Outreach and Publications Assistant

  • Volet de programme : Jeunesse Canada au travail pour une carrière vouée au patrimoine
  • Titre de l'emploi : Outreach and Publications Assistant
  • Nom de l’organisme : Blackwood Gallery
  • Lieu de l’emploi : Mississauga, Ontario
  • Durée de l'emploi : 2017-10-16 à 2018-03-30 (22 semaines)
  • Salaire horaire : 18,00 $

Outreach and Publications Assistant

Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto

Period of Employment: October 16, 2017–March 30, 2018

Hourly Wage: $18.00

Hours of Work: 30 hrs/week, some evenings and weekends may be required

All applicants must qualify for the Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage program: http://canada.pch.gc.ca/eng/1459869949087

The Blackwood Gallery is a contemporary art gallery situated on the University of Toronto Mississauga campus, and dedicated to open, public research. The Blackwood Gallery presents curated exhibitions featuring the work of local, national, and international professional artists in on-campus gallery spaces, as well as offsite projects throughout Mississauga and the GTA.

The Blackwood Gallery is currently seeking an Outreach and Publications Assistant. Working closely with the Director/Curator and Project Manager, the Outreach and Publications Assistant will directly support the development and implementation of new outreach and publications initiatives at the Blackwood.

In 2018-2019 the Blackwood Gallery is undertaking a public art program at an unprecedented scale: a Mississauga-wide, multi-sited exhibition entitled The Work of Wind: Air, Land, Sea, which will be accompanied by two books, The Work of Wind: Land and The Work of Wind: Sea. The Publications and Outreach Assistant will be responsible for assisting in the research and development of a citywide public outreach program, including workshops, performances, and other experimental forms of audience engagement.

A primary responsibility of the Outreach and Publications Assistant will be to assist in various levels of production of a bi-monthly broadsheet newspaper and online outreach platform—from building community and educational partnerships by representing the Blackwood in person, to compiling interdisciplinary research materials for broadsheet publishing, to the research and development of digital publishing strategies.


• Assist in building community and educational partnerships related to The Work of Wind: Air, Land, Sea by representing the Blackwood in person at various events, meetings, and Blackwood-led programs

• Compile interdisciplinary research materials for broadsheet publishing

• Compile research on new digital publishing platforms (design, engagement strategies, and best practices)

• Provide editorial support in the form of proofreading and collating materials

• Assist in research and development of digital publishing strategies

• Research and develop an innovative circulation and distribution plan for local public engagement, including launches, reading sessions etc.

• Research and implement outreach programs for non-specialized art audiences, including children, seniors, and community groups in Mississauga

• Develop planning materials for future outreach programs to be conducted by gallery staff and Work-Study student docents

• Work with senior gallery staff to assess the success of outreach and publishing strategies and to shape future initiatives

• Other office, publishing, and outreach research and administrative assistance, as needed.


• Recent graduate (within 24 months) of an accredited post-secondary institution with a degree in arts administration, art history, visual arts, environmental studies, or a related field.

• Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Creative Suite. Working knowledge of HTML an asset.

• Strong knowledge of and interest in contemporary art in Canada, with familiarity of art practices and gallery operations. Knowledge of and interest in art writing and publishing in Canada a strong asset.

• Excellent research and time management skills.

• Strong written and oral communication skills.

• Experience working with various publics that represent diverse background and have different needs and experiences.

• Excellent attention to detail, ability to meet deadlines, organize and prioritize tasks.

• Demonstrated ability to work within a team as well as independently.

• Previous experience within a gallery or art museum context is an asset. Previous editing, writing, or publishing experience an asset.


• All applicants must qualify for Young Canada Works funding: http://canada.pch.gc.ca/eng/1459869949087

• As part of the University of Toronto Mississauga, the Blackwood Gallery is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

For more information about the Blackwood Gallery, please visit blackwoodgallery.ca

We thank all candidates for their application; only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Please submit cover letter and resume electronically (mail and fax submissions will not be considered) to:

Alison Cooley

Curatorial Assistant and Collections Archivist

Blackwood Gallery

3359 Mississauga Rd, Mississauga, ON L5L 1C6

(905) 828-3789


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