Employment Opportunity: TD Public Programme and Learning Fellow

Pursuant to Section 14 of the Ontario Human Rights Code, this opportunity is limited to Indigenous individuals of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit identity.

MOCA Toronto is motivated by the principle that museums and their programmes are culturally and socially beneficial to the diversity of the communities they serve. MOCA supports and promotes forward-thinking artistic experimentation and provides a community space for enrichment, discourse, collaboration and creativity. Working across all contemporary art forms, MOCA’s programmes empower local artists and engage the Toronto art scene while contributing to the international art community and scholarship.

MOCA is a not-for-profit charitable organization. The evolution of the Museum is made possible through a unique alliance with Castlepoint Auto Building Inc, public sector funders, private donors, members, sponsors and a network of cross-sectoral partners.

Position Summary

Location: Toronto, ON
Closing: June 13, 2021
Start date: June 28, 2021
Employment Type: Full-Time – one-year contract
Salary: $50,000
Reporting to: Head of Public Programmes and Learning

Reporting to the Head of Public Programmes and Learning, the TD Public Programmes and Learning Fellow is responsible for working with the team to research, coordinate, produce and deliver public and learning programmes both online and in-person.

The first area of concentration is within Public Programmes, focusing on the research, coordination, production and delivery of outreach and public programming activities for an exhibition being developed in partnership with the Toronto Biennial of Art (TBA). The project will involve an open call for archival materials that may be included as part of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Toronto exhibition. In addition, the Fellow will build a database of community and professional creative relationships with a focus on LGBTQ2S+ and indigenous individuals, collectives, communities and organizations in North America that will help inform moments of activation that would be programmed during the run of the project.

The Fellow acts as the key point of contact between the selected exhibition artist(s), MOCA Toronto and TBA, and will assist with organizing the programmes that take place in the frame of this project as well as public programme offerings as a whole. As well, the fellow will provide production support for in-person and virtual events, develop content for online platforms for publication on various MOCA Toronto related digital platforms, and coordinate and develop select public programmes as curated by MOCA Toronto in partnership with TBA and the exhibiting artist/s as required.

The second area of focus for this position will be to organize, facilitate and/or deliver select learning workshops, TD Community Sunday programming, and/or group learning programmes. This content will be initially shared online with the aim of a gradual migration to hybrid or in-person experiences and events. In 2022 many of these programmes will intersect with the exhibition planned by MOCA Toronto and TBA.

There will also be opportunities for engagement with other MOCA Toronto initiatives, including the select advisory committees and other internal programmes within Public Programmes and Learning. The Fellowship will offer opportunities to engage with local and national educators, artists, and arts and culture leaders, offering the incumbent a chance to expand their professional and creative networks. There is opportunity to contribute to the ongoing development of accessible and inclusive learning and public programmes content, both within and external to the exhibition related programmes.

The Fellowship offers a mentored, fully-compensated position within the museum in which the incumbent can grow in their practice, develop networks, and forge a path forward in their careers.

Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, this fellowship may take place in a work-from-home environment. In accordance with public health and safety guidelines, the Fellowship will move to in-office/in-Museum work once able. Mentorship sessions, meetings, workshops, and conversations will take place digitally until the museum is allowed to re-open.

Pursuant to Section 14 of the Ontario Human Rights Code, this opportunity is limited to Indigenous individuals of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit identity. Candidates must self-identify in their application. Recognizing the underrepresentation of First Nations, Métis or Inuit voices in the organization, this opportunity supports MOCA Toronto’s commitment to creating inclusive creative opportunities that reflect and respond to the needs of the museum’s ongoing programming initiatives.

Key Responsibilities

  • Outreach, research, and planning for public programmes development, particularly in support of select exhibitions in MOCA Toronto’s 2021-2022 schedule
  • Developing outreach and partnership initiatives to support the collection of archival materials, public participation, and community engagement as it relates to key MOCA Toronto’s exhibitions for 2021-2022
  • Organizing, producing, facilitating and delivering select learning workshops including but not limited to those for TD Community Sundays
  • Organizing, producing, facilitating and delivering select public programmes
  • Producing and editing digital content, including PDFs, video and other materials as needed for online and social media
  • Participating in the administration and coordination of assigned programmes, including internal MOCA Toronto advisories
  • Other duties as assigned by the Head of Public Programmes and Learning

Key Deliverables

  • Efficiently organizing and producing a roster of select outreach and engagement initiatives
  • Establishing and nurturing new and pre-existing community and programming relationships that result in engagement and participation in key MOCA Toronto public programmes, resulting in a living database of community and organizational contacts
  • Fostering respectful relationships with advisory members and other key stakeholders and collaborators
  • Content creation and programmes development within the framework, guidelines and structures as set out by MOCA Toronto for various in-person and online platforms
  • Producing clear, organized and engaging public programmes and learning workshops that are appropriate for the target audience


  • A minimum of 3 years of professional experience in arts, learning or public programmes development, execution and/or research, with a strong community engagement background
  • Knowledge of contemporary art practices, particularly LGBTQ2S+ communities and Indigenous artists living and working in North America
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and executing community-based partnerships and collaborations
  • Demonstrated experience developing, supporting or executing a range of public programmes and learning opportunities, including performances, panel discussions/talks, community-based activations, site-specific events, and/or group visitations
  • Demonstrated experience creating social media and website content preferred for organizations, ideally with an emphasis on video production within an arts context
  • Experience using Office and/or related programmes (word processing, spreadsheets, etc.), familiarity with Google Suite and/or online project management software such as Asana a benefit

Equity and Diversity

MOCA Toronto advocates equal opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment and is committed to diversity in the workplace.

MOCA Toronto is committed to ensuring that MOCA Toronto is an inclusive space where community members are treated with respect and dignity. MOCA Toronto encourages applications from everyone, including but not limited to women, Indigenous peoples, visible minorities, people with disabilities and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities.

How to Apply

Please apply by submitting your application through this application form. Due to our limited resources, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.