Artist Teaching Assistant: School Programmes

Job Posting
Artist Teaching Assistant: School Programmes
Part-Time Contract Position
MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie

The MacLaren Art Centre seeks a practicing visual artist to work on behalf of the Gallery delivering programmes to children as part of the “MacLaren VanGo Programme” in schools throughout Simcoe County. In this capacity, the Artist Teaching Assistant functions as an ambassador for the MacLaren Art Centre as well as this innovative outreach programme. The main area of responsibility for the Artist Teaching Assistant is to work alongside the Artist Instructor providing assistance in the effective delivery of VanGo studio programmes to children enrolled in elementary schools. The Artist Teaching Assistant position will begin in September and continue for the 2017/18 academic year, assisting in the delivery of VanGo programmes to students enrolled in Kindergarten to Grade 8.


  • BFA candidate or college-level diploma in the Visual Arts
  • Some in-class or teaching experience
  • Familiarity with the Ontario Curriculum in the Visual Arts
  • Sound understanding of contemporary visual art and artistic practices
  • Punctuality, flexibility and problem-solving skills
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Ability to function as a team player and to work within a fast-paced environment
  • Willingness to travel
  • A valid driver’s license and on-going access to a working vehicle
  • A current criminal records check and vulnerable sector screening
  • Ability to assist with programmes in French is an asset
  • First Aid Certification is an asset

The deadline for applications is 5 pm on Tuesday, August 8, 2017
This is a part-time contract position for the 2017/18 academic year beginning from Tuesday, September 5, 2017 to Friday, June 29, 2018. The Artist Teaching Assistant is expected to be available to work weekdays up to twenty-four (24) hours per week, as agreed and scheduled. This is a paid training programme that begins at $14.00 per hour.

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:


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 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.