The Richard and Elizabeth Currie Chief, Public Programming and Learning [Toronto]

The Richard and Elizabeth Currie Chief, Public Programming and Learning



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The Richard and Elizabeth Currie Chief, Public Programming and Learning




Art Gallery of Ontario


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Toronto, Ontario


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$150,000 - $200,000 per annum


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Summary of Role
The Richard and Elizabeth Currie Chief, Public Programming and Learning articulates and executes the AGO’s vision, strategy for public programming and learning through learning events and programs, onsite, offsite and online. This permanent, full-time position leads the AGO’s interpretive planning, visitor research, community programs/partnerships, school programs, artist-in-residence program and public programming for all ages, with a focus on building public engagement with art and the AGO experience. The Chief, PP&L is a key partner on the AGO’s Diversity & Inclusion Strategy and leads a diverse team of professional full time (30) and part time (70) staff and volunteers (250) with 3 direct reports.

Key Responsibilities
1. Advocates for the vision and mission of the AGO and the importance of art, access and learning. Participates in the development, execution, and evaluation of the AGO’s strategic plan, and annual operating budgets
2. Leads the annual and multi-year program strategy and development, planning and evaluation, in keeping with the Gallery’s mission, strategic priorities, and artistic goals to serve and grow the AGO’s target audiences
3. In partnership with the Chief Curator ensures that the AGO’s programming, and content strategies are integrated into the exhibition planning process
4. Partnering with Advancement, manages planning and operations of the Weston Family Learning Centre (WFLC)
5. Oversees the AGO’s engagement with all levels of the formal education sector through programming and partnerships
6. Directs visitor research, including visitor experience and satisfaction with AGO’s programs, galleries and services
7. Develops strong institutional partnerships for the purposes of audience development, engagement and access
8. Uses programming as a platform to ensure the AGO becomes the imaginative centre and cultural hub of Toronto and is known internationally as a leader in programming
9. Participates in the development and execution of strategies for capital, endowment and annual fundraising campaigns, and is a relationship manager for key donors
10. Under the guidance of the Director, and CEO, leads the Education & Community Engagement Committee of the Board
11. Represents the AGO at national / international conferences and meetings, and supports the AGO’s drive for international recognition for innovation in visitor engagement and learning

• A graduate degree in Education, Art History, Museology/Museum Studies or a related field of study
• A minimum of ten years’ leadership experience gained within the arts, culture, community engagement, education and/or academic sectors
• Comprehensive expertise in museum education and the theory, practice and trends in public education, communication, programming, audience research and public expectations/needs.
• A track record of significant public programming and learning successes onsite, offsite and online
• A minimum of 5 years’ experience leading large and diverse teams comprised of volunteers, unionized and non-unionized full- and part-time staff
• A minimum of 5 years’ experience with budget and fiscal management
• A thorough knowledge of local / international cultural landscapes and an ambition to have AGO’s programming resonate locally and on the global stage
• The language of work is English

• Annual base salary range of CDN $150,000 to $200,000 based on qualifications, skills, and experience; may be increased based on annual review
• Participation in annual bonus program
• Vacation
• Medical Benefits, Dental Benefits, Vision Care Benefits
• Disability and Life Insurance Benefits
• Defined Contribution Pension Plan
• Relocation allowance to be considered
• Attractions Ontario Reciprocal Admission Program
• AGO Advantage Program (discounts on transit passes, gym memberships, select gallery programming, merchandise, memberships, etc.)
The Art Gallery of Ontario is located at: 317 Dundas Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5T 1G4

We invite referrals who reflect the diversity of our visitors. If you are interested in exploring this exciting Richard and Elizabeth Currie Chief, Public Programming and Learning opportunity with the Art Gallery of Ontario, please provide a cover letter and resume highlighting your relevant leadership experience to Lisa Heidman, LL.B. ICD.D, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Arlington Partners International at

We look very forward to exploring your candidacy.