Indigenous Learning Facilitator – Young Canada Works Program

Applications accepted until position is filled.

Indigenous Learning Facilitator – Young Canada Works Program

Division: Learning & Engagement
Department: Learning & Engagement, Museum Galleries
Position Type: Part-Time Temporary Term: May 1, 2024 to March 31, 2025
Closing Date: Open until the position is filled

 

The Manitoba Museum places a pivotal role in showcasing the rich heritage and natural wonders of our region. Our collections are encyclopedic in scope, encompassing both cultural artifacts and scientific specimens. The Museum strives to conserve collect and share knowledge, while encouraging intercultural dialogue and understanding within our communities. Through innovative, perspective-changing programs, the Museum is creating platforms for critical conversations, showcasing diverse perspectives and promoting inclusivity within our society. As the Museum moves forward with the hope to serve our communities, we are seeking an Indigenous Learning Facilitator to work in the Learning and Engagement Department.

The Learning and Engagement Department is made up of a dedicated team of professionals that design and deliver innovative programs that bring history and culture of Manitoba to life, creating unforgettable experiences for our visitors.

As the Indigenous Learning Facilitator, you will play a pivotal role in the Learning & Engagement Department, working with a dedicated team committed to creating dynamic programs that bring history and culture to life. Under the direction of the Head of Indigenous Programming and Engagement, you will work to understand and share knowledge of Indigenous content in exhibits, and assist in developing and delivering engaging interpretive programs with a specific focus on Indigenous cultures for all Museum audiences.

Your responsibilities will extend to supporting community outreach initiatives, being a part of meaningful connections with Indigenous communities, and assisting in the coordination and delivery of programs and events. This internship offers a unique opportunity for professional development, including mentorship and ongoing learning experiences.

To thrive in this role, you should have a diploma in Indigenous Studies, Education, Museum Studies, or a related field, lived experience, demonstrating cultural competency, and a genuine passion for promoting Indigenous perspectives. Strong communication skills, both verbal and written, and the ability to work collaboratively in a team are essential.

The location of the job is Winnipeg and it is a part-time temporary position commencing May 1, 2024 continuing until March 31, 2025. The incumbent will report to the Head of Indigenous Programming and Engagement. Pay is $18.46 per hour, working to a maximum of 30 hours per week. Applicants must qualify under the Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage graduate internship program (YCW-BCH) program (see www.youngcanadaworks.ca).

The Manitoba Museum welcomes diversity in the workplace and encourages applications from all qualified Canadian students, including Indigenous peoples and members of visible minorities. Due to the nature of the work and workplace, the successful candidate must be able to lift and carry objects weighing up to 18 kilograms.

 

Application deadline: Open until the position is filled. Submit resumes to:

Manager of Volunteer & Employee Relations
The Manitoba Museum
190 Rupert Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 0N2
HR@ManitobaMuseum.ca

General

Reporting to the Head of Indigenous Programming & Engagement, the successful candidate will be an enthusiastic and culturally engaged individual, possessing a distinctive blend of educational qualifications, interpersonal abilities, and a dedication to nurturing Indigenous representation and comprehension within cultural institutions.

Key Accountabilities & Typical Duties:

Priority 1: Interpretive Ambassador (55%)

To cultivate a positive visitor experience with a focus on Indigenous perspectives, engage visitors proactively, and ensure safe, educational, and orderly interaction with Museum exhibits and programs.

  1. Deliver booked interpretive programs, with a particular emphasis on Indigenous culture, for the institution’s school and general public audience as per the daily schedule.
  2. Execute all ongoing functions related to program operation, ensuring the incorporation of Indigenous narratives and perspectives.
  3. Respond to inquiries from the general public, offering information on all Museum programs, exhibits, and activities, with a keen emphasis on Indigenous contributions.
  4. Acquire and disseminate pertinent information on departmental programs, permanent galleries, and temporary exhibits, placing special emphasis on Indigenous content.

 

Priority 2: Indigenous Program Maintenance (15%)

To contribute to the smooth functioning of Museum programs and exhibits, with a particular focus on those that highlight Indigenous heritage.

  1. Set up and take down furniture, equipment, specimens, artifacts, and other program materials, ensuring Indigenous artifacts are handled with cultural sensitivity.
  2. Operate A/V equipment daily in accordance with scheduled programs, integrating Indigenous themes and narratives.
  3. Maintain sufficient inventory for specific programs, paying special attention to Indigenous-related materials.
  4. Undertake other duties as reasonably assigned with a commitment to promoting Indigenous representation in the Museum.

 

Priority 3: Visitor Service (10%)

To provide support for volunteers and front-line staff ensuring a quality visitor experience with a focus on Indigenous inclusivity.

  1. Support staff, interns, and volunteers with visitor service emphasizing Indigenous cultural awareness.
  2. On weekends, schedule and supervise volunteers to ensure optimum program and exhibit coverage, reporting on volunteer attendance and addressing any issues to managers.
  3. Support and liaise with rental staff for special events, ensuring Indigenous cultural considerations are integrated.
  4. Offer feedback and input to other staff regarding the Museum’s programs, exhibits, and activities, with a focus on enhancing Indigenous representation.
  5. Support research on program content, liaising with Head of Indigenous Programming & Engagement for program content related to Indigenous cultures as needed.

 

Priority 4: Other

Other duties as reasonably assigned, with a commitment to advancing Indigenous representation and understanding within the Museum program delivery.

Minimum Required Qualifications:

Skills, Abilities and Knowledge

  1. A strong understanding and appreciation of Indigenous cultures, histories, and contemporary issues based on lived experience.
  2. Excellent communication and writing skills with the ability to convey information in an engaging and accessible manner.
  3. Experience in events, workshops, or educational programs.
  4. Understanding of museological trends in learning, outreach, and engagement.
  5. Foundational understanding of museum collections care procedures.
  6. Basic proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and the ability to quickly learn and navigate relevant software. Any experience with gamification and coding would be an asset.

 

Education, Training, and Experience

  1. A diploma in Indigenous Studies, Education, Museum Studies, or a related field. An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.
  2. At least one year experience in a similar position, i.e. facilitating events, workshops, or educational programs.

 

This position is funded through the Young Canada Works program. Applicants must qualify under the Young Canada Works Student program (www.youngcanadaworks.ca).

This is a part-time temporary position from May 1, 2024 to March 31, 2025. The incumbent will report to the Head of Indigenous Programming & Engagement. The hourly wage is $18.46, plus 6% vacation pay.

Please submit your resume and cover letter to:

 

Manager of Volunteer & Employee Relations
The Manitoba Museum
190 Rupert Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 0N2
HR@ManitobaMuseum.ca
Fax: 942-3679

 

The Manitoba Museum is committed to inclusion and employment equity and welcomes diversity in the workplace. The Manitoba Museum recognizes the importance of building a workforce reflective of the visitors it serves. Therefore, the Manitoba Museum supports equitable employment practices and promotes representation of designated groups (women, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities, visible minorities).

Employment Equity is a factor in selection for this position. Consideration will be given to Indigenous people, visible minorities and persons with disabilities. All applicants are encouraged to self-identify if they are members of the designated groups (women, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities, visible minorities) in their application.

 This document is available in other formats and accommodations will be provided throughout the selection process upon request. Contact Human Resources at 204-956-2830 if you have an accommodation request.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those being considered for interviews will be contacted. We are not able to acknowledge receipt of applications submitted via Fax or mail.