Curatorial Assistant, Arts of Global Africa & the Diaspora

Curatorial Toronto, Ontario


Requisition Id: 2022-386
Number of Positions: 1
Job Status: Regular Full-Time
Hours & Days of Work: 35 hours per week
Minimum Rate: $33.33
Maximum Rate: $41.65
Minimum Salary: $60,660.00
Maximum Salary: $75,803.00
Target Start Date: 05/26/2022

Curatorial Assistant, Arts of Global Africa & the Diaspora

Regular Full-Time (35 hours per week)


Do you believe that art is for everyone? That art can inspire, engage and create a community? 

The Art Gallery of Ontario is currently searching for a creative and energetic Curatorial Assistant, Arts of Global Africa & the Diaspora to join the Curatorial team!

Located in Toronto, the Art Gallery of Ontario (“the AGO”) is one of the largest art museums in North America, with a collection of close to 100,000 works. Through the collection as well as collaborations with leading museums around the world, the AGO presents wide-ranging exhibitions and programs to approximately 1 million visitors annually.

Reporting directly to the Curator, Arts of Global Africa and the Diaspora, the Curatorial Assistant will be responsible for assisting with exhibition development and collection initiatives, administrative work in support of research, publications, acquisitions, public and digital programs, and other general curatorial functions. In addition, the Curatorial Assistant may have the opportunity to generate original programs and exhibitions.

Interested so far? Learn more about why AGO would be a great fit below.

The Gallery continually strives to create a safe and inclusive workplace. We offer diversity and inclusion training to our staff and volunteers so they can continually learn and contribute to fostering a supportive environment where people feel comfortable to come to work as they are.

The mental health of our employees is also very important to us. We offer our employees programs that support wellness and enhance the job experience. If our employees need assistance, employee assistance program (EAP) services are available to them. The Gallery also takes part in the city and province’s reciprocal benefits program, allowing our employees access to city and province discounts.

What are the benefits and highlights of working at the AGO?

  • Competitive salary
  • Discounts from the Provincial/City Reciprocal Agreements (Free admission to museums, the CN Tower & Discounts off amusement parks, city attractions, hotels, wine tours, Second City, the Ontario Science Centre, and much more!)
  • Discounts to GoodLife Fitness
  • Free tickets to every major exhibit at AGO

If this sounds like an opportunity you are looking for, apply now!

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications, skills, and experience:

  • MA in art history with emphasis in 19th and 20th century Modern and/or Contemporary African Art and the African Diaspora
  • Experience and training in proper handling of art works in a Gallery or Museum setting an asset
  • Familiarity with museum operations and collections databases; experience with The Museum System (TMS) a plus
  • Foreign language skills a plus
  • Curatorial experience an asset
  • Well developed research, organizational, interpersonal, public relations, written and verbal communication skills
  • Superior research and writing skills
  • Working knowledge of the installation process for works of art a plus
  • Demonstrated experience working with a variety of computer software packages
  • Ability to work collaboratively and a commitment to meeting deadlines
  • Flexibility and the ability to adapt to changing priorities
  • Professional demeanor and diplomatic skills required
  • Excellent attention to detail with ability to handle multiple projects in a fast-paced environment a must
  • Ability to be proactive, use independent judgment and initiative
  • Prior experience working in an office environment required
  • Publication experience an asset


We invite individuals who reflect the diversity of our visitors to apply by submitting a tailored cover letter and CV. Qualified individuals who self-identify as persons of Black African or Caribbean descent and lived experience are strongly encouraged to apply.

If you would prefer to submit your application in person, please leave it with our Shipping Dock addressed to the People Division. 

We thank all applicants but must advise that only those selected for interviews will be contacted. In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act & the AGO’s Recruitment & Selection Policy for Staff, a request for accommodation will be considered throughout the hiring process.

The Art Gallery of Ontario is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


External Application Deadline: 06/10/2022