Job Opening: Asian Art, Curator, Mactaggart Art Collection, University of Alberta

job opening - 5Institution:   University of Alberta, University of Alberta Museums
Location:   Alberta, Canada
Position:   Managing Curator, The Mactaggart Art Collection

The University of Alberta is seeking a Curator for the Mactaggart Art Collection, a world-renowned Asian Art collection. The Mactaggart Art Collection consists of works of art and textiles from a range of countries, time periods and traditions. More than 600 textiles, costumes and related artifacts date from the Song (960-1279), Ming (1314-1644) and Qing (1644-1912) dynasties. The art collection is comprised of hanging scrolls, hand scrolls, albums and engravings with great strength in Qing court paintings. This collection situates the University of Alberta Art Collection within the same company as only a handful of other museums in the world with similar collections. For more information, please refer to: .

The Mactaggart Art Collection is one of 29 collections that comprise the University of Alberta Museums, an award-winning and leading model for teaching, research, discovery learning and access in post-secondary institutions. The University of Alberta is one of the largest collecting institutions in Canada with more than 17 million objects and specimens in disciplines that range from art to zoology, supported by a dynamic curatorial community.

The Curator, Mactaggart Art Collection, is a new position and the successful candidate will set a vision for the collection, integrating it into the University’s academic and community outreach programs and thinking creatively to advance the University’s vision “to inspire the human spirit through outstanding achievements in learning, discovery and citizenship in a creative community, building one of the world’s great universities for the public good.”

Reporting to the Executive Director, Museums and Collections Services, the Curator, Mactaggart Art Collection, is accountable for the overall research, development, management and program implementation of The Mactaggart Art Collection. The Curator, (Mactaggart Art Collection) works as part of a curatorial team which includes the Curator (Historical Art Collection), and the Curator (Contemporary Art), and works collaboratively with the Museums and Collections Services Management Team.

Major areas of responsibility include:

*  Collection development and rationalization including new acquisitions and deaccessions

*  Independent research resulting in exhibitions, publications, web-based projects/databases and targeted public programs

*  Ensuring physical and intellectual access to the Collection

*  Fund and resource development related to the Collection

*  Teaching and or/delivering workshops, lectures and seminars

The ideal candidate will be an experienced scholar with a minimum of a Masters degree (PhD preferred) in Asian art history and culture or related discipline. Ability to read and translate traditional Chinese script is desirable. He/she will have a proven research and publication track record and must demonstrate passion for developing a museum collection within an international discovery learning environment. 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 University of Alberta has grown into one of the top 100 teaching and research universities in the world. The U of A serves 39,000 students with more than 15,000 faculty and staff in four campuses and offers close to 400 undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in 18 faculties. It is located in Edmonton, Alberta – Canada’s Festival City – which is home to more than a million people and boasts a river valley with North America’s largest urban parkland of biking and hiking trails, and is less than four hours east of the Rockies in the heart of Canada’s most prosperous province.

Applications will begin being reviewed by December 6, 2013, however, this competition will remain open until filled.

In accordance with the Trust/Research Academic Staff Agreement, this position has an appointment of 5 years and offers a comprehensive benefits package found at and an annual salary that will be commensurate with education and experience.


Apply Online:

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


University of Alberta Museums

Attn: Christina Marocco, Admin. Team Lead

Ring House #1

University of Alberta

Edmonton, AB T6G 2E1


(780) 492-6185

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 hires on the basis of merit. We are committed to the principle of equity in employment. We welcome diversity and encourage applications from all qualified women and men, including persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and Aboriginal persons.


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Paula lives in the vortex of academic life. She studies medieval Japanese history.
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