MACKENZIE ART GALLERY
engaging people in transformative experiences of the world through art
Job Title: Director of Programs (DoP)
Reports to: Executive Director and CEO
Status: Full-Time, Out-of-Scope Position, Contract position (five-year term)
About the MacKenzie Art Gallery
The MacKenzie Art Gallery (MAG) is Saskatchewan’s oldest and most comprehensive art museum,
serving a leadership role in Western Canada. This is a watershed moment in the history of the Gallery, as
it is undergoing a multi-phase organizational transformation. Programming primarily contemporary art
from the prairies, Canada and abroad, the MAG addresses an encyclopedic range of visual art and
culture, and is an international leader in Indigenous art. Housed within an over 115,000ft2 facility,
maintained to Class A Museum standards, the MAG permanent collection spans 5000 years of art with
nearly 5000 works. MAG was founded on the collection of its namesake, Norman MacKenzie (1869–
1936), who bequeathed his collection to the University of Saskatchewan (Regina College), now the
University of Regina.
Opening in 1953 in the first purpose-built art gallery building in western Canada, the MacKenzie enjoys a
nationally unique partnership with the University of Regina. After separating in 1990, and moving to its
current premises, MAG now maintains separate board governance, site and an expansive mandate and
quarters in the T.C. (Tommy) Douglas Building. The MAG features an outdoor sculpture garden with
potential for growth through loans, acquisitions and commissions. The MAG is located on the edge of
the 2300-acre Wascana Centre, the largest urban park in Canada. Wascana Centre (1962) was designed
by renowned modernist architect Minoru Yamasaki, designer of the original World Trade Center in New
York, and is a living artifact of modernist design heritage. Today this park is a national treasure—home
to museums, the university, and the recently branded provincial capital commission—where nature,
culture, science, and education meet.
Reporting to the Executive Director & CEO, the position is responsible for leading a team in executing
the strategy and related annual plan in all program areas, ensuring high standards of excellence.
About the Position
The Director of Programs is a new position at the MacKenzie Art Gallery that will support the Executive
Director & CEO in leading the development, implementation and evaluation of the overall program of
the MacKenzie Art Gallery in accordance with the Gallery’s Mission, Vision and strategic and business
plans. Responsibility encompasses the curatorial and education departments, working towards
implementing a synergy between these areas in order to create a cohesive, collaborative structure for
all programs. Programs include exhibitions, public programs, learning and interpretive programs,
publications, classes, artist residencies, commissions, collections and all other public-facing interactive,
experiential and research activities.
As a member of the management team, this position works with all areas of the Gallery and critically
contributes to long-term strategic planning for the organization, anticipating challenges and developing
long-term opportunities and sustainability. In accordance with the Gallery’s Mission, Vision and strategic
and business plans, this position plays a leading role in guiding the organization’s ongoing operations
and evaluation, serving a leadership role in creating a positive work environment, enabling staff to
contribute their best, fostering an appreciation for the arts and a culture of philanthropy and total
According to these areas of accountability it is expected that the position will allocate time roughly as
follows: 50% program development and research; 25% human resources management and
administration; 25% fund development. The Director of Programs is expected to curate approximately
one major project every two years.
This position supervises the following staff: Head Curator, Coordinator of Public Programs and
Community Engagement, Coordinator of Learning Initiatives, and Exhibitions Manager.
Profile of the Candidate
The candidate will actively contribute to the goal of re-imagining what a 21st century art museum can be.
The ideal candidate will have a minimum five years experience in senior level leadership of arts
organizations and demonstrated specialist knowledge and experience in a number of key areas:
1. Indigenous Art
The MAG has excelled at the advancement of Indigenous art and artists with approximately 80
exhibitions over the past forty years. The MacKenzie seeks a candidate for Director of Programs who will
contribute to a sustained development of contemporary Indigenous art, strengthening the MacKenzie’s
growing reputation as an international leader in the art of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples in a
2. Community Engagement
The ideal candidate will articulate a compelling narrative that integrates curatorial excellence and
interpretive, learning and engagement practices from conception to implementation, with a focus on
visitor experience and building meaningful connections with diverse communities. The candidate will
demonstrate innovative approaches to bridging curatorial practice with community engagement and be
instrumental in growing diverse audiences for the museum.
3. Research and Education
The candidate will have demonstrated experience in curating, research and pedagogy, and be
comfortable in addressing a range of educational and literacy modes and opportunities from youth to
life-long-learners. This position will provide support to the post-secondary academic community as a
recognized leader in the visual arts nationally, and contribute to university-level initiatives and funding
opportunities. A thorough knowledge of fine arts research, including demonstrated familiarity and
success with practice-based research coordination, and advanced education funding opportunities that
will assist the Gallery in extending its scope and diversifying revenue and research-oriented outcomes.
The candidate should have a track record of publication in the arts.
4. Administration, Supervision and Development
The candidate will have experience in supervising staff, and building, monitoring and reporting on
budgets and grant applications. They are comfortable with principals of fund-development and
philanthropy and have demonstrated competency in partnerships and donor relationships, based on
trust, respect, accountability, and transparency.
Education: PhD or Masters degree in a related discipline or equivalent education and experience.
Salary Information: The starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.
Benefits: This position includes a comprehensive benefits package.
Term: This position is intended to commence by fall 2018 for a five-year term.
Position description: a full job description is available here.
The MacKenzie Art Gallery is committed to maintaining an inclusive culture and building a diverse
workforce that includes women, Aboriginal, Inuit and Métis peoples, persons with disabilities and
members of visible minorities who have traditionally been and are currently underrepresented in the
Canadian workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates.
HOW TO APPLY: This posting will remain open until the position is filled. Interviews will commence
on July 16th, but only those candidates to be interviewed will be contacted. The MacKenzie thanks all
applicants for their interest.
Interested candidates should submit the following in their application:
1. Cover letter
2. Curriculum vitae
3. Max. 500 word Vision Statement for this opportunity
4. A curatorial/critical writing sample of up to 1000 words.
Please include “Director of Programs” in the subject line of all applications sent via email.
Or mail to:
MacKenzie Art Gallery
Attn: Jackie Martin, Director of Finance and Operations
3475 Albert Street
Inquiries regarding this position can be directed to Jackie Martin, Director of Finance & Operations, at
(306) 584-4250 ext. 4275.
The successful candidate must submit a satisfactory Criminal Record Check prior to employment.