job posting: Executive Director @ Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery

 

Additional Information
Position Description

2017 Annual Report

2018-2021 Strategic Plan Executive Summary

Application Deadline: February 28, 2018

Start Date: August 1, 2018

 

POSITION DESCRIPTION

The Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery seeks a dynamic, inspiring Executive Director to lead this contemporary ceramic and glass gallery as it grows and develops new audiences with greater outreach into the community, and onto the national and the international stage. The Executive Director will work to fulfil the Gallery’s artistic vision, tell its story, advocate publicly for the Gallery and lead development efforts to support the expansion of its programs and to ensure the Gallery’s financial stability.

The Executive Director is responsible for leading and mentoring a dedicated team of staff professionals, and for building strong collaborative relationships with other galleries and community partners, locally and in a wider context. The Executive Director will effectively manage the operation of the Gallery, adhere to Board policy and carry out its strategic vision. The Executive Director will report to a committed and engaged Board of Directors.

ABOUT THE GALLERY

With an emphasis on Canadian artists, the Gallery brings exhibitions to the public that are grounded in craft processes, engaged in contemporary experimentation and meaningful to diverse audiences. By exhibiting and collecting contemporary works in ceramics and glass, the Gallery inspires dialogue, critical discourse and new ways of thinking. The Gallery is committed to supporting artists at all stages of their career, from emerging to established, and actively seeks to feature artists from diverse cultural backgrounds. The Gallery’s media specificity is its distinguishing characteristic and greatest strength. Through exhibitions that address issues relevant to our times and intriguing public programs that engage, educate and inspire, we are accessible to all. The Gallery Shop, a fine-craft gallery in its own right, is an integral part of the Gallery, featuring exclusively Canadian artists from across the country. Having adopted a national mandate in the early stages of its organizational development, the Gallery continues to develop its reputation as a national centre of research, scholarship and artistic excellence.

GALLERY BACKGROUND

The Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery opened in 1993 in a purpose-built, award-winning building designed to showcase contemporary Canadian ceramic and glass art. Now in its 25th year, it has recently undergone a $1.3 million renovation to bring the Gallery to a new standard of excellence. The Gallery is supported by the City of Waterloo, the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts, along with corporate, foundation and individual funders.

LOCATED IN WATERLOO REGION

The Gallery is located in Waterloo Region, an area of entrepreneurship, collaboration, fresh ideas, innovation, world-class technology, arts activity, economic initiatives and educational excellence on a world-class scale. Waterloo is one of the fastest-growing regions in Canada.

KEY FUNCTIONS

The successful Executive Director will raise the profile of the Gallery locally, nationally and internationally; lead its artistic vision; implement its recently completed Strategic Plan; lead its next level development and fund-raising; lead connections with other galleries; lead the Gallery to more diverse audiences; communicate the Gallery mandate; advocate for the Gallery; incorporate a digital strategy into the Gallery’s offering; and manage all administrative and functional assets of the Gallery.

REQUIREMENTS

  • 5-10 years experience as a senior manager in an visual arts institution
  • advanced degree in arts/arts administration or equivalent education or experience
  • in-depth knowledge of contemporary Canadian and international art
  • in-depth knowledge of best practices for Gallery management
  • strong leadership and mentorship skills and the ability to lead a team
  • the ability to forge innovative collaborations with other galleries and community partners
  • creativity and ability to develop programming to reach a wider, more diverse audience and engage with them in a meaningful way
  • demonstrated experience in securing major gifts and stewarding donor relationships
  • an optimistic problem-solver

Interested applicants are invited to submit, in confidence, a letter of application, and a detailed résumé outlining their qualifications for this position, along with names, titles, and contact information for their three professional references.

Canadians, permanent residents, and/or foreign nationals with a valid work permit will be given priority consideration. The Gallery is committed to employment equity and diversity and encourages applications from culturally diverse persons, Indigenous persons, Deaf persons and persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.

Applications should be submitted electronically in a single PDF file to the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery Executive Director Search Committee at: cgdirectorsearch@gmail.com

We would like to thank all applicants for their interest in this position but regret that we are only able to personally contact those individuals whose backgrounds best match the requirements of the position.

www.theclayandglass.ca/about-the-gallery/jobs/

job posting: ACAD Visiting Faculty, Ceramics

The School of Craft + Emerging Media at ACAD welcomes applications for the following limited term faculty appointment commencing end of August 2018 until April 30, 2019: Visiting Faculty, Ceramics

The Alberta College of Art + Design (ACAD), founded in 1926, is one of Canada’s most distinguished training grounds in art, craft, and design.  ACAD offers a broad and dynamic spectrum of study at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Its 14 academic departments offer courses in diverse disciplines including art history, theory, and criticism; ceramics; fibre; glass; jewellery and metals; painting and drawing; performance; photography; printmaking; sculpture; sound; media arts; graphic design; advertising; character design and illustration. In addition to studio-based education and training, a strong program in liberal studies emphasizes the critical role that the humanities and social sciences can play in students’ development.

Innovation and renewal in our curriculum is an ongoing process that responds to cultural and technological shifts in arts, crafts and design practice on students’ curricular needs. Our faculty comprises renowned professionals who are first-class instructors as well as active practitioners. As leaders in their fields, they are committed to building a diverse, stimulating environment for the exchange of ideas and the acquisition of technical skills and crafts.

ACAD is located in Calgary, Alberta in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Calgary is a cosmopolitan urban centre, with a diverse population of over 1.2 million people. This vibrant city has outstanding post-secondary and cultural institutions as well many varied recreational opportunities.

About the School of Craft + Emerging Media, Ceramics Program

ACAD’s Ceramics faculty is a diverse, engaged group of notable teachers and practitioners connected to the field at home and abroad. Each year, a new visiting artist complements the energy and expertise of ceramics faculty, teaching and working alongside students in the studio. The visiting artist contributes a fresh and diverse perspective, enhancing the learning experience and serving as a catalyst for critical dialogue within the college.

In the Ceramics program students explore the role of function, sculptural approaches, emerging technologies, historical precedents, and contemporary practice within a comprehensive, studio-based and theoretical program of study.

>>Click here to find out more about SCEM, Ceramics Program

The Opportunity

(Competition # 1718-JA-FT-20)

To complement existing instructional resources, this position will instruct four (4) 4.5 hour-long studio courses at all levels of the undergraduate BFA in Ceramics program. Salary will be commensurate with experience and education. In addition, the successful candidate will be provided with two (2) course releases towards research and studio practice. They will be required to report and present on research activities as well as mount an exhibition of their studio practice and research at the College while in residence at the College.

The successful candidate will be capable of teaching all forms of Ceramic practice through core courses and studio supervision, including vessel, sculptural, figurative, installation and performance.  The candidate will possess an active studio practice that will contribute to the breadth of the program and demonstrate a critical and creative engagement with contemporary discourse on Craft and Ceramics.  In combination with a collaborative spirit and professional commitment to the field, experience in academic service, curricular innovation, and Ceramics studio management will be considered an asset.

Responsibilities include:

  • Teaching four (4) x 4.5 hour long studio courses at all levels of ACAD’s Ceramics program
  • Maintaining a research/studio practice, and contributing to research and scholarship in the field of contemporary Craft, specifically Ceramics
  • Creating and exhibiting a new body of work
  • Reporting and presenting on research activities in the form of artist talks and/or workshops
  • Demonstrating a commitment to pedagogical and academic excellence
  • Participating in academic service, curricular program development, and the management of the Ceramics studio environment (as appropriate)
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The successful candidate will have:

  • An MFA or an equivalent degree or combination of education and professional experience in Ceramics
  • Previous post-secondary teaching experience
  • A professional exhibition record as a Ceramist
  • Excellent technical skills, and a wide knowledge of all aspects of the discipline, with a particular regard for international practice in Ceramics
  • Be community-oriented; comfortable interacting with students, faculty, artists, and the public; and able to balance between research, practice, and pedagogy

Preference will be given to applicants with a strong studio practice in experimental or sculptural ceramics.

Full details and application process can be found here.

job posting: Editorial Assistant for the Journal of Australian Ceramics

The Australian Ceramics Association Board regrets to announce the resignation of Claire Atkins as Editor (Content) of The Journal of Australian Ceramics. We are grateful for her contribution to the magazine this year and for the changes that have been implemented. We thank Claire for the hard work, enthusiasm and creativity she has put into the role, and wish her all the best in her career, both in ceramics and as a writer and editor.

Position Vacant: Editorial Assistant
The Journal of Australian Ceramics

Applications close 5pm, Monday 18 December 2017.

OVERVIEW

  • The Editorial Assistant (EA) reports to the Editor.
  • The EA will support the Editor to administer and plan The Journal of Australian Ceramics.
  • The EA will need to prioritise deadlines so magazine copy is always accurate, original and relevant.
  • The EA needs be able to deliver exceptional and informative content to meet audience preferences.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Collaborate with the Editor to research and plan new articles
  • Commission articles
  • Liaise with artists, authors and photographers to ensure deadlines are met and changes to content are approved
  • Write and edit articles
  • Proofread and check articles for accuracy
  • Choose supporting material – images and illustrations
  • Work closely with the Editor and graphic designer on layout of articles and pages
  • Follow current events and developments and suggest original ideas
  • Use social media to draw attention to articles
  • Provide administrative support to the Editor

REQUIREMENTS

  • Understanding of ceramics from an aesthetic and technical point of view
  • Relevant previous employment  and/or employment experience
  • Excellent computer skills – word processing (Microsoft Office) and image processing
  • Understanding of deadlines and the ability to work to an inflexible deadline
  • High level writing skills and a good command of the English language
  • High level attention to detail
  • Ability to work in a team and with a management board
  • Ability to work unsupervised and to initiate ideas
  • Ability to prioritise and multi-task
  • Familiarity with social media platforms
  • Ability to work flexible hours over any 4 month cycle (per Journal publication). Weekly hours could range from 0 hours to 40 hours depending on the time in the cycle of production and publication.
  • Ability to work in Sydney

DESIRABLE SKILLS

  • Tertiary arts training, high level interest in contemporary Australian ceramics, specifically, and the arts in general

REMUNERATION

  • The position is offered on a contract basis; approx. $6000 per issue (3 issues per year); 4-month probation period; 12-month contract

APPLICATIONS

  • To apply, please send an email to mail@australianceramics.com, ATT: EDITORIAL ASSISTANT POSITION, outlining how you meet the requirements of this position, along with a 1-page CV/resume.

Applications close 5pm, Monday 18 December 2017.

If you require further information about the position, please contact me by email, mail@australianceramics.com, giving your name and best contact details.

Regards,

Vicki Grima
Executive Officer, The Australian Ceramics Association
Editor, The Journal of Australian Ceramics
E: mail@australianceramics.com
T: 1300 720 124; 0419 250 282

job posting: Educational Art Technician, Ceramics

Do you believe in the power of ideas, possibility, and in building community? ACAD is looking for an innovative Educational Art Technician, Ceramics who is excited to contribute to a creative learning environment and provide support to our faculty and guidance to our students in Ceramics.

This position normally has an annual recurring start of late August to end of May and regular hours of work are 35 hours per week.

Why ACAD?

A leading centre of education and research since 1926, ACAD energizes art and design in Canada and internationally. We engage the world, create possibilities, and connect with brilliant minds in all corners of the globe. Above all, we are passionate about art and design and the people who create it. Calgary is our home base – a vibrant, cosmopolitan urban centre, a safe and friendly atmosphere, and outstanding potential for adventure in nearby mountain parks. We hope you will join us at ACAD (where creativity matters).

About the School of Craft + Emerging Media, Ceramics Program

In the Ceramics program students explore the role of function, sculptural approaches, emerging technologies, historical precedents, and contemporary practice within a comprehensive, studio-based and theoretical program of study.

>>Click here to find out more about SCEM, Ceramics Program

The Opportunity

(Competition #1718-SE-AP-06)

Reporting to the Manager, Academic Administration and accountable to the Chair of the School of Craft + Emerging Media and working with the Lead Educational Art Technician, the incumbent provides general supervision and oversight of the facility, equipment, processes and materials to ensure safe and effective instructional support during class time and ensures standard operating practices are followed to support student studio practice during general facility access hours.

Primary duties/responsibilities include:

  • Conducts demonstrations, training and orientation for faculty, students and staff on standard operating practices for the uses of equipment, processes and materials handling, including daily clean-up and equipment/materials storage
  • Advises students with respect to program-related technology, equipment, processes and materials to meet curricular objectives; provides guidance and support for the installation of student work
  • Works in consultation with the Health and Safety Officer and other Educational Art Technicians to maintain current and consistent documentation of hazard assessments and standard operating practices
  • Prepares and maintains program spaces including classrooms, studios, workshops and monitors facility users to ensure appropriate health and safety practices are followed
  • Maintains  materials and equipment inventory, performs preventative maintenance and repair as necessary

The successful candidate will have:

  • A Four (4) Year Diploma or Baccalaureate Degree in fine art with a relevant subject area specialization
  • A Minimum of three (3) to five (5) years’ experience as a practicing artist or technician, with knowledge of relevant studio practices and experience in training students
  • A Current Standard First Aid certification and Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS training). Proficiency with ceramic technologies, including 3D modelling, printing and decal printing is preferred
  • Demonstrated proficiency with electric and gas kin operation (reduction, oxidation and soda), hand building and wheel techniques, glaze technology, studio and equipment maintenance, clay reconditioning, slip casting and mold making
  • Demonstrated experience with wood and metal fabrication
  • Demonstrated experience with art installation and preparatory techniques
  • Excellent communication skills with ability to provide constructive support, guidance and mentorship to students, faculty and staff
  • Demonstrated ability to promote home studio etiquette, best practice and conflict management
  • Excellent organization and planning skills, meeting multiple deadlines and commitments
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Rhino and Adobe Creative Suite applications.
  • Comfortable and able to work safely at heights

Working Conditions

  • Works in a studio environment which includes contact with hazardous equipment and materials. Heavy lifting of up to 50lbs is required regularly. Personal protective equipment is required for operation of certain equipment and processes. Standing and/or sitting for lengthy periods. Occasionally works in an office environment.

As a member of the AUPE bargaining unit (Local 071/006), this regular recurring position falls under a classification 7 (seven). The starting annual salary is $59,244 – 63,468 dependent upon skills, education and experience, and is pro-rated based on actual hours worked.

Full details here.