Digital Content Coordinator

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  • Titre de l'emploi : Digital Content Coordinator
  • Nom de l’organisme : Ottawa Art Gallery / Galerie d'art d'Ottawa
  • Lieu de l’emploi : Ottawa, Ontario
  • Durée de l'emploi : 2017-10-02 à 2018-03-30 (25 semaines)
  • Salaire horaire : 16,00 $

Job Title: Digital Content Coordinator

Number of positions to fill: 1

Location: Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG)

2 Daly Avenue, Ottawa ON, K1N 6E2

Dates: October 2, 2017 – March 30, 2018

Wage: $16/hour, 30 hours per week, 26 weeks

Language(s) of work: French and English mandatory


The Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) is seeking a highly motivated recent graduate with a strong interest in research and writing to join the OAG team as Digital Content Coordinator. This is a paid internship opportunity offered through the Young Canada Works program. Please see the requirements below.

Reporting to the Curator of Public Engagement and working in close collaboration with the Curatorial and Communications departments at the Gallery, the Digital Content Coordinator will independently research and write Wikipedia entries about Ottawa/Gatineau artists and art history. As a free, open content online encyclopedia, Wikipedia is created through the collaborative effort of a community of users. The Digital Content Coordinator will be trained to responsibly contribute research on Wikipedia. They will then identify and address gaps in Ottawa/Gatineau content on Wikipedia by creating entries about regional artistic practices from pre-European contact to present-day contemporary art practices. As well as having a regional scope, the project will intentionally address gaps in knowledge about Indigenous and feminist movements, artists and collectives. The project will culminate in a public Wikipedia edit-a-thon, which the coordinator will organize in the context of a two-day public symposium at the Gallery in March 2018.

In late 2017 the OAG will reopen in its newly expanded facilities with an inaugural exhibition as part of Ottawa 2017 celebrations. This internship project will complement the inaugural exhibition and contribute to the overall goals of the Ottawa Art Gallery by building awareness of the artistic practices and histories of our region. The project will expand the Gallery’s digital impact and indirectly build audiences for its collections and programmes.

The main tasks involved in this project will be:

• Become familiar with the free, open content online encyclopedia, Wikipedia;

• Learn proper etiquette for contributing to the Wikipedia community;

• Identify gaps in knowledge on Wikipedia relating to Ottawa/Gatineau artists;

• Create new entries and add text to existing entries;

• Work with curatorial team to include content from the OAG’s inaugural exhibition;

• Work with the OAG’s collections database to include artists/collectives in the OAG’s collections;

• Create web-based and social media outreach campaigns relating to the project;

• Collaborate with the communications team on promoting the project to the media;

• Organize a Wikipedia edit-a-thon in the context of OAG’s March 2018 symposium;

• Participate in weekly team meetings;

• Participate in bi-weekly staff meetings;

• Contribute to other Gallery projects as needed.

Necessary qualifications for the position:

The ideal candidate for this position is a graduate studies level intern with very strong writing and research skills who has a passion for art history.

Relevant fields of study include:

• Art History/History

• Cultural Studies

• Gender Studies

• Fine Arts

• Education

• Museum Studies

Skills required for the job include:

• Proficiency using Microsoft Office software

• Strong research and writing skills

• Comfort level using library resources and online databases

• Familiarity with Wikipedia an asset

• Adobe Creative Suite an asset


You are eligible for this internship if you:

• are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada (non-Canadians holding temporary work visas or awaiting permanent status are not eligible);

• are legally entitled to work in Canada;

• will be between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;

• are willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment;

• will not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week) while employed with the program;

• are an unemployed or underemployed college or university graduate, that is, not employed full-time;

• are a recent graduate who has graduated from college or university within the last 24 months at the start of employment;

• are not receiving Employment Insurance (EI) benefits while employed with the program; and

• have not previously participated in or been paid under this or any other Career Focus internship program funded under the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy.

Please note that successful applicants will be required to provide a current valid Police Record Check from the Ottawa Police Service.

Please apply with cover letter and resume to:

Stephanie Nadeau, Curator of Public Engagement

Please reference the position you are applying for in the subject line.

Thank you for applying. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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