The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery
Number of vacancies: 4 Seasonal PT
The Power Plant (TPP) Contemporary Art Gallery at Harbourfront Centre is Canadas leading public gallery devoted exclusively to the art of our time and is recognized as an important centre for contemporary art in North America. Over the past 25+ years, its reputation for presenting cutting edge exhibitions, superior catalogues and editions, and challenging special events has remained unparalleled. Presenting contemporary art by practitioners of local, national, and international stature, The Power Plant's mission is to present and disseminate the best contemporary art in all and any media.
Currently an employment opportunity exists at The Power Plant for four Gallery Attendants needed for a busy summer Reporting to the Visitor & Volunteer Services Coordinator and the Curator of Education and Public Programs, Gallery Attendants serve as front-line staff welcoming and informing visitors about exhibitions and programs, supervise galleries, and engage with visitors during regular hours and large-scale events.
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:
Greets patrons and visitors as they enter the gallery, collect admissions, conduct tours and provide patrons with information concerning present and upcoming exhibitions, educational programming, membership, special events and general gallery information.
Supervises the entrances and all areas of the exhibitions to enhance visitor experience, encourage conversation and engagement, enforce gallery rules, etiquette, and maintain proper room capacity.
Conducts extensive research on the exhibiting artists and exhibition themes in advance of and during the exhibition period, prepares and leads thoughtful and intelligent tours and maintains a comprehensive knowledge and in-depth understanding of the artist and themes in the exhibition to facilitate discussion and meaningful engagement with viewers.
Performs daily sales transactions for attendance, publication, merchandise, editions, event tickets and membership using the point of sales software, Tessitura.
Encourages the capture of names and addresses, and postal code from gallery visitors for the gallerys database to extend engagement, encourage lasting connections, and for future marketing and development needs.
Ensures all exhibitions elements are in proper working order and all exhibition areas are effectively maintained. Examine the exhibitions on a daily basis and report on condition of artwork and equipment and identify need for maintenance and performs corrective action of notifies appropriate staff as needed
Performs administrative/clerical tasks including writing reports related to exhibition maintenance, attendance, and audience response; assisting in mailings and publication and shop inventory. Replenishes publication and merchandise stock in the shop as needed. Replenishes gallery ephemera, program guides, educational hand-outs, and gallery surveys at the front desk and other areas as needed.
Performs opening and closing duties including; turning on and off the works in the exhibition counting the float at open and close, reconciling sales and completing the daily deposit, keeping lobby tidy and locking all doors. Ensure all visitors have exited the Gallery upon closing.
Provide staffing assistance for all public programs and vents such as the annual Power Ball, member events, and revenue generation events, where duties may include serving food, drink and selling drink tickets, taking photographs.
Attends monthly Gallery Attendant meeting, Education meeting and other meetings as called by the Curator of Education and Public Programs, and Visitor & Volunteer Services Coordinator and other tasks as assigned by the Lead Gallery Attendant and other senior management personnel,
Graduate from or current student in a postsecondary program in visual arts, art history, education, or related field
Prior experience working in a contemporary art gallery/museum setting
Excellent verbal and written communication skills; polite and pleasant manner
Strong public speaking abilities for leading tours and introducing speakers
Strong interpersonal skills; enjoy working with the public
An in-depth understanding of contemporary art
Ability to make presentations to tours and visitors
Ability to operate audio/visual and other exhibition equipment as well as cash register and office equipment including computer, photocopier
Ability to observe and perform multiple activities in the gallery
This position involves standing for extended periods of time and occasional lifting up to 10kg
Must be able to work flexible hours during special events.
Weekends, and Openings are mandatory
Start date: June 1st
Duration: June 22nd September 3rd, 2017
Shifts: 3 to 4 per week
APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 6th, 2017
Interested applicants should FORWARD resume and cover letter QUOTING JOB REF # 17J085-ET to:
Human Resources Department
235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, ON M5J 2G8
FAX: (416) 973-1003
The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery is committed to building a diverse workforce and strongly encourages qualified applicants from all backgrounds to apply.