The Opportunity

Halifax, NS
Education and Training
Full-time - Permanent
$82,512 - $107,659 / year


Students at NSCAD University have been shaping art, design and craft in Canada since 1887. With an approach to education that includes the strategic integration of arts, culture and community engagement, students thrive in a learning and research environment that is committed to equity, diversity, inclusion and academic excellence.

Inspiring generations of makers for over a century, NSCAD University is one of Canada's oldest independent cultural institutions. Today, it continues to be regarded as a principal centre for education and research in visual culture in North America.


Reporting to the Vice-President Academic and Research and working closely with internal and external stakeholders, the Director, Anna Leonowens Gallery Systems is responsible for providing strategic leadership, promotion, and securing long term sustainability of the Gallery systems. The incumbent will play a key leadership role in shaping and contributing to the current and future creative vision, curatorial leadership and expansion of the Anna Leonowens Gallery systems within NSCAD, which includes community residencies and commissioned art in public areas. The incumbent will oversee the curatorial direction of (currently) three distinct spaces: the Anna Leonowens Gallery, the Treaty Space Gallery and the Port Loggia; as well as oversee the Public Lecture Series, visiting professional artists, the archive and permanent collection and public art on campus. The Port Loggia will have a permanent Treaty Education Space (with both fixed and rotating exhibitions) as well as provide exhibition space for class and student works as dictated by the Gallery mandate.

What you'll do


  • Provide leadership to the Gallery staff to ensure the installation and dismantling of over 100 exhibitions annually is a success;
  • Negotiate contracts with professional visiting artists and artwork loans from other galleries and private collections.
  • Co-ordinate the exhibitions program and chair the Gallery and Exhibitions Committee (quarterly). This may also include soliciting original exhibition ideas, collaboration with artists, while providing guidance to the gallery staff to ensure a balanced exhibition schedule and oversee the preparation of resource materials.
  • Manage risk associated with art and ensure appropriate insurance is in place for artwork on display and storage.
  • Responsible for the planning and implementation of the NSCAD Public Lecture Series and annual visiting artists' series in which the Director must: determine priorities, determine appropriate invitees, seek and attract internationally renowned speakers and coordinate the events/or exhibitions.
  • Provide leadership in the creation and updating of policies relevant to the Gallery and update the Gallery and Exhibitions Committee and Archives and Collections Committee as necessary on policy decisions and review.
  • Develop and maintain a plan for the long-term sustainability of the university art archive and permanent collection. Responsible for the security and custodial care of the NSCAD University permanent collection (with an estimated value of $2.6 Million) and Gallery archives including research requests.
  • Play a strategic role in generating new funds for the capital and operating needs of the Gallery System at the University.
  • Constantly seek new and creative funding partnerships and create and submit grant applications for funding as appropriate.
  • Maintain and establish new relations to advance the curatorial prospects including liaising with other galleries and artists.
  • Develop strong ties in the art community to establish both national and international artist, curator and exhibition exchanges as fiscally as possible in addition to public art opportunities.

What you'll need


A Master of Arts, Masters of Fine Arts or Master of Design degree in an exhibitions related field combined with 5 to 10 years progressive experience in programming and management in a museum, public gallery, art or design fair is required or (an equivalent combination of training and experience) is required. A PhD in the areas listed above or a related field would be considered an asset.

The incumbent must also have demonstrated skills In budget management and collaboration within a medium sized organization. Demonstrated fund-raising capabilities from private and public sources, including planning and implementation of multi-year funding is also required. Must be able to work flexible hours during events with evenings and weekends as needed to oversee programs and participate in other gallery activities. Experience with collection management and development is preferred.

A little bit about us

NSCAD University

NSCAD University (Nova Scotia College of Art and Design) is one of Canada's oldest independent cultural institutions and regarded as a principal center for education and research in visual culture in North America. NSCAD University offers graduate and undergraduate degrees in fine and media arts, craft, design, art history, art education and critical studies, as well as an ambitious array of Extended Studies courses. NSCAD University alumni are among the world's most highly regarded artists, gallery directors, designers, curators and art educators.

Are you interested?

Work With Us


Applications should be sent via the CareerBeacon website. Applications should include a cover letter and detailed CV.

Deadline for applications: The University will begin considering applicants on September 18, 2023 and continue until the position is filled. We appreciate all applicants, however only those selected to move forward in the competition will be contacted.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority in this search. NSCAD university encourages applications from Indigenous persons, racially visible persons, persons with a disability, women, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community.