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Tim Knowles, Dispersal Zone, 2015. Nuit Blanche, Toronto. Part of The Work of Wind, curated by Christine Shaw.

Project Coordinator
Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto Mississauga
APPLICATION DEADLINE: December 11, 2017 at 11:59PM
Start date: January 2018

This is a full-time 2-year term salaried position with the possibility of renewal. To learn more about the position and to apply, visit the University of Toronto Careers Page.

Job Description

Under the supervision of the Director/Curator, the Project Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the Blackwood Gallery’s public art and community engagement programs. To start, the incumbent will assist in the development and implementation of a significant Blackwood Gallery project taking place in various sites throughout Mississauga. Titled The Work of Wind: Air, Land, Sea, the project is funded in part by a Canada Council for the Arts New Chapter grant and presented in partnership with the City of Mississauga. The project consists of a multi-sited exhibition, an extensive public engagement program, and a publishing program (broadsheets, books, and a digital platform) on issues pertaining to climate change, environmental violence, and colonial trauma in Canada.

In particular, the Project Coordinator is responsible for assisting in three major areas:

1) The administrative and technical implementation of a large-scale temporary art exhibition; this includes technical production of artists’ commissions, transportation, communications, and the coordination of installations and technicians; developing schedules and overseeing the operational timeline of the project; initiating and leading programming production meetings.

2) In collaboration with the Director/Curator, the implementation of community engagement including stakeholder relations and community partnerships; developing public programming content and securing participants in support of outreach and education initiatives aimed at engaging new and diverse audiences; developing a training program for exhibition docents from the University’s Work-Study program and volunteers from the Blackwood Gallery and the City of Mississauga.

3) In collaboration with the Director/Curator and Assistant Curator, writing program texts and written materials destined for public release including brochures, media releases, web and social media, and other sources; writing grant applications and preparing materials and reports on project progress for granting agencies.

Engaged in a broad and diverse communication network, the Project Coordinator will be responsible for on-going (logistical, administrative, and time-table) coordination of public projects, including coordinating the efforts of YCW interns, casual staff including installation technicians, participants and contributors such as artists, writers, researchers, community partners, the general public, students, faculty, and staff of the University of Toronto Mississauga. The Project Coordinator will be part of a tightly knit team designed to move the Blackwood Gallery forward as a centre for contemporary art and research at the University of Toronto Mississauga.

Qualifications: (Minimum)

Education: Graduate degree with emphasis in the visual arts or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Experience: Minimum three (3) years previous experience in project coordination in all areas of exhibition coordination in public space. Knowledge of contemporary art required. Supervisory experience would be an asset.

Skills: Strong computer skills with proficiency in Microsoft Office, Dreamweaver, database management, email, internet, and desktop publishing. Direct experience with installing contemporary art required, including but not limited to large-scale, installation art; new media; audio installation and video projection; and performance-based work and live-actions.

Other: Ability to work to deadlines under pressure; excellent interpersonal, organizational and oral and written communication skills; team player; ability to work with minimal supervision; flexible; attention to detail. A valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle is a must.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

For more information about the Blackwood Gallery and our current programming, please visit our website.


Blackwood Gallery
University of Toronto Mississauga
3359 Mississauga Road
Mississauga, ON L5L 1C6
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Monday–Friday: 12–5pm
Wednesday: 12–9pm
Saturday: 12–3pm

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