Seeking Curator of Collections

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 January 2023. This position is full time and offers a $76,542 minimum annual salary plus benefits.


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 (ARTH), Visual Art (VISA), 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 corresponding to 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.


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 (Arts ISIT) 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.


Master’s degree in a relevant discipline. Minimum of six years of related experience, or the equivalent combination of education and experience.

Preferred Qualifications
Master’s degree in Library/Information/Archival Science. 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, and photographs.
  • 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 under STAFF JOB JR10358 or Applications close at 11:59 pm on November 16, 2022. Inquiries to Andrea Tuele, administrator,