announcements to promote exhibitions, public programs and events.

The Communications Officer is also responsible for establishing and maintaining media relations for the Varley Art Gallery as well as producing printed and electronic material to support all programmes.

The Communications Officer manages the information for the website, coordinates content creation for the Gallery’s social media channels, and where applicable, with any additional Communications tasks. The position works in close collaboration with Corporate Communications.


Coordinates the overall editorial, production and distribution of the e-newsletters from start to finish
Acts as liaison with the media and provide all necessary information and assistance
Prepares, designs and coordinates all publicity and promotional materials related to exhibitions and events, including press releases, invitations, e-newsletter material and signage
Develops contacts with writers and solicits reviews of events and exhibitions
Maintains an up-to-date database of media contacts and e-lists
Contributes to the design and implementation of the marketing plan including community, art and tourism audiences
Develops marketing campaigns for individual programmes and exhibitions
Manages the annual budget for all marketing expenses
Produces ads and flyers for programmes and maintain all ad accounts
Maintains a unified “house style” through the consistent production of print and electronic materials;
Contributes to the development of our visual identity
Maintains the currency and style of our website and contributes to the planning and direction of the website, ensuring consistency and currency and performing updates
Designs, or supervises the design of, promotional material on all programmes and services offered at the Gallery
Distributes brief information (listings) on programmes
In consultation with other staff develops the program for opening receptions and other events as required and circulates it in advance to all staff and other event attendees as required
Maintains accurate photographic records of all exhibitions
Researches media strategies and outlets
Archives, or supervises the archiving, of all promotional material and media clippings
Attends related seminars, lectures and workshops for professional development
Assists with any task related to the organization’s activities as requested by the Directors
Contributes to overall staff efforts towards the development of new audiences
Maintains and creates content for the Gallery’s social media accounts for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Eventbrite, Meetup, etc.
Liaises with Corporate Communications to promote programmes and initiatives
Sets content deadlines for staff to ensure all marketing items are produced in a timely manner
As part of a team provides oversight for marketing and communications co-op students
Other duties as assigned.
Note: Some evening/weekend work; some off-site work may be required



Strong knowledge of visual art practices and history, especially within Canada
Excellent oral and written communication skills; very strong knowledge of English language required; French language is an asset
Excellent computer skills; knowledge of social media and basic knowledge of website development required;
Familiarity with Adobe Design Suite, particularly Illustrator and In Design along with ability to execute basic graphic design
Demonstrated organizational skills and ability to multi-task; attention to detail essential
Experience in field of communications
Completed degree in Art History, Visual/Media Arts, Cultural Studies, Communication Studies, Journalism or other related degree.
Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment
Service Excellence: Meets or exceeds service standards when interacting with customers in the community and in the organization.
Change & Innovation: Responds positively and professionally to change and helps others through change.
Teamwork & Relationship Building: Interacts with others in an inclusive, collaborative and respectful way that creates effective working relationships.
Communication: Communicates in a clear, professional and respectful way; demonstrates active listening.
Accountable & Results Oriented: Demonstrates ethical behaviour and accountability, aligns with City values, and abides by relevant policies and legislation.
Management & Leadership: Demonstrates self-management, professionalism and engagement; leads by example.
The City of Markham is committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities. If you require an accommodation, we will work with you to meet your needs. We thank all those applicants who have applied however only those applications selected for an interview will be contacted.

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