Vettoretto Curator of North American Archaeology, Royal Ontario Museum

Royal Ontario Museum

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

The Vettoretto Curator of North American Archaeology (Curator) will lead a collaborative approach to stewarding ROM’s North American, and especially Ontario, archaeology collection, creating exhibitions and presenting programs with Indigenous communities and for broad audiences, as well as undertaking research aligned with museum priorities. Leading the repatriation of Indigenous ancestral belongings through deep engagement with relevant communities, in close partnership with the Hatch Curator of Indigenous Art and Culture, along with the Indigenous Interpretive Planner and Indigenous Museum Educator, the position reports to the Co-Chief Curator, Art and Culture, and will be a key voice in rethinking colonial patterns of practice and centering Indigenous perspectives. An accomplished researcher, the Curator of North American Archaeology will propose and develop ground-breaking exhibitions and interpret ROM’s North American archaeology collection in collaboration with communities through inclusive, transdisciplinary thinking, digital practices, and innovation.

The Curator develops and cares for ROM’s Archaeological collection with a focus on North American cultural materials representing over 13,000 years of human history. The collection includes human remains, and continuing the appropriate return to communities is a top priority of the curatorship. The position will also collaborate with ROM’s Learning Department and Indigenous Museum Educators to develop indigenous-centered educational and outreach programming, including supporting the Ontario curriculum in First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Studies. The Curator will explore questions relevant to Canadian archaeology and throughout the contemporary world and will model inclusive interpretation of collections by a community of voices and viewpoints, acknowledging ROM as a forum rather than a sole authority.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

Collections, Research, and Exhibitions

  • Lead the repatriation of Indigenous ancestral belongings (including human remains) through deep engagement with relevant communities, in close partnership with the Hatch Curator of Indigenous Art and Culture, responding to developments in the field and community expectations, and establishing staff repatriation strategies and priorities.
  • Establish and lead a vision for the North American archaeology collection, including development of a 10-year collection development plan in alignment with ROM’s mission, vision, values, and strategic plan, and in integration with ROM’s full collection.

Exhibition and Gallery Development

  • Collaborate with community stakeholders, curatorial colleagues, and interpretive staff to generate innovative visitor-centric and transdisciplinary gallery and exhibition projects.
  • Participate in Master Gallery Interpretative Planning (MGIP), and work with ROM exhibition staff to continue the re-development of ROM’s Daphne Cockwell Gallery Dedicated to First Peoples Art and Culture.

Public Programs and Community Engagement

  • Initiate onsite and virtual programs and school curriculum related to North American Archaeology in collaboration with Indigenous Museum Educators and engagement staff.
  • Develop relationships with Indigenous communities to build dialogue, interpretation, and pedagogy relating to their ancestral belongings.
  • Provide lectures, tours, and workshops to the general public, volunteers, professional colleagues, and museum supporters.

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Skills and Experience:

The successful candidate will have advanced studies in archaeology, social-cultural anthropology, or a closely related field, or will have the equivalent experience in curation, research, and publication with a focus on North America and in particular Canada and Ontario. Professional experience in a cultural center, museum, or related environment is an asset, as is a demonstrable track record of archaeological field practices through active engagement and collaboration with local communities. A deep understanding, education, and/or practical experience in understanding the complexities and societal pressures involved in collections and exhibitions is required. The successful candidate will have an excellent command of both spoken and written English, and a working knowledge of an Indigenous language is an asset. Prior experience leading or conducting projects with government grants is appreciated.

Qualified applicants may have lived experience of the culture, language, and lifeways of an Indigenous community. The Curator search is part of an Indigenous Cohort Hiring initiative to realize ROM’s commitment to having Indigenous staff throughout the organization and to ensuring that Indigenous employees find a welcoming environment and a supportive community.


ROM offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package, including a base salary estimated to be in a range between $87,664 and $146,234 (CDN), dependent on experience, with full medical and dental insurance, a total of 22 days of pro-rated paid time off, and inclusion in the ROM pension plan (via CAAT). This position is part of the ROM Curatorial Association union.

Equity and Access:

Royal Ontario Museum acknowledges that this museum sits on the ancestral lands of the Wendat, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, and the Anishinaabek Nation, which includes the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, since time immemorial to today.

ROM is committed to fair and accessible employment practices and considers equity, diversity, and inclusivity to be foundational to its institutional success. ROM seeks to foster a workplace that reflects the full breadth of the communities it serves and welcomes applications from women, racialized persons, Indigenous/Aboriginal People of North America, LGBTQ2S+, and people with disabilities. Upon request, suitable accommodations are available under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act (AODA) to applicants invited to an interview.

How To Apply:

To submit a cover letter and resume with a summary of demonstrable accomplishments (electronic submissions preferred), please visit:

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

For additional information or questions, please contact:
Bruce D. Thibodeau, President, Arts Consulting Group
Jeff Erbach, Associate Vice President, Arts Consulting Group
Tel: (888) 234.4236 Ext. 201 (Dr. Thibodeau) or Ext. 241 (Mr. Erbach)

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1. The modern, multi-faceted Michael Lee-Chin Crystal addition to the ROM’s original heritage architecture set against a blue sky.
2. A group of young visitors stands around a glass case while a docent, wearing a green vest, explains the artifacts on display.