Program Animator (Canada Summer Jobs)

Website Friends Of Dalnavert Museum Inc.

deadline: May 24, 2020

Job title: Program Animator (Canada Summer Jobs)
Organization name: Dalnavert Museum and Visitors’ Centre
Job location: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Length of assignment: Summer 2020 (dependent on funding)
Hourly wage: $13.75

Friends of Dalnavert Museum is the registered charity that owns and operates Dalnavert Museum and Visitors’ Centre located at 61 Carlton St. in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Dalnavert is the restored 1895 home of Sir Hugh John Macdonald, son of Sir John A. Macdonald, and his family. Our mission is to preserve and maintain the museum’s buildings, grounds, and collection; to present engaging programs and exhibits that interpret the history of the house and Winnipeg’s early heritage for visitors; and to develop partnerships and programming that will make Dalnavert a cultural centre for city residents.

Friends of Dalnavert Museum are seeking a Program Animator this summer to continue developing and implementing community programming, helping us make the history of Dalnavert, early Winnipeg, and the Victorian era accessible and relevant to our community. Located in downtown Winnipeg between the Manitoba Legislature and the historic Upper Fort Garry Park, Dalnavert Museum is well-placed to tell stories of early Manitoba and the entire Broadway neighbourhood.

Key activities include:

  • Daily Operations
    • Providing tours of the Museum, a National Historic Site, to visitors
    • Training and supervising volunteers onsite
    • Administering reception and visitor services in conjunction with our volunteer team
    • Assisting with collections management support
    • Assisting with preventative conservation support
  • Community Outreach
    • Creating and implementing summer programming for youth, families, and seniors
    • Assisting with social media, marketing, and community outreach to groups traditionally underserved by museums, such as Indigenous Peoples, New Canadians, and people with disabilities
    • Research; making the history of Dalnavert, early Winnipeg, and the Victorian era accessible and relevant to our visitors, volunteers, staff, and the wider public, and encouraging conversations about immigration and reconciliation
    • Researching and assisting with the development of partnerships with community groups

Candidates interested in this position should demonstrate the following education, experience and skills:

  • Upper-level University or College education in any of the following areas is preferred: Education, Collections Management, Museum Studies, Humanities (History, Canadian Studies, Political Science, Anthropology, Art History, and Fine Arts), OR Communication Arts, Marketing, Public Relations, and Information Technology.
  • Experience in use of multimedia, and related equipment and software strongly desired. (e.g. Website development, Photoshop, Adobe Creative Suite, Digital Audio Recording/Editing)
  • Experienced user of social media, experience with social media as a brand or organization an asset
  • Demonstrated interest in Canadian historical perspectives is an asset: e.g., social and political history, built heritage, material culture, interpretation and story-telling
  • Computer proficiency, including MS Word, Excel, and databases is preferred
  • Experience working with artefacts and digital photography is an asset
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English is essential, French and/or additional language skills an asset
  • First Aid/CPR training is an asset
  • Comfort with speaking to the public and media personnel.
  • Excellent oral, communication and organizational skills, accuracy, attention to detail, friendly, open to learning, self-motivated, able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Physical demands of this position include sitting at a desk, using a computer, climbing stairs, and standing for an hour or more at a time
  • Physical dexterity to handle collection artefacts by hand
  • Occasional evening work may be required

Interviews will be conducted in June 2020.

This position is dependent upon funding approval from the Canada Summer Jobs program.

CSJ criteria state that candidates must be between the ages of 15 and 30 years at the beginning of employment; must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or have refugee status in Canada; and must be legally entitled to work in Canada.

Friends of Dalnavert Museum Inc. welcomes diversity in the workplace and encourages applications from all qualified Canadian students, especially those from groups that have been historically marginalized, including, but not limited to: Indigenous peoples, members of visible minorities, members of the Queer community, and individuals with disabilities. Employment Equity is a factor in selection. We encourage applicants to self-identify.

Physical demands of this position include sitting at a desk, using a computer, climbing stairs, standing for an hour or more at a time, and being able to lift and carry objects weighing up to 18 kilograms. Occasional evening work may be required.

Interested applicants may email a résumé including a cover letter and two references by 11:59 pm, Sunday, May 24th, 2020 to

Dalnavert Museum strives to ensure a fair balanced recruitment process. All applications received by the deadline will be reviewed by a staff committee and the museum Curator.

Candidates selected for an interview will meet with the Executive Direction and one other staff member. After the panel interview and adjudication, the successful candidate’s references will be checked. Candidates may be required to show proof of a clear Criminal Record and Child Abuse Registry Check. Applicants will be contacted at each stage of the review process and advised whether they are successfully proceeding further.

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