Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity Gallery Assistant

Banff, AB
$18.93 an hour - Permanent

Gallery Assistant, Walter Phillips Gallery
The Opportunity
The Walter Phillips Gallery (WPG) at Banff Centre is looking for a Gallery Assistant to be the public face of the Gallery by providing tours and acting as interpreter for WPG exhibitions during opening hours. The Gallery Assistant will care for the artwork in the exhibition, perform various administrative duties as needed to support the WPG team, as well as will provide security for the Gallery and be responsible for the maintenance of the public area of WPG.

Specific Accountabilities
Reporting to the Curator, below are some key responsibilities:

Carry out research on exhibitions and artists, assist in developing interpretive material and educational information on Gallery programming for visitors and groups
Implement strategies for WPG tours, develop written content, and provide interpretive information
Staff the Gallery during public hours, including weekends
Answer all inquiries to the WPG email account, including requests for information and research on the Permanent Collection
Interact with visitors, give in-person and virtual tours of the exhibitions and other public events, answer visitors' questions, and follow-up on queries as appropriate
Responsible for security of the Gallery exhibition space and visitors; ensure that artwork is presented in its ultimate condition, and ensure that technical equipment related to the exhibition is fully functioning at all times
Assist with general administration of the gallery, including drafting templated agreements, correspondence, and collections management duties
Responsible for recording daily attendance, as well as details on all Gallery events, tracking this information for reporting purposes
Responsible for organizing, preparing, and completing Gallery mail-outs and publications in a timely fashion and for updating and maintaining mailing lists for the Walter Phillips Gallery and the Banff International Curatorial Institute
Responsible for workshop registration for Gallery programs, as well as assisting with the organizing and hosting of Gallery receptions
Assist in organizing and hosting Gallery receptions and events, including facilitating internal bookings
Organize WPG artist travel and accommodation, travel itineraries, studio visits and schedules. Liaises with WPG artists to collect required registration details, creates, revises and distributes artist information packages, including acceptance and welcome packages, ensuring information is accurate and up-to-date at all times
Responsible for maintaining and archiving both electronic and hardcopy filing of WPG, BICI, and Visual Arts special projects program material. The incumbent manages digital media, ensures proper labeling and maintenance of the Gallery’s image and media archives; is responsible for sending digital files, photos and publicity material to the artist and lenders after the close of each exhibition
Process payments to artists, guest curators and WPG contractors, as well as for other departmental expenses
Compile WPG statistics and prepares an annual gallery activity report. Locates support and other materials and information as requested
On occasion may be asked to assist with installations as required under the direction of the Preparator
Qualification and Educational Requirements
Bachelor's degree in art history, curatorial studies, fine arts, and/or museum studies with an emphasis on contemporary art
2+ years' office administrative experience, preferably within a gallery setting
Intermediate level Microsoft Office skills
Brings a solid understanding and appreciation of contemporary art and culture
Demonstrates excellent verbal and written communication skills and is able to deal diplomatically with a wide variety of people including visiting guests, Banff Centre staff, and the public
Attentive to detail, shows initiative, and is comfortable speaking in public
Confident, proactive, and capable of working with minimal supervision
Must be able to lift and carry up to 50 pounds
Employment Terms & Benefits
In accordance with CUPE 4318, this is a unionized, hourly support staff position, subject to a 500 hour probationary period.
This position pays $18.93 per hour working up to 37.5 hours per week. The hours worked per week will include evenings and weekends.
Application Process
We are accepting applications for the Gallery Assistant position until 11:59pm MST September 19, 2021.
Candidates offered a position with Banff Centre, in this capacity, will be required to obtain a criminal record check verifying a clear record before a final job offer can be finalized.
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Diversity Statement
Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the Centre to apply. We welcome applications from all qualified persons however; Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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