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Exhibition Development and Research Officer



Requisition ID: 7074  
Department: Rec, Cultural & Facility Services Dept.  
Service: Community Rec, Culture & Sport Services  
Branch: Cultural & Heritage Prog & Spaces Branch 
Employment Type:  2  ( Full-time Permanent; Full-time Temporary  Up to 1 year  )
Work Hours: 35.00 /hours per week
Affiliation: CIPP 
Salary Information: $69,713.28 - $84,824.74  annually (2023 rates of pay)
Location: 300 Peres Blancs Avenue  
City: Ottawa, ON 
Job Category: Recreation, Cultural & Facility Services 
Application Close: 24/03/2023


Cultural and Heritage Programs is responsible for multi-disciplinary arts centres, heritage and museum facilities and structures, the delivery of arts, heritage and museum public programming and events, volunteer program development, audience development, and exhibitions and research.

You are responsible for developing innovative permanent, temporary, traveling and special exhibitions that interpret the local history relevant to museum/historical sites currently owned and operated by the City of Ottawa (i.e. Billings Estate Museum National Historic Site, Pinhey's Point Historic Site, Fairfields Heritage House, Nepean Museum, and Cumberland Heritage Village Museum), and for undertaking and arranging historical research to support the objectives and activities of Museum Services.


Completion of 3 year university degree in Applied Museum Studies, History, or a related field

Minimum of 3 years of experience working in a museum setting conducting historical research utilizing primary and secondary sources to support Exhibitions, publications, interpretation and education programs; preparing research reports, developing interpretive themes and messages and writing exhibition text; creating object-based exhibitions from inception through completion including concept, design, fabrication, installation, evaluation and maintenance, and budget, supervisory and teamwork experience.


Not applicable


  • Identification and use of primary and secondary research sources;
  • Exhibition development and evaluation principles and practices;
  • Project management principles and practices;
  • Professional museological ethics, standards, practices;
  • City of Ottawa organization and structure.


  • Graphic design (in exhibition design and fabrication);
  • Interpret, assess, and synthesize historical information;
  • Exhibition design and fabrication: drafting, construction, and installation;
  • Project management: planning, organization, delegation, negotiation, and operational budget and contract management;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Interpersonal, collaborative, and promotional skills;
  • Recruitment, training and supervision of part-time staff, students and volunteers;
  • Keyboarding skills and ability to use Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop or equivalent, Word, Excel, Outlook, the Internet, and other computer programs as required;
  • Self-starter, resourceful, capable of working independently with minimal supervision;
  • Team leader and player capable of working in a multi-disciplinary team environment;
  • Creative and innovative approach to issues and problem resolution;
  • Flexible approach to work assignments, proven ability to manage changing priorities and stress effectively;
  • Responsible, efficient, and professional in carrying out duties and responsibilities;
  • Commitment to on-going learning and professional development.


  • Language Requirement: Designated Bilingual – specific level of language proficiency: French: oral, reading, writing English: oral, reading, writing Candidates who do not meet language requirements will be required to participate in training.    
  • Driver’s License Requirement:  This position requires the successful candidate to use their own transportation.; A valid Ontario unrestricted G class driver’s license (or provincial equivalent) with no more than 6 demerit points accumulated  
  • Experience and formal training combined with demonstrated performance and ability may substitute for stipulated academic requirements. 
  • Please save a copy of the job poster. Once the closing date has passed, it will no longer be available. 


We wish to thank all applicants for their interest and effort in applying for this position. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. 


The City of Ottawa promotes the principles of diversity and inclusion and adheres to the tenets of the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Ontario Human Rights Code. We encourage applications from members of Indigenous, Black and other racialized communities, persons with disabilities, women and non-binary persons, persons of all ethnic origins, religions, sexual orientations, classes, gender identities and expressions. 
Candidates are encouraged to self-identify as a member of one or more designated employment equity groups in the self-identification questionnaire.


The City of Ottawa provides accommodation during all parts of the hiring process, upon request, to applicants with disabilities. If contacted to proceed to the selection process, please advise us if you require any accommodation.


Accessible formats and communication supports are available upon request. Please contact the HR Service Centre at 613-580-2424, extension 47411.