Job Posting

Certificate in Museum Studies Course Director - Collections Management

The Ontario Museum Association is seeking a Course Director for its Certificate in Museum Studies course Collections Management for delivery in the OMA’s 2020-2021 fiscal year. The course will take place in April, 2020 at the Textile Museum of Canada in Toronto.

The Course Director’s duties include:

  • Creating a detailed course outline and delivery methods for the course in order to achieve the outcomes in the course curriculum
  • Recruiting and supervising guest speakers as necessary
  • Teaching the three-day course on location at a museum in Ontario (travel is required)
  • Timely marking of participant final assignments

OMA Secretariat staff handles CMS program administration, registration, and site coordination. A modest honourarium and expenses related to travel and accommodation are paid to the Course Director. A smaller amount is allocated for any additional guest speakers the Course Director may wish to invite to participate, in accordance with a predetermined budget.


  • Education and experience in course subject matter (collections management, policy, ethics, acquisitions, disposals, loans, planning for collections growth, risk management, and record keeping and data management)
  • Experience working in a community museum in Ontario and an understanding of the challenges and issues prevalent in the Ontario museum community
  • Teaching experience, particularly in adult education, is a benefit
  • Experience using a Learning Management System is a benefit
  • Strong organizational and communication skills are required


About the Certificate in Museum Studies Program (CMS)

The CMS is based on a group of broadly defined museological subject areas that provide the groundwork for a general understanding of the skills and knowledge required to work in a museum. The Ontario Museum Association’s purpose in offering the CMS is to establish a source of systematic and comprehensive training at the basic level, to provide recognition of this training by awarding the Certificate upon successful completion of the nine-course program, and to promote recognized standards of museum work.

The main objectives of the CMS are:

  • To introduce museum workers to the current body of knowledge and skills associated with good museum practice;
  • To give museum workers the knowledge to analyze and assess their own needs and problems in the subject area;
  • To provide a repertoire of techniques and resources to use in meeting those needs and solving those problems on returning to their museums;
  • To promote a commitment to the importance and challenge of continuing professional education for museum workers; and,
  • To foster a network of trained museum workers who can draw on each other’s’ experience and expertise to solve their institutional and professional challenges.

For further information on the CMS program, please visit the webpage:

Details concerning course curriculum, Course Director expectations, and honorarium may be obtained from the OMA Professional Development Program Manager, Mary Collier, at 416-348-8672 or

We invite expressions of interest from qualified persons by December 8, 2019. Please include CV and a cover letter directed to:

Mary Collier
Professional Development Program Manager
Ontario Museum Association
50 Baldwin Street
Toronto, ON  M5T 1L4

The OMA is committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. Only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

Hourly Wage, Salary or Salary Range: 
Application Deadline: 
Sunday, December 8, 2019
Type of Work: 
Education Level: 
University (Undergraduate)
Prefered Method(s) of Application: 
By E-Mail

Employer Details

Ontario Museum Association

Marie Lalonde
50 Baldwin Street
Toronto, ON M5T 1L4

The Ontario Museum Association is the leading cultural organization ensuring a relevant and sustainable museum sector in the province for the benefit of Ontario residents and our global community.