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Canadian Museum of History

Director, Learning and Engagement

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Dare to inspire tomorrow’s history

Reporting to the the Vice-President, Visitor Engagement, the Director, Learning and Engagement, leads a multi-disciplinary team of professionals in the strategic planning, development and implementation of public and educational programs, events and interpretive products to enrich the visitor experience, broaden engagement and diversify audiences for the Canadian Museum of History, the Canadian War Museum, the Children’s Museum and their virtual spaces.

The Director leads collaborative and co-development opportunities both within the Museums and with external partners and ensures an audience-centred approach to the team’s museological and pedagogical analyses and expert advice.

As the ideal candidate, you are a committed and values-based leader who creates a sense of common purpose to mobilize people and generate enthusiasm. You support creative ideas and novel solutions for continuous improvement and actively build and nurture relationships and networks across and beyond the organization. You anticipate emerging sectoral trends and organizational needs and translate them into priorities and plans. You pride yourself on your inspiring and empathetic people leadership abilities, and strong business acumen.


  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in the field of museum or heritage interpretation, education and program and event planning;
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience managing human, financial and material resources;

Relevant experience in management of the following:

  • Leading a creative team in the design, development and implementation of various creative public and education programs, experiences and services for diverse audiences across multiple platforms;
  • Developing and maintaining relationships and partnerships with cultural, academic and education stakeholders;
  • Managing and leading a team in a complex and multidisciplinary cultural institution while establishing employee work priorities and objectives;
  • Leading the development and implementation of strategies or plans to support organizational priorities.

Knowledge of:

  • The mandate of the Canadian Museum of History (CMH);
  • The functions of national museums of history, including military history and the children’s museum as they relate to visitor experience, learning methodologies, museum interpretation and public and education programming;
  • Practices and principles for managing human and financial resources as well as project management theory and practice;
  • Creation, production and evaluation of: complex creative and educational projects, events, partnerships, and other interpretive or educational products;
  • National and international organizations and networks of interpretation and museum studies;
  • High degree of awareness regarding Indigenous and cultural relations.

Education: University degree in museum studies, social sciences, education or humanities or an equivalent combination of relevant training and experience.

Security Clearance: Enhanced Reliability
Compensation: MG5: $112,567 – $143,313
Status: Permanent Full-Time
Location: 100, Laurier Street, Gatineau, Quebec and 1, Vimy Place, Ottawa, Ontario

Language: CCC We encourage all candidates to submit their application, regardless of whether they believe they meet the linguistic requirements of the position. Qualified candidates will be sent for linguistic validation. In the event a qualified bilingual candidate is not found, other qualified candidates may be considered.

Open to: Museum employees, external candidates and/or candidates from our inventory. Priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

We thank all candidates for showing interest; however, only retained candidates will be contacted.

The masculine form is used in this document for the sole purpose of simplifying the text: it is not discriminatory in any way.

The Museum is committed to creating an organizational culture that fosters an inclusive, diverse, equitable and accessible environment for all. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals, including candidates from all cultures, racialized communities, all abilities, all sexual identities and genders, and anyone else who can contribute to the diversity of ideas. We are committed to an inclusive, barrier-free selection process and work environment.

The Canadian Museum of History subscribes to the Employment Equity Act.

If you require an accommodation in order to participate in the hiring process, please contact us to make your needs known in advance. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.

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