Seeking Curatorial Assistant: Apply by January 21

The Department of Art History, Visual Art, and Theory (AHVA) at the University of British Columbia invites applications for the CUPE 2950 Technical Service Library Assistant 3 position of Curatorial Assistant, with an anticipated start date in April 2022. This position is full time and offers a $48,108.00 minimum annual salary plus benefits.  

Job Summary
The Curatorial Assistant supports the public services and operations of the Visual Resources Centre (VRC) in the Department of Art History, Visual Art, and Theory (AHVA). Reporting to the Curator of Collections, VRC, the Curatorial Assistant supports teaching and research in AHVA, contributes to the long-term projects of the VRC, and in the effective delivery of library services.  By combining the latest information technology with excellent public service, the goal is to participate in building and maintaining a rich information environment, facilitate access to it, and create a place that functions as a hub of scholarly activities for the departments, university community, and affiliated educational institutions. 

The VRC, located on the second floor of the Frederic Lasserre building is a vital teaching and research facility supporting primarily the programs of Art History (ARTH, Visual Art (VISA), Critical 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 52,000+ digital records of images/data, covering all areas of visual culture indicative of the teaching needs and research interests of faculty and students. The VRC also holds journals, magazines and books of high relevance to the AHVA curriculum for onsite consultation.

Organizational Status
Reports directly to the Curator of Collections and, in her/his/their absence, to the Administrator.  Works in collaboration with the Film Coordinator and assists in providing guidance to Work Learn project assistants.

Minimum Qualifications
High School graduation, plus two year Library Technician diploma, plus three years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Reading and written knowledge of at least one additional language required.

Preferred Qualifications
Knowledge of art history preferred. Interest in and familiarity with visual culture. Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing. Excellent reading and writing skills in English. Ability to effectively use Adobe Creative Suite applications (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign), MS Outlook, MS Word, MS Excel, PowerPoint, at an intermediate level. Intermediate experience with digitization/scanning technologies, instructional and imaging tools.  Familiarity with audio-visual equipment (data projectors, cameras, microphones, etc.) Some knowledge of Web development technologies and practices (e.g., basic HTML, familiarity with WordPress). Some knowledge in the areas of academic library functions and standards, preferably in the digital library field.   Interpersonal skills and ability to follow both written and oral directions.  Ability to work both independently and in a team environment.  Ability to deal effectively with a diversity of people in a calm, courteous, and effective manner. Ability to adapt to a changing work environment, both in terms of work assignment and application of technology.  Ability to maintain accuracy and attention to detail.  Ability to make thoughtful, informed and thorough decisions.  Ability to understand and apply policies, procedures and instructions.   Ability to perform basic mathematical calculations accurately.  Ability to prioritize and work effectively under pressure to meet deadlines.  Ability to work effectively independently and in a team environment.  Ability to exercise sound judgement, tact and discretion. 

Please refer to the full posting and apply online at under JOB ID JR5826 or–Visual-Resources-Centre_JR5826. Applications close at 11:59pm on January 20, 2022. Inquiries to Rémi Castonguay,