University of Toronto

Curator – Collections, Conservation & Research (BB-93C6D)

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Curator – Collections, Conservation & Research Fort Erie’s history is as unique as it is fascinating. It is revealed through a vast collection of artifacts dating from 2000 BC and a myriad of topics including: Indigenous culture, a battle that was the catalyst to Confederation, turn-of-thecentury amusement parks, marine, and railroading, just to name a few.Fort Erie’s location at the confluence of Lake Erie and the Niagara River and its proximity to the United States adds an international level to its history, including the Underground Railway, immigration, trade and transportation. We’re recruiting an energetic professional to play a lead role in the stewardship of Fort Erie’s history, through the collections development, conservation and research programs at Fort Erie’s museums.Fort Erie Museum Services includes the Fort Erie Historical Museum and Archives, Fort Erie Railway Museum, Ridgeway Battlefield Park, Mentholatum Artifact Storage Facility, Mewinzha gallery, and other heritage partnerships throughout the town. As a member of the Museum Services team of 3 full-time and 4 students, you are passionate about caring for the community’s heritage and ensuring that interpretation is done accurately.Organized and proactive you are a problem solver concerned with quality and standards. You are an effective communicator who can work in both a team setting and independently. You possess a University degree in Museum Studies, Public History, Archival Studies, Artifact Conservation, or a related museum field. You have 3-5 years of related Museum experience and have demonstrated specific technical knowledge of relevant legislation, heritage principles, techniques, and ethics. A valid driver’s license and use of a vehicle are required.This non-union position includes comprehensive health and wellness benefits and an annual salary range of $71,951 – $86,326, based on 37.5 hours weekly. Curator – Collections, Conservation & Research We’re recruiting dedicated people who share our values of professionalism, teamwork, respect, honesty and commitment. If you are looking for an opportunity to learn, grow and promote positive change in a friendly and safe environment, we’d love to hear from you! Fort Erie...a welcoming, prosperous connected community of choice To apply for this position please visit our website at please click here.The deadline for receiving applications is 12:00 NOON local time on Wednesday March 17, 2021. Only applicants chosen for interviews will be contacted. Personal information is collected pursuant the Municipal Act, 2001, as amended to determine eligibility for employment. The Town of Fort Erie is an equal opportunity employer. Accommodation is available to candidates upon request.Curator – Collections, Conservation and Research Management, Supervisory & Exempt – Band 5 Page 1 of 3 Department: Community Services Division: Museum and Cultural Services Reports to: Manager, Museum and Cultural Services Position Objective Responsible for knowledge creation functions at the Town’s Museums, with emphasis on collections, conservation and research. Acts as the lead staff member of Museum Services in the absence of the Manager. Duties & Responsibilities 1. Assists the Manager in the establishment and prioritizing of museum goals and objectives. 2. Assists the Manager in the selection of and termination of seasonal and part-time employees and volunteers; organizes, schedules, trains, directs, motivates, disciplines and evaluates associates and volunteers. 3. Oversees the Collection Development program including acquisitions (artifacts, reference material and oral histories), deaccessions, and incoming and outgoing loans. 4. Carries out registration activities including receiving, basic researching, recording, tracking, condition reporting, accessioning and cataloguing. 5. Performs basic conservation on incoming accessions and on the existing collection. 6. Performs preventative conservation on the existing collection (storage and exhibits.) 7. Manages the artifact storage facility (moving artifacts, organizational improvements, overseeing site contractors, performing cleaning, ensuring security systems and measures are working.) 8. Manages the Research Request program responding to e-mail, telephone and inperson requests. 9. Supports the Museum’s Exhibition and Public Events programs by providing background research, writing and editing. 10. Supports the Museum’s Publications program (print and web-based) by providing background research, scholarly writing and editing. 11. Keeps up to date with legal and ethical requirements related to collections conservation, research and volunteers. 12. Assists with the preparation and maintenance of policy, operations and training manuals. 13. Prepares accounts payable items for processing by the Finance Department (purchase orders, invoices, and petty cash.) 14. Manages the Museum’s Memorial Fund program (donations and recognitions.) 15. Ensures compliance with operating, environmental, aesthetic and safety standards. 16. Performs routine office, sale and administrative tasks. 17. Provides general consulting and strategic support as directed from time to time. 18. Investigates, develops and implements process improvements. Curator – Collections, Conservation and Research Management, Supervisory & Exempt – Band 5 Page 2 of 3 19. Performs other related duties or special projects as directed depending upon the Museum’s work plan focus for the year including, but not limited to, visitor services, resolving customer complaints, gift shop sales, and special events.Education & Experience  University degree is minimum, graduate degree is preferred in Museum Studies, Public History, Archival Studies, Artifact Conservation, or a related museum field of study  One (1) to three (3) years experience in a museum in a Collections Management capacity, including collection’s development, proper handling of artifacts, storage procedures and conservation  Research experience, especially with primary sources  Supervision of others (staff and volunteers) Knowledge  Strong background and general knowledge of history  General knowledge of supervisory practices and procedures  Technical knowledge of museum best practices  Technical knowledge of conservation practices and techniques  Technical knowledge of computers  Technical knowledge of various applicable statutes and regulations, including the Occupational Health and Safety Act Skills & Ability  Excellent written and verbal communications skills  Ability to multi-task and prioritize tasks to meet deadlines  Highly organized  High level of attention to detail and accuracy  Demonstrated ability to work with minimal supervision, coordinate/plan work and anticipate/solve problems  Exceptional customer service skills with a strong sense of public service and cooperation  Creates an environment where cooperative effort is a priority  Comfortable and confident interacting with visitors, the public and community partners  Exercises sound judgement and public relations skills  Operates a computer, adding machine, and photocopier  Valid, unrestricted Class “G” driver’s license  Adapts to change, continues to learn and practice new skills Work Demands  Little or no direct supervision; work is judged on overall results with some choice of method  Frequent close and highly concentrated mental/visual alertness  Frequent contact with the public and excessive interruptions Curator – Collections, Conservation and Research Management, Supervisory & Exempt – Band 5 Page 3 of 3  Frequent deadlines, close supervision of others  Occasionally works alone  Occasional contact with public outside working hours  Occasional climbing  Occasional contact with dust and dirt  Errors result in lost or reduced productivity, financial loss, damage to property, public embarrassment, loss of credibility, personal injury Position History In 1997, the Municipal Council deemed employees of the Board to be employees of The Corporation of the Town of Fort Erie. Consequently, a new job description was prepared. In 2003 this job description was refined to reflect the needs outlined in the Museum Board’s Results-based Business Plan. From this exercise, the need to supplement the managerial and supervisory role of employees was reinforced. The position of Deputy Museum Administrator/Curator was established in March, 2004. The position was renamed following a corporate re-organization in March 2016. The job description was re-written in 2020 in preparation for posting in 2021. This Job Description was reviewed in July 2017 for AODA compliance and organizational changes and reporting.

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