Founded in 1906, La Guilde is a non-profit organization that aims to preserve, promote, and increase awareness for Inuit art, First Nations and Metis art, and Fine Crafts from Canada. In addition to its permanent exhibition—which presents objects from its collection—La Guilde has a dynamic programming of temporary exhibitions and cultural activities, educational programs, and archives of remarkable historical wealth. La Guilde is also an art gallery with works by established and emerging artists, available for acquisition.
The position of Cultural Mediator, under the direction of the Programming and Communications Director, organizes activities (workshops, demonstrations, lectures, guided tours, etc.) that encourage the active participation of the public and promote awareness of La Guilde's mission, exhibitions, and permanent collection, as well as indigenous cultures and crafts, in order to share knowledge and foster exchanges.
FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
ACTIVITIES AND EDUCATION
- Design and organize activities of cultural mediation (in situ, virtual and off-site) related to the programming;
- Contact artists while planning activities, write contracts, plan the activities with the artists and assume the necessary practices for the execution of the activities;
- Evaluate the feasibility of the activities, collect all the information and purchase all the necessary material for the activities;
- Manage participant registrations and collect admission fees;
- Participate in the documentation of in-person and online activities;
- Coordinate and conduct guided tours for our various audiences (i.e. school groups, tourists, audiences with special needs);
- Establish new partnerships and collaborations for the various activities offered, with cultural and educational organizations as well as with the school and academic circles;
- Create and implement new school programs tailored to the different levels of education of the Ministère de l'éducation du Québec;
- Remain up-to-date with new practices and initiatives in the cultural milieu.
COMMUNICATIONS AND ADMINISTRATION
- Write all content related to the activities and educational offers, in French and in English;
- Assist in the promotion and communication of the activities, in a cultural mediation perspective, in order to animate our communities on social media and on our website;
- Promote the activities to ensure a high level of participation;
- Support the director in writing contracts and grant applications;
- Plan the annual budget for activities, with the director, and ensure budgetary follow-up;
- Collect and analyze data and feedback from events (i.e. develop questionnaires and surveys) in order to better understand our audiences and continually improve our service.
- Greet visitors, answer their questions and inform them of La Guilde's mission and activities;
- Be knowledgeable of exhibition content, the history of the organization, and relevant information about the artists, their creative process, techniques, and materials used;
- Participate in the sale of artworks or assist the gallery team during sales (i.e. customer service, packaging, delivery, billing);
- Update the contacts in the database (i.e. clients, visitors, artists, partners);
- Perform any other related tasks.
- University degree in art history, communications, cultural animation, education, museum studies, or a related discipline;
- Experience in customer service and/or group facilitation or in the implementation of cultural mediation activities;
- Knowledge of various publics (i.e. different age groups, tourists, clients with special needs, newcomers);
- Excellent knowledge of French and good knowledge of English. Excellent writing skills;
- Proficiency of the Office suite, PC and MAC environment and be very comfortable with technology in general;
- Knowledge of Salesforce and Shopify (an asset);
- Experience in event organization and photography skills (an asset);
- Knowledge of Indigenous art, fine crafts, and Canadian art (an asset);
- Versatility and willingness to perform a variety of tasks.
Dynamic person with a sense of priorities, organized, resourceful, meticulous, curious, multi-skilled, who works well in a team, while being autonomous, who has interpersonal skills, who is flexible in terms of schedules and who has flair.
- Start date : June 2022;
- Full-time position, 35 hours week;
- Schedule : 10AM to 6PM, Tuesday to Friday, 10AM to 5PM on Saturday (may require occasional evening and weekend flexibility);
- Location: 1356 Sherbrooke Street West;
- Salary: $18/hr - $20/h, depending on education and experience.
Please send your letter of application and resume addressed to Michelle Joannette, Executive Director, in PDF form to Genevieve Duval, Programming and Communications Director, at email@example.com, at the latest Thursday, May 26 at 11:59 PM. Applications will be treated confidentially. Only those selected for interviews will be contacted.
La Guilde encourages indigenous candidates to apply. La Guilde values diversity and inclusion within its team.