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Manager/Curator, Waterloo Region Museum and Historic Sites
Length: Full Time
Department/Division: Planning, Development & Legislative Services/Cultural Services
Hours of Work: 35 hours per week
Union: Management/Management Support
Salary: $91,855.40 – $114,823.80 per annum
Location: Waterloo Region Museum, 10 Huron Rd., Kitchener, ON
Working for the Region of Waterloo and its museums offers the opportunity to work with a team of dedicated employees and elected Councillors. The Region provides innovative leadership and a variety of programs and services vital to creating an inclusive, thriving and sustainable community. The Region's commitment to service, integrity, respect, collaboration and innovation, creates an inclusive workplace where employees feel valued for the difference they make every day.
The Region owns and operates three museums – the Waterloo Region Museum opened in 2010, that incorporates Doon Heritage Village living history site opened in 1957; Joseph Schneider Haus National Historic Site opened in 1981; McDougall Cottage opened in 2001 – plus the Region of Waterloo Curatorial Centre opened in 1995.
Annually the museums welcome more than 100,000 people, including 30,000 children and youth participating in curriculum-based education programs.
The Region’s museums, with a combined square footage of more than 12,000 square metres (130,000 square feet), have an operating budget of $8.5 million and a 10 year capital project forecast of $28 million. The museums employ 29 full-time staff, 15 part-time staff, approximately 80 student employees and more than 1000 volunteers.
The Region’s museums are stewards of more than 55,000 objects, more than one million archaeological artifacts, 30 historic building and 123 internments.
Description of Duties:
Manages the operation of the Region of Waterloo’s museums (Waterloo Region Museum, McDougall Cottage, Joseph Schneider Haus, Doon Heritage Village, Waterloo Region Curatorial Centre) including visitor services; program delivery; exhibit development; site preservation and maintenance; and the stewardship and development of the artifact collection.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities Required:
Knowledge of the theory and practice of living history/museum operations, including research; collections management/development; artifact/historic building maintenance/conservation; gallery, program, and exhibit development; resource management; and marketing, normally acquired through a Master's degree in Museum Studies, plus progressively responsible experience in a history museum.
Knowledge of Regional, Divisional, and museum policies/procedures and related legislation (e.g., accessibility, health and safety, privacy).
Knowledge of local history and ability to conduct related research to develop exhibits, plan restorations, prepare publications, and respond to inquiries.
Analytical, planning, and organizational skills to analyze, interpret, and apply policies, procedures, and standards; plan and develop the museums’ operational/financial plans, objectives, and goals; develop, manage, and control budgets; and participate in planning and implementing capital/construction projects.
Ability to plan/prioritize work of self and others per guidelines; and deal with conflicting demands/ priorities, occasional peaks, seasonal events, interruptions, and multiple, fixed deadlines.
Leadership, negotiation, and communication skills to manage, advise, develop, and motivate staff in achieving objectives; present to varied audiences; engage the community and volunteers; and participate as an effective team member.
Ability to read, write, and edit correspondence, reports, proposals, plans, construction drawings, grant applications, promotional material, and contracts.
Computer skills using software such as Microsoft Office, a document management system, and an artifact collections management system.
Must be eligible for membership with Canadian Museums Association and have/be eligible to obtain a valid Firearm Acquisition Certificate to handle and access firearms.
Ability to work some weekends as part of a regular management rotation to provide on-site supervision and respond to weekend/evening site emergencies.
Ability to travel to various locations within Waterloo Region.
Ability to support and project the Region’s values.
We invite applicants to APPLY ONLINE through the Region of Waterloo website at www.regionofwaterloo.ca - see Careers by 11:59 p.m., August 4, 2016 - or - submit a resume and cover letter by 4:30 p.m., August 4, 2016 to Region of Waterloo, Human Resources and Citizen Service, 3rd Floor, 150 Frederick Street, Kitchener, ON N2G 4J3.
Thank you for your interest in this job, but we will only be corresponding with you if you are selected for an interview.
The Region of Waterloo is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion. We encourage qualified applicants to apply and will accommodate the needs of qualified applicants under the Human Rights Code in all parts of the hiring process.
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