Manager, Interpretive Planning [Toronto]

Manager, Interpretive Planning





Royal Ontario Museum


Job Type:

Contract - 6 months


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Toronto, Ontario


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based on $86,058.00-$101,245.00 per annum (subject to exper.)


Job Description:


The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) currently has a temporary opening for a highly motivated Manager of Interpretive Planning. The successful candidate will manage and organize the Interpretive Planning department. He/she will be expected to administer, coordinate, and process requests pertaining to interpretation, as well as guarantee content and associated interpretive vehicles are presented to the highest standards possible to ensure an engaging and meaningful visitor experience. As well, he/she will manage activities such as: developing and establishing interpretive planning procedures and standards; brainstorming sessions for upcoming exhibitions; championing the benefits of interpretation in a 21st century museum; exploring ways to offer new and diverse perspectives on art/culture/nature for our visitors; and assisting with exhibition-related community consultations to comprehend and respond to any cultural sensitivities.

· A University Degree plus Master’s degree in Museum Studies, Education, English, Creative writing, or Communications.
· A minimum of seven (7) years’ experience in interpretive planning. This must include at least three (3) years’ experience in a supervisory capacity, ideally in a museum or gallery setting OR an acceptable equivalent in education and experience.
· A generous and detailed knowledge of various interpretive strategies and vehicles (strengths and weaknesses), as well as museological thinking and best practices for communicating content. Including a solid understanding of pedagogical approaches, and knowledge of intellectual property and copyright.
· Demonstrated assessment of interpretive goals and outcomes, content analysis and deep knowledge of museum audiences. Including the ability to collaborate and relationship-build with numerous stakeholders.
· Demonstrated administrative, managerial, motivational, interpersonal, project management, problem-solving and conflict resolution skills. Tact, initiative, professionalism and diplomacy are necessary skills.
· Proven experience in engaging new and traditional audiences, with willingness to bring an open and experimental approach to understanding and advocating for new kinds of visitor experiences in museums, and in serving target constituencies.
· Proven ability to establish departmental priorities, manage shifting priorities, and handle numerous time-sensitive projects with multiple deadlines. Accomplishing goals through formal and informal channels.
· Exhibit strong morals, sound judgment, and considerable attention to detail.
· Familiar with new technologies to interpret temporary exhibitions and permanent galleries in order to engage audiences. Familiar with graphic design techniques and three-dimensional design.
· Superior written and oral English communication skills and exceptional knowledge of grammar.
· Excellent computer skills required. Knowledge of Adobe would be an asset.
· Language skills beyond English would be an asset.

START DATE: As soon as possible


SALARY: $86,058.00 - $101,245.00 (subject to experience level)

APPLY IN WRITING TO: Linda Knox, Human Resources & Organizational Development, Royal Ontario Museum, submit application by email to: Please quote Competition #2018-067 – Manager, Interpretive Planning in the subject line.

PRIOR TO 5:00 PM ON: July 22, 2018

The ROM wishes to 'Thank' everyone who applies, however, on those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

The ROM is committed to fair and accessible employment practices. Upon request, suitable accommodations are available under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act (AODA) to applicants invited to an interview.