Organizational Relationship

  • Reports to the Executive Director.
  • Provides curatorial direction to the CBHC museum collection of displays, artifacts and archives.
  • Manages interpretive and educational programing.
  • Provides leadership and overall direction to interpretive and educational programming.
  • Leads and manages assigned staff, interns and volunteers.
  • Collaborates with the CBHC management team, sharing resources as required.
  • Provides tactful and courteous public contact/service.


The Curator directs and supervises assigned staff, interns and volunteers in a variety of activities related to Collections Management, exhibit creation, design and construction, and restorations. The Curator administers the Centre’s Museum Standards policies and  procedures, ensuring that we meet all Ontario Museums Association and other industry guidelines and policies. The Curator is responsible for the overall direction of our Centre’s interpretive and educational programming. The Curator is responsible for the following responsibilities and duties:

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Establish and plan exhibit and collections activities using the Strategic Plan as a guide. Ensure that all plans and activities meet the mission, vision, values and goals established in the Strategic Plan.
  • Manage all aspects of the Centre’s collections and their various uses, including exhibits, traveling exhibits, rotating exhibits, archive and artifacts collections. Ensure proper procedures are in place and followed in their acquisition, documentation, storage, care, use, maintenance, disposal, development and presentation.
  • Recommend new acquisitions for the museum.
  • Provide advice on the planning of all restoration projects and manage them.
  • Ensure health and safety policies and procedures are in place for and followed by staff, contractors, vendors and volunteers reporting to the curator (all supervisors should be accountable for a safe workplace regardless of reporting relationships). The Curator is a member of the Health and Safety Committee.
  • Manage the delivery of the Centre’s Interpretive and Education programs including the online learning program, virtual and augmented reality tours, and in house tours and educational programming.
  • Administer the Centre’s Museum Standards, ensuring that all policies and procedures are current and meet OMA guidelines.
  • Administer Community Partnerships, including developing partnerships with various education institutes, corporations/businesses, individuals, not-for–profits, government and other culture and heritage.
  • Coordinate Graphic Design for the Centre’s exhibits and displays using established guidelines and input from the Management Team.
  • Manage Annual budgets for Exhibits & Displays, Restorations, Archives and Education for inclusion in the Centre’s overall financial budget.
  • Prepare weekly and monthly reports to the Executive Director on Budget items and progress reports on above listed budget areas for inclusion in the Executive Director’s monthly report to the Board of Directors.
  • Manage and oversee the Centre’s volunteer program, including outreach, recruiting, training, policies and procedures, hours and awards.
  • Ensure staff performance is meeting the targets set out in annual performance reviews and organizational objectives.
  • Participate in all Exhibit & Restoration and Education Committee meetings.
  • Observes all legislative and corporate safety procedures and CBHC polices and procedures.
  • Other duties as may be assigned by the Executive Director.


  • Interaction with the public, external agencies and authorities, suppliers, contractors and staff shall result in positive acts and actions.
  • The employee shall obtain, maintain and retain all required licenses, certificates and documents required of the position.
  • Manages staff and systems to ensure that they produce the mandated/directed results in an accurate and timely fashion.
  • Ensures that maintenance and operational procedures for displays comply with legislative and manufacturer’s requirements and CBHC objectives.
  • Ensures work is performed in safe manner according to the occupational health & safety act and CBHC health and safety policies.
  • Ensures that staff and volunteers are trained in the performance of their duties, functions, legislatives and CBHC policies and regulations.
  • Ensures assigned staff adheres to all applicable policies, guidelines, procedures, regulations and standards as prescribed by CBHC policies.
  • Coaches, develops and reviews performance of staff according to established CBHC policies.
  • Ensures that records, archives and drawings are organized, accurate, safely stored and available.

Job Specifications

  • Experience as a Curator or managing collections in a museum an asset.
  • Experience planning strategically for development and growth of displays, archival collection and artifacts.
  • Ability to exercise due diligence and implement effective risk management techniques.
  • Management experience in a tourism-related industry.
  • Demonstrated prudent and appropriate human resource experience in the management and training of staff and volunteers.
  • Skills and leadership in training and coaching to motivate and retain staff and volunteers.
  • Demonstrated innovation and creativity in solving challenges.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills that develop strong relationships with stakeholders.
  • Above average written and verbal communication skills.
  • Post-secondary degree in Museum Studies or a related field, Museum Studies Certificate or equivalent experience.


This job description indicates the general notice and level of work expected.  It is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, responsibilities or duties required by the incumbent.  Incumbents may be asked to perform other duties as required.

Because of the changing nature of work and the work to be done, the job description can be changed or altered by the Company, as required.