Public Programs Manager [Waterloo]

Public Programs Manager 


Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery  

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Job Description

The Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery, Waterloo, Ontario, is searching for an energetic and ambitious Public Programs Manager. The ideal candidate needs to be a fully trained ceramic studio technician and willing to take the public programs of the Gallery in new directions. 

Key Accountabilities: 
•    Demonstrate a high level of organizational and planning skills
•    Be an ambassador of the Gallery 
•    Be a clear communicator & relationship builder with students, parents, clients, instructors, and other partners
•    Ability to develop meaningful relationships with community partners
•    Able to direct and teach both children’s and adult’s ceramic classes (hand built and wheel thrown)
•    Knowledge of Ontario curriculum requirements and ability to develop and market school programs
•    Manage pricing and invoices for classroom programs
•    Manage department budget, adjusting as necessary to meet the institution’s budget needs
•    Able to maintain a high level of professionalism, discretion and confidentiality on all matters relating to the Gallery
•    Able to hire and supervise instructors for supplemental workshops and classes
•    Maintain a clean studio, classroom and workplace

General Duties:
•    Plan and implement all classes, artist talks, community events, and school visits (both in Gallery and outreach)
•    Communicate with instructors for supplies and project plans
•    Communicate with customers, parents, community partners, schools, businesses, and artists to ensure successful programming
•    Continue development of Public Programs and expansion of studios
•    Manage budget and pricing for Education Department
•    Assist on curatorial projects as necessary including development of exhibition tours and related programs
•    Assist with marketing of educational programs on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube, and create copy for website program listings

Studio Technician Responsibilities:
•    Maintain a clean studio, classroom, and workplace (particularly clay dust and debris)
•    Manage ordering of all supplies (including clay and glazes) and equipment
•    Ability to operate and maintain the pug mill for reclaim.
•    Regular detailed cleaning of wheels and all equipment including kiln, shelves, and slab roller
•    Regular maintenance of kilns to ensure safe firings (elements in good condition, thermocouples, and cone packs)
•    Working knowledge of proper firing procedures for both manual and computerized ceramic kilns and glass kiln
•    Understanding of basic glaze chemistry (ordering supplies, mixing, and troubleshooting)

•    Ability to direct both children’s and adult classes (hand building and wheel work)
•    Ability to keep an organized classroom and studio space to ensure productive and safe classes
•    Creating new lessons and classes at all levels on an ongoing basis and introduce unique demonstrations and projects for special events
•    Ability to direct and collect important information from events and open houses to increase class attendance
•    Development and implementation of open studio program

•    Bachelor’s degree in Ceramics or equivalent education and experience
•    Teaching experience in the arts or cultural heritage sectors an asset
•    Knowledge of stained and fused glass techniques and copper enameling an asset
•    First Aid Certification

To apply, send in one PDF document before December 11, 2020 the following:

-    Cover letter
-    Curriculum vitae or resume

To Denis Longchamps, Executive Director, at 

-    Please note that only the candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

-    The successful candidate will be required to provide a recent and valid police background check

The Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery invites and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in employment. Please note that only the candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.