Seeking Curatorial Assistant – Visual Resources Centre

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 (Gr 7) role of Curatorial Assistant, with an anticipated start date in February 2023. This position is full time and offers a $48,108 minimum annual salary plus benefits.


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 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 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.


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.


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.


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.

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 JR10986 or Applications close at 11:59 pm on January 8, 2023. Inquiries to Andrea Tuele, administrator,