Job Posting

Deputy Director for Collections & Research and Chief Innovation Officer

Founded more than one hundred years ago, the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is a globally renowned institution celebrated for its multidisciplinary collections, ground-breaking research and iconic architecture. Spanning art, culture, and nature from around the world and across the ages, the Museum’s comprehensive collections and research, coupled with its exceptional exhibitions, installations, and programs that speak to diverse audiences, has made the ROM a leading cultural destination for local, national and international visitors.

Welcoming more than 1.3 million people annually, the ROM is the most attended museum in Canada and ranks among the top 10 cultural institutions in North America. And as a globally recognized field research institute, home to more than 13 million artworks, cultural objects and natural history specimens featured in over 40 galleries and exhibitions spaces, the ROM is also one of the few truly multidisciplinary museums in the world.

With the ROM poised for continued growth and innovation, this is an exciting time to be joining the Executive Leadership Team. The Deputy Director for Collections & Research and Chief Innovation Officer (DDC&R/CIO) is one of the most essential leaders at the ROM. 

The DDC&R/CIO reports to and is a senior partner to the CEO, responsible for overseeing the Curatorial Division (Art & Culture, Natural History), which includes curators, conservators, librarians, collections managers, technicians and registrars. Additionally, the DDC&R/CIO plays a critical museum-wide role in helping to develop the strategic direction of the institution, in furthering innovation and creativity, and in positioning the ROM as a global thought leader. 

As Deputy Director for C&R, you will provide leadership, vision, strategic direction, and financial oversight for the Curatorial and Collections Division. As CIO, you will be responsible for promoting innovation, thought leadership, creativity, teamwork and transdisciplinary practice both within the division and across the Museum.

The ideal candidate will be a broadly skilled, sophisticated museum professional with 10+ years’ experience as a senior leader (Deputy Director, Chief Curator, Chief Scientist, or similar) with large collections and an international outlook, and will have a demonstrated record of high-level accomplishment in curatorial activities including exhibition & public communication, research & publication, collections building & care, and fundraising.

The role will appeal to an exceptional cultural leader who appreciates the importance of museums as a connector to people’s passions, as a creator if knowledge, and as a vehicle for community engagement. You will bring both vision and execution skills, will act as a coach and mentor for the team, and will be inspired by an ever-changing and evolving work environment and the unique assets of the ROM’s collections and expertise.

To express your interest, please reply in confidence to, or submit your resume and related information in confidence online at by February 21, 2020.

The Royal Ontario Museum is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, upon request, accommodation will be provided by both Odgers Berndtson and the Royal Ontario Museum throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities.


Application Deadline: 
Friday, February 21, 2020
Type of Work: 
Full Time
Education Level: 
University (Graduate)
Prefered Method(s) of Application: 
Apply Online

Employer Details

Royal Ontario Museum

Amanda Bugatto
100 Queen’s Park
Toronto, ON M5S 2C6