Cultural Heritage Assistant
City of Kingston
Kingston’s vision of being a smart, livable 21st century city is fast becoming reality. History and innovation thrive in our dynamic city located along the beautiful shores of Lake Ontario, an easy drive from Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal, in the heart of eastern Ontario. With a stable and diversified economy that includes global corporations, innovative startups and all levels of government, Kingston’s high quality of life offers access to world-class education and research institutions, advanced healthcare facilities, affordable living and vibrant entertainment and tourism activities.
The Cultural Heritage Assistant works with the Manager, Cultural Heritage to develop, implement and promote initiatives that build public understanding of cultural heritage within a Kingston context. This includes a combination of programs and projects designed to engage residents, visitors and other targeted audiences across various platforms that position Kingston as a “museum without walls”. The Cultural Heritage Assistant is based out of the Heritage Resource Centre and helps to respond to public inquires and research-related requests, where appropriate. The position supports programs and projects initiated by Cultural Sevices and/or Planning, Building and Licensing through the Heritage Resource Centre and also supports programs and projects related to Kingston City Hall National Historic Site, the MacLachlan Woodworking Museum and the Pump House Steam Museum as well as out in the community in collaboration with internal and external partners as required.
Key Duties & Responsibilities
- Support the daily opperations of the Heritage Resource Centre (HRC), including public inquires related to commemorations and heritage permit applications.
- Provide support for the HRC volunteers.
- Assist in the development, implementation and promotion of programs and projects related to cultural heritage that link to the mandates of the HRC, Cultural Services and Planning, Building and Licensing.
- Plan public workshops and speakers series on various Built and Cultural heritage topics, including the booking of meeting spaces, the coordination of amenities, and related tasks.
- Provide support to and coordination of volunteers for City Hall tours.
- Provide support with other Cultural Services programs at City Hall.
- Assist the City’s Heritage Planners with preparation of heritage permit applications and reports, as may be required.
- Other duties as assigned.
- 3 year degree/diploma in history, museum studies, or related field
- 1 year demonstrated experience in customer service, audience development and/or museum support
- Experience working with Microsoft Office
- General knowledge of subject areas relevant to cultural heritage (tangible, intangible and natural)
- Experience working with and scheduling volunteers an asset
- Experience with heritage planning and knowledge of the Ontario Heritage Act as asset.
- Knowledge and experience with planning procedures and processes as asset.
SKILLS, ABILITIES, WORK DEMANDS
- Ability to be innovative and promote cultural heritage
- Strong problem solving, research and evaluation skills
- Ability to work independently and in a dynamic, team oriented environment
- Excellent people skills and well developed oral and written communication skills
- Creativity, enthusiasm and attention to detailFrench or other languages considered an asset
- Must have own transportation and a valid "G" class driver’s licence
- Must obtain and maintain a satisfactory criminal record check, including vulnerable sector, at candidates’ expense
Please apply to Internal Career Opportunities at: www.cityofkingston.ca/MyCareer. Your resume must clearly demonstrate how you meet the requirements of the position. Please upload to your profile, any educational Degrees, Diplomas and/or Certificates that are relevant and required for the position you are applying to. We thank all of those who apply; however, only those selected for further consideration will be contacted. The City of Kingston is an equal opportunity employer. Accessibility accommodations are available for all parts of the recruitment and selection process. Applicants need to make their needs known in advance. Information collected will be handled in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
Job Title: Cultural Heritage Assistant
Department: Cultural Services
Bargaining Unit: CUPE
Job Type: Temporary Part Time
Length of Time: Up to 2 Years
Hours of Work: 35 hrs/wk
Salary: $25.30 - $30.95/Hour
Closing Date: January 25, 2019