Now Hiring – Curatorial Assistant

The Jewish Museum and Archives of BC
Job Title: Curatorial Assistant
Duration: 30 hours per week, Monday – Thursday for 12 weeks
Start and End Dates: May 22, 2018 – August 18, 2018
Hourly wage: $15
Positions available: 2

The Jewish Museum and Archives of BC is seeking two highly capable Curatorial Assistants to aid in the development and delivery of new exhibits and public programs.


Project and Job Objectives

The Young Canada Works Curatorial Assistant will be responsible for developing a new exhibit about the contributions made by members of the BC Jewish community to the Canadian Military. Members of the BC Jewish Community have contributed to numerous conflicts involving the Canadian Military for over a century, from the First World War to the Korean War to recent missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. Incorporating independent research, archival materials and oral history interviews, the Curatorial Assistant will develop an engaging exhibit to tell these stories, which will debut at a special event hosted in partnership with the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) on Remembrance Day 2018. The Curatorial Assistant will be mentored in this work by the JMABC Director of Community Engagement.

In addition, the Curatorial Assistant will aid in the delivery of public programming offered by the Jewish Museum and Archives of BC, including walking tours and community engagement events.



Employability Skills to be gained (Marketable Skills)

This project will provide students and recent graduates with a bridge between their academic and professional careers. The scope of the project will be an invigorating and rewarding experience for the Young Canada Works Curatorial Assistant. The variety of work involved in this project will prepare the successful candidate for a career in the heritage and/or not-for-profit sectors, and help them gain the actionable skills and confidence that employers look for in applicants.

Some of the marketable skills the successful candidate will acquire and/or augment through their contract include:

  • Exhibit Development
  • Project Management
  • Time Management
  • Communications
  • Research
  • Public Programming Coordination
  • Event Promotion
  • Graphic Design


Candidate Profile

The ideal candidate for the YCW Curatorial Assistant will have:

  • Interest in pursuing a career in the arts, heritage and/or not for profit industry as demonstrated through previous volunteer or work experience and/or an academic background in a related field such as education, history, museum studies, anthropology, or Jewish studies;
  • Excellent communication skills in both written and verbal English;
  • Excellent research skills;
  • A positive, upbeat attitude and strong work ethic;
  • Demonstrated ability to work productively independently, remotely, and as part of a team;
  • Attention to detail;
  • Experience working with the public, including children and seniors;
  • Familiarity with the Adobe Creative Suite and WordPress are not essential but will be considered assets.

In addition, all candidates must meet the following eligibility qualifications set out by the Young Canada Works program:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada;
  • Be legally entitled to work in Canada;
  • Be between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of the project;
  • Meet the specific eligibility criteria of the program to which they apply;
  • Be registered in the YCW online candidate inventory;
  • Be willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment;
  • Not have another full-time job (over 30 hours per week) while employed with YCW;
  • Have been a full-time student in the semester preceding the YCW job;
  • Have intent to return to full-time studies in the semester following the YCW job.


This position is dependent upon receipt of funding through the Young Canada Works, administered by the Canadian Museums Association.  Candidates must meet the eligibility criteria to be considered for this position.

The Jewish Museum and Archives of British Columbia advocates a barrier-free workplace and encourages all qualified candidates to apply.

Applicants must apply with a resume and cover letter by the application deadline.  The application deadline for the Curatorial Assistant position is 5:00 pm, Sunday May 13th, 2018.


Applications to be e-mailed to:

Attention: Michael Schwartz, Director of Community Engagement