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Working at Homer Watson House & Gallery

The mission of Homer Watson House & Gallery is to preserve and celebrate the legacy of Homer Watson’s creative spirit by stimulating the appreciation, enjoyment and practice of the visual arts.

Current Positions

Education & Public Programs Coordinator

Homer Watson House & Gallery
Kitchener, ON
$40,000 – $48,000 a year –  Full-time, Permanent

Homer Watson House & Gallery is currently seeking an experienced professional for the role of Education & Public Programs Coordinator.

Homer Watson House & Gallery

Mission
The mission of Homer Watson House & Gallery is to preserve and celebrate the legacy of Homer Watson’s creative spirit by stimulating the appreciation, enjoyment and practice of the visual arts.

Mandate
The Homer Watson House & Gallery will fulfill its mission by engaging in a four-part program of:

  • – Preservation and Collection of Homer Watson’s art, his home studio, gallery and the heritage of his life, his times and that of the Doon School of Fine Arts.
  • – Exhibition of the broad spectrum of Watson’s art and regular shows of contemporary local and regional artists.
  • – Education through instructional programs in the visual arts for the general public and curriculum-based school programming.
  • – Enrichment through special programs, events and activities.

The Role:

The Education & Public Programs Coordinator reports directly to the Director/Curator and is responsible for all aspects of developing and implementing arts programs and workshops including coordinating preparation and maintenance of the classroom and studio spaces used for programs, developing marketing strategies and recording and reporting statistics in accordance with the strategic plan.

Developing programs

  • – Plan and develop programming schedule
  • – Assist teachers and artists in the implementation of workshops
  • – Work with curatorial and other staff to develop cohesive programming plan

Implementing programs

  • – Recruit and manage contract instructors
  • – Prepare and issue contracts for classes
  • – Prepares registration files and class information sheets

Recording and Reporting Statistics

  • – Register participants and issue receipts and class information
  • – Requisition cheque payments for instructors
  • – Monitor enrollment and inform participants and instructors of cancellations and program changes
  • – Maintain statistics on attendance
  • – Consult weekly with teaching staff and reports monthly to Board of Directors

Preparation and Maintenance

  • – Co-ordinate the purchase of supplies for classes
  • – Organize and maintain the classroom and studio areas in co-operation with artists
  • – Co-ordinate cleaning and recommend repairs and improvements for studio spaces

Marketing/Public Relations

  • – Advertise classes/workshops
  • – Answer information requests regarding classes and programs
  • – Provide assistance to prospective participants in choosing appropriate classes

General Staff Duties

  • – Greets and orients visitors to gallery in co-operation with other staff
  • – Available for occasional evenings and statutory holidays
  • – Weekend working on rotation with other staff members
  • – Regularly contribute to social media posts, WATSnew and other publications
  • – Other duties as required

Members

  • – Creating welcome emails and membership cards
  • – Tracking stats and info
  • – Organize creativiTEAs
  • – Develop partnerships for membership perks

Grants/Fundraising

  • – Finding & applying for grants
  • – Completing required paperwork and reports
  • – Assisting in fundraising efforts
  • – Soliciting for donations

The Candidate:

Essential Skills

  • – Highly organized individual who is able to work to tight deadlines
  • – Experience creating schedules
  • – Proficient in Google Suite (Docs, Sheets etc) and Microsoft Suite (particularly Excel)
  • – Proficient using social media (YouTube, Instagram and Facebook) and social media managing site (Planoly or similar)
  • – Experience working in an Art Gallery or Museum
  • – POS system experience
  • – Willing to take on other tasks as needed including, but not limited to: cleaning, organizing supplies, filling in for instructors
  • – Experience writing Grant applications and sponsorship requests
  • – Strong attention to detail and proficient in editing written content
  • – Experience managing a budget
  • – Experience managing staff or volunteers

Desirable Skills

  • – Teaching experience would be an asset, particularly teaching art courses
  • – Familiarity with curriculum expectations

Application Deadline: 2020-11-22

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Salary: $40,000.00-$48,000.00 per year

Benefits:

  • – Extended health care
  • – On-site parking

Schedule:

  • – Holidays
  • – Monday to Friday
  • – Weekends

Experience:

  • – Museum or Art Gallery: 1 year (Required)

Education:

  • – Bachelor’s Degree (Required)

Work remotely:

  • – No

Interested applicants should submit a resume and covering letter to director@homerwatson.on.ca by November 22, 2020

Exhibition and Research Intern

Homer Watson House & Gallery
Kitchener, ON
$16 an hour –  Full-time, Contract

Program stream:
  • – Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage

Length of assignment: 2020-11-16 – 2021-03-19

Hourly wage: $16.00

Homer Watson House & Gallery is currently seeking a candidate to fill the role of Collections Management Intern. This role is provided through Young Canada Works. All candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • – Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada (non-Canadians holding temporary work visas or awaiting permanent status are not eligible);
  • – Legally entitled to work in Canada;
  • – Between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;
  • – Willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment;
  • – Will not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week) while employed with the program;
  • – Unemployed or underemployed;
  • – College or university graduate;
  • – Are not receiving Employment Insurance (EI) benefits while employed with the program; and
  • – Have not previously participated in or been paid under this or any other Career Focus internship program funded under the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy.

Homer Watson House & Gallery

Mission
The mission of Homer Watson House & Gallery is to preserve and celebrate the legacy of Homer Watson’s creative spirit by stimulating the appreciation, enjoyment and practice of the visual arts.

Mandate
The Homer Watson House & Gallery will fulfill its mission by engaging in a four-part program of:

  • – Preservation and Collection of Homer Watson’s art, his home studio and gallery and the heritage of his life, his times and that of the Doon School of Fine Arts.
  • – Exhibition of the broad spectrum of Watson’s art and regular shows of contemporary local and regional artists.
  • – Education through instructional programs in the visual arts for the general public and curriculum-based school programming.
  • – Enrichment through special programs, events and activities.

The Role:

The Exhibitions and Research Intern will report directly to the Director and Curator and will work within the curatorial team to help address collections documentation backlog. Tasks will include the following:

  • – Conducting research for upcoming historic and contemporary exhibitions
  • – Condensing research and developing content for interpretation panels
  • – Developing content for social media
  • – Assisting with research and writing for grant and sponsorship applications

The Ideal candidate:

  • – Will have experience working or volunteering in a museum or art gallery
  • – Has recently completed a degree in art history, history, gallery management or similar
  • – Has a strong attention to detail
  • – Is an excellent team worker
  • – Has experience conducting academic research
  • – Is highly motivated and organized
  • – Is highly competent in writing and editing.

Interested applicants should submit a resume and covering letter by 5:00pm on November 13, 2020.

Contract length: 18 weeks

Application deadline: 2020-11-13

Job Types: Full-time, Contract

Salary: $16.00 per hour

Benefits:

  • – On-site parking

Schedule:

  • – Monday to Friday
  • – Weekends

Experience:

  • – museum or art gallery: 1 year (Required)

Education:

  • – Bachelor’s Degree (Preferred)

Work remotely:

  • – No

Interested applicants should submit a resume and covering letter to director@homerwatson.on.ca by November 22, 2020

Historic Collections Assistant

Homer Watson House & Gallery
Kitchener, ON
$15 an hour –  Full-time, Contract
 

Homer Watson House & Gallery is currently seeking a candidate to fill the role of Historic Collections Assistant. This position is funded by Young Canada Works and all applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible:

  • – Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada
  • – Legally entitled to work in Canada
  • – Between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;
  • – Willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment;
  • – Will not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week) during the Young Canada Works (YCW) work assignment;
  • – have been a full-time high school, college, CEGEP or university student (as defined by their educational institution) in the semester preceding the YCW work assignment; and
  • – intend to return to full-time studies in the semester following the YCW work assignment.

Homer Watson House & Gallery

Mission
The mission of Homer Watson House & Gallery is to preserve and celebrate the legacy of Homer Watson’s creative spirit by stimulating the appreciation, enjoyment and practice of the visual arts.

Mandate
The Homer Watson House & Gallery will fulfill its mission by engaging in a four-part program of:

  • – Preservation and Collection of Homer Watson’s art, his home studio and gallery and the heritage of his life, his times and that of the Doon School of Fine Arts.
  • – Exhibition of the broad spectrum of Watson’s art and regular shows of contemporary local and regional artists.
  • – Education through instructional programs in the visual arts for the general public and curriculum-based school programming.
  • – Enrichment through special programs, events and activities.

The Role:

  • – Updating information on our collections management digital database
  • – Completing condition checks and reports on historic collections including paintings and works on paper
  • – Inventory marking historic collection items
  • – Photographing collections
  • – Assisting with the implementation of improved storage for historic collections

The Ideal candidate:

  • – Will have experience working or volunteering in a museum or art gallery
  • – Is familiar with Past Perfect collections management database or similar
  • – Is currently studying or has recently completed a degree in museums studies, heritage management, museum conservation or similar
  • – Has a strong attention to detail
  • – Is an excellent team worker
  • – Is highly motivated and organized
  • – Experience working with photographic material would be an asset

Interested applicants should submit a resume and covering letter by 5:00pm on November 9, 2020. Interviews will take place on 12 November, 2020.

Contract length: 15 weeks

Application deadline: 2020-11-09

Expected start date: 2020-11-16

Job Types: Full-time, Contract

Salary: $15.00 per hour

Benefits:

  • – Casual dress
  • – On-site parking

Schedule:

  • – Monday to Friday

COVID-19 considerations:
This role is not visitor facing, shared spaces are regularly sanitized.

Experience:

  • – heritage or art gallery: 1 year (Preferred)

Education:

  • – Secondary School (Required)

Work remotely:

  • – No

Interested applicants should submit a resume and covering letter to director@homerwatson.on.ca by November 22, 2020

Looking to volunteer?

Our current volunteer opportunities are displayed below. We thank all applicants and encourage you to apply for positions that best suit your interests and experience. Unfortunately we cannot accept volunteers under the age of 16 at this time but we truly appreciate your interest.

Other ways to help:

Reception Desk

Gardening Assistant

Click here to fill out our Volunteer Form and let us know how you would like to help out.

Board of Directors

Board of Directors - Treasurer

HWHG is seeking a skilled and knowledgeable financial specialist to join our volunteer Board, to continue advancing the great work of our amazing Staff and Board. As the Treasurer, you will be responsible for making sure that the financial statements, interim statements, budgets, etc., make sense. You will work closely with HWHG’s Director/Curator in order to understand the financial state of affairs and be able to interpret them to the Board.

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Board of Directors - Legal Specialist

The Homer Watson House and Gallery Foundation Board is seeking a skilled and knowledgeable legal specialist to join our volunteer Board, to continue advancing the great work of our amazing Staff and Board. As the Legal Specialist, you will provide a legal perspective on our affairs, recommending representation when necessary. You will work closely with HWHG’s Director/Curator to provide legal expertise on our operations, ranging from business issues to artists’ contracts. You will understand the legal state of our operations in order to interpret it to the Board.

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