The Power Plant
Application Deadline: January 28, 2022
The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery at Harbourfront Centre is Canada’s leading public gallery devoted exclusively to the art of our time and is recognized as an important centre for contemporary art in North America. Since 1987, The Power Plant has been on a mission to create an open culture and community for people to be face-to-face with thought-provoking contemporary art and ideas. We have a culturally diverse workforce and audience whose lives and communities we seek to enrich through encouraging exploration of self and society. More than a gallery, The Power Plant is a community hub that caters to adults, youth, and children through broad and unique programming. It is a window into a diverse range of ideas and perspectives that inspire unlimited personal discovery. To learn more about us, please visit www.thepowerplant.org.
We are currently looking for a creative, motivated and organized Power Kids & Outreach Coordinator to develop and implement all aspects of the Power Kids programs and Family Guides, as well as to devise and conduct outreach initiatives to increase group visits to the gallery.
Position Title: Power Kids and Outreach Coordinator
Reporting to: Head of Public Programs and Outreach
Direct reports: Power Kids Teaching Assistant, Expanding Access Teaching Artist
Type of Employment: Full-Time, 35 hours per week
Summary of Function
The Power Kids & Outreach Coordinator develops and implements all aspects of the Power Kids programs and Family Guides, and conducts outreach to increase group visits to The Power Plant. This role is responsible for developing three Family Guides annually, one for each exhibition season (Summer, Fall, Winter), and works with the Education & Public Programs and Communications & Marketing departments to devise strategies to increase group visits of K-12 students, postsecondary students, and community/organizational groups of all ages, abilities and backgrounds, with the goal of generating revenue. This position is instrumental in developing and coordinating on-site and off-site programs for the Expanding Access initiative, a Seed grant from the Grant Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF). This grant serves Camp Oochigeas, CAMH and March of Dimes. The Power Kids & Outreach Coordinator documents and evaluates each program, including the collection and compilation of photo-documentation, questionnaires, and testimonials from participants, and contributes to promotion, grant writing, reporting and grants and donor relations initiatives related to the programs, managing budgets, and working with graphic designers and other professionals (art educators, printers, etc.).
- Develop plans and timelines for each exhibition season (Summer, Fall, Winter) totaling 18 on-site Power Kids programs per year, plus additional on- and off-site programs.
- Glean information from colleagues in Exhibitions and collaborate with colleagues in Education & Public Programs to develop activities for participants to experiment with media, techniques, and ideas evident in works of art exhibited at The Power Plant.
- Acquire and maintain art materials/supplies inventory.
- Set-up and deliver programs to children and their families at The Power Plant, off-site at program partner locations, and online through Zoom.
- Ensure smooth delivery of programs, as well as photo-documentation and collecting questionnaires/testimonials from participants.
- Track all program expenses to maintain the budget for each program, program season, and year.
- Work with the Grants & Foundations Officer and Donor Programs Officer in order to develop funding initiatives related to the programs managed.
- Maintain communication between TPP, other Harbourfront Centre departments, and community partners.
- Work with colleagues, primarily from Education & Public Programs and Communications & Marketing, to devise strategies to increase group visits for people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds,
- Conduct outreach to staff at K-12 schools, postsecondary educational institutions, and community groups/organizations to build and maintain relationships.
- Expand reach within Toronto and the GTA with off-site, online, and on-site art-making programs, as possible.
- Coordinate with colleagues to ensure photo-documentation and collection of questionnaires/testimonials from group visit participants.
- Work toward achieving annual target revenues.
- Glean information from colleagues in the Exhibitions Department and collaborate with colleagues in Education & Public Programs to develop Family Guide content which is in direct relation to the media, techniques, and ideas evident in works of art exhibited at The Power Plant.
- Coordinate with in-house editors and external graphic designer and printers.
- Collaborate with Head of Public Programs and Outreach in supporting the Grants & Foundations Officer for grant reporting (to assure current stakeholders that program goals are being met) and grant writing (to secure additional/future funding).
Qualifications & Requirements
- Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts, Art History, Art Education, Museum Studies or related discipline.
- A minimum of 2 years administrative experience in an arts organization, preferably a non-profit.
- Experience in gallery or museum educational programming and understanding of contemporary visual arts.
- Ability to organize and plan multiple and simultaneous activities, and perform under pressure and to various deadlines.
- Strong interpersonal relations, including effective verbal communication and effective written communication skills.
- Creative experience in developing and delivering original, thought-provoking hands-on activities for children and adults alike.
- Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
- Proven ability to lead, supervise, and evaluate staff, volunteers, and interns.
- Ability to maintain confidential information.
- Technical aptitude with computers and other office equipment/systems.
- Standard First Aid and CPR Training (renew as needed).
- Vulnerable Sector Screening from local law enforcement (renew as needed).
- Master’s Degree in Fine Arts, Art History, Art Education, Museum Studies or related discipline is considered an asset.
- 5+ years administrative experience in an arts organization, preferably a non-profit is considered an ideal asset.
- Knowledge of language(s) other than English.
- Must be legally eligible to work in Canada. All international applicants must have a valid employment Visa authorizing their ability to work in Canada on a full-time, ongoing basis.
- This role is based in Toronto. The Power Plant is following and complying with all local and provincial protocols associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. While we are currently accommodating employees on a work from home arrangement, the candidate must be able to work on site at our lakeside gallery as needed, and when a return-to-work directive is communicated.
- The Power Plant recognizes its heightened duty to protect employees from health and safety risks during the current pandemic. As such, an offer of employment shall be conditional on proof of full COVID-19 vaccination with a vaccine series approved by Health Canada or the World Health Organization.
We’re friendly, welcoming and inclusive, with an experimental attitude that thrives on collaboration.
To achieve our bold ambition we empower and support imaginative risk and we always try to learn from our mistakes.
We are committed to excellence in all we do, ensuring every visitor encounter is safe, memorable and enriching.
We value and respect each other and all our visitors, celebrating difference and striving to realise potential.
The Power Plant is committed to diversity an inclusiveness. We encourage qualified applicants from all backgrounds to apply. Acceptable applications must include a current resume and a cover letter indicating why you wish to join the team, how you meet the essential criteria for this role, and your salary expectation.
Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply by contacting email@example.com by no later than January 28, 2022. Please quote Power Kids & Outreach Coordinator in the subject line of your application.
We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those being considered for an interview will be contacted. Suitable accommodations will be available upon request during the hiring process.