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The MacLaren Art Centre in downtown Barrie is the regional public art gallery serving the residents of Barrie, the County of Simcoe and the surrounding area. The Gallery has a permanent collection of 27,000 works of art held in trust for the public and presents a year-round programme of world-class exhibitions, education activities and special events. The MacLaren is housed in an award-winning building in downtown Barrie and the complex includes multiple galleries, an education centre, a sculpture courtyard and gift shop.

Current Opportunities

 

Preparator & Facility Coordinator

Preparator & Facility Coordinator
MacLaren Art Centre

Location: Barrie, ON. This is an on-site position.
Job Type: Full Time, Permanent
Salary: $60,000 – $65,000 p/year with Benefit package
Typical Schedule: 35hrs p/w; Tuesday – Saturday; 7:30 – 3:00 (evenings, weekends, holidays as needed) 
Application Deadline: February 19, 2023 (or until filled)
Start Date: ASAP

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ABOUT

The MacLaren Art Centre (MAC) is a free public art gallery located on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabek, which include the Odawa, Ojibwe, and Pottawatomi Nations, collectively known as the Three Fires Confederacy. With over 4,000 works of contemporary and modern Canadian art in the permanent collection, the gallery serves an immediate community of approximately 300,000 people across Barrie and Simcoe County. We approach our work with a regional responsibility, responding to issues that matter in our immediate community within the broader context of the provincial and national visual art and cultural framework. We offer a variety of modern and contemporary exhibitions that focus on visual art and visual culture by Canadian artists of regional, provincial and national significance. Our goal is to provide the community with an exciting and relevant range of art exhibitions, tours, lectures and art programs that inspire curiosity, creativity, and interest in the visual arts.

POSITION SUMMARY

The Preparator & Facility Coordinator position is a multi-functional role with a wide range of responsibilities that support the gallery’s artistic, community, and business activities. This position plans, implements and oversees the preparation and installation of exhibitions and projects in addition to: performing regular facility inspections; preparation of exhibition spaces; installation / take-down of exhibitions and projects; coordination of exhibition logistics including shipping; coordination of room and furniture requirements; and is the primary contact/liaison with the City of Barrie facility representative. This position maintains the inventory of all gallery equipment, tools and installation hardware and oversees general security coverage and monitors environmental trends. This position acts as an ambassador for the MacLaren Art Centre at all levels of public engagement.

Minimum Formal Education and Experience

  • Degree or diploma in Fine Art or Applied Museum studies.

OR

  • Relevant and Transferrable skills and experience.

Minimum Qualifications and Skills

  • Experience working in an art gallery setting handling art and prepping space.
  • Possesses knowledge of methods of art display materials and techniques and use of related tools and equipment.
  • Understands the importance of maintaining the integrity of art work throughout the installation and preparatory process with proven ability to safely handle art objects and display units.
  • Up to date on new media and technologies related to contemporary artistic practices, as well as historical and traditional art practices.
  • Basic carpentry, building and painting skills.
  • Demonstrated interest in staying up to date on latest artistic practices and strategies of display.
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively in a team environment with artists and artistic staff.
  • Proven ability to meet tight and multiple deadlines.
  • Strong coordination and project management skills.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and analytical skills.
  • Basic building management knowledge – or willingness to learn.
  • Shipping and receiving experience an asset.
  • Applied knowledge of and capacity with Google Sketchup an asset
  • An energetic desire to work with colleagues, artists, volunteers, interns, and community members to create something extraordinary.
  • Believes the visitor experience is paramount.
  • Flexible and embraces change, diverse points of view, and creative problem solving.
  • Adaptability, strong interpersonal skills, and a good sense of humour.

How to Apply:

  • In one pdf document, applicants must submit a relevant CV, and Cover Letter (max – 2 pages, 12pt font, single spaced) that describes your background, and interest in the position.
  • Resumes and cover letters will be received via email at lisa@maclarenart.com no later than 11:59pm February 19, 2023.Subject line: Preparator & Facility Coordinator Position.

The MAC is committed to being an employer that reflects our community and fosters an inclusive workplace. We welcome and encourage candidates who are women, BIPOC, LGBTQ2S+ and people with disabilities to apply. Accommodations are available for all parts of the recruitment process. Applicants must make their needs known in advance.

The MAC has been actively adapting to the evolving situation regarding COVID-19 and will continue to do so, ensuring staff, and visitor safety, and striving to maintain a supportive work environment subject to accommodations required in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code.

We thank all candidates who apply but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

External Event Manager

Position Title: External Event Manager
Department: Gallery Operations & Finance
Direct Supervisor: Gallery Operations & Finance Manager
Job Type: Full-Time, 38 hours per week, weekends, nights and some days
Salary: $50,000/year plus gratuity and benefits
Start date: ASAP

The External Event Manager plays a key role in overall client experience and in marketing, delivery, and all aspects of the management of external event bookings and supports internal events as required. Responsibilities include facility rental, tours, related promotion and assistance, event set-up and coordination, the hiring, supervising, training, and scheduling of event staff. The position is responsible to create a welcoming and hospitable environment for clients and visitors. This position will make meaningful contributions to all aspects of the gallery’s life including artistic and strategic planning, budgeting, revenue generation, and team collaboration and acts as an ambassador for the MAC at all levels of public engagement.

Responsibilities

Event Coordination and Management

  • Answers a wide variety of enquiries related to external event bookings and opportunities within 48 hours.
  • Coordinates and delivers facility tours for potential bookings.
  • Responsible to coordinate and execute a wide range of external bookings in coordination with internal gallery events and activities.
  • Responsible to recruit, train, schedule, and oversee a team to work and manage events.
  • Ensures all event and facility rental staff are trained in Health & Safety, Fire Safety Plan, Smart Serve, gallery policies and expectations, and on how to operate the stair lift.
  • Purchases food, alcohol, and supplies as required for internal and external events.
  • Oversees and assists with all event set-ups.
  • Provides on-site coordination of activities prior to and during bookings to ensure proper logistical arrangements are implemented and problems resolved.
  • Coordination of logistical arrangements for catering, security, facility rentals, and internal services.
  • Maintains facility booking schedules and coordinates effectively with other gallery staff.
  • Works with management to review and determine facility booking offerings and rates to maximize revenue.
  • Works with marketing team to create effective strategies to expand booking opportunities.
  • Works closely with all gallery departments to support internal activities and events.
  • Keeps current on all gallery policies and procedures, and adheres to gallery core behaviours & expectations.
  • Works closely with colleagues to maintain a respectful, collegial, and enjoyable work environment.

Administrative

  • Track and process all event revenue and expenses.
  • Complete, submit, and coordinate necessary applications for internal events and external event bookings.
  • Prepare facility rental contracts.
  • Reviews, researches and recommends updates to relevant policies and procedures.
  • Prepare concise and comprehensive briefing documents on bookings as required.
  • Manages facility-booking records including pre and post data entry, quotes, purchase orders, budgets, and creates a post booking summary report.
  • Leads pre and post event meetings as required.
  • Answers telephone and handles in-person inquiries.
  • Gathers and reports relevant statistics in required formats.

Financial

  • Prepares quotes, contracts and invoices for facility bookings.
  • Facilitate payment of rentals and deposits as well as bar invoices, etc.
  • Other financial responsibilities as assigned.

This describes the general nature and level of work being performed. It is not an exhaustive list of all job duties. Other duties will be assigned as required.

Qualifications & Expectations

Minimum Formal Education

  • Hotel and Restaurant Management Diploma, Business Management Diploma or Event Management Diploma.
  • Please see “Other Requirements” below.

Minimum Experience

  • 3 years relevant experience in event management.
  • 3 years serving experience in a fast-paced environment.
  • Direct experience in coordinating, negotiating, and overseeing events with a wide range of internal and external clients.
  • Strong customer service and work prioritization skills.
  • Demonstrated oral, written, presentation and reporting communication skills and capacities.
  • Adaptability, strong interpersonal skills, and a good sense of humour.
  • Proven ability with Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Ability to work evenings, weekends, and holidays as dictated by event schedules.
  • Ability to multi-task and meet deadlines, often with competing priorities and conflicting timelines.
  • Creative thinking and an innovative approach to work responsibilities.
  • Proven ability to remain current on all job-related technologies and best practices.
  • An energetic desire to work with colleagues, artists, volunteers, interns, and community members to create something extraordinary.
  • Believes the visitor experience is paramount.
  • Flexible and embraces change, diverse points of view, and creative problem solving.

Other Requirements

  • Successful vulnerable sector screening, on-going.
  • A valid Ontario driver’s license, regular drivers abstract, and access to a vehicle.
  • Health and Safety training as identified and required.
  • Smart Serve Certificate
  • Safe Food Handling Certificate
  • First Aid Certificate

Please send a cover letter and current resumé via email to:

Ashleigh Oke
Operations and Finance Manager
MacLaren Art Centre
Ashleigh@maclarenart.com

The MacLaren Art Centre is an equal opportunity employer serving our diverse communities. We are committed to inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection processes, and work environment in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). We will be happy to work with applicants requesting accommodation at any stage of the hiring process.

Although we appreciate all applications, only short-listed candidates will be contacted. The successful candidate will be required to supply a current criminal record check and vulnerable sector police screening before work can commence.

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.

Indigenous Visual Art Instructor

Position Title: Indigenous Visual Art Instructor
Job Type: Casual Contract Position
Location:
MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie
Salary: $25/hour

The MacLaren Art Centre seeks an Indigenous practicing visual artist to work on behalf of the Gallery delivering in-person and/or virtual programs to students as part of the “MacLaren VanGo Program” in schools throughout Simcoe County. The main area of responsibility for the artist instructor is to provide the effective delivery of Indigenous-based VanGo studio programs to students enrolled in elementary and/or secondary schools in the region. In this capacity, the Indigenous artist instructor functions as an ambassador for the MacLaren Art Centre, as well as this innovative outreach program.

Qualifications

  • Sound knowledge of Indigenous culture in Simcoe County and Canada
  • BFA candidate or college-level diploma in the Visual Arts
  • At least one year in-class teaching experience with children
  • 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 record check and vulnerable sector screening
  • Experience working within an Indigenous community is an asset
  • First Aid Certification is an asset
  • Ability to teach programs in French is an asset

The deadline for applications is 4 pm on Monday, February 27, 2023.

This is a casual contract position for the 2022/23 academic year starting on Monday, January 9 through to Friday, June 30, 2023, with possibility of renewal for the following academic year. The Indigenous Artist Instructor is expected to be available to work based on VanGo program bookings, as scheduled and assigned.

The MacLaren Art Centre is an equal opportunity employer serving our diverse communities. We are committed to inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection processes, and work environment in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). We will be happy to work with applicants requesting accommodation at any stage of the hiring process. Although we appreciate all applications, only short-listed candidates will be contacted. The successful candidate will be required to supply a current criminal record 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
email to: christina@maclarenart.com

About the MacLaren Art Centre

The MacLaren Art Centre (MAC) is a free public art gallery located on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabek, which include the Odawa, Ojibwe, and Pottawatomi Nations, collectively known as the Three Fires Confederacy. With over 4,000 works of contemporary and modern Canadian art in the permanent collection, the gallery serves an immediate community of approximately 300,000 people across Barrie and Simcoe County. We approach our work with a regional responsibility, responding to issues that matter in our immediate community within the broader context of the provincial and national visual art and cultural framework. We offer a variety of modern and contemporary exhibitions that focus on visual art and visual culture by Canadian artists of regional, provincial and national significance. Our goal is to provide the community with an exciting and relevant range of art exhibitions, tours, lectures and art programs that inspire curiosity, creativity, and interest in the visual arts. 

Bilingual VanGo Artist Instructor

Position Title: Bilingual VanGo Artist Instructor
Location: MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie
Job Type: Casual Contract Position
Salary: $25hour

The MacLaren Art Centre seeks a practicing visual artist to work on behalf of the Gallery delivering in-person and/or virtual programmes in English and French to children in schools throughout Simcoe County as part of the “MacLaren VanGo Programme”. The main area of responsibility for the Bilingual VanGo Artist Instructor is to work alongside the Artist Teaching Assistant in the effective delivery of VanGo studio programmes to children enrolled in elementary schools. The Artist Instructor position will begin in September and continue for the 2022/23 academic year, assisting in the delivery of VanGo programmes to students enrolled in Kindergarten to Grade 8. In this capacity, the Artist Instructor functions as an ambassador for the MacLaren Art Centre as well as this innovative outreach programme.

Qualifications

  • Practicing visual artist with a BFA, college-level arts diploma, or equivalent experience
  • Fluent French speaker able to deliver programming in French
  • At least one year teaching experience with children, particularly ages 6 to 11 years
  • Sound understanding of contemporary visual art and artistic practices
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Punctuality, flexibility and problem-solving skills
  • A valid driver’s license and on-going access to a working vehicle
  • A current criminal record check and vulnerable sector screening

Assets

  • Experience with remote teaching and related technologies
  • First Aid Certification

The deadline for applications is 4 pm on July 18, 2022. Please send a cover letter, current resumé and portfolio of five (5) artworks via email to:

Christina Mancuso
Education Officer
MacLaren Art Centre
christina@maclarenart.com

This is a casual contract position for the 2022/2023 academic year. The Artist Instructor is expected to be available to work weekdays up to twenty-four (24) hours per week, as agreed and scheduled.

The MacLaren Art Centre is an equal opportunity employer serving our diverse communities. We are committed to inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection processes, and work environment in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). We will be happy to work with applicants requesting accommodation at any stage of the hiring process.

Although we appreciate all applications, only short-listed candidates will be contacted. The successful candidate will be required to supply a current criminal record check and vulnerable sector police screening before work can commence.

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.

VanGo Artist Studio Assistant

Position Title: VanGo Artist Studio Assistant
Job Title: Casual Contract Position
Location: MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie
Salary: $20/hour

The MacLaren Art Centre seeks a practicing visual artist to work on behalf of the Gallery delivering in-person and/or virtual programmes to children as part of the “MacLaren VanGo Programme” in schools throughout Simcoe County. The main area of responsibility for the VanGo Artist Studio Assistant is to work alongside the VanGo Artist Instructor providing assistance in the effective delivery of VanGo studio programmes to children enrolled in elementary schools. The Artist Studio Assistant position will begin in September and continue for the 2022/23 academic year, assisting in the delivery of VanGo programmes to students enrolled in Kindergarten to Grade 8. In this capacity, the Artist Studio Assistant functions as an ambassador for the MacLaren Art Centre as well as this innovative outreach programme.

Qualifications

  • Practicing visual artist with a BFA, college-level arts diploma, or equivalent life experience
  • Experience teaching, or working with children
  • 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
  • A valid driver’s license and on-going access to a working vehicle
  • A current criminal record check and vulnerable sector screening
  • First Aid Certification

Assets

  • Experience with remote teaching and related technologies
  • Working knowledge of another language, particularly French or Indigenous Languages
  • Familiarity with the Ontario Curriculum in the Visual Arts

The deadline for applications is 4 pm on June 18, 2022. Please send a cover letter, current resumé and portfolio of five (5) artworks via email to:

Christina Mancuso
Education Officer
MacLaren Art Centre
christina@maclarenart.com

This is a casual contract position for the 2022/2023 academic year. The VanGo Artist Studio Assistant is expected to be available to work weekdays up to twenty-four (24) hours per week, as agreed and scheduled.

The MacLaren Art Centre is an equal opportunity employer serving our diverse communities. We are committed to inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection processes, and work environment in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). We will be happy to work with applicants requesting accommodation at any stage of the hiring process. Although we appreciate all applications, only short-listed candidates will be contacted. The successful candidate will be required to supply a current criminal record check and vulnerable sector police screening before work can commence.

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.

Visitor Services / Reception

Position Title: Visitor Services / Reception
Location: MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie
Job Type: Part Time
Language Preferred: English
Salary: Based on experience

POSITION OVERVIEW

The Visitor Services / Reception position plays a key role in overall visitor experience. They are responsible to create a welcoming and hospitable environment for visitors. This position will make meaningful contributions to all aspects of the gallery’s life and acts as an ambassador for the MacLaren Art Centre at all levels of public engagement.

  • Provides up to date information to the public on exhibitions, activities, special events and programs.
  • Supports gallery events, programs, and activities as required.
  • Assists with gallery opening and closing as required.
  • Monitors gallery security camera screen.
  • Gathers visitor statistics; general typing, and keyboarding as required.
  • Takes registration for art classes, bus trips and other programs.
  • Processes gallery memberships.
  • Receives payment for art classes and programs and issues general receipts.
  • Balances the cash register at the end of each day.
  • Works closely with colleagues to maintain a respectful, collegial, and enjoyable work environment.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Secondary school diploma.
  • One-year relevant experience.
  • Demonstrated oral, written, presentation and reporting communication skills and capacities.
  • Proven ability with Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Has a passion for the visual arts.
  • Proven ability to remain current on all job-related technologies and best practices.
  • An energetic desire to work with colleagues, artists, volunteers, interns, and community members to create something extraordinary.
  • Believes the visitor experience is paramount.
  • Flexible and embraces change, diverse points of view, and creative problem solving.
  • Adaptability, strong interpersonal skills, and a good sense of humour.

Resumes and cover letters will be received via email at maclaren@maclarenart.com. Subject line Visitor Services / Reception Position. We thank all candidates who apply but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

The MacLaren Art Centre is an equal opportunity employer. Accommodations are available for all parts of the recruitment process. Applicants need to make their needs known in advance. 

About the MacLaren Art Centre

The MacLaren Art Centre is a free public art gallery located in downtown Barrie, Ontario. With over 4,000 works of Canadian art in the permanent collection, and with the support of a keen volunteer team, the gallery serves an immediate community of 450,000 people across Simcoe County. We approach our work with a regional responsibility and an appreciation for the national sensibility; responding to issues that matter in our immediate community within the broader context of the provincial and national visual art and cultural framework. We offer a variety of historical and contemporary exhibitions that focus on visual art and visual culture by Canadian artists of national and regional significance. Our goal is to provide the community with an exciting range of art exhibitions, tours, lectures and art programs that inspire curiosity, creativity, and interest in the visual arts.