Programme Assistant, Summer Student Position (YCW)

Job Posting (YCW)
Programme Assistant
Summer Student Position
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 over 27,400 artworks and presents a year-round programme of world-class exhibitions, education activities and special events. As a cornerstone of culture for the region, the MacLaren is a central meeting place for residents, a destination for visitors from across the province and a catalyst for downtown revitalization. The MacLaren offers a dynamic 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 is seeking a summer student to assist with various tasks associated with the MacLaren’s education and public programmes.  Working closely with the Education Officer, the Programme Assistant will aid in the interpretation of MacLaren exhibitions through the research, development and implementation of educational and public programmes with a specific focus on the 2017 summer/fall exhibitions Lucius O’Brien, Summer Sketches; Collecting Canada:  Selections from John Hartman’s Photography Collection and Re-Enact, a group exhibition responding to Canada’s sesquicentennial. This position will include the development of interpretive tools for exhibitions such as video interviews with the exhibiting artists, hands-on art activities for children and youth, and curriculum-based workshops for teachers and students.  The summer student will also assist with tending the galleries, leading tours, assisting with programme needs and responding to visitor inquiries.

In addition, the Programme Assistant will aid in the development, coordination and implementation of the MacLaren’s outreach programme which offers hands-on art activities at public venues and festivals throughout Simcoe County. 

All applicants must be registered with YCW and meet all eligibility requirements for that programme.

Position:                                                       Programme Assistant
Duration:                                                      up to 15 weeks*
Rate of pay:                                                 $11.40/hour
Hours:                                                           37.5 hours per week, Wednesday through Sunday
Suggested start and end date:               May 24 to September 1, 2017*


  • Must be a post-secondary student pursuing a degree/diploma in Fine Art Studio, Arts Education or Art History
  • Must maintain a high standard of professionalism
  • Must be personable, detail oriented and able to work as a team member
  • Must be able to lift up to 15 kg
  • Must arrange his/her own travel to and from the MacLaren Art Centre on a daily basis
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle

YCW eligibility requirements:

  • Must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada; Note: Non-Canadian students holding temporary work visas or awaiting permanent status are not eligible
  • Must be legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Must be between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment
  • Willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment
  • Will not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week) while employed with YCW
  • Has been a full-time student in the semester preceding the YCW job
  • Intends to return to full-time studies in the semester following the YCW job

The deadline for applications is 9 am on Tuesday, April 18, 2017
The MacLaren Art Centre is an equal opportunity employer serving our diverse communities. Although we appreciate all applications, only short-listed candidates 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.

Please send a personalized cover letter and curriculum vitae in confidence to: Christina Mancuso, Education Officer, MacLaren Art Centre, 37 Mulcaster Street, Barrie, ON L4M 3M2 or email to: 

* Availability and duration of the position are conditional upon approval of Young Canada Works.