Museum Administrator, City of Toronto

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Museum Administrator

Temporary, full-time position (12 months) – Toronto, ON

Are you a cultural sector professional who enjoys working collaboratively with diverse communities? Do you like to find new ways to connect people, communities and culture, ensuring vibrant and inclusive museums that are accessible to all? The position of Museum Administrator, Museums & Heritage Services in the Economic Development and Culture Division may be for you!

As a member of the Museums and Heritage Services management team, you will work closely with the Manager, Museums and colleagues responsible for oversight of the City of Toronto’s 10 owned and operated museums. If you are committed to inclusive practices, this will be an exciting opportunity for you to join the Toronto History Museums’ team as we embark on an ambitious and intentional change journey to decolonize the City’s museums and create community spaces that are inclusive to all. Take a look at our most recent program, Awakenings, which uses storytelling to connect people through art, creativity, culture and innovation:
www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/history-art-culture/museums

What you’ll do:
In the position of Museum Administrator, you will be responsible for the oversight of two facilities in the Museums and Heritage Services portfolio: Todmorden Mills and the Market Gallery. The City and the Division will count on you to develop and carry out the long-term vision and strategic priorities of the museum and galleries, and you will provide leadership in the development of programs and other activities offered on site and online, focusing on an anti-oppression lens. Working alongside communities, you will share authority with diverse stakeholders to ensure the stories shared at Todmorden Mills and the Market Gallery are inclusive to all- past, present and future.

With your experience in museum and gallery operations and administration, you’re both results-oriented and focused on the big picture. You’re proactive and prepared on a day to day basis to oversee all front of house operations and you’ll plan for relevant and vibrant cultural experiences in the future. You’ll strengthen revenue streams through programs and rentals, including community theatre productions, community art exhibitions, social functions, as well as recreation, education and public programs. You’ll manage the assigned budget, undertake grant writing and reporting, and track performance on an ongoing basis.

You’ll have a passion for arts and heritage and the expertise to ensure the 19th century buildings, 160 seat community theatre, galleries and 9.2 hectare nature preserve can be enjoyed by the public in new and exciting ways. Committed to public service, you’ll be a responsible steward and enthusiastic advocate of the museum and will build relationships to ensure these assets are accessible to the community at large today and in the future.

Assuming all typical managerial responsibilities, you’ll supervise the day-to-day operations of assigned staff and volunteers, providing motivation and training, ensuring effective teamwork, and high standards of work quality and organizational performance.

What you’ll need to succeed:
Among the strengths you bring to the role of Museum Administrator will be the following key qualifications:

  • Post-secondary education in a discipline pertinent to the job function (e.g. Museum Studies, Arts Administration, History, Curatorial Studies, etc.) with relevant experience, or an equivalent combination of education and lived experience.
  • Considerable Experience in museum operations and arts administration, including managing budgets.
  • Experience leading, coaching and motivating staff, including employees, contractors and volunteers.
  • Experience developing, co-ordinating and/or implementing inclusive programs, projects and strategies in the museum and/or cultural sector.
  • Experience developing and nurturing community partnerships that advance equity, and providing excellent customer service to a variety of internal and external stakeholders with a commitment to the community.

You will be assessed on the above-noted qualifications as well as your:

  • Ability to engage equity deserving communities in impactful ways.
  • Ability to promote and foster teamwork, provide opportunities for learning and growth, and establish customer service excellence.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills to communicate effectively with senior leadership, consultants, staff, Council Members and external community stakeholders.
  • Well-developed project coordination and leadership skills, with the ability to work under pressure, with competing priorities.
  • Strong change management, lateral and strategic thinking to support policy development, change activities and to support decision-making.
  • Excellent interpersonal, problem-solving and conflict resolution skills, with the ability to exercise sound judgement and political acuity in the decision-making process.
  • Knowledge of relevant employment legislation, including Employment Standards Act, Ontario Human Rights Code, Occupational Health and Safety Act, and Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.
  • Lived experience as a member of an Indigenous or equity-seeking community.

Above all, you’re committed to supporting the Toronto Public Service values and ensuring a culture that champions equity, diversity and respectful workplaces. You can also foster an organizational culture that emphasizes innovation, continuous learning, collaboration, transparency and accountability while promoting a strong code of ethics and integrity to support public service excellence.

Please note: The successful candidate will be responsible for overseeing the Market Gallery and Todmorden Mills, and will be required to travel and report to both sites.

About the facilities:

Market Gallery
Located above the St. Lawrence Market is the Market Gallery, Toronto’s first purpose-built City Council Chambers, which now houses rotating exhibits that explore history through the City of Toronto’s fine art collection.

Todmorden Mills
Todmorden Mills is multi-use facility that is home to a 9.2 hectare Wildflower (Nature) preserve located in the Don Valley. There are four heritage buildings as well as a modern arts facility containing a 160-seat theatre and a gallery on the property.

Salary Range: $88,979.80 – $104,540.80 per annum

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How to Apply:
For more information on this and other opportunities with the City of Toronto, visit us online at jobs.toronto.ca/jobsatcity. To apply online, submit your resume, quoting Job ID 6611, by February 21, 2021.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
The City is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to creating a workplace culture of inclusiveness that reflects the diverse residents that we serve. Learn more about the City’s commitment to employment equity.

Accommodation
The City of Toronto is committed to creating an accessible and inclusive organization. We are committed to providing barrier-free and accessible employment practices in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). Should you require Code-protected accommodation through any stage of the recruitment process, please make them known when contacted and we will work with you to meet your needs. Disability-related accommodation during the application process is available upon request. Learn more about the City’s Hiring Policies and Accommodation Process.