Curatorial Assistant, Prints & Drawings (9 months with possibility of extension or indeterminacy)


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Job Summary

The Prints and Drawings Department is responsible for a collection of over 25,000 works on paper created between the 15th and 20th centuries by Canadian and International artists. Under the direction of the Senior Curator of Prints and Drawings, the Curatorial Assistant supports the Department in all its activities by contributing to and assisting with: the care, documentation, development, study, and administration of the collection of Prints and Drawings of the National Gallery of Canada (hereafter NGC); the presentation and dissemination of knowledge about the collection of Prints and Drawings and/or specific aspects of works of art on paper, internally and externally; the planning and production of exhibitions, installations, publications, digital content, lectures and tours in which the NGC’s collection of Prints and Drawings and/or specific aspects of works of art on paper are presented internally and externally; internships, donor relations, and outreach through, for instance, the activities of the Prints and Drawings Study Room, and the activities of the Friends of the Print Room.


• Master's degree in Art History or a related field; or equivalent experience.
• Advanced knowledge of the history of art, with an interest in historical and modern art.
• Advanced art historical research skills, especially in the area of prints and drawings.
• Knowledge of printmaking and drawing techniques and materials.
• Knowledge of current art museum methodologies and practices.
• Experience working in an art museum would be an asset.
• Strong communication, interpersonal, and writing skills; reading knowledge of one or more foreign languages would be an asset.
• Ability to coordinate, establish priorities, multi-task, meet deadlines, work well under pressure, work independently and as a team member.
• Strong computer skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, collection databases, etc.).

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Additional Information

• A variety of assessment tools may be used to assess candidates;
• The National Gallery of Canada is committed to having a skilled, diversified workforce reflective of Canadian society. As a result, it promotes employment equity and encourages candidates to indicate voluntarily in their application if they are a woman, an Indigenous person, a person with a disability or a member of a visible minority group.
• The Gallery is committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environment. Alternative selection tool methods and/or reasonable accommodation are available upon request;
• Candidates are entitled to participate in the selection process in the official language of their choice.
• Term contract with a possibility of extension or indeterminacy.

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