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Visitor Services Coordinator
Full Time
Job Ref. # 15F06-ET
Number of vacancies: 1

The Power Plant Contemporary (TPP) Art Gallery at Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, is Canada’s leading public gallery devoted to the art of our time. Over the past years, its reputation for presenting exhibitions, commissions, catalogues, artists’ editions, and a wide range of engaging Education and Public Programs, as well as challenging special events, has remained unparalleled. Presenting contemporary art by practitioners of local, national and international stature, The Power Plant’s mission is to present and disseminate thought-provoking contemporary art in any and all media. For more information about the TPP, please visit www.thepowerplant.org

Currently an employment opportunity exists at The Power Plant for the full-time position of Visitor Services Coordinator. Reporting to the Curator of Education and Public Programs, the Visitor Services Coordinator oversees the supervision of the Gallery Attendants and manages the front of house volunteer team. In addition, the Visitor Services Coordinator manages the gallery shop and performs other front of house administrative duties.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

• Under the direction of the Curator of Education & Public Programs, lead the supervision, scheduling and training of Gallery Attendant staff.

• Coordinate the delivery of front of house services including recruiting, hiring, and directing work flow, assigning projects, and setting and monitoring performance objectives for Gallery Attendant team.

• Lead the recruitment, training and supervision of front of house volunteers.

• Work with Development, Curatorial and Finance departments to determine staffing needs for exhibitions, programs and special events and manage a staffing budget.

• Provide staffing and ensure the smooth operation of front of house services during gallery hours, exhibition openings and other on and off-site gallery events.

• Manage the Power Plant shop by monitoring and tracking publication and edition inventory, filling online orders, shipping and receiving, updating gallery website, ordering publications, merchandise, supplies and managing consignment agreements. Manage the upkeep of publication and edition storage and provide front line customer service to retail and wholesale buyers.

• Perform back of house administration in Tessitura, creating admissions infrastructure for gallery hours and special events. Update pricing and shop items in gallery POS system for in-store and online sales and promotions.

• Coordinate touring program by scheduling gallery tours and managing calendar, staff scheduling, invoicing and fee collection and collecting feedback. Work with the Curator of Education and Public Programs to enrich tour program through collaborative research with the Gallery Attendant team, education meetings and workshops.

• Enhance customer service orientation of the gallery by implementing strategies aimed at enriching visitor experience and building a welcoming environment for diverse audiences.

• Act as gallery receptionist during office hours, fielding incoming calls, general gallery email account, deliveries, guests and other office and administrative duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS
The ideal candidate will have experience working in a gallery setting, non-profit organization, or other arts organization in a customer service and/or administrative capacity. Candidate should possess an education in the visual arts, art history, arts management, education, or a similar field. The job requires excellent interpersonal skills and communication skills. Attention to detail and the ability to organize and plan multiple and simultaneous activities is a must. The ideal candidate will be an excellent problem-solver, self-motivated and comfortable working independently and with a team. This position requires the ability to lead and supervise staff and perform under pressure. Strong computer skills and technical aptitude is a must and previous experience with Tessitura or other database/POS software is an asset. The position is 35 hours per week during office hours, plus occasional evenings and weekends.


Deadline for Application: Sunday, April 12, 2015
Qualified applicants please send your resume and cover letter
Quoting Job Ref.#15F06-ET to:
Human Resources, 235 Queens Quay West
Toronto, ON M5J 2G8
Fax (416) 973-1003
E-mail: jobs@harbourfrontcentre.com

Harbourfront Centre is committed to building a diverse workforce and strongly encourages qualified applicants from all backgrounds to apply.



Curator

Full Time
Job Ref. # 15F05-ET
Number of vacancies: 1


The Power Plant Contemporary (TPP) Art Gallery at Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, is Canada’s leading public gallery devoted to the art of our time. Over the past years, its reputation for presenting exhibitions, commissions, catalogues, artists’ editions, and a wide range of engaging Education and Public Programs, as well as challenging special events, has remained unparalleled. Presenting contemporary art by practitioners of local, national and international stature, The Power Plant’s mission is to present and disseminate thought-provoking contemporary art in any and all media.

Currently an employment opportunity exists in TPP for a Curator. The Curator oversees all aspects of exhibition coordination, installation planning and monitors budgets. The Curator develops and implements selected gallery exhibitions, off-site projects and publications with the Director, and represents TPP in the community to enhance the profile and reputation of the gallery.

Reporting to the Director and Artistic Director, the Curator’s major responsibilities include:

•Working closely with the Director to research, develop and implement TPP’s curatorial program;
•Participating as directed in the development, preparation and production of temporary exhibitions of Canadian and international contemporary art;
•Undertaking scholarly research in all area of contemporary arts for exhibitions in order to propose and recommend exhibition projects and publications aligned with the current artistic vision of TPP;
•Negotiating with artists and lending institutions and supervising all aspects of installations;
•Establishing, fostering and maintaining contacts with artists, collectors, donors, sponsors, galleries, universities, as well as various organizations on the local and international scenes in the development of TPP’s exhibition program;
•Preparing and monitoring exhibition budgets and expenses, and managing and directing the work of subordinate staff;
•Reviewing and responding to exhibition proposals received on behalf of TPP;
•Working with the Curator of Education and Public Programs to plan and support outreach and education programs aimed at engaging new and diverse audiences;
•Contributing to exhibition texts used for media releases, newsletter, web and other sources;
•Preparing materials in support of applications for funding from consulates, foreign affairs departments, foundations, trusts, individuals, and private agencies in consultation with the Head of Development;
•As part of the management team, participating in business and strategic planning for TPP.

PROFILE
The ideal candidate will be a pragmatic organizer and team worker with an excellent knowledge of contemporary art and its milieu. His/her interests should be broad but grounded in a vision of contemporary art as practice in active dialogue with the contemporary world and its concerns. He/she must be a skilled advocate for TPP and its mandate, be able to support fundraising initiatives, have extensive networks in the field, and be committed to working in the public realm.

•Minimum of an MA degree – PhD an asset – in art history with a specialization in contemporary international art.
•Minimum of six years’ experience in programming and management in a museum or public gallery.
•The candidate must be able to engage and contribute to the current artistic vision of the institution.
•Interest in emerging and established contemporary scenes (other continents and world cultures).
•Demonstrated ability to develop and execute a sustainable multi-year program.
•He/she must have exceptional interpersonal and relationship management skills with the ability to develop effective partnerships;
•He/she must be able to express ideas and concepts effectively, orally and in writing, including the ability to prepare and present oral, written and audio-visual reports of a specialized nature and the ability to create a persuasive case to garner support for key programs and projects.
•He/she must have superior organizational skills, detail-oriented focus and the ability to manage multiple priorities in a very fast-paced environment; Good ability to conceptualize, analyze, prioritize and make decisions aligned to exhibition coordination.
•Very good knowledge of the international cultural milieu placing artists’ work in the context of other initiatives in the greater Toronto area and Canada on the whole.
•Demonstrated ability to direct, manage and support staff in achieving desired results.
•Aptitude for research and writing, fluency in English, spoken and written (French and other languages are an asset).
•Proven experience in budget management.
•Strong computer skills MS Office, Outlook, spreadsheets, etc.
•Ability to maintain a high level of professionalism, discretion and confidentiality.
•Must be able to work flexible hours during events with evenings and weekends as needed to oversee programs and participate in other gallery activities.

Deadline for Application: Friday May 29, 2015
Qualified applicants please send your letter of intent, resume and the names of three references
Quoting Job Ref.#15F05-ET to:
Human Resources, 235 Queens Quay West
Toronto, ON M5J 2G8
Fax (416) 973-1003
E-mail: jobs@harbourfrontcentre.com


Harbourfront Centre is committed to building a diverse workforce and strongly encourages qualified applicants from all backgrounds to apply.




Volunteer Opportunities

Please note that our volunteer roster is currently full. Please check back again in Spring/Summer 2015, when we will schedule our next orientation session. We are happy to continue to accept applications during this time.

Share your unique set of skills and gain valuable experience at one of Canada’s leading contemporary art galleries. Volunteers perform a variety of roles at The Power Plant, including greeting and interacting with patrons, ensuring the security of works in the gallery, photographing and videotaping lectures, assisting with events, and more.

A volunteer at The Power Plant is:
• reliable and professional
• outgoing
• a team player
• enthusiastic for contemporary art
• committed for a minimum of six months

Benefits
• meet new people
• develop new skills
• reimbursements for TTC transportation costs
• complimentary tickets to selected events

How to volunteer
Send your application form and résumé to info@thepowerplant.org.

The Power Plant
231 Queens Quay W
Toronto ON M5J 2G8