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Job ID: J0518-0617
Classification: SEN-09
Job Type: Indeterminate (Permanent) Full-Time
Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Minimum Salary: 80694/Year
Maximum Salary: 102104/Year
Closing Date: August 22, 2018

Open To

The general public

About this Job

Purpose |To staff the position of Curator on an indeterminate basis and to establish a pool of qualified candidates that may be used to staff future temporary or indeterminate vacancies for this position or for other similar positions.

Summary of Duties | The Curator is a unique position within the Senate and is responsible for the management and preservation of the Senate’s Heritage Collection. The Senate’s Heritage Collection is comprised of artwork, artefacts and heritage furniture significant to the history of the Senate. The pieces in the collection are invaluable to the material heritage of the Senate and Canada.

As the heritage authority within the Senate, the Curator provides leadership and authoritative advice regarding the management, preservation and interpretation of the Senate’s artwork, artefacts and heritage furniture.

Pre-selection Criteria

University degree, preferably a Master’s Degree, in a relevant field (e.g., art history, heritage, museum studies).
Experience regarding the management of collections.
A minimum of three (3) years experience in the provision of curatorial services and museum practices in a heritage setting.
Experience of curatorial researching at a range of repositories, such as Library and Archives of Canada, National Gallery of Canada, and similar institutions in Canada and/or internationally, including contemporary research (e.g. web-based).
Experience in archiving, cataloguing, and data collection of heritage objects.
Experience in museum interpretation and exhibition design.
Experience in using office software, such as word processing, image processing, database and spreadsheet software.
Experience in analyzing complex issues, formulating options and making recommendations on heritage or collection matters.
Experience in managing financial and human resources.
Experience managing contracts for professional services.

Asset Qualifications

Experience in the negotiation of partnerships with other institutions, including lending institutions.
Experience/proven expertise in the production of collection publications and/or educational material.
Experience in policy development.

Linguistic Requirements (see Qualification Standards)



Action management
Developing self and others
People management
Teamwork and cooperation


Technical competencies|
Knowledge of theories, principles, and practices related to museology, conservation, restoration, architectural traditions, and antiquities identification.
Advanced knowledge of methods of storing and preserving a variety of artefacts.
Knowledge of project management practices, including risk management, and their application.
Ability to engage in critical and conceptual thinking.
Ability to establish and maintain collaborative working relations with internal and external stakeholders.
Ability to plan.
Ability to be innovative.

Organizational Needs

The Senate of Canada is committed to building and maintaining an inclusive workplace where all employees are provided full and equal access to employment, development, and advancement opportunities.

Conditions of Employment

Candidates must meet the conditions of employment at the appointment phase and for the duration of their employment in this position.
Candidates must consent to supply personal information and obtain a security accreditation in order to be eligible for appointment.

How to apply

Alternative selection tool methods and/or reasonable accommodation for special needs are available upon request.

Communication for this process will be sent via email. It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure accurate contact information is provided and updated as required. You must consent to receiving e-mails from our system in your online profile.

The Senate of Canada reserves the right to retain a determined number of candidates who best meet the essential requirements of the position.

The Senate of Canada is a separate and distinct employer from the federal public service and is not subject to the Public Service Employment Act.

We thank all those who apply to this selection process.

The posting closes at 11:59 p.m. EST on the closing date stated above.