Employment Opportunities

The Kitchener-Waterloo is an equal opportunity employer and strongly supports and values diversity in the workplace. We are committed to equity, diversity, accessibility and inclusiveness in our employment practices and warmly encourage applications from all qualified candidates and individuals from equity-seeking groups.

We are currently seeking qualified applicants for the following employment opportunities at KWAG:

  • Artist Educator (part-time/contract), Deadline 21 December 2018
  • Education Coordinator (maternity leave contract, full-time), Deadline 4 January 2019


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Job Title: Artist Educator

Reports to: Director of Public Programs

Hours of Work: Hours of work are based on bookings.


The Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery is seeking a contract Artist Educator to join our team and deliver studio-based and exhibition related programming throughout the year. Artist Educators are responsible for assisting with program planning and design, leading tours, and delivering hands-on workshops and courses.

The Artist Educator position is ideal for working professional artists who are interested in engaging with the Gallery and contributing their talent to the community in an educational context and enriching their practice in the process. Flexible, part-time hours make it possible to balance working with studio time. Hours will vary according to week and season and every effort is made to provide Artist Educators with regular work throughout the year.

Artist Educators work in the following areas:


School Programs at the gallery offer unique opportunities for students to connect to the world of art and ideas as well as to learn directly from original works of art and the artistic process of living and historical artists. 

Designed to relate to current exhibitions as well as support the visual arts curriculum, KWAG School Programs emphasize an interactive approach to learning about art and are delivered both at the Gallery and offsite in the classroom. Programs offsite are usually one hour in length per classroom, programs at the gallery are two hours and include a one hour tour and one hour studio workshop.

KWAG School Programs are delivered regularly throughout the year and Artist Educators can expect to lead approximately 5-10 school program workshops per month. Our peak time is during the annual Expressions exhibition of student art, when we are usually fully booked for the month of May. Artist Educators can expect to lead approximately 10-15 school program workshops during Expressions.


Artist Educators have the opportunity to design and instruct their own lessons for the following programs:

  • Children’s Classes– 6-8 week courses, Fall, Winter, Spring terms
  • Art Escape March Break Camp – 1 week camp program during March Break
  • Summer Art Camp – 6 week summer program, July - August



Artist Educators will have an integral role in this area of programming. Family Sundays occur on the first Sunday of each month and other specialized Family Workshops occasionally occur on Saturdays throughout the year. Hands-on art workshops are components of both days’ programming. No program design required for onsite family programs.


The Gallery delivers hands-on art making workshops at festivals in the region (generally for families from June – September) and in partnership with other community organizations, either at the Gallery or off-site. Community partners include but are not limited to: The City of Kitchener, The Family Centre, Kitchener Public Library, Waterloo Public Library and Reception House.


  • Degree in Arts Education; Fine Arts; Art History; or related field;
  • Exhibition history or evidence of intent to exhibit work;
  • 1 year of teaching experience (formal or informal settings) or equivalent;
  • Ability to work in and teach a wide range of media;
  • Demonstrated ability to create educational programs for diverse audiences in the visual arts;
  • Knowledge of public art galleries/museum field and practice;
  • Excellent communication and writing skills;
  • Ability to work independently and within deadlines;
  • Ability to interact with public in a positive, enthusiastic, and professional manner;
  • Ability to facilitate creative discussion and experimentation relating to artistic process;
  • Knowledge of Ontario visual arts curriculum and positive classroom management skills;
  • Working knowledge of contemporary art practice;
  • Able to work flexible hours and must be available during the day throughout the week (especially Wednesday through Friday)
  • Valid Ontario Driver’s License and access to a vehicle required;
  • Current Vulnerable Sector Police check required.


Deadline Date: Friday 21 December, 2018, 4:00 PM

Apply: Apply in writing with a cover letter, resume, teaching philosophy, and sample portfolio (digital or website link) to:

Shelly Mitchell
Director of Finance & Administration
Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery
101 Queen Street North
Kitchener, ON N2H 6P7


Only candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted.

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EDUCATION COORDINATOR (Maternity Leave contract)

Position Summary:

Reporting to the Director of Public Programs, the Education Coordinator is a self-motivated and energetic professional responsible for overseeing the Gallery’s education programs and specialized activities that are aligned with KWAG’s mission, vision and values.  As a member of the Public Programs team, the Education Coordinator will develop, deliver and evaluate the education programs offered by the Gallery. In addition, the Education Coordinator is responsible for developing and delivering specialized programs to diverse audiences such as youth, seniors and persons with disabilities. The Education Coordinator plays a critical role in supporting the Director of Public Programs in broadening the Gallery’s offerings, building capacity, fostering partnerships and creating more inclusive and accessible programs.

This is a full-time, salaried position for a 12-month maternity leave contract.

The Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery is an equal opportunity employer.

Key Areas of Responsibilities:

  • Develops, delivers and evaluates the education programs and specialized activities offered at the Gallery (including PD Days, March Break and Summer Camps)
  • Oversees the administration of the education programs and specialized activities including scheduling and booking of programs
  • Works closely with the education budget to monitor subsidy tracking and invoicing for local school boards
  • Maintains contact lists and database for all programs and tour bookings
  • Responsible for curriculum development of education program for grades JK - 12
  • Responsible for delivery of education programs on and off site  
  • Schedules artist educators for program delivery as required
  • Measures and evaluates education programs with emphasis on data analysis
  • Responsible for end-of-year school report to Director of Public Programs
  • Oversees and mentors co-op students and student interns 
  • Develops and delivers Professional Development workshops and resources for educators
  • Ensures that website is current with all education program information
  • Responsible for coordinating the annual student exhibition, Expressions
  • Oversees the arrival and removal of student artwork for Expressions
  • Manages the installation of the student artwork for the exhibition, Expressions
  • Facilitates the Gallery’s Youth Council
  • Facilitates specialized programs for youth, seniors and persons with disabilities
  • Works collaboratively with the Public Programs team to develop new  initiatives
  • Maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, artist educators, volunteers and public


Preferred Qualifications and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in related field; combination of background in education (Bachelor of Education) and visual arts required
  • Knowledge of current education  field and practises
  • Experience developing arts education programs to support learning related to contemporary art exhibitions
  • Knowledge of Ontario curriculum and familiarity with school system
  • Teaching experience in formal/ informal environments working with a wide range of age groups and diverse audiences
  • Experience developing specialized programs including youth programs, seniors programs and programs for persons with disabilities
  • Excellent record keeping skills
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and customer skills
  • Attention to detail and excellent organizational skills
  • Excellent oral and written skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic and changing environment
  • Ability to work a varied schedule with expectation to work some evenings and weekends
  • Understanding in communicating and engaging with culturally diverse communities
  • Takes ownership of work, is proactive, and demonstrates initiative
  • Knowledge of the arts industry


Additional Requirements:

  • Administrative experience and comfort in Microsoft Excel, Outlook, Word
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with colleagues as a collaborative team player
  • Demonstrates a polished and professional style with personal qualities of integrity, credibility and sound judgement
  • A creative and innovative thinker, resourceful in developing and executing exciting and inspired ideas and concepts to raise the Gallery’s profile
  • High-energy, positive and solution-oriented professional


Deadline Date: Friday, January 4th, 2019, 5:00 PM

Apply: Apply in writing with a cover letter, resume, teaching philosophy, and sample portfolio (digital or website link) to:

Shelly Mitchell
Director of Finance & Administration
Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery
101 Queen Street North
Kitchener, ON N2H 6P7

Only candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Download this Job Opportunity in PDF Format.