Gallery Assistant

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Gallery Assistant

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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

  • 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 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.
  • Assists 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.

Qualification & Educational Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in art history, curatorial studies, fine arts, and/or museum studies with an emphasis on contemporary art.
  • Two+ 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.
  • Is attentive to detail, shows initiative, and is comfortable speaking in public.
  • Must be confident, proactive, and capable of working with minimal supervision.
  • Must be able to lift and carry up to 50 pounds.

Special Requirements

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.

Employment Terms & Benefits

The wage and job description for this position is currently under review.

This position works up to 35 hours per week. The hours worked per week will include evenings and weekends.

In accordance with CUPE 4318, this is a unionized, hourly support staff position, subject to a 500 hour probationary period.

Application Process

We are accepting applications for the Gallery Assistant until a suitable candidate is found.

Please include a cover letter demonstrating how your experience translates to this position and why you are interested in becoming part of our team.

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