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Historical/Archival/Cultural Officer 2

Date: Nov 27, 2018

Location: HALIFAX, NS, CA, B3J3C8

Company: The Government of Nova Scotia



Apply By: 12/21/2018  


Communities, Culture & Heritage 


Historical/Archival/Cultural Officer 2, Permanent, HALIFAX 


Competition # 17381  



About Us


One of the premier arts institutions in Canada, holding over 17,000 works, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is the largest art museum in Atlantic Canada. Since 1908, the Gallery has been a gateway for the visual arts in Atlantic Canada by engaging people with art. The Gallery is also responsible for acquiring, preserving and exhibiting works of art, and for providing education in the visual arts.

About Our Opportunity


Your role as Curator of Indigenous Art is to create exhibitions to further the Gallery’s research in this field. Your work involves exercising initiative to create scholarly and engaging exhibitions, undertaking original research of Indigenous art, including works in the Gallery’s collection. You will work independently within institutional parameters to develop exhibitions that display originality, rigor and a firm grasp of critical issues to present Indigenous art in a contemporary context.   


You will also:


  • Plan, coordinate and approve exhibitions, by determining the narrative; selecting works; liaising with lenders; setting priorities and implementation needs of the exhibition; determine transportation, insurance and safety requirements in conjunction with registrars; monitor expenditures to keep within budget; develop appropriate floorplan and overall design for the exhibition; work with others to consider the interpretive needs of the exhibition and prepare materials, as needed, to coordinate the installation of the exhibition with the Gallery team.
  • Lead discussions with the Gallery team about innovative reconciliation initiatives, cultural sensitivity and encourage new ways of working, as well as lectures to share research and Gallery initiatives with various communities and the public.
  • With a special focus on Indigenous art, research specific works of art and/or artists to determine their relevance or importance to the Collection; identify potential acquisitions for the Collection and assess the desirability of works of art offered to the Gallery, as gifts. You maintain close ties with private collectors, dealers, auction houses and other art museum staff to locate works, determine the authenticity, condition and provenance. You will also prepare written analysis, recommending acceptance of artwork to the Senior Curator.
  • Write texts for publications and online projects for a variety of audiences, documenting research processes and findings related to exhibitions and collections.
  • Liaise regularly with local Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities and represent the Gallery at a variety of functions, such as, exhibition openings, talks and public events in the art community, you will also participate as requested on juries, panels and seminars.
  • Provide exhibition information, as requested, to the Curator of Education, Development, Marketing and Communications staff for planning and dissemination of public programs, special events, media releases, sponsorship proposals and other needs. Liaise with other institutions regarding Indigenous exhibitions travelling to the Gallery and co-ordinate arrangements for their display.
  • You will respond to public requests for information and research.


About You



To be successful in this ever-changing, dynamic environment, you will possess a bachelor’s degree in a related field, such as, Art History and three (3) years of related experience OR a master’s degree and one (1) year of related experience. A demonstrated or “living” connection to indigenous communities is a must.


Excellent knowledge of fine art processes, art history, art education and curatorial practices, trends and developments are required.  A working knowledge (or ability to quickly acquire knowledge) of a variety of methods, techniques and materials used in the design, production, administration and evaluation of exhibitions is also required. 


You possess excellent interpersonal, communication skills (verbal, written, listening, public speaking), tact, diplomacy and cultural sensitivities, to effectively communicate and engage with a wide variety of audiences from very young to seniors, as well as, a diverse curatorial community and artists. Familiarity with the Atlantic region, national and international arts communities, would be a help to you in this role.

Other Considerations


Must be able to travel and work unconventional hours.



Pay Grade:  PR 10  


Salary Range:  $2,028.93 - $2,475.20 Bi-Weekly


This is a bargaining unit position initially restricted to current civil service employees represented by the Nova Scotia Government Employees Union (NSGEU).


If applying from outside a government office, employees must apply correctly via this link:



Failure to apply correctly means that your application will not be given first consideration as a bargaining unit applicant, and will only be included if external applications are pursued.  


External applicants and current casual employees will only be considered if there are no qualified civil service bargaining unit candidates.


Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve.  The Government of Nova Scotia has an Employment Equity Policy and we welcome applications from Aboriginal People, African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities and Women in occupations or positions where they are under-represented.  If you are a member of one of the equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on your electronic application.


Offer of employment is conditional upon the completion of all applicable background checks and confirmation of credentials, the results of which must be satisfactory to the employer.


We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.  For questions or concerns, please contact


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