Educator - Family Programs


Vancouver Art Gallery


Sep. 30, 2016

Organization Description: 


Founded in 1931, the Vancouver Art Gallery is recognized as one of Canada’s most respected and exciting visual art institutions. As the largest public art museum in Western Canada, the Gallery has experienced unprecedented growth in the last decade in its artistic and educational programs, as well as in its organizational capacity. Through groundbreaking exhibitions, an emphasis on advancing scholarship through major publications, and an increasingly dynamic collection, the Gallery continues to significantly raise Vancouver’s profile within international cultural communities.

Outstanding historical presentations have become a Gallery hallmark, ensuring that visitors have access to some of the world’s most important historical art collections, with such highlights as:

 Vermeer, Rembrandt and the Golden Age of Dutch Art: Masterpieces from the Rijksmuseum
 Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Man
 The Colour of My Dreams: The Surrealist Revolution in Art
 The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China’s Emperors

Ambitious contemporary exhibitions featuring the work of British Columbia artists have included those for Douglas Coupland, Stan Douglas, Geoffrey Farmer, Rodney Graham, Brian Jungen, Ken Lum, Liz Magor, Marianne Nicolson, Jeff Wall and Ian Wallace, among many others.

These are offered in a wider programmatic context that includes the important work of international artists such as Yang Fudong, Andreas Gursky, Martin Honert, William Kentridge, Kimsooja, Kerry James Marshall, Huang Yong Ping and Fiona Tan.

As well, major thematic exhibitions are undertaken that comprehensively explore visual culture, including architecture and design. Examples of these include:

 Massive Change: The Future of Global Design
 KRAZY! The Delirious World of Anime + Comics + Video Games + Art
 Art Spiegelman. CO-MIX: A Retrospective of Comics, Graphics and Scraps
 Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life

In the past two decades, the Gallery has welcomed nearly 4.5 million visitors, including approximately 36,000 members annually. Beyond British Columbia, the Gallery draws significant tourist audiences from across North America, Europe and Asia. Our collection, representing the most comprehensive resource for visual culture in British Columbia, now numbers over 11,715 works.


Job Description: 

Reporting to the Director of Public Program, or their designate, and coordinated by the Public Programs Co-ordinators, the Educator will assist in development, delivery and facilitation of tours and workshops to visitors at the Vancouver Art Gallery; specifically they execute family programs. The Educator will work with the appropriate areas, predominately in this case the Families programs, to help shape and deliver a continual program of tours and workshops delivered to children and youth primarily.


Tours and workshops are part of the regular and continual provision to ensure the Galley’s commitment to life-long learning. They contribute to the understanding and engagement with historic, modern and contemporary art as they relate to the exhibitions and collections at the Gallery. The ambition is to provide a program that introduces visitors, both adults and children, to the works on display, art history, making art, and other forms of cultural production. 

The functions of the Educator include: preparing and reading about relevant exhibitions and works of art; working closely with the Education and Public Programs Co-ordinators in preparing workshops, activities and tours; assessing their success all on levels, assisting in the ongoing commitment to research, knowledge and access; developing strategies of how to work in the galleries, discover creative solutions for talking and asking questions about art; working on the development of workshop based programs; at all times ensuring greater knowledge and enjoyment of visitors. The incumbent will also perform related work when required.


Completion of Grade 12 supplemented by two years of university or college education in Art History, Studio Art, Art Education, Museum Studies or equivalent. Experience working in the visual arts field, in particular a museum educational programs delivering tours, workshops and programs. The successful applicant must have a working knowledge of historic, modern and contemporary art, art history and critical theory and the ability to adapt and perform interpretive talks, workshops and programs to groups and individual visitors of various ages and knowledge bases. Exceptional communication and public speaking skills are necessary. A clear understanding of how to engage with advanced as well as novice visitors and the ability to think quickly in public and be receptive to audiences and their needs. Flexibility in schedule is an asset. The successful applicant will be required to consent to a Criminal Record Check. Ability to speak a second language fluently is an asset.

How to Apply: 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Please mail or fax your resume to the Director of Human Resources by Friday, September 30, 2016, Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver, B.C. V6Z 2H7, Fax: (604) 682-1086, email


SALARY: Pay Grade 15, Step 1 $20.58 plus a percentage in lieu of benefits.
HOURS: Hours will vary dependent on program, approximately 4 - 24 hours per week

Contact Name: Debra Nesbitt
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: (604) 662-4700

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