Posted: May 2, 2023

Chief Curator / Director of Collections and Exhibitions

Application Deadline: May 11, 2023
Fine Art

About The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria is a place for people, ideas, and experiences. The Gallery engages with the community through access to art and art-based experiences. We believe in the value of shared experience and critical thought, providing opportunities for meaningful dialogue and collaboration with artists, art historians, and other cultural organizations. Established in 1951, the Gallery has grown to have seven modern galleries and a collection of over 20,000 pieces, making it the largest public collection in British Columbia. The Gallery plays a vital role in preserving and promoting the region's arts and culture. It is an exciting time to join the Gallery as we rethink the role of the Gallery, develop a new vision, mission, and values, and consider a new building for its future.

About the Role

The Chief Curator/Director of Collections and Exhibitions leads efforts to care for and build the Gallery’s collections, present and conserve the collections, as well as establish the artistic direction, develop exhibitions and implement policies consistent with the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria's vision, mission, and strategic plan. They will manage the Curatorial Department and establish partnerships with various stakeholders, such as collectors, donors, artists, scholars, community organizations, and the media.

What You Will Be Doing

You will be accountable for a diverse portfolio of responsibilities, including:

  • Exhibitions: Leads planning and delivery of an exhibition program plan for AGGV’s galleries, collaborates with the curatorial team to develop a temporary exhibition program, and curates and oversees the curation of exhibitions.
  • Collections: Maintains relationships with collectors and donors, oversees the care of the collection, researches permanent collections and supports Curatorial staff in their research projects.
  • Leadership: Participates in formalising the annual business plans and departmental budgets, supports the Director/CEO in Board meetings, develops measurable goals and outcomes, acts as an advocate for visual arts, and represents the Gallery at public functions.
  • Human Resources: Manages a team of staff, contractors, and interns, and provides overall leadership to promote a positive work environment.
  • Administration: Collaborates with the senior management team to ensure assignments and requests for information are dealt with in a timely manner.

What You Will Need

A graduate degree in an appropriate discipline including comprehensive knowledge of art and cultural history.
A minimum of 8 years of experience in curatorial work and management including curatorial, exhibition planning, and implementation, conservation, and research.
Experience leading a curatorial team and the ability to build relationships with artists, donors, colleagues, and stakeholders locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.
Excellent managerial, interpersonal, financial, and organizational skills.
Commitment to the values of diversity, inclusion, and public-centered engagement strategies.
Working Conditions

Full-time, Monday-Friday. Must have the ability to work after hours and on weekends, as needed.
Occasional travel within Canada may be required.
This position is based in Victoria, British Columbia.
Application Information:

If this dynamic opportunity to join a growing non-profit sounds like a great fit for you, please apply with your resume and cover letter.

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This posting will remain open until end of day, Thursday, May 11th, 2023. We will be reviewing applications and speaking with qualified candidates as they apply.

We encourage people of Indigenous ancestry, women, people of colour, LGBTQQIP2SA individuals, and members of other diverse communities to apply for careers at the AGGV.

We look forward to hearing from and connecting with you!