Indigenous Heritage Project Assistant

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  • Titre de l'emploi : Indigenous Heritage Project Assistant
  • Nom de l’organisme : Ontario Museum Association
  • Lieu de l’emploi : Toronto, Ontario
  • Durée de l'emploi : 2017-11-13 à 2018-03-16 (18 semaines)
  • Salaire horaire : 17,00 $

Job Title: Indigenous Heritage Project Assistant

F/t contract - November 13, 2017 – March 16, 2018

$17.00/hr, 35hrs/week

Ontario Museum Association

Toronto, on

The Ontario Museum Association (OMA) is a not-for-profit member organization with a mission to strengthen capacity among institutions and individuals active in Ontario’s museum sector, facilitate excellence and best practices, and improve the communication and collaboration of its membership. The Association advocates for the important role of Ontario’s museums to society, working with all stakeholders, related sectors and industries, and other professional organizations. The OMA is based in Toronto, but has a mandate to serve museums and museum workers in all parts of Ontario.

The OMA is seeking an Indigenous Heritage Project Assistant to support programs of the OMA that further our goal to strengthen skills, knowledge, innovation and excellence in museum work in Ontario. The successful applicant will assist the OMA with sharing best practices in museums across Ontario and building cross-cultural understanding that will ultimately improve practice at museums resulting in better access to authentic, high quality experiences of heritage for Canadians.

The Indigenous Heritage Project Assistant will work with the OMA Professional Development Program Manager in the realization of the OMA ICS Next Steps Report which could entail: meetings; events; courses; workshops; informational package and resource creation; webinars etc. This will require liaising with the ICS Working Group, supporting committee meetings, reviewing and updating OMA online resources for Indigenous heritage and collection care as well as, planning, designing and coordinating communications to our membership about these updates. The Indigenous Heritage Project Assistant will also work with our Diversity and Inclusion team on their initiatives as they relate to indigenous heritage.

This position provides an opportunity for the Indigenous Heritage Project Assistant to work with several different programs and gain exposure to all aspects of the OMA’s daily operations. The Indigenous Heritage Project Assistant will have the opportunity to meet and network with professionals in the heritage sector through interaction with members and program participants, committee members, partner organizations and attendance at OMA workshops and events.


• Provide administrative support for OMA Professional Development (PD) programs, including preparing materials for workshops, courses and Annual Conference, communicating by telephone and email with Members, preparing website updates with relevant information (ensuring content is up to date and complete), and using social media.

• Assist with development and delivery of communications (including online), promotional material and social media plans for OMA Members.

• Liaise with members of the ICS Working Group about next step actions.

• Support the planning and delivery of events and workshops related to the Indigenous Collections Heritage project.

• Schedule,set-up and provide support during the webinars using the OMA’s webinar portal.

• Update the OMA website, membership database and learning management system as necessary.

• Assist the PD Program Manager with other administrative duties as required.


• Subject-matter knowledge related to aboriginal collections and/or culture in Ontario

• Understanding of the Ontario museum community

• Familiarity with issues in Aboriginal collections and the recommendations of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission


• Engages in respectful and open communication with working group, in person and by correspondence

• Acts in an ethical manner

• Represents the OMA and its values in all dealings with working group participants


• Graduate from a post-secondary museum studies program or related field, with some knowledge and experience with cultural and non-profit organizations

• Demonstrated interest in professional development , awareness of Indigenous heritage and diversity and inclusion work, especially in a museum or cultural settings

• Strong computer skills, proficiency with social media platforms and web editing software

• Strong oral and written communication skills, organizational skills, and attention to detail

• Experience with program/event planning and delivery would be an asset

• Intercultural sensitivity

• A good working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).

• Ability to perform administrative and clerical support for the project and logistics as required and assigned.

• Ability to work and perform effectively in a multi-tasking and team environment

• Experience with program/event planning and delivery would be an asset

• French language comprehension would also be an asset

• High level of professionalism and discretion to manage sensitive and confidential information correctly and effectively

Please send a personalized cover letter and resume to the Professional Development Program Manager, at by November 6, 2017 5:00 pm. OMA staff will contact applicants who meet this first screening to schedule interviews to take place at the OMA office at 50 Baldwin St in Toronto, or if required, by other web-based platforms. All interviewees will be asked a series of questions. These questions determine suitability regarding the candidate profile, nature and extent of previous relevant and required experience, compatibility of personality, and availability and willingness to undertake the work as noted within the timelines noted.

The OMA welcomes applications from people who identify with groups underrepresented in the museum community, including Indigenous, Francophone, LGBTTIQQ2SA, racialized communities, persons with disabilities, persons who are Deaf, Refugees, new Canadians, and/or persons living below the poverty threshold, who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

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