The City of Guelph is a vibrant community with over 120,000 people located in the heart of Southern Ontario, just one hours driving distance from Toronto.  Set in a picturesque natural setting, Guelph is known for its rich architectural heritage, growing economy and excellent quality of life – all good reasons to consider a career in this beautiful city.

Job Summary:

Resumes are being accepted for the position of Curator within the Culture, Tourism and Community Investment Department of Public Services. Reporting to the Manager of Guelph Museums, the successful candidate will be responsible for developing and managing artifact collections, directing exhibitions and educational programming, nurturing effective relationships with the community, supervising curatorial staff and volunteers, and providing leadership as part of the museum management team.

The functions performed in this position are in accordance with established standard operating procedures, departmental and corporate policies, with a focus on quality customer service and continuous improvement processes. Guided by the goals and objectives of the Guelph Museums Strategic Operating Plan and the City of Guelph Corporate Administrative Plan and committed to the Corporate Values of integrity, excellence and wellness, the candidate will aid in the achievement of the Community Vision – to be the city that makes a difference.


  • Oversee collection management, including collection policy, accessions, appraisals, cataloguing, digitization, storage and inventory, conservation, deaccessions, and PastPerfect database
  • Develop three-year schedule for permanent and temporary exhibitions and direct the implementation of exhibitions, including content, research, design, installation, maintenance, tear-downs, and responsive programs
  • Develop annual schedule and content for educational programs, including responsive programs, curriculum-based school programs, group tours, and lectures
  • Recruit, train, develop, motivate, manage and evaluate staff (Full Time, Part Time, Contract, and Volunteer); review employee performance on a regular basis and take supportive/corrective/disciplinary action, as required
  • Develop work plans and schedule work according to priorities
  • Track, analyze and report on operational performance, activities, and costs; recommend and implement program changes to achieve higher levels of safety, service, and efficiency
  • Respond to, investigate and follow up with inquiries/requests for service/complaints from the general public, residents, emergency services, other departments, senior management and members of Council
  • Actively participate in professional and community committees; network with user groups, citizens, and colleagues on a wide range of Museum related matters
  • Perform other related duties as assigned


  • Considerable knowledge and expertise related to the duties listed above, normally acquired through a university degree and post-graduate certificate in museum studies, along with a minimum of five years of experience working in the museum field, preferably within a municipal environment, showing progressively accountable positions. Candidates with an equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills acquired through progressive experience supervising staff or leading work teams, preferably in a municipal unionized environment
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to work independently and in a team environment
  • Excellent verbal & written communication skills with the ability to communicate with all levels of staff, stakeholders and the general public
  • Excellent customer service skills with the ability to resolve customer inquiries/complaints effectively
  • Able to work well under pressure and function effectively in a high volume workplace with competing priorities and time restraints
  • Fundamental skills in Microsoft Office- Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Outlook, and in PastPerfect
  • Possession of, or ability to acquire, a Firearms Acquisition Licence
  • This position will require attendance at meetings, events and other functions beyond normal business hours – requires a flexible schedule.


$71,657.81 – $89,572.26 per year

How to Apply:

Qualified applicants are invited to apply using our online application system by Sunday, May 7, 2017. Please note all applicants must complete the online questionnaire specific to this position at the time they submit their resume and cover letter in order to be considered. Proof of qualifications will be requested at the interview stage.

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The City of Guelph is an equal opportunity employer which values diversity in the workplace. We are therefore happy to accommodate any individual needs in keeping with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. If you require an accommodation in order to participate in the hiring process, please contact us to make your needs known in advance.

Personal information collected through the recruitment process will be used solely to determine eligibility for employment. We thank all candidates in advance; however, only those being considered for an interview will be contacted.

The City of Guelph is an equal opportunity employer.