Communications and Development Assistant (YCW)


Communications and Development Assistant
Ontario Association of Art Galleries now operating as Galeries Ontario / Ontario Galleries (GOG)


June 14, 2021–September 3, 2021 9.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday


$14.25 /hour


May 7th, 2021, 5pm


Galeries Ontario / Ontario Galleries (GOG)
401 Richmond Street W, Suite 395, Toronto, ON

The GOG, through network-building, professional development and advocacy, fosters sustainable, healthy, diverse public art galleries, furthering the visual arts as a key component of the cultural life of Ontario represents and serves 116 public art galleries across 62 municipalities across the province.


Galeries Ontario / Ontario Galleries (GOG) is accepting applications for the position of Communications and Development Assistant. This summer intern position is funded through the Young Canada Works (YCW) program through the Government of Canada and applicants must be eligible for YCW as a current student, in order to apply.

GOG seeks a Communications and Development Assistant to work with accomplished staff in the Secretariat on province-wide initiatives that provide visibility, service and benefit to Ontario’s public art galleries. The Assistant will work with development of the Awards sponsorship proposals, coordination of nomination packages; assist in the Silent Auction program through strong communication and marketing skills, and develop content for the monthly newsletter and other administrative tasks as necessary. The Communication and Development Assistant can expect to learn key skills in project administration, communications and fund development.

  • Eligible for Young Canada Works Summer Jobs in Heritage Organizations (
  • Currently enrolled as a intern in a visual arts, arts administration, arts management or related program
  • Declared interest in a career path in the visual arts and heritage sector
  • Possess some knowledge about the and its membership and programs
  • Highly motivated to learn about project coordination and administration, fund development and communication in the arts and culture sector
  • Well organized with a keen attention to detail and ability to take initiative and produce desired results; some experience in project management or coordination desired
  • Superior time-management and organizational skills: Ability to manage multiple priorities in a fast paced environment and possess the ability to work independently as well as work collaboratively with staff, interns and volunteers in a shared work environment
  • Must be an effective communicator with excellent oral, written and research skills: must have a pleasant and polite telephone manner; must be able to analyze problems and communicate solutions clearly. Will be comfortable with speaking to small groups; prior experience in digital media is an asset (audio/video/html/photo, CMS); intermediate comprehension and speaking skills in French considered a significant asset
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills: Able to act independently and make sound decisions with the framework of established programs and direction to produce results; able to research, collect and collate data and analyze
  • Strong interpersonal skills: Able to interact effectively with staff, volunteers, partners and the general public; must contribute to a collegial and productive office atmosphere
  • Proficient information management skills, including databases
  • Strong computer and Internet literacy skills: Knowledge of MS Office Suite, particularly Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Familiarity with Survey Monkey, MailChimp, Adobe Creative Suite, Google Drive Suite (Google Docs, Google Sheets), Sumac and WordPress highly desirable. Must be proficient in social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc). Ideal candidate will be comfortable and efficient working on MAC operating system
  • Driver’s licence and willingness to drive an asset, but not required

The position will be based in the secretariat at 401 Richmond Street West in Toronto, ON. The Communications and Development Assistant will occasionally be required to work outside regular business hours to attend meeting and events. This time will be deducted from the time they are required to be in the office.


Please send your application to with the subject line “Communications and Development Assistant 2021”. Send the application as one PDF document (LastName_FirstName_Application_CommunicationsDevelopment Assistant-2021). This document includes your cover letter highlighting eligibility including YCW eligibility, a resume, and three references (including one current school reference).

This position is funded through the Government of Canada’s Young Canada Works Program. To be eligible for the position you must qualify for the YCW program.

For more information on eligibility about Young Canada Works please visit For more information about GOG please visit and

You are eligible if you:
  • Are a Canadian Citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada; Note: Non-Canadian students holding temporary work visas or awaiting permanent status are not eligible
  • Are legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Will be between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment
  • Are willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment
  • Will not have another full-time job (over 30 hours) while employed with GOG
  • Have been a full time intern(as defined by your education institution) in the semester preceding the job
  • Intend to return to full time studies in the semester following the YCW job

Note: Students with a disability are eligible for part time work.