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Director, Communications

Art Gallery of Ontario

Job Description

Director, Communications (Interim)
Temporary Full-Time (One year, 35 hours per week)


Are you a creative, strategic leader with a love for all things editorial, a way with words and a knack for storytelling?

Are you an inspiring manager who believes in supporting people to do their best work in a demanding environment?

Do you have an affinity for the arts and excitement for the idea of working at one of North America’s leading art museums?

The Director, Communications role at the AGO (Art Gallery of Ontario) is an incredible opportunity to make an impact in the arts and culture sector!

With almost 1 million visitors annually, the AGO is known for its engaging, diverse exhibitions and programs and its commitment to life-long learning. The AGO is undertaking a bold direction to be even more welcoming and accessible for all. This includes innovative, new initiatives like the recent crowdfunding campaign to acquire a Kusama Infinity Mirror Room, as well as the launch of our 25 and under free program and the introduction of a $35 annual pass that provides access to all exhibitions. There has never been a more exciting time to join an organization that is disrupting the traditional way of looking at an art museum.

The AGO is looking for an interim Director, Communications for a one-year contract who will:
  • Lead and inspire a team to perform at the highest level of creativity; leading with quality, while being adaptable and flexible.
  • Develop and lead the implementation and management of external and internal communications strategies that position, promote and build the public profile of the Gallery to attract new and diverse audiences.
  • Advise, develop and manage the Gallery’s reputational external communications strategies, including sensitive issues management.

The Director, Communications is a:
  • Collaborative, creative storyteller who partners well with others and can translate often complex subject matter for broad audiences.
  • Brand champion who can align tone of voice, language and narrative to present a clear and consistent AGO internally and externally.
  • Editorial production expert who is aware of best practices in strategically growing proprietary editorial platforms.
  • Credible influencer who has strong ability to influence engagement and decision-making across organizations through effective strategy development, communication and implementation of imaginative, practical solutions.
  • Informed decision maker who has diplomatic ability to make tough, evidence-based decisions in a collaborative, mission-driven organization.
  • Open-minded Coach who guides and mentors the communications team to high performance through clear direction, transparent feedback, professional development and straightforward accountabilities. Directly related experience managing in a unionized workplace is an asset.
  • Experienced financial pro who has demonstrated budget management skills with direct experience creating, monitoring and adjusting budgets to maintain a balanced position.
  • AGO advocate who has a strong passion for the arts and the not-for-profit sector, with an appreciation of the Toronto creative sector.
  • Savvy media agent who has broad understanding of the local, national and international earned media landscapes and trends.

With an operating budget of over $60 million, over 600 employees, and 400 volunteers, the AGO continues to build a high-performance culture as an employer-of-choice, with strong staff and volunteer satisfaction and engagement aligned to the AGO’s compelling mission, vision and values.

We invite individuals who reflect the diversity of our visitors to apply by submitting a tailored cover letter and CV via our website: Please also provide 1 or 2 examples of creative or editorial writing that you believe best represent your vision and expertise.

We thank all applicants but must advise that only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

Application Deadline: November 29, 2019

In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act & the AGO’s Recruitment & Selection Policy for Staff, a request for accommodation will be considered throughout the hiring process. The Art Gallery of Ontario is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


  • Degree in Communications, Journalism or Public Relations combined with a minimum 7-10 years directly related experience in communications and media relations
  • Demonstrated experience managing and motivating staff and projects
  • Well-developed organizational, interpersonal and analytical skills
  • Advanced communication skills (verbal and written) including presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated ability in crisis communication and issues management
  • Knowledge of applicable computer programs i.e. Microsoft Office
  • Knowledge of all social media platforms, best practices, industry standards
  • Familiarity with tracking softwares for traditional and social media coverage such as Meltwater, Hootsuite, Critical Mention, Sprout Social, True Social
  • Knowledge and familiarity with industry standard measurement systems such as Media Relations Points (MRP) and Ad Value Equivalency (AVE)
  • Experience developing and managing budgets
  • Demonstrated ability to work well under pressure
  • Strong relationship skills that can be leveraged with high level media contacts when required
  • Media training and experience talking in front of a camera an asset.

How To Apply

We invite individuals who reflect the diversity of our visitors to apply by submitting a tailored cover letter and CV via our website: Please also provide 1 or 2 examples of creative or editorial writing that you believe best represent your vision and expertise.
Contact For This Position
Art Gallery of Ontario

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Job Location
Toronto ON
Job Level & Type
Senior Level
Full Time Contact Position
Listing To Be Posted Until
December 11, 2019
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