Curator [Toronto]







The City of Toronto


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David Gibson House, 5172 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario 


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Job Description:

Reporting to the Manager, Museums, the Curator will be responsible for the day to day operation of the museum, as well as developing key initiatives to maximize the potential of the museum, ensuring that museum activities are developed and carried out according to approved strategic priorities and policies.

Consistent with the Mission and Vision for Museums and Heritage Services and the site interpretive focus, creates and implements an innovative program profile that meets the needs of Toronto’s diverse communities and recommends appropriate capital development strategies to meet program needs.
Implements detailed plans and recommends policies/procedures regarding program specific requirements.
Supervises, motivates and ensures training of assigned staff, ensuring effective teamwork, high standards of work quality and organizational performance, continuous learning and encourages innovation in others.
Supervises or delegates the day-to-day operation of all assigned staff including the scheduling, assigning and reviewing of work. Authorizes and coordinates vacation and overtime requests. Monitors and evaluates staff performance, approves salary increments, hears grievances and recommends disciplinary action when necessary.
Provides input into and administers assigned budget, ensuring that expenditures are controlled and maintained within approved budget limitations.
Ensures the City of Toronto collection of artifacts, built heritage and historical records are safeguarded for future generations.
Engages Torontonians in the history of the City through the creation and administration of innovative museum program and services.
Provides leadership, and develops plans and fundraising initiatives in support of museum programs.
Ensures proper maintenance of site facilities and advises on planning, coordination and implementation of facility capital projects in conjunction with Museum Management and Cultural Assets staff.
Develops and maintains the museum’s public profile and achieves museum attendance and revenue targets in conjunction with relevant staff.
Seeks community partnerships, targeting audience and client groups and develops relationships with sponsors and donors.
Develops revenue strategies and ensures that annual revenue targets are met through public programs, sponsorships, donations, gift shop sales, fundraising and government sources.
Ensures grants are sought and applied for to enhance the museum’s revenue potential. These include employment grants, capital projects grants and community development project grants through federal, provincial and local funding.
Identifies, plans and ensures the implementation of programmes and activities to attract targeted community groups and audiences.
Ensures excellence in customer services through staff training, program evaluation and client feedback.
Develops policies to ensure compliance with Ministry of Culture regulations and standards for program and collections management with a goal of achieving excellence in museological standards and practices.
Ensures compliance with Occupational Health and Safety legislation and policies.
Oversees or delegates the day-to-day museum and facility operations at the site, as well as site security.
Adheres to collection and conservation policies through museological practices such as preventive artifact care, climate control, appropriate care and handling of artifacts.
In collaboration with marketing staff, develops marketing strategies to improve accessibility and client diversity by working with specific media community groups and partners. Engages in communications activities with news and print media to develop museum profile and community relations.
Develops, designs, and installs exhibits in coordination with key MHS staff and stakeholders in the community to attract diverse audiences and create greater accessibility to collections.
Makes presentations to museum conferences, community organizations and other public functions on a variety of topics to promote Museums and Heritage Services goals, the museum’s work and the field of museology.
Contributes to the goals and objectives of Museums and Heritage Services through involvement in program development and the effective management of human and financial resources.
Key Qualifications:

Post-secondary education in History or another professional discipline pertinent to the job function combined with relevant or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Extensive experience motivating, leading, training and managing staff in a fast-paced environment and promoting and fostering effective teamwork and excellence in a customer service-oriented environment.
Considerable experience in managing museum functions in all areas, such as program development, exhibit development, finance, administration, and employee relations.
Considerable experience with museum collections.
Effective decision-making, innovative and results oriented leadership, leading and implementing proactive and progressive change are required.
Ability to establish effective working relationships and to work collaboratively in resolving issues and increasing opportunities with staff, community organizations, clients and other stakeholders.
Superior analytical, interpersonal, and negotiating skills are required.
Ability to identify opportunities for improvements to service efficiency, new sources of funding and improvements in customer service delivery so as to reposition the museum as an integral part of the community.
Ability to identify, coordinate and manage competing divisional priorities, multi-task and provide direction on issues management, communications co-ordination and relationship management.
Excellent oral and written communications skills and demonstrated ability to deal effectively with the public, diverse community stakeholders and staff at all levels of the organization.
Ability to identify needs and initiate and manage the implementation of solutions in response to museum issues and key priorities.
Ability to work effectively with colleagues and direct service staff in identifying and meeting Museums and Heritage Services' requirements
Knowledge of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations, Collective Agreements and related employment legislation
The City of Toronto is committed to fostering a positive and progressive workforce reflecting the citizens we serve. We provide equitable treatment and accommodation to ensure barrier-free employment in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the City of Toronto's Accommodation Policy. You can request for accommodation related to the protected grounds at any stage of the City's hiring process, i.e., application, assessment and placement.

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