The Museum of Contemporary Art_Toronto_Canada seeks Director of Programs and Research

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Closing on: the deadline has been extended to June 15, 2016
Location: Toronto, ON
Effective: Immediately
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Management


In just over a year, on May 2, 2017, Toronto will be opening a new museum devoted to the art of the XXIst century, named the Museum of Contemporary Art_Toronto_Canada.

The museum will develop an international program of exhibitions, events and publications. It will generate new exhibitions of international calibre and develop a global collection based on new and innovative ideas, with the year 2000 as a start date for the collection. It will co-produce exhibitions and new works with national and international partners such as curators, museums, major galleries, collectors and foundations, in Canada and internationally. In the city of Marshall McLuhan, the museum will base much of its work on developing a digital archive of relevance to contemporary art, artists, researchers as well as all visitors. It will also be connected to specialized and unique archives globally. Working with digital platforms in a pro-active and creative manner, the museum will develop a larger audience, both on-site and on the Web.

The Museum of Contemporary Art_Toronto_Canada is putting forth the “20/20 Plan”, which will come to full cycle in 2020. The result being moving into a complex of two buildings, made possible because of a unique alliance with Castlepoint Greybrook Sterling Inc. (partnership between Castlepoint Numa and Greybrook Realty Partners), which is leading the restoration of the heritage Auto BLDG. and the development of the surrounding 8-acre mixed use community known as the Lower JCT. (Lower Junction) in the south end of the Junction Triangle neighbourhood, housing the future Museum.


Position Summary

The Director of Programs and Research will play a critical role in supporting the CEO and Director and partnering with the senior leadership team in strategic decision making and operations as the Museum of Contemporary Art_Toronto_Canada continues to build its presence, enhance its quality programming and build capacity. This is a tremendous opportunity for a dynamic and visionary curator to maximize and strengthen the internal capacity of an emerging cultural institution, poised to expand its presence and global reach.

Reporting directly to the CEO and Director, the Director of Programs and Research will be responsible for the strategic development, execution, and oversight of the Museum’s programs and collection. The Director will develop and oversee the departmental budget. S/he will lead the curatorial team, responsible for display, learning, and archives and collection development, and will be setting and aligning cross-departmental goals and priorities. S/he will develop and oversee local, national, and international artistic partnerships and outreach that support the Museum’s objectives to create a compelling space through innovative, cross-disciplinary programming. S/he will oversee the Museum’s collection, which will be global in scope with the year 2000 as the starting date.

Staff size: TBD

Major Responsibilities


  • Provide strategic oversight for the development of an annual exhibition program; oversee and manage exhibition and programming budget; oversee the negotiation of exhibition contracts and loan agreements; assign and steer projects; ensure programmatic learning and technological/online componants are fulfilled
  • Establish cross-discipline and cross-continental programs that support the Museum’s core objectives
  • Provide input to the Director of Administration for the development and preparation of grant proposals for exhibitions and programs; collaborate with Development department to ensure exhibition and programming fundraising targets are fulfilled
  • Research new artists and exhibition opportunities locally and internationally
  • Co-produce and commission new works
  • Steer learning events and activities interlocked with exhibitions, including research and archive development
  • Support and lead the production of the Museum’s journal, The Idea of North, as well as exhibition publications


  • Establish the Museum’s collecting mandate and long-range collecting strategies for growth and expansion
  • Develop the acquisitions budget and collaborate with the Director of Development to determine fundraising targets
  • Support any Board committees overseeing acquisitions and organize regular presentations of proposed acquisitions and gifts
  • Work with the CEO and Director and the Director of Development to cultivate and steward a local and international donor community

Staff Management

  • Hire, develop, motivate, coach and manage a highly performing team

Education and Experience

  • Master’s degree in art history required; Ph.D. preferred; or equivalent qualifications and experience
  • Fluency in English and French, or other second language preferable
  • Minimum of ten years of museum curatorial experience, with additional experience in senior management and oversight of departmental staff
  • Demonstrated record of exhibitions and publications
  • Extensive experience in the national and international art community and strong international network
  • Excellent working relationships with collectors, donors, artists, and art world peers
  • Experience with hiring, motivating and developing effective teams.

Additional requirements

  • Understanding of and passion for the museum’s vision, mission, values and a dedication to advancing the organization to achieve its long term objectives
  • A creative and innovative thinker; resourceful in developing and executing exciting and inspired ideas and concepts to attract new donor support and enable fundraising objectives
  • A high energy, positive and solution-oriented professional with a hands-on management style
  • Knowledge of preservation and conservation issues and techniques
  • Demonstrated ability to work and effectively interface with colleagues, board members, and the public
  • A collaborative team player with excellent verbal and written communication skills as well as public speaking abilities
  • Ability to remain calm and clear-headed under pressure; positive and constructive personal style
  • A polished and professional style with personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and sound judgment
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, sound judgment and a keen interest in the mission of the Museum of Contemporary Art_Toronto_Canada

Submit applications to the email below by June 15, 2016.

Application must be submitted as one pdf. Letter of motivation, maximum 5-page CV and 2 referees required. Please indicate the position you are applying for in the subject line of your email, and include your date of availability. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

We thank all applicants in advance.

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The Museum of Contemporary Art_Toronto_Canada advocates equal opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment and is committed to diversity in the workplace.