Public Programming & Outreach Assistant

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Public Programming & Outreach Assistant

Do you believe in the power of ideas, possibility, and in building community?

The Alberta University of the Arts (AUArts) is looking for a creative and organized Public Programming and Outreach Assistant to provide support to the Illingworth Kerr Gallery operations and exhibition programming.

This is a casual position commencing November 2021 until June 30, 2022. Hours of work will be approximately 28 hours per week Monday – Friday.

Why AUArts?

Alberta University of the Arts rests on the traditional Treaty 7 Territories of the Blackfoot people and in the spirit of our collective effort to promote reconciliation, we acknowledge the traditional territories and oral practices of the Blackfoot Confederacy, which includes Siksika, Piikani and Kainai, the Tsuut’ina, the Stoney Nakoda First Nations (Bearspaw, Chiniki and Wesley), Metis Nation Region III, and all those who make their homes in the Treaty 7 Region of Southern Alberta.

AUArts is a community of thinkers, shapers, makers and risk takers. We are students, faculty, staff and alumni rich in diversity of culture and thought, challenged to fearlessly explore what moves us, drives us, and implores us to see the world differently.

The Alberta University of the Arts offers its 1,100 students studio-based programming that leads to a Bachelor of Fine Arts in one of nine disciplines, a Bachelor of Design in one of two, and an MFA in Craft Media. It has deep roots in Calgary’s creative community and will soon be celebrating its centennial.

The Opportunity

Reporting to the director, academic resources and accountable to the exhibitions and programs coordinator and Educational Art Technician – Exhibitions Preparator (IKG), the public programming and outreach assistant provides support to gallery operations and exhibition programming. This includes, but is not limited to, assisting in partnership development, program planning and promotions, event management and logistics, content uploads for website/social media, budget tracking, gallery maintenance and other tasks as required.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assist the exhibitions and programs coordinator with building community and partner relationships.
  • Assist with design projects including vinyl/signage, publications and print and digital promotions for exhibitions, programs and visiting speakers.
  • Assist with the research and development of public programs and events.
  • Assist in establishing measurable objectives, monitoring event budgets, timelines, and other aspects of the event project, ensuring events are delivered on time, within budget and with a high degree of guest and visitor satisfaction.
  • Assist with website management and content creation and uploads.
  • Provides support and assistance as directed for the general maintenance of gallery and prep facilities and equipment.
  • Responsible for the safe handling of artwork, equipment, tools, materials and supplies as required.
  • Correspond with vendor and service providers.
  • Track statistical information for events and assist in producing post-event reports and grant reporting.
  • Other gallery, support or administrative and preparatory duties for the Illingworth Kerr Gallery as required.

The successful candidate will have:

  • Minimum BFA or BDes from an accredited institution. Must have graduated within the past three years.
    Demonstrated interest in contemporary art, art history, public programming, community outreach, or other relevant fields.
  • Advanced skills in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel), Adobe (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign) and WordPress applications.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Excellent problem solving, organization, and planning skills with a strong attention to detail.
  • Basic knowledge of craft, fine art and design studio practice and/or gallery preparatory skills.


This position pays an hourly rate of $17.51 plus 6% pay in lieu of vacation. As this position is casual in nature, there will be no guarantee of hours or a regular schedule.

How to Apply

Applications must include the following in a single PDF document:

  • Cover letter.
  • Curriculum Vitae / Resume.

Please upload your single document to the Resume section – do not upload any documents to the Cover Letter section. You will be required to create an account in order to submit your application. Please visit our How to Apply page to ensure your application is complete prior to submission.

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled or the search is closed. While we thank all candidates for their interest, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

Further information about AUArts is available on our website at

AUArts is committed to ensuring the health and safety of all University Community Members while on campus. For specific information and updates, including our COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, please visit our website.

AUArts is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to fostering diversity within our community. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversity of the university. We encourage expressions of interest from all qualified applicants for consideration for this or other suitable vacancies although applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

The collection of personal information is for the purpose of determining eligibility and suitability for employment as authorized by the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act, section 33(c). If you have any questions about the collection of your information, please contact our FOIP Coordinator at

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