Employment Opportunity: Public Programs and Learning

Thank you for applying. We will be reviewing all applications in January 2019.

Please note this job posting has been updated as of December 3, 2018.

Closing on: Until Filled
Location: Toronto, ON
Effective: Immediately
Employment Type: Full-Time

MOCA Toronto reopened in its new 55,000 square foot home in the Junction Triangle on September 22, 2018. Under the leadership of Executive Director and CEO, Heidi Reitmaier, the new MOCA Toronto is a place of conversation, exchange and exploration where visitors of all ages and backgrounds can be part of a global creative moment.

MOCA welcomes visitors to three phases of exhibitions a year featuring work from Canadian and world-recognized artists that explores the themes of our time. Located on Sterling Road, in the culturally rich Junction Triangle community, the museum is housed on the first five floors of the historic Tower Automotive Building, a former aluminium factory known for its unique architecture.

The evolution of the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto Canada is made possible through a unique alliance with Castle Point Greybrook Sterling Inc., public sector funders, private donors, members, sponsors and a network of cross-sectoral partners.

Position Summary

MOCA Toronto is introducing a new position at the museum that will hold responsibility for both learning and public programs. The incumbent will design world-class programs that offer unique opportunities for visitors of all ages and levels of interest to engage with art and culture at MOCA.

MOCA has a strong desire to develop strong and highly visible adult public programming and youth engagement. We wish to encourage new audiences to participate and invite them to generate new knowledge and innovative thinking around contemporary art and culture. These public programs have the opportunity and ambition to create successful and at times highly visible results, as well as deep learning opportunities, for a wide range of visitors whose familiarity with contemporary art may differ.

This role will lead the organisation to think and develop new and best practice around the pedagogy and impact of learning and public engagement. It will offer a unique opportunity to create a meaningful program that integrates deeper learning and participation, involving high schools, higher education institutions, the local, national and international arts community, and the general public – with a focus on youth and adults. Working alongside MOCA’s many partners and key stakeholders, the incumbent will liaise with artists, thinkers, and innovators from various disciplines to ensure MOCA is a leader in learning and public engagement. It is important that the impact of this programming is comprehensively understood and disseminated as an integral component of the museum’s many successes.


  • Designing and implementing a unique intergenerational learning and public program within a 21st century contemporary art museum
  • Building and strengthening partnerships in the arts and culture communities – locally, nationally and globally
  • Creating sustainability with integrated practices and mechanisms to reflect on best practice and measure impact in all learning and public program offerings
  • Managing the program on budget and leading reporting efforts
  • Working closely with the rest of the organization and in particular with the Director of Programs to strategize how to integrate learning and public programs into MOCA’s vision



  • Master’s degree in either museum, curatorial, education studies, art history, journalism, or equivalent experience and training; a minimum of five years working in a museum, or cultural institution or equivalent.
  • Previous learning and public programs experience, preferably having worked across education and curatorial, with adults as well as youth.
  • Deep knowledge of best practices and pedagogy in 21st century museum learning and public engagement arenas and a clear understanding and curiosity of museum audiences.
  • Extensive knowledge of visual arts, culture-at-large and pop culture. Clear understanding of how there is overlap in the production, dissemination and consumption of these in the contemporary world.
  • Exceptional written, presentation and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to articulate ideas clearly and succulently to different audiences.
  • Experience working successfully with internal and external partners – including artists, educators, curators, producers and academics, among others.
  • Ability to problem solve and work independent and quickly, as well as a clear ability to prioritize and work efficiently.

This position may include evening and weekend hours, as required to fulfill responsibilities and be on hand for museum programs. With this in mind, applicants should be willing to consider this as a flexi full-time position, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Interested candidates are invited to submit their cover letter and current CV as one document in pdf format to: humanresources@museumofcontemporaryart.ca.

We thank all applicants in advance. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

The Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto Canada advocates equal opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment and is committed to diversity in the workplace.