The Assistant Curator will work in collaboration with all AGYU staff in coordinating the overall planning and implementation of AGYU programs, and will be responsible to the Director/Curator and Curator.  

The successful candidate will have museum or gallery experience, working with exhibition co-ordination, and program implementation. They will have curatorial and art writing experience with a history of self-initiated projects. A key element of this position is to build internal relationships with York University faculty, staff, and students while also developing external community audiences locally and internationally. The successful candidate must be knowledgeable of contemporary art practices globally with an understanding of how to support artists in a range of media and practices. They will have demonstrated a commitment to working toward equity and engaging with anti-oppression practices in their careers.

About AGYU

The AGYU is located in Tkaronto / Toronto on the Keele Campus of York University in the Jane and Finch community.  This land is subject of the Dish With One Spoon Covenant and Wampum between the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the Three Fires Confederacy (the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi), and other allied nations in an agreement to share land and its resources. AGYU occupies land referred to in Crown Treaty 13, known as the Toronto Purchase.

We are a socially minded public non-profit contemporary art gallery that is responsive to the work and research of artists and the engagement of audiences through exhibitions, performances, lectures, public events, and publications. AGYU is an affiliated and supported unit of York University, with key funders including the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, foundations, embassies, other cultural institutions, and through our membership.

Established in 1988, the AGYU is focused on contemporary artistic, curatorial, and social art practices.  AGYU’s programs have an international reach with a strong program of community engagement.  It is a social and collaborative environment that engages with the public and works with a multiplicity of contributors and audiences from local and international artists to community and student groups. AGYU promotes 2SLGBTQIAP positive spaces and experiences and works towards being barrier free. It is an environment that is committed to anti-racism, working to eradicate institutional racial biases and develop accountable programs that support Black, Indigenous and People of Colour. AGYU is an artist and research centered organization that has a commitment to building audiences for contemporary art.

With York University, through the support of a 5 million dollar donation by Joan and Martin Goldfarb, AGYU is undertaking a capital expansion to build a multi-site art institution on the University’s Keele campus for late 2022. A stand-alone art gallery combined with the AGYU’s current space will form a unified art institution that will magnify the breadth of AGYU’s scope, re-envisioning the University’s art collection while also enabling greater access to contemporary artistic and cultural programming for the University and the surrounding community.

Essential Qualifications:

Educational Requirements:
University degree in Visual Arts or Art History, or an equivalent combination of recent education, and relevant work experience to a minimum of 4 years.

Experience Requirements:
A minimum of 2 years recent work experience in a non-profit art gallery or museum, specializing in contemporary art (e.g. research, curatorial assistance, administration of a collection, installation of artwork, art handling, condition reports, etc.)

Knowledge and Skills:
Strong knowledge of fine art handling, shipping, and condition reporting. Strong knowledge of exhibition coordination and project management in contemporary art. Strong knowledge of contemporary art practices and current trends in curatorial practice. Strong writing skills, attention to detail, and ability to meet competing deadlines and facilitate overlapping projects. Knowledge of the non-profit public gallery sector, including experience with grant applications is an asset. Ability to stay current with trends in collections management.


  • Administers exhibitions.
  • Assists in the organization of special projects e.g. seminars, workshops, video screenings, and panel discussions.
  • Assists in research, planning, publicity, and installation of exhibitions.
  • Arranges transport, insurance, customs, and security of artworks.
  • Implements the installation of exhibitions.
  • Assists in long-term planning, scheduling, and budgeting of programmes.
  • Assists in preparation of grant requests and summary reports.
  • Responsible for the administration of the permanent collection.
  • Initiates correspondence regarding programmes, operations, and collections.
  • Assists in the coordination of Work/Study students, interns, and volunteers and assists in the task assignment and training of casual staff.
  • Assists in training, scheduling, and work assignments for employees.
  • Assists in preparing time sheets, evaluations, and direction for casual employees and volunteers
  • Assists with grant writing
  • Liaises and develops contracts with artists, museums, and internal departments.


For full list of requirements and the job description visit York University’s website.


This position is a full-time maternity leave contract from December 8, 2020 to January 15, 2022 with a base salary of $70,000 annually.

Application Process
Please apply through York University’s website:
Please not send direct inquiries or applications except through this portal.

 The application deadline is 11:55pm, Monday, November 05, 2020.
Start Date: December 08, 2020

Monday to Friday 10 am – 4 pm
Wednesday 10 am – 8 pm
Saturday closed
Sunday noon – 5 pm

Always free

Land Acknowledgement



Art Gallery of York University
Keele Campus, Accolade East Building
Toronto ON M3J 1P3


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Nearest TTC Wheel-Trans stop is York University Subway (north entrance)



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