Regional Municipality of Peel

  • Collections Specialist, Art

    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(7/9/2018 1:56 PM)
    System ID
    # Positions
    Position Type and Status
    Regular Full-time
    Job Industry
    Museums and Galleries
    Career Level
    Post End Date
    7/30/2018 11:59 PM
    CAD $66,884.00/Yr.
    CAD $83,605.00/Yr.
  • About Us

    The Region of Peel serves a vibrant and culturally diverse community of more than 1.4 million residents and 163,000 businesses in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga.  Committed to service excellence, transparency in decision-making and responsible tax management, the Region delivers a wide range of municipal services that are customer-focused and cost-effective.


    The Region of Peel has recently completed a Strategic Planning process that engaged our residents and stakeholders to answer one question: “What can you imagine for the future of Peel?” All the feedback received formed the path forward and the strategic direction for the Region over the next 20 years.



    To learn more about the Region of Peel please visit our website or watch the Faces of Peel video to see how our employees impact the residents of Peel.


    Job Description

    Collections Specialist, Art

    Digital and Information Services- Community Connections


    The Region of Peel, Canada’s second-largest municipality, has undergone a major transformation during the past few decades as a dynamic, urban community with a vibrant economic base. Our goal is to build a community for life that ensures our “future Peel” is a healthy, safe and connected community, based on the cornerstones of collaboration, innovation and environmental sustainability. Peel Art Gallery, Museum, and Archives (PAMA) is the Region’s dynamic culture hub, housed in an inter-connected 4 building campus in downtown Brampton, serving a diverse population of 1.44 million across Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon. PAMA is an integrated institution specializing in contemporary and regional arts, heritage and culture, with a mandate of creative exploration and a goal to help build cohesive community. 

    Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) is looking for a Collections Specialist, Art to join the team and share their passion for Art and their creative vision with the residents of Peel.

    Reporting to the Senior Curator, Art, the Collections Specialist, Art is responsible for the collections management of the PAMA art collection, art research library, and related materials.  This includes collections registration and database management, preventative maintenance, storage, research, and incoming and outgoing loans. 



    • Responsible for the registration process for all works of art in the collection, as per PAMA Collections Policy and Procedures.  This includes research, fair market valuations, condition reports, and the title transfer process. Liaises with PAMA Development staff regarding charitable tax receipts and donor recognition
    • Works collaboratively as part of a PAMA-wide team dedicated to managing comprehensive institutional collections databases
    • Oversees and manages the art database including providing advice and support to all involved in researching and inputting and updating the database, to ensure records reflect appropriate research, accuracy, and best practices
    • Oversees and manages the safe storage of the collection on-site and offsite, and works with staff to ensure the safekeeping of all exhibition-related materials
    • Responsible for regular inspections of the galleries and both onsite and offsite storage. Inspects and monitors lighting, humidity, and art conditions in keeping with museum and gallery best practices
    • Supports the PAMA exhibition program by providing relevant collections information, preventative conservation advice, drafting and proofreading text, and assessing risk management. Assists with installation and de-installation of exhibitions, including packing and unpacking art works, photography, and basic care, handling, and moving of collections and condition reporting
    • Coordinates incoming and outgoing loans and exhibitions relating to the art collection and manages all logistical details including transportation, insurance, facility reports, and legal agreements
    • Liases with PAMA Operations team and provides advice relating to the specialized environmental needs and risk management of the collection
    • Assesses and recommends the conservation requirements of the art collection and coordinates conservation treatments by specialists
    • Responsible for all copyright requirements relating to works of art (e.g.  ensuring PAMA has written permission to exhibit the works, payment of any fees)
    • Responsible for the preparation of grants and other applications, including detailed documentation for cultural property designation to the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board
    • Provides functional guidance and support to Art Curatorial Assistant, volunteers, interns, and students and PAMA-wide staff training on care and handling of art
    • Works collaboratively with other PAMA staff as required on special events, exhibitions, and other projects as assigned


    • University degree in Fine Art, Art History, or another related discipline with thorough knowledge of art museum practices which can be acquired through completion of a post-graduate program in museum management or museum studies or equivalent
    • Four years’ experience working in collections management in an art gallery or art museum setting
    • Fluency in data management programs and collections management database systems
    • Sound knowledge of art history and fine art applications and techniques
    • Sound knowledge of the principles and practices of museum management, conservation, and care and handling of art
    • Familiar with current and evolving issues relating to diversity, inclusion, social justice, human rights, cultural appropriation, and Reconciliation
    • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively
    • Demonstrated initiative and “self-starting” attitude
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Excellent time management and organizational skills
    • Ability to multi-task, to establish priorities, to perform under pressure and have a very good attention to detail
    • Ability to lift and carry objects and tools up to 30 pounds

    Hours of Work: 35 hours per week Monday to Friday- Flexibility to work evenings, weekends and statutory holidays may be required
    Location: 9 Wellington Street, Brampton

    If this position matches your qualifications and experience, please apply online

    Additional Information

    At the Region of Peel, we respect diversity and treat one another in ways that are fair, courteous and compassionate, recognizing everyone’s contributions. As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to establishing a qualified workforce that is reflective of the diverse population we serve. The Region of Peel is committed to providing accommodations throughout the recruitment process. If you require accommodation please notify us and we will work with you to meet your needs. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals; however, only those under consideration will be contacted.


    Please be advised, the Region of Peel uses email to communicate with their applicants for open job competitions. It is the applicant’s responsibility to include an updated email address that is checked daily and accepts emails from unknown users. As we send time sensitive correspondence via email (i.e. testing bookings, interview dates), it is imperative that applicants check their email regularly. If we do not hear back from applicants, we will assume that you are no longer interested in the Job Competition and your application will be removed from the Competition.


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