Employment

Seeking Curator of Collections: Apply by February 2

The Department of Art History, Visual Art, and Theory (AHVA) at the University of British Columbia invites applications for the Management and Professional (AAPS) Curator of Collections role with an anticipated start date in Winter 2021. This position is full time and offers a $75,048 minimum annual salary plus benefits.

 

JOB SUMMARY

The Curator is responsible for the management and development of the Visual Resources Centre (VRC) in the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory (AHVA) at the University of British Columbia (UBC).  The VRC is a vital teaching and research facility supporting primarily the programs of Art History/Visual Art (AHVA), Critical and Curatorial Studies (CCST), and Film Studies (FIST).  The total holdings of 550,000+ visual materials consist of 35mm photographic slides, videos, laserdiscs, films, DVDs, Blu-rays, and an extensible database of 65,000+ digital records of images/data, covering all areas of visual culture indicative of the teaching needs and research interests of faculty and students.

Duties include ongoing support and oversight of the teaching programs, digital conversion programs, metadata consultation, design, and development services to facilitate the use of digital and analogue information; formulating and implementing policies and procedures for access, retrieval description, preservation, and management of objects in digital collection systems; providing specialized reference and research services to faculty and students; assessing the Department’s visual information needs and the provision of digital data in accordance with the UBC copyright guidelines; hiring and training of staff and student assistants; liaising in collaborative projects within the Department and other units; participating in staff recruitment; developing and monitoring unit budget; writing annual reports and grant proposals; and overseeing facility needs and utilization.

ORGANIZATIONAL STATUS

Reporting to the administrator and head, the curator of collections works closely with art history faculty and graduate students, and the Faculty of Arts Instructional Support and Information Technology unit. The incumbent interacts and communicates with all members of the unit, faculty and staff from other units, department suppliers, and members of the general public. Acts as VRC/Departmental liaison in collaborative projects and planning with other units on campus and affiliated institutions.

QUALIFICATIONS

Master’s degree in Library/Information/Archival Science. Minimum of seven years of related experience, or the equivalent combination of education and experience.

Candidate must have demonstrated experience with an excellent knowledge of:

  • History of art and architecture, visual imagery and cultural representations as a whole.
  • All aspects of digital imaging, analogue/digital photography, and management/preservation of digital assets.
  • Collegiality, communication and analytic skills, including the ability to work well and to lead within a team environment, to interact with faculty, students, staff and diverse groups of other personnel in a diplomatic and professional manner.
  • PC and Mac computers, Adobe CS, MS Office, production and management of large numbers of digital images; operate and maintain digital capture devices. Familiarity with Canvas and / or other online learning platforms.
  • All aspects of technical, administrative, and descriptive image metadata, digital asset management and tracking systems; community-based best practices for digital photography and capture, and colour management and profiling.
  • Understanding of metadata and taxonomy constructs as related to controlled vocabularies within a digital asset management system and data content management principles.
  • Training and supervising staff in the use of cataloguing and metadata tools.
  • Bibliographic control issues and information management of a variety of metadata standards such as MARC, AACR2, VRA Core, Dublin Core, AAT, CCO, CDWA, AAT, ULAN, TGN, LC, etc.
  • Digital collection management, electronic resource management, and metadata standards and formats.
  • Planning, analyzing, and solving problems creatively, flexibly, and resourcefully; organizational skills in handling complex analytical and detailed work with accuracy and precision.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a multi-faceted and fast paced context; proactively assisting and advising colleagues with numerous varied research queries for visual images.
  • Professional development activities, including research and participation in professional organizations.
  • Audio, video, and other multimedia file formats and web applications.
  • Analogue formats such as 35mm slides, transparencies, prints, photographs, etc.
  • Prior professional experience in an academic or special library.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Please refer to the full posting and apply online at https://hr.ubc.ca/careers-and-job-postings under STAFF JOB JR857 or https://ubc.wd10.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/ubcstaffjobs/job/UBC-Vancouver-Campus/Curator-of-Collections_JR857 Applications close at 11:59 pm on February 2, 2021. Inquiries to Andrea Tuele, Administrator, andrea.tuele@ubc.ca.

 


Seeking Audain Chair in Historical Indigenous Arts (tenure-stream)

 

We invite applications for a tenure-stream appointment at the rank of Associate or Full Professor in the field of historical and traditional Indigenous arts and cultural practices. The anticipated start date of employment is as early as July 1, 2021.

The incumbent of the Audain Chair in Historical Indigenous Arts will be at the forefront of current scholarship that is redefining Indigenous art and rewriting academic and popular narratives of Indigenous cultures. The successful candidate will be an active scholar, immersed in the most advanced aesthetic, theoretical and methodological concerns of historical Indigenous works. The incumbent will have access to annual funds to support their research.

Applicants must have a PhD in art history or a related discipline. They are expected to provide strong evidence of active and excellent research, and to demonstrate a record of high-quality teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The successful candidate will teach a one-two course load related to the history of Indigenous arts and will be expected to maintain an active program of research, publication, graduate supervision and service. They will liaise with local and international Indigenous and art communities and hold a public lecture or gathering triennially.

As one of the largest and most distinguished universities in Canada—located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Musqueam people—UBC has excellent resources for scholarly research. The Art History program offers BA, MA, and PhD degrees as well as a diploma, and partners with departmental programs in Visual Art and in Critical and Curatorial Studies, and in the Bachelor of Media Studies program. For more information, visit: www.ahva.ubc.ca. The department maintains close ties with the world-renowned Museum of Anthropology (MOA). MOA’s extensive collection of Northwest Coast art ranks among the world’s finest and includes rare historical works. The Chair would also have access to the research, exhibitions and acquisitions at the Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery, which promotes understanding and discussion of contemporary art and contemporary issues in Indigenous art history, criticism and curating.

This position presents the opportunity to engage with an interdisciplinary group of scholars within the larger academic community, including the First Nations and Indigenous Studies program, the First Nations House of Learning, Xwi7xwa Library, the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre, the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies, the Peter A. Allard School of Law and the Indigenous Legal Studies Program; and the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice.

Applicants must submit their application at https://ahva.air.arts.ubc.ca/?p=716 and upload the following in the order listed within a single PDF (max size 15MB):

  • letter of application
  • detailed curriculum vitae
  • statement of research program for the next three to five years
  • statement of teaching philosophy
  • evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g. teaching evaluations and/or course syllabi)
  • published writing sample
  • statement of experience working with a diverse student body and contributions or potential contributions to creating/advancing a culture of equity and inclusion
  • name, title and affiliation, and contact information of three references

Please note we do not require letters of reference for your initial application. However, your listed references should be willing to provide a confidential letter of reference at a later date should your candidacy progress.

Review of applications will begin on November 16, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. Applications received by that date are assured of full review.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. This position is subject to final budgetary approval.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the BC Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.


Seeking Assistant Professor in Visual Art, Print Media (tenure-track)

We invite applications for a tenure-track appointment in visual art at the rank of Assistant Professor. The anticipated start date of employment is as early as July 1, 2021.

The department seeks an individual who pursues studio practice in print media, at the intersection of traditional and experimental print, historical photo contact, and digital processes, against a strong background of contemporary, art-historical and theoretical concerns.

We are particularly interested in individuals with an intensive traditional and expanded approaches in material, skills-based fields. The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an active program of research, exhibition, graduate supervision, undergraduate- and graduate-level teaching and service. A demonstrated record of or potential for innovative pedagogical approaches is considered an asset.

Applicants must possess the following minimum qualifications:

  • ability to teach at least two printmaking/print media areas, such as intaglio, relief, screen printing, lithography, letter press, bookbinding, artist books, and non-silver/historical photo processes
  • interest in interdisciplinarity and the expanded field of contemporary print
  • an MFA degree is preferred; however, in exceptional cases, the equivalent combination of education and professional practice may be considered
  • an active national and international exhibition record or alternatively, a significant contribution to an emerging field of practice
  • a serious engagement with contemporary art practice, theory and critical discourse
  • post-secondary teaching experience or evidence of potential for teaching excellence, and the capacity to teach at all levels from foundation courses to graduate-level seminar and studio courses
  • ability to teach and to lead discussions on contemporary art and critical theory with students across all levels

The University of British Columbia, one of the largest and most distinguished universities in Canada, has excellent resources for scholarly research and artistic practice. It is home to the Print Media Research Centre, purpose built in 2013. Our visual art faculty members have wide-ranging theoretical concerns in both conceptual and traditional practice. The visual art program partners with strong art history and curatorial studies programs to provide unique studio programs for its students, who may pursue a BFA, a BA major or minor in visual art, or an MFA in visual art. We are a participant in the Bachelor of Media Studies program. The department is associated with a leading contemporary art gallery, the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, and the internationally recognized Museum of Anthropology. We also have a relationship with the Centre for Digital Media.

Applicants must submit their application at https://ahva.air.arts.ubc.ca/?p=678 and upload the following in the order listed within a single PDF (max size 15MB):

  • letter of application
  • detailed curriculum vitae (that includes a listing of relevant publications and exhibitions, including authored works and reviews)
  • statement of artistic and research practices
  • statement of teaching philosophy
  • evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g. teaching evaluations and/or course syllabi)
  • statement of experience working with a diverse student body and contributions or potential contributions to creating/advancing a culture of equity and inclusion
  • URL to (and/or a PDF of) visual documentation of current work
  • name, title and affiliation, and contact information of three references

Please note we do not require letters of reference for your initial application. However, your listed references should be willing to provide a letter of reference at a later date should your candidacy progress.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. This position is subject to final budgetary approval.

Review of applications will begin on October 19, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the BC Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.


Seeking Director/Curator, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery

The Faculty of Arts at The University of British Columbia (UBC) – Vancouver campus invites applications for the position of Director/Curator, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2021. The successful candidate will hold an academic appointment concurrent with the directorship; the latter appointment is expected to be for an initial five-year term, with the possibility of reappointment upon successful review. The successful candidate must be appointable to a tenure-stream professorial position, demonstrate experience and ability to teach and supervise students, and possess leadership and administrative skills.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE DIRECTOR/CURATOR

Reporting to the Dean of the Faculty of Arts, the Director/Curator of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery is responsible for the overall artistic vision and operations of the Gallery, including exhibitions, collections, acquisitions, programs and direction and management of the Gallery’s professional staff. The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an active program of research and scholarly activity and curatorial practice, to teach and supervise graduate students in the Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory (AHVA), including course offerings in the Critical and Curatorial Studies Program (CCST) and leading the CCST Practicum. The Director/Curator is responsible for overseeing the long-term vision for the Gallery, including developing and carrying out the Gallery’s strategic plan for programming, staffing and facility needs, and expansion. The Director/Curator oversees the Gallery’s fiscal responsibilities to the University and external funders, including approving the Gallery’s annual budget plans, approving research and project grants, authorizing expenditures, and ensuring operations and programming initiatives are undertaken within available resources and in accordance with UBC and external agencies’ policies and guidelines. The Director/Curator is also responsible for overseeing fund development and fundraising for the Gallery’s operations, acquisitions, programming, research, and special projects, and works closely with UBC Development on stewardship of the Gallery’s major donors. This position leads and works with the Gallery’s curatorial team in developing a program of contemporary art exhibitions and programming, oversees the development of the University art collection, the Belkin Archives, and the outdoor art collection by researching and recommending acquisitions (purchases and donations) and deaccessions; and approving outgoing loans.

 

 

REQUIREMENTS

The successful candidate is expected to have a strong record in scholarly and curatorial practices in contemporary art, experience in museum and collections management and working in a gallery/museum environment, a commitment to and proven ability in fundraising, liaising with different levels of government, and grant writing, critical writing skills, and demonstrated leadership and administrative skills and experience including effectiveness in leading, managing and working with a team of professional staff. In addition, the successful candidate will have an excellent record of high quality undergraduate and graduate teaching, and graduate supervision. The successful candidate will be able to articulate a defined curatorial vision for the future and an appreciation of the values and strengths the Gallery carries forward. They will be expected to demonstrate the ability to lead an organization through change and develop a forward-thinking strategic plan for addressing growth; develop and strengthen relationships across the University and with external constituents in a highly interdisciplinary and collaborative environment; take a proactive role in fundraising by cultivating and soliciting new funding sources; cultivate relationships with individual donors, foundations, corporations, and government funding agencies; and foster a collaborative, respectful, and inclusive environment for students, staff, faculty, and community partners.

 

Applicants with a PhD degree or appropriate terminal degree are preferred, but a combination of education and appropriate curatorial and publishing experience would be considered. We seek applicants with an excellent record of research publications, creative works, and/or professional contributions and scholarly activity that meet the criteria for appointment to a tenure-stream professorial position as either Assistant Professor or Associate Professor, with the rank of appointment commensurate with qualifications and experience, who have attained wide recognition in their field(s). The field of specialization within contemporary art is open; however, the successful candidate will have excellent knowledge and understanding of contemporary visual art practices and critical theory; the ideal candidate would also have an understanding of the Gallery’s collection and the ability to put the local conversation around art in Vancouver/Canada in an international dialogue.

 

HOW TO APPLY

Apply online by October 15, 2020 at: https://ardo.air.arts.ubc.ca/?p=4844.  Enquiries may be directed to Associate Dean Gillian Creese, via email (arts.headships@ubc.ca) with “BELKIN director search 2020” in the subject line. Review of applications will begin in October 2020 and will continue until the position is filled. The position is subject to final budgetary approval. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

 

Applicants must provide the following items: curriculum vitae; letter of application; statements (max. 1 page each) summarizing their (a) research/creative program, (b) vision for contemporary art exhibition and programming in a research-intensive University, (c) experience in and approach to administrative and leadership roles, (d) teaching philosophy/practice, and (e) experience working with a diverse student body and contributions or potential contributions to creating/advancing a culture of equity and inclusion. Applicants must also provide a curatorial portfolio; one published writing sample (maximum 10,000 words); and evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., student evaluations of teaching, peer reviews of teaching, and/or sample syllabi). Applicants are also asked to provide names and contact information for at least four referees who may be approached at a later date to provide confidential and objective assessment of the applicant’s suitability for the Belkin directorship position and a professorial appointment.

 

COMMITMENT TO EQUITY AND DIVERSITY

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

 

THE UNIVERSITY

The University of British Columbia (UBC) is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world. UBC-Vancouver’s Point Grey Campus is located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the Musqueam people, with whom UBC shares a framework Memorandum of Affiliation. For information relating to Aboriginal initiatives that are available at UBC, visit the UBC Vancouver Aboriginal portal at: http://aboriginal.ubc.ca/.

 

ABOUT THE GALLERY

The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery at UBC has an international reputation for its innovative work in the field of contemporary art. The Gallery promotes understanding and discussion of contemporary art and contemporary issues in art history, criticism and curating, with a focus on our region in an international context. Through research, acquisitions, exhibitions, publications, loans, travelling exhibitions, commissions, special projects, education and outreach programs, the Gallery participates in the national and international community of institutions concerned with contemporary art. Founded as the UBC Fine Arts Gallery in 1948, the Belkin’s history has a deep interconnection with the development of contemporary art practice in Vancouver. As a collecting institution, the Belkin is designated as a Category A institution, and houses the University Art Collection of over 5,000 objects—one of the largest public collections of art in British Columbia—and a substantial archive. Operating as a unit of the Faculty of Arts, the Gallery is closely tied to the Department of Art History, Visual and Theory and participates in the training of student curators in the Critical and Curatorial Studies Program. The Gallery plays a key role in an ambitious outdoor art plan for the Vancouver campus.

 

 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery https://belkin.ubc.ca/

Belkin Permanent Collection, Outdoor Art Collection, Archives https://belkin.ubc.ca/collections/

Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory (AHVA) https://ahva.ubc.ca/

Critical and Curatorial Studies Program (CCST) https://ahva.ubc.ca/graduate/ma-in-ccst-program/