APPLICATION DEADLINE: August 6, 2022, by 11:59pm EST


Union Gallery (UG) is a student-centred, public contemporary art gallery at Queen's University. UG has been in operation since 1994 and has a unique place within the cultural and academic landscape of Katarokwi-Kingston, Ontario, situated on Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe territory. UG is a space centred in community and conversation, driven by play, curiosity, curation, and research-creation. We are the primary public gallery at Queen's dedicated to showcasing the range and excellence of students' artistic and curatorial practices. UG also supports professional artists to foster a diverse network of artistic production, presentation, and interpretation. We’re committed to supporting creative growth through merging technical and critical understandings of the arts, as well as a deeper understanding of how art can reflect the most important issues of our time.

We are seeking a Gallery Director to join our creative and collaborative team.
Job Posting

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TERM: 1-year contract, with possibility of renewal up to 5 years
LOCATION: Katarokwi-Kingston, Ontario
START DATE: Late August / early September 2022
COMPENSATION: $30/hr, 30 hrs/week (with possibility to increase to 35 hrs/week), two weeks paid vacation and a basic benefits package. Further details will be made available to candidates invited to interview.
WORKDAYS: This position requires availability during gallery hours and programmed events, with schedule to be determined in consultation with other staff. Some evenings and weekends required.
Gallery Hours: Tuesday–Saturday, 11am-4:30pm; Wednesday, 11am-8pm.


Union Gallery needs a bold, self-directed, and diligent leader who can bring their organizational systems, tools, and attention to detail to our arts organization. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Gallery Director will provide operational, financial, and strategic management to the organization, and curatorial direction to the gallery. We have recently incorporated as a not-for-profit organization, and we would be thrilled to have you join us on our next phase of transformation and growth!


UG is the primary public art gallery at Queen's dedicated to showcasing the range and excellence of students' artistic and curatorial practices. We like to think of ourselves as a teaching gallery—most of our artists, curators, staff, and volunteers are students. We also support professional artists to foster a diverse network of artistic production, presentation, and interpretation. UG offers a variety of programs that catalyze experiential learning, artistic experimentation, collaboration, and community.

UG is an incorporated not-for-profit and operates independently from Queen’s, while still being intimately connected to the university as a creative resource hub on campus. The gallery is located on the first floor of Stauffer Library. UG receives support from Queen’s, mostly in the form of facilities and student ancillary fees, and partners with several interdisciplinary programs to support student research, employment, and internships opportunities.

UG’s operational structure includes two core staff: the Gallery Director and Program Director. Core staff supervise and train part-time student staff and volunteers who contribute to UG programming and operations. Together, the Gallery Director and Program Director collaborate on the gallery’s artistic vision and ensure the mandate and objectives of UG are carried out through its initiatives.


UG is all about bringing people together. This individual will enjoy working with students, emerging artists, and building teams. They will enjoy the responsibility of delegation and will take the time to find collaborative ways to create project accountability. They will bring to all of their work embodied experience and pro-active attention to anti-racist, anti-harassment, and non-discriminatory processes, enabling and providing a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere throughout their work and relations. We also want someone who will thrive in a space where systems are created, enacted, and updated, as the initiatives and activities of the organization continue to shift and grow. The ideal candidate will have a university degree or college diploma in a related field, with at least three years of experience with skills that align to this profile. Consideration will be given to an equivalent combination of experiential, professional, and educational experience.


Financial Management

Gallery Direction
Human Resources



To be successful in this role you will be:


Interested candidates are invited to submit the following:
1. All candidates must include a cover letter that addresses the following questions:
● What excites you most about Union Gallery?
● What motivated you to apply for this position?
● What relevant skills and experiences do you bring to this role?
2. Resume
3. Three (3) references: name, title, organization, phone, email.
References will only be contacted for candidates invited to interview. References should have direct knowledge of your professional experience, and at least one reference should be a manager/supervisor. You may also include other individuals who can speak to your skills, education, or volunteer experiences.

Please combine all files into a single PDF and email to with the subject line “Union Gallery Director,” no later than 11:59pm EST on August 6, 2022. All interviews will be conducted via Zoom.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, we will only be contacting those under consideration for interviews. Information collected will be handled in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

If you have any questions, or require accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact our Hiring Committee: / 613.533.3171


Union Gallery and Grad Club are committed to equity, diversity and inclusion in all aspects of our programming and operations. We welcome applications from qualified individuals of all sexualities, races, gender identities, socioeconomic statuses, and (dis)abilities. We strongly encourage applications from equity-seeking communities. We recognize that BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour), QPOC (Queer People of Colour) and 2SLGBTQIA+ (Two-Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, +) are disproportionately underrepresented within institutional art spaces. Due to ongoing systemic barriers, we prioritize applicants who self-identify as BIPOC, QPOC, 2SLGBTQIA+. If you would like to, please indicate if you self-identify as a member of any equity-seeking groups in your submission.