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The McMaster Museum of Art (MMA) is seeking an informed, experienced, committed and collegial individual to fill the position of Senior Curator.

The MMA is a public, university-affiliated art museum, one amongst 40 such institutions in Canada. The MMA houses one of the best collections in a university-affiliate in the country. The collection of approximately 6,500 objects, includes Inuit, First Nations, contemporary Canadian and 15th-20th Century European art. The collection is housed in a facility with museum standard environmental and security controls, 5 exhibition galleries, 5 on-site storage vaults and 11 full-time staff. The Museum hosts an on-going exhibition program, pubic/education program and acquisitions program, along with a significant on-line and social media presence.

Reporting to the Director/Chief Curator of the MMA, the Senior Curator will contribute to the academic and research interests of the University and the Museum through the development and production of innovative and engaging exhibitions, publications and, acquisitions. The Senior Curator will provide instruction, both formally and informally, to staff, students and visitors. The position’s curatorial responsibilities will support the academic mission of McMaster University to encourage lifelong learning, academic innovation and an inclusive community. Of utmost importance is a knowledge of and commitment to innovation in museological practice and an interest in developing a relevant practice within the context of the contemporary Canadian art community and the university-affiliate sector in particular.

In addition to the curatorial component of the position, the Senior Curator – along with the Director/Chief Curator – is considered part of the University’s Management Team and as such is expected to supervise staff, mentor other curatorial staff; enroll in various management and leadership courses offered by the University and, attend on-going management level town halls, open forums and workshops at the University. The Senior Curator is responsible, in partnership with the Director/Chief Curator, for managing the Museum (including environmental, security and staff interests).

The successful candidate will possess the following:

  • A Masters level degree or higher in art, art history, museum or curatorial studies
  • At least 10 years’ experience working in a cultural institution in a curatorial capacity
  • At least 10 years’ experience managing/supervising staff (in a unionized environment would be considered an asset)
  • Demonstrated success with grant writing
  • At least 5 years’ experience developing and managing a permanent collection
  • A demonstrated knowledge of contemporary art and contemporary art discourse
  • A demonstrated curatorial reputation as revealed through one’s exhibitions, publications and service/awards
  • Ability to work in a team environment in a collegial manner
  • Ability to communicate at a high level through both written and verbal means

Salary Range: $79562.00 - $119344.00 (annual)
Hours per Week: 35

Please apply in writing with a Letter of Intent identifying the focus of your curatorial practice and curatorial intentions for the MMA, an up-to-date C.V. and, a few recent examples of published curatorial work, by February 28th, 2019 to:

Carol Podedworny, Director & Chief Curator

McMaster Museum of Art
Alvin A. Lee Building
McMaster University
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, ON, L8S 4L6

To apply for this job, please submit your application online.

McMaster University is located on the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee and Mississauga Nations and, within the lands protected by the “Dish with One Spoon” wampum agreement.

In keeping with its Statement on Building an Inclusive Community with a Shared Purpose, McMaster University strives to embody the values of respect, collaboration and diversity, and has a strong commitment to employment equity. The diversity of our workforce is at the core of our innovation and creativity and strengthens our research and teaching excellence. The University seeks qualified candidates who share our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. While all qualified candidates are invited to apply, we particularly welcome applications from women, persons with disabilities, First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, members of visible minorities, and LGBTQ+ persons. Job applicants requiring accommodation to participate in the hiring process should contact the Human Resources Service Centre at 905-525-9140 ext. 222-HR (22247) or the Faculty of Health Sciences Human Resources office at ext. 22207 to communicate accommodation needs.





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