Employment Opportunities

Job Ref#15J085-ET
Number of vacancies: 2

The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery at Harbourfront Centre 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. Over the past 20 years, its reputation for presenting cutting edge exhibitions, superior catalogues and editions, and 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 the best contemporary art in all and any media.

Currently an employment opportunity exists at The Power Plant for a Part-time Gallery Attendant. Reporting to the Visitor Services Coordinator and the Curator of Education and Public Programs, Gallery Attendants supervise the gallery space during opening hours, and provide tours and information to visitors.


• Provide front line service making visitors feel welcome, valued, and comfortable at The Power Plant.

• Greet visitors as they enter the gallery and provide patrons with information concerning present and upcoming exhibitions, educational programming, gallery membership, special events, and general gallery information.

• Supervise visitors while viewing exhibitions to enhance visitor experience, encourage conversation and engagement, enforce gallery rules, and maintain proper room capacity

• Prepare and lead thoughtful and engaging tours and maintain a comprehensive knowledge and in-depth understanding of the artists and themes in the exhibition

• Perform daily sales transactions using gallery Point of Sales system

• Perform administrative/clerical tasks including writing reports related to exhibition maintenance, attendance, and audience response; assisting in mailings and publication and shop inventory

• Provides staffing assistance for all public programs and events such as the annual Power Ball, member events, and revenue generation events, where duties may include serving food, drink, and selling drink tickets, taking photographs

The ideal candidate will have experience working in a gallery setting and an education in visual arts, art history, education, or a similar field. Excellent interpersonal skills, strong public speaking skills, written and verbal communication skills, and a passion for contemporary art is a must. He/she must be self-motivated and comfortable working with a team. The ability to work with computers, learn new software, and operate audio-visual equipment is a must. The job involves standing for extended periods of time, and occasional lifting. A polite and courteous manner is required to interact positively with a variety of people, including the visiting public, staff, volunteers, artists and other external groups. Must be able to work flexible hours during special events.

Please send a resume and cover letter to info@thepowerplant.org by May 29th, 2015.

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

We thank all applicants for their interest, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


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.

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 late 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 including greeting and interacting with patrons, ensuring the security of works in the gallery, photographing lectures, assisting with event set-up, and other activities.

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

How to volunteer:
Send your résumé and a brief description of why you are interested in volunteering at The Power Plant to info@thepowerplant.org by Thursday, 14 May.

**Please note: attendance at an orientation session is mandatory. The next orientation session will be held on Tuesday, 19 May. You will receive more information once your résumé has been received.

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