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Oxygen Art Centre is currently looking for a Gallery Assistant to add to our dynamic team this Summer 2021.
Deadline to apply: Friday, May 21, 2021, 5:00 PM 
Application requirements: Cover Letter + Resume, stating Canada Summer Jobs eligibility via e-mail

Gallery Assistant Job Description:

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Gallery Assistant engages in all aspects of Oxygen Art Centre’s programs. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Gallery Assistant will conduct the following tasks and responsibilities at a distance, utilizing online platforms such as Gmail, Google Drive, Zoom, and Hootsuite, as well as digital platforms such as Word, Excel, and Adobe Creative Suite.
This position is funded by Canada Summer Jobs. Additional administration through the CSJ Federal Government portal will be required at the beginning and end of employment contract.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

Oxygen’s Gallery Assistant will assist in everyday arts administrative tasks, as well as assisting with Virtual Exhibition and Education Programs.
Exhibition Program
The Gallery Assistant will assist the Executive Director to promote and document exhibition programming taking place during their contract, as well as assist in the creation of a publication for an exhibition and an artist monograph. They will also assist the Executive Director in facilitating adjunct programming, research, and publication preparation for forthcoming exhibitions.
Education Program
The Gallery Assistant will assist the Executive Director and Education Coordinator in facilitating online arts education programming via social media and Zoom platforms, as well as assist in preparing education programs for Fall 2021.
The Gallery Assistant will also be responsible for assisting with day-to-day operations of the Centre and its programs, including membership updates and outreach. The Gallery Assistant will be responsible for assisting in residency preparation, exhibition publication, and virtual artist talks and/or events taking place during their contract. Gallery Assistant will also engage with Oxygen’s Education program by assisting in the registration and outreach of online arts education programs, as well as assisting instructors in delivering programming. They will also be invited to attend monthly Board of Directors meetings via Zoom.
The Gallery Assistant will be responsible for maintaining Oxygen’s online presence via HootSuite including Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Communications will involve developing the membership drive, notifying the public about programs and events, and creating and posting content related to contemporary art and education programming. They will also be responsible for maintaining the CRM (Little Green Light) and Mailchimp databases.
Individual research project to take place over the duration of contracted employment. The Gallery Assistant will develop a research project related to one facet of Oxygen Art Centre’s structure (e.g. Exhibitions and Residency, Education, Communication, Volunteers, Membership, Archives, Publications, etc.). The topic can relate to the employee’s interests, academic pursuits, and/or future aspirations in the arts, and will be developed in conversation with Executive Director at the beginning of employment. They will create a final report summarizing their research findings.
This position will be multi-faceted and offer experience throughout all aspects of Oxygen Art Centre under the supervision of the Executive Director and assistance of the Education Coordinator.
Due to the pandemic some aspects of the position have been altered to ensure a safe working environment for the employee. It is possible that on site programs have been cancelled or postponed during employment. The Gallery Assistant will be responsible for working from home, tracking hours and work plans, maintaining Google Doc files and documentation, online and phone meetings with supervisors, and facilitating digital administration from a far. Necessary alterations will be made to the employee’s work plan should pandemic restrictions alter during the employee’s contract.

Nature and Scope of Position:

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Gallery Assistant engages the public in discussions about Oxygen Art Centre’s exhibitions and programs, assists in exhibition and residency coordination, and assists in administration of the education program.


The ideal candidate:

  • – Is enrolled in a post-secondary program in Art History, Art Education, Visual and/or Media Arts, Museum Studies or a related discipline;
  • – Demonstrates a keen interest in contemporary art and/or museum practices;
  • – Is comfortable interacting with members of the public;
  • – Is responsible, hard-working, enthusiastic, and dynamic;
  • – Has a proven ability to communicate effectively.

The Summer Gallery Assistant position is dependent on funding from Canada Summer Jobs program. Candidates for the position must:

  • – Be legally entitled to work in Canada;
  • – Be a Canadian citizen nor a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada (unfortunately, non-Canadian students holding temporary work visas or awaiting permanent status are not eligible);
  • – Be between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;
  • – Intend to return to full-time studies in the fall of 2021.

*Funding currently pending. The listing and candidates will be updated regarding our funding status.

Employment Details:

9 week contract
30 hours/week
Position duration: TBD (Summer 2021)
*Employment details subject to change in relation to funding

Application deadline: 21 May 2021, by 5:00 PM

Please submit cover letter and resume to info@oxygenartcentre.org with the subject line: “ATTN: Summer Gallery Assistant Application”
Oxygen Art Centre is an equal opportunity employer. We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
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