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Communications Assistant
MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie

About the MacLaren Art Centre

The MacLaren Art Centre is the regional public art gallery serving Barrie, the County of Simcoe and the surrounding area. Housed in an award-winning building, the Gallery has a permanent collection of 27,400 artworks and presents a year-round programme of world-class exhibitions, education activities and special events. As a cornerstone of culture for Barrie, the MacLaren is a central meeting place, a destination for visitors from across the province and a catalyst for downtown revitalization. For more information, visit The MacLaren Art Centre offers a work environment that supports opportunities for professional growth, encourages creativity, fosters teamwork and rewards excellence. Employees enjoy a well-organized, stable organization and a collegial culture that emphasizes mentoring, coaching and skills development.

About the Job

The MacLaren Art Centre seeks a full-time Communications Assistant to work in this dynamic environment. Reporting to the Director of Development and Marketing, the Communications Assistant is responsible to assist with the MacLaren’s annual marketing and communications activities, including print and electronic communications, advertising media and editorial coverage, media and public relations, website and social media management, and public relations. The Communications Assistant will also assist with Gallery supervision and front desk reception.


  • Post-secondary degree in Visual Arts or Art History and, ideally, a certificate in Marketing, Communications, Journalism or Public Relations
  • Excellent knowledge of the contemporary visual arts in Canada
  • Two years relevant professional experience in customer service, marketing, communications and/or media relations, ideally in a not-for profit context
  • Superior communication skills, oral and written, with an keen eye for detail
  • Excellent organizational and time-management skills and the ability to multi-task
  • Exceptional computer skills including graphic design, data-base management, web content management and social media networking tools, and fluency with Microsoft Office, Adobe CS software and Drupal
  • Knowledge of the functioning of news media and able to develop story ideas
  • Able to communicate effectively with specialized as well as general public audiences
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team environment
  • Able to work flexible hours, including weekends and evenings

The deadline for applications is Monday, August 28 at 5 pm

This is a one-year renewable contract position (based on 38 hours per week, generally Tuesday through Friday 8:30 am to 5 pm and Saturday 10 am to 6 pm). Please send your cover letter and resume in confidence to: Carolyn Bell Farrell, Executive Director, MacLaren Art Centre, 37 Mulcaster Street, Barrie, ON L4M 3M2 or by email to:

The MacLaren Art Centre is an equal opportunity employer serving our diverse communities. Although we appreciate all applications, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. The successful candidate will be required to supply a current criminal records check and vulnerable sector police screening before work can commence. Anticipated start date is October 17, 2017.





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