National Director [Ottawa]

National Director



Job Title:


National Director




Canadian Museums Association


Job Type:

Contract July 2018 - Autumn 2020


Language Required:


Fluently Bilingual




Ottawa, On


Application Deadline:




Date Posted:






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$75,000 - $95,000/year


Job Description:



CMA’s Reconciliation Programme

About the CMA
The Canadian Museums Association (CMA) is the national organization for the advancement of the Canadian museums sector, representing museum professionals both within Canada and internationally.

Job Description
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission called upon the Canadian Museums Association to undertake, in collaboration with Indigenous Peoples, a national review of Canada's museum policies and best practices to determine the level of compliance with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and to make recommendations. Thanks to the support of the federal government, the CMA has established a special Reconciliation Council to oversee the review and implementation of the recommendations. The National Director will manage all aspects of the project with the support of an Assistant National Coordinator and consultants as required.

Reports to CMA Executive Director


Manage all aspects of the indigenous project, including, but not limited to:

• To act as the national coordinator for all aspects of the project, including research, travel, preparation of materials for meetings and for public distribution, as well as the final report and video applications.
• Provide information to and liaise with all stakeholders, including both internal and external, including speaking engagements and media as required.
• Supervise additional staff and consultants.
• Liaise and coordinate all activities, to ensure that input of stakeholders is considered throughout the project.
• Consult with subject matter specialists as required.
• Analyze and evaluate all input received in consideration of recommendations.
• Assist with the preparation of grant submissions and grant reporting related to the project.
• Monitor project budgets in conjunction with Director of Finance & Operations.
• Provide reports, as required, to CMA Reconciliation Council, CMA Management and Board of Director.
• Undertakes travel within Canada as required to fulfill the requirements of the project plan.

• Excellent communications and interpersonal skills;
• Ability to inspire and motive others
• Ability to work with a wide array of individuals from different backgrounds
• Appreciation and understanding for the arts, heritage, and cultural sectors, as well as an understanding of indigenous reconciliation issues
• Excellent project management skills
• Experience at effecting liaison with other related organizations
• Innovative, creative, tactical, politically astute, resourceful, practical
• Fluently bilingual in English and French is desirable.

Preference will be given to a qualified individual of indigenous descent.

This contract is for the period from July 2018 to the autumn of 2020 to fulfill the needs of the project. Compensation range: $75,000 to $95,000 per year. Travel within Canada is required.

Please reply by July 13th, 2018 and include at least 3 references and state related experience in policy development and project management.

Applications must be sent to Sue Lamothe, Director of Finance & Operations at or be delivered to:

Canadian Museums Association
280 Metcalfe Street, Suite 400
Ottawa, Ontario
K2P 1R7

The CMA Secretariat is currently located on traditional unceded Algonquin territory. The CMA extends sincere appreciation for the opportunity to live and learn on this territory in mutual respect and gratitude.

The CMA recognizes its responsibility to respect the dignity of its members and those it serves in museums, and cultural institutions and their audiences regardless of race, creed, nationality, ancestry, language, religion, age, colour, geography, socio-economic status, disability, family status, social condition, gender identity or expression, sex, sexual orientation, political or religious belief.