The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery is Canada’s leading public gallery devoted exclusively to the art of our time and is recognized as an important centre for contemporary art in North America and in the world. Over the past 32 years, its reputation for presenting cutting edge exhibitions, superior catalogues and editions, and challenging special events has remained unparalleled. Presenting contemporary art by living artists of local, national, and international stature, The Power Plant's mission is to present and disseminate the best contemporary art in all and any media within Harbourfront Centre and offsite through partnerships in Toronto, Canada and abroad.
Harbourfront Centreis a leader in providing internationally renowned programming in the arts, culture and recreation across a stunning 10-acre site at the heart of Toronto’s waterfront. For more than 40 years, Harbourfront Centre has celebrated the best in Canadian culture and the rich mosaic of cultures from around the world by curating over 4000 events annually across its ten-acre site from music festivals to contemporary dance, to craft and design to sailing lessons.
Summary of Function:
This position plays a fundamental role developing and implementing youth outreach programs at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery. Under the supervision of The Curator of Education & Public Programs, key responsibilities include coordinating all administrative aspects of the Power Youth program including communicating with external partners, interviewing and contracting artists, ordering supplies, scheduling transportation, organizing a year-end exhibition/showcase. The Power Youth Coordinator also supervises the Power Youth Assistant. The Power Youth Coordinator is required to be on-site at select community partner locations to ensure seamless operation, documentation of programs, and to confirm program goals are being met. This position is also responsible for preparing evaluation reports for each program cycle to inform key stakeholders of Power Youth activities, and assisting as needed in grant applications to secure future program funding.
Program Coordination & Administration
• Developing program plans/ schedules and budget for each Power Youth cycle; tracking program expenses; filing program material; ordering art supplies; organizing field trips to the gallery (and/or other sites).
• Writing and posting artist-in-residence call for proposals; collecting and reviewing proposals for each program cycle; coordinating the interview process; participating in the selection of the successful candidates; preparing and collecting artist contracts; issuing cheque requisitions; and, maintaining communication between contracted artists, TPP, and community partners.
• Supervising the Power Youth Teaching Assistant in their daily tasks.
• Working with TPP Marketing & Communications, Harbourfront Centre Production & Visual Arts, and independent contractors to produce and market the annual Power Youth spring exhibition/showcase.
Facilitating Off-site Programming
• Maintaining communication with community partners, preparing and collecting youth participation permission slips.
• Ensuring Power Youth Assistant helps Artist-In-Residence with set up and delivery of program to youth, documents weekly program sessions, provides youth with snacks and refreshments
• Planning and organizing one (or more) events or exhibitions for Fall and Winter program cycles.
• Coordinating regular documentation of the programs through observations, and photo/video documentation.
Program Evaluation and Reporting
• Coordinating an external evaluator to evaluate the effectiveness and success of OTF Grow Grant activities.
• Compiling information and data to write an “Annual Report” to be designed by an independent graphic designer to be shared with youth, partners, staff, funders and other key stakeholders.
• Provide reports/updates to Grants & Sponsorship Officer and/or Curator of Education & Public Programs, as needed
Grant Writing Support
• Providing support and content to the Grants & Sponsorship Officer and Curator of Education & Public Programs when writing grants to secure future program funding.
Workplace Health and Safety
• All staff members are required to take reasonable care of their own health and safety and that of other personnel (including volunteers and interns) who may be affected by their conduct.
Skills & Requirements
• Job requires a Bachelor’s degree in Art Education, Fine Arts or related field
• Job knowledge and skills are normally acquired through a minimum of 2 years of experience in an arts organization, preferably non-profit
• Job requires experience in gallery or museum education programming
• Job requires previous experience working well with youth participants
• Job requires an understanding of contemporary visual arts
• Job requires the ability to organize and plan multiple and simultaneous activities, under pressure and to various deadlines
• Job requires strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills to conduct staff training and lead informative/interpretive discussions with youth participants
• Job requires effective written communication skills for effective email correspondence, concise reports, and program documentation
• Job requires the ability to train and coordinate staff/contractors
• Job requires strong computer skills, familiarity with budgets, and technical aptitude to operate office equipment (computers, Fax)
• Job requires attention to detail
• Job requires the ability to work independently with minimal supervision
• Job requires ability to maintain confidential information
• Job requires proven ability to lead and supervise staff
• Job requires Standard First Aid and CPR Training
• Job requires Criminal Background Check and Vulnerable Sector Screening
• Job involves travel to offsite locations 2-3 days per week.
• Job sometimes involves overtime.
• Masters degree in Art Education, Fine Arts or related field
• 3+ years administrative experience in an arts organization, preferably non-profit
Acceptable Applications must include:
• A current resume
• A cover letter including salary expectations and indicating how you meet the essential criteria
Qualified applications are invited to apply by: April 19th, 2019
Please quote Job Reference # 19FC04-ET
Harbourfront Centre is committed to building a diverse workforce and strongly encourages qualified applicants from all backgrounds to apply. Suitable accommodations will be available upon request during the hiring process.