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Exhibit Developer

Job Information
Author gwozney
Date October 2, 2018
Type Full Time
Company Canadian Museum for Human Rights
Salary $62,661-$73,719 - Per Hour
Location Winnipeg, MB
Category Business / Management
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The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) is the first museum in the world solely dedicated to the evolution, celebration and future of human rights. It is the first national museum in Canada to be built outside the National Capital Region. Located in the heart of Canada in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the CMHR rises from the Prairie earth at The Forks, which has been a meeting place for over six thousand years.

The CMHR delivers an immersive, interactive and memorable experience for visitors of every background, age and ability. Each visitor has access to a fully reinvented museum experience that reflects a design approach that sets new Canadian and world standards for inclusion and universal accessibility.

We are seeking talented individuals who are motivated to share their passion and commitment to join our team. Together, we aim to enhance the public’s understanding of human rights, to promote respect for others, and to encourage reflection and dialogue.

Purpose of Position

Reporting to the Director, Exhibitions, the Exhibit Developer will work on interpretive activities related to museum exhibition planning, research, design, development and production of exhibit components. This position plays a key role in creating innovative interpretive solutions in museum exhibitions and related online programming that motivates visitors to learn about human rights. The Exhibit Developer will have an excellent understanding of visitor needs, interests and learning styles and will contribute to the planning and development of content and experiences that engage a wide range of audiences through a variety of mixed media.  The Exhibit Developer has excellent planning and writing skills that contributes to inter-disciplinary project teams developing exhibition components, related online activities, and media and technology-driven interpretive programs.

Key Responsibilities

  • Create innovative interpretation solutions for exhibitions to deliver human rights content to target audiences
  • Collaborate in the development of all exhibition development activities, including interpretive texts, labels and scripts, the review and editing of message outlines, texts and scripts drafted by others
  • Provide creative writing services for specific exhibition and/or digital and/or Web products and elements, as required
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues to transform academic and scholarly research into exhibition experiences that meet the learning objectives and experiential goals for exhibition and online programs for general and specific audiences
  • Contribute to the exhibition development and interpretive design processes, including brainstorming and review sessions, collaborating with consultants and researchers, visitor research and collection use
  • Work within project teams to aid in the development of an interpretive strategy that links ideas, collections and other interpretive media into successful communication strategies for the intended audiences
  • Ensure that goals and objectives for content development, exhibition development, and interpretive design are coherently formulated, are satisfied at specified review points through the process, are reached in exhibits projects and are evaluated and redressed thorough evaluation and remediation processes
  • Assess and incorporate features reflecting diversity and inclusion considerations
  • Liaise as required with in-house staff and external consultants on exhibit content, exhibit design, exhibit development, fabrication, installation, and delivery
  • Alert and provide information to external departments (Communications, Visitor Services, Learning & Programs) about changes to exhibit content
  • Assist in the project management of tasks for interpretive output Assist in the evaluation of projects to identify opportunities for improvement
  • Prepare interpretive planning documents, such as gallery profile sheets and project summaries and updates
  • Other duties as assigned

Skills and Qualifications Required

  • Minimum 5 years of experience planning and developing complex exhibition, media and technology, and display projects within a museum environment
  • Has developed and delivered innovative interpretive methods in museum exhibitions
  • Education at the university level in museum studies or a related discipline, or an acceptable combination of education, training and experience in a related field
  • Ability to write clearly, concisely, and imaginatively in the production of interpretive planning tools and exhibition labels, scripts, brochures, etc.
  • Ability to synthesize research, design, and media and technology through exhibition projects while providing conceptual frameworks with treatments/plans that will connect the museum to our visitors and engage them with our content
  • Experience in research projects for exhibition environments
  • Experience in working with and delivering to stakeholders at different levels within an organization
  • Has delivered creative written responses across a number of media in exhibitions
  • Thorough understanding of exhibition development and delivery from concept to installation
  • Knowledge of current research on narrative environment exhibitions and how that research has been applied in different media
  • Experience with developing and delivering products of high quality within short time frames
  • Demonstrable ability to work well with people of varying knowledge and experience; highly developed communication and interpersonal skills
  • Experienced in working with overlapping project schedules
  • Comfortable in office work environment as well as being comfortable on site
  • Ability to work under minimum supervision and achieve project objectives
  • Strong problem-solving and analytical skills
  • Highly organized, with excellent time management skills
  • Works well under pressure and has a flexible approach to working hours (when required)
  • An understanding of diversity and inclusion and how they relate to the role
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and priorities in a fast paced, deadline-driven environment

Skills and Qualifications – Desired

  • Familiarity with inclusive standards as they apply to exhibit media
  • Working knowledge of recent findings and techniques in visitor studies and audience research
  • Experience with media and technology-driven exhibitions
  • Ability to communicate in both official languages, oral and written

Working Conditions & Physical Demands

  • Security Screening Level (Reliability Status, Level I (CONFIDENTAL)
  • Work is primarily in an office environment. May require long periods at a desk and in front of a computer
  • Some travel required
  • Job involves dealing with tight deadlines in fast-paced, dynamic work flow

Application Procedure

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and résumé through CMHR’s Careers page at by October 12, 2018.  The cover letter must provide concrete examples that illustrate how they meet the education and experience factors listed in the Qualifications – Required and Desired (if applicable). Résumés will be used as a secondary source to validate the education and experience described in the cover letter.

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free recruitment processes and work environment. Please advise the HR representative if accommodation measures must be taken to enable you to apply and be assessed in a fair and equitable manner.

Intent / Result of process: An eligibility list of qualified candidates may be created as a result of this process. The list would have a retention schedule of six months.

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