Director: Canadian Photography Institute, The National Gallery of Canada

The National Gallery of Canada (NGC) is one of the world’s most respected art institutions, revered for its scholarship, applauded for its ability to engage audiences of all ages and all levels of artistic knowledge, and renowned for its exceptional collections. Considered one of the most striking landmarks designed by architect Moshe Safdie, this stunning building of granite and glass has housed Canada’s exceptional national art collection since its opening in 1988. Over 1,200 works from the permanent collection are on display, including from the Canadian, Indigenous, International, and Contemporary collections. Special exhibitions, organized by the Gallery in conjunction with museums from around the world, highlight the work of renowned Canadian and international artists.

Reporting jointly to the Director and CEO as well as the Deputy Director and Chief Curator, National Gallery of Canada, the Director, Canadian Photography Institute (CPI), is responsible for CPI’s overall management, including its exhibitions and programs, its physical, financial and human resources, and its growth and development. In consultation with the Senior Curator of Photographs, the Director determines the professional practices and standards involved in enriching and caring for the collections of photographs and related material that form the basis of the CPI collection; and for initiating and developing programs that will increase knowledge, understanding and appreciation for photography in general. The Director will lead a curatorial team of individuals responsible for collecting, researching, exhibiting and publishing the history of photographs and contemporary photographic practices. Overseeing the programming for the Institute’s dedicated 6,000 square foot gallery, the Director will be an inspiring leader who will enrich on every level the CPI’s national and international reputation.

As the ideal candidate, you are a leader through thought and inspiration in the world of photography. With 10 years of demonstrated curatorial experience in the history and culture of photographic imagery, you also possess 8 years of executive leadership which has strengthened your business acumen and developed your ability to establish effective working relationships at all levels. Inspired by creativity and always leading strategically, your proven ability to influence decisions and consult tactfully with both internal and external stakeholders has allowed you to understand the value in engaging your community and connecting key partners to meet an organization’s goals and objectives.  As a team leader, you are keen to find, build and manage talent effectively with contagious drive and exceptional interpersonal communication and collaboration skills. As an advocate for the institution, you demonstrate considerable judgement and diplomacy in professional relationships and are known to be authentic, inclusive and adaptable.

If you are interested in this leadership role at one Canada’s top cultural Institutions, please contact Dominik Legault (515-313-3238) of Odgers Berndtson or via email at  If you wish to submit your application in confidence, please apply online here:

The National Gallery of Canada (NGC) is an equal opportunity employer.  Upon request, accommodation will be provided by both Odgers Berndtson and NGC throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities.

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