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Assistant Curator (Historical/Archival/Cultural Officer 1)

Date: Nov 30, 2018

Location: HALIFAX, NS, CA, B3J 3C8

Company: The Government of Nova Scotia



Apply By: 12/21/2018  


Communities, Culture & Heritage 


Assistant Curator (Historical/Archival/Cultural Officer 1), Permanent, HALIFAX 


Competition # 17382  



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


As the Assistant Curator, you are responsible for the coordination and administration of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia's (AGNS) exhibitions program and the Travelling Exhibitions Program, including supervising exhibition installations, liaising with artists, guest curators and originating galleries (where applicable). You will provide support to the Senior Curator and respond to public requests for information and research.


You will work closely with program staff and curatorial specialists to assist in the management of the logistics of the travelling exhibition program; contribute to new exhibitions, solicit host institutions, collect host information, liaise with artists and host institutions, liaise with AGNS Registrar and Conservator and coordinate shipping and installation.


 In this role, you will also:


  • Provide curatorial research and administrative support and assistance to the Senior Curator, regarding loans, exhibition proposals, tours, contracts for artists and art professionals. 
  • Provide administrative and research support for the acquisition process, including responding to correspondence, setting up, maintaining and circulating files, returning support material, and preparing the agenda for the Acquisitions Committee meetings.  You will also assist the Senior Curator with preliminary background research to support the identification, appraisal, history and provenance of art objects and/or collections and assist with the development and preparation of grant proposals and reports, relating to acquisitions.


About You


To join our ever-changing and dynamic environment, you will possess a bachelor’s degree and 1 year of related experience.


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 required. 


Requires excellent interpersonal and 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 helpful to you in this role.


Bilingualism is considered an asset.                      

Other Considerations


Must be able to travel and have access to a reliable vehicle.


Pay Grade:  PR 06  


Salary Range:  $1,726.05 - $2,116.56 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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