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 Manager, Education and Professional Programs, the Senior Digital Education Specialist designs and develops high quality digital education programs (including virtual field trips) and resources for K-12 students in accordance to the strategic plan and that are curriculum-linked, support the broader education and outreach goals of the Museum and are in line with principles of human rights education. The incumbent will also be responsible for identifying and liaising with potential partners to expand the reach of the CMHR’s school programs and resources. The Senior Digital Education Specialist supports the Manager, Education and Professional Programs in building partnerships with key education leaders and stakeholders in Manitoba and across the country. The incumbent will identify opportunities to connect with leaders in the field and will be responsible for the development and delivery of teacher professional development. The Senior Digital Education Specialist will provide expertise and guidance to the team of Interpretive Program Developers by identifying and sharing the latest trends and research in human rights education. The incumbent provides advice on education programming that supports the Museum’s mandate and vision and will work with cross-functional teams.
Development of digital education programs and resources
- Researches and analyzes models and best practices for a wide range of educational initiatives to be offered on the Museum’s digital platforms, including virtual field trips and a variety of educational resources for both students and teachers.
- Researches the educational needs of target audiences (e.g. early, middle and senior years students in Manitoba and other Canadian jurisdictions).
- Contributes to the development of feasibility studies for programs and projects (e.g. needs assessment for human rights training for educators).
- Conceives, plans, writes and arranges the production of high-quality educational resources on human rights such as videos, lesson plans, curriculum, teacher guides, educational kits and other learning resources.
- Prepares detailed planning reports and presentations outlining teaching and learning strategies, approaches and options for the Museum’s digital education programming and outreach programs.
- Plans and develops creative teaching and learning opportunities such as: online courses, learning kits and outreach activities for Canadian and international learners who are unable to visit the Museum in person (e.g. virtual programming for use in schools, web resources, etc.).
- Supports the Manager, Education and Professional Programs to establish goals, objectives and priorities for educational programming that reflect curricular needs, the approach and content of each of the Museum’s galleries, as well as the Museum’s mission.
- Modifies existing policies, plans and strategies outlining recommended approaches to educational programming at the Museum.
- Contributes to the development and implementation of an effective and vibrant calendar of educational programming that support the mission and mandate of the Museum and meets the needs of students and teachers.
- Works closely with Interpretive Program Developers to create integrated programming for teachers and students that uses digital education programming and tools to drive physical visitation to the Museum.
- Manages the conception, planning, development and training for the implementation of innovative and engaging digital educational programs and resources for a range of target audiences.
- Implements approved digital and outreach programs and resources by making organizational and logistical arrangements and by actively participating in program delivery.
- Proposes ways to assess the effectiveness of learning initiatives and develop tools for program evaluation and assessment.
- Monitors and assesses program quality.
- Accesses available resources/audiences and adapts or customizes educational programming as needed.
- Prepares plans for educational programming and events onsite at the CMHR and offsite as required.
- In collaboration with Communications and Marketing, prepares material to describe and promote educational program offerings.
- Establishes and maintains relationships with educational stakeholders, including provincial and territorial departments of Education, teachers’ associations, school boards as well as other external stakeholders and partners.
- Networks with other museums and outside agencies, through meetings and collaborative projects.
- Supports the national roll-out of the National Human Rights Leadership Program by identifying opportunities for partnerships, collaboration and audience development across Canada.
- Represent the CMHR at teacher conferences and symposia; delivers presentations and teacher professional development, and provides information at exhibitor booths.
- In collaboration with the Manager, Education and Professional Programs, establishes a working network with, and makes presentations to, external organizations, collaborators, colleagues and partners as required.
Teacher training/professional development
- Assists in the development and delivery of educator training (e.g. teacher institutes, training, professional development, etc.)
- Contributes to the development of an educator engagement strategy for both Manitoban and Canadian educators that drives visitation to the CMHR’s onsite and online programs.
- Develops a virtual teacher training program to train teachers in human rights education and how to access CMHR resources.
- Develops evaluation tools and provides reports related to teacher training and professional development.
Program coordination and administration
- Coordinates the efficient scheduling and overall delivery of digital and outreach education programs, including ensuring adequate levels of staff and volunteers, space and seating allocation, and resource management.
- Tracks and gathers participant feedback and prepares reports as required.
- Contributes to the preparation of annual business plans, financial reports and other reports as required by the Manager, Education and Professional Programs.
- Ensures fiscal accountability by helping to forecast and monitor budget and expenditures, under the supervision of the Manager, Education and Professional Programs.
- Contributes to the monitoring and evaluation of educational strategies, programs, resources and products. This includes but is not limited to accuracy of the delivery, effectiveness of education programs, quality and visitor satisfaction, and alignment with intended goals.
Expertise and leadership
- Working closely with the Manager, Education and Professional Programs, contributes to the planning of orientation and training programs and to the development of training resources for staff and volunteers tailored to meet the specific needs of education programs.
- Maintains up-to-date knowledge on current trends in education and human rights education and shares regularly with Education and Professional Programs teams as well as with other departments in the Museum.
- Works closely with the Digital Dialogue Initiative team and the Program Delivery team to provide advice and educational programming.
- All other duties and tasks as assigned.
Skills and Qualifications – Required
- Bachelor of Education and 5-10 years of progressive experience including experience developing human rights educational tools and resources.
- Knowledge of theories of learning in formal and informal learning environments.
- Knowledge of human rights education.
- Knowledge of museum education principles, practices and current trends in museum education.
- Proven track record of successfully developing digital learning tools for classroom use on human rights or related subjects.
- Experience in working with all levels of school administration, including teachers, principals, trustees and curriculum consultants.
- Experience in working with contractors and software developers to develop educational resources and tools.
- Experience in developing field trips for a virtual audience.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Ability to be self-directed and manage competing priorities.
- Ability to seek out and foster relationships.
- Ability to read and interpret curriculum documents.
- Proficiency in Microsoft suite and software.
Skills and Qualifications – Desired
- Bachelor of Education with 5-10 years of classroom experience in middle years or senior years.
- Experience in developing and implementing programs, lesson plans and tools for human rights education in a classroom setting.
- Experience in writing reports, plans and strategies.
- Ability to communicate in both official languages, oral and written.
- Familiarity and comfort with social media platforms and current trends.
Official Language Proficiency:
- Creative and innovative.
- Excellent organizational and time management skills, with the ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects and meet deadlines.
- Able to work independently as well as be an integral team member.
- Able to provide advice and committed to establishing and fostering positive internal relationships.
- Able to positively interact with a wide variety of audiences and age groups.
- Committed to fostering, establishing and maintaining positive relationships with partners and stakeholders.
- High level of autonomy.
- Tact and diplomacy.
- Strong organizational skills.
- Demonstrated facilitation skills.
Working Conditions and Physical Demands
- Some travel required, locally and nationally.
- Ability to work evening and weekends on an occasional basis.
Conditions of Employment
- Security Screening Level – Reliability Status
- Child Abuse Registry check
Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and résumé by March 1, 2020. 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.
All applicants will receive a confirmation of receipt of their application. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
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.
The CMHR is committed to fostering a positive workplace culture with a skilled and diverse workforce that reflects the Canadians we serve. The principles of diversity, inclusion and accessibility are core to our values and employment equity is a factor that is applied in our competition processes.
Employment equity, as addressed in federal Canadian law by the Employment Equity Act, requires federal jurisdiction employers to engage in positive employment practices in an effort to ensure that four designated groups (women, people with disabilities, Indigenous people, and visible minorities) are represented in the employer’s workforce to a degree that is akin to their representation in the broader Canadian workforce/workforce segment. The Museum’s employment practices are developed and informed by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action.
You are strongly encouraged to identify in your application if you belong to one or more of the designated employment equity groups.
If contacted about this job posting, please advise us if you require any accommodations regarding the interview process.