University of Alberta

Curator, Mactaggart Art Collection

Museums & Collections Serv

Competition No.  -    A106633628
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

The University of Alberta Museums seeks a dynamic, creative, and team-oriented Curator for the Mactaggart Art Collection, one of the leading North American collections of Ming and Qing dynasty art. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Curator will work with the UofA Museums Team and other sectors of the University of Alberta, to build upon recent accomplishments and further position the Mactaggart Art Collection among the world’s preeminent Asian Art Collections. The Curator, Mactaggart Art Collection, will be responsible for: collection development, independent curatorial research related to the Collection and the Curator’s areas of expertise, facilitating new acquisitions, ensuring physical and intellectual access to the Mactaggart Art Collection, contributing to collections policy and procedure development, maintaining professional museum practices, and contributing to fund and resource development related to the Collection.

The Curator will be engaged in the following activities that will build upon the scholarship associated with the Collection and enhancing the Collection’s international profile:

  • Developing research program goals related to the Collection that: ensure scholarly documentation, advance scholarship in the field of Asian Art, ensure the collections’ records are accurate and reflect current scholarship, and broaden access to the Mactaggart Art Collection
  • Conducting independent research that creates new knowledge resulting in collection-based exhibits, publications, web-based projects and targeted public programs to engage various publics, international and local, with the collections and in the Curator’s area of expertise
  • Ensuring prescribed museum standards of care, handling, movement and storage of objects in this Collection are followed
  • Teaching and/or delivering workshops, lectures and seminars as required for University of Alberta students, peers, the general public, etc.
  • Contributing to the development of the volunteer and student internship program

To be successful in this position, the incumbent will have the following education and experience: 

  • Master's Degree in Asian Art history/Asian Textile history, or related discipline; PhD preferred
  • Proficiency in Chinese language, verbal and written, as well translating/transcribing texts 
  • At least five years progressive responsibility in curatorial work including evidence of success in collections research and publication, exhibition conceptualization, and collections management
  • Demonstrated commitment to connoisseurship
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research and field research
  • Scholarly standing and distinction among peers in the field
  • Evidence of established relationships with individuals and networks of relevant academic colleagues, and with institutions and individuals with related collections or programs
  • Demonstrated ability to interact collaboratively with all levels of campus personnel, students and volunteers internally, general public, potential Collection donors, and related museum/gallery professionals externally
  • Demonstrated knowledge of museum standards related to collections management, care, handling, security and exhibition of Collections objects
  • Knowledge of sources of funding for research and exhibitions and demonstrated ability to acquire funds
  • Demonstrated ability to present lectures, workshops, gallery tours and related programs to general, professional and related publics
  • Supervisory skills related to paid staff and volunteers
  • Physical ability, knowledge and skills required to organize the Collection
  • Core competencies include: achievement orientation, analytical thinking, conceptual thinking, flexibility, impact and influence, organizational awareness, planning and initiative, self-confidence, self-development, sense of urgency, and team leadership and team cooperation.

The Mactaggart Art Collection is composed of more than 1,000 rare works of art, including textiles, costumes, paintings, handscrolls, hanging scrolls, albums, engravings, and other artifacts from ancient and modern East Asia. It is one of few collections world-wide to have among its holdings works such as Southern Inspection Tour Scrolls of the Kangxi and Qianlong Emperors, and folios from the Huangchao liqi tushi with corresponding textiles. Recent accomplishments include the establishment of the Visiting Scholars Program, an international research symposium and lectures series, an on-line catalogue framework, and an exhibition program in support of the University of Alberta’s academic and strategic plans. The Mactaggart Art Collection is part of the University of Alberta Art Collection (UAAC) which totals more than 10,000 works of art including historical and contemporary prints, paintings and sculptures ranging them the 15th century to the present and representing Canadian and international artists. The University of Alberta Art Collection is one of 29 museum collections that form the University of Alberta Museums, a unique academic museum system that brings together multidisciplinary academic collections that range from art to zoology.

The University of Alberta is a Top 5 Canadian university located in Edmonton, Alberta with a reputation for excellence in research, scholarship and creative activities across diverse areas of impact in science, engineering, humanities, social sciences and medicine. Home to 39,000 students and 15,000 faculty and staff, the University offers close to 400 rigorous undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs in 18 faculties on fives campuses. With a metropolitan area population of approximately one million people, Edmonton is home to numerous arts and music festivals and boasts the largest system of urban parkland in North America. Edmonton and the University of Alberta are situated on Treaty 6 territory, a traditional meeting ground and home for many Indigenous Peoples, including Cree, Saulteaux, Blackfoot, Métis, and Nakota Sioux.

In accordance with the Sessionals and Other Temporary Staff Agreement, this position is for a term length of 5 years and offers a comprehensive benefits package found at with an annual salary range of $68,004 to $112,917 commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Interested candidates should submit to Janine Andrews, Executive Director, University of Alberta Museums, an up-to-date curriculum vitae, cover letter and the names and addresses of three referees.

To assist the University in complying with mandatory reporting requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (R203(3) (e)), please include the first digit of your Canadian Social Insurance Number in your application. If you do not have a Canadian Social Insurance Number, please indicate this in your application.

Interested individuals are asked to submit their application by September 18, 2017.

How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

University of Alberta Museums
Attn: Janine Andrews, Executive Director
Ring House #1, University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
T6G 2E1

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.