Coordinator, Exhibition and Outreach

City of Mississauga

August 28, 2019
Job description:

Job Summary

Exhibitions provide an important link between the Mississauga community and its heritage. Under the direction of the Supervisor, Museums, you will be required to develop an annual plan for exhibitions and outreach that has relevance to the community, opportunities for learning and engagement, effectively communicates in an inclusive and authentic manner and strives for accuracy of information and the safe display of artifacts. The Exhibition and Outreach Coordinator will be the primary lead for the development, planning and execution of exhibitions/exhibits in the historic houses, exhibition spaces and off-site community satellite locations ensuring compliance with city policies and Ministry standards for community museums. They will also lead the development of a robust program of outreach events that will provide opportunities for residents to connect with Museums in spaces across the City.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead the development of an annual exhibition and outreach program in collaboration with Supervisors of Museums, Education/Events and Collections that engages the community in stories of Mississauga’s past, present and future.
  • Animate and interpret the history of Mississauga through an inclusive exhibition program, ensuring the representation of many voices and critical thinking.
  • Lead the outreach program for the Museums introducing initiatives that will bring stories, artifacts and learning opportunities into communities across the city. Participate in community events and festivals including booth setups and take downs, monitor and coordinate scheduling of outreach events, and supervise volunteers. Maintain records of engagements and interactions.
  • Liaise with key internal (Recreation, Risk Management, Parks and Forestry, Communications, Culture Programs, Library Services) and external (Museum institutions, art, culture and heritage organizations) stakeholders to support the successful execution of exhibitions.
  • Coordinate and execute logistics for the installation and de-installation of exhibits across the city.
  • Contribute to the implementation of an annual work plan aimed at engaging new and diverse audiences for Museums of Mississauga through a dynamic mix of exhibitions, public programs, interpretation strategies, visitor support and outreach.
  • Prepare, monitor and report on exhibition budgets and expenses and ensure 'on budget' financial performance.
  • Conduct original research, liaise with lending institutions and supervise installations.
  • Support the objectives and mission of the Museums of Mississauga and the Culture Division
  • Provide back-up support for the delivery of Museums programming as needed, including tours, customer service and event support.
  • Provide front line customer service ensuring a positive and constructive interaction with the public and visitors.
  • Lead, motivate and collaborate with the Museums interpretive team on all aspects of program development and implementation of exhibition concepts.
  • Prepare monthly reports, schedules, annual work plans, budget reports, and contribute to the development of 4 year business plans.
  • Follow procedures with City Compliance and Internal Audit.

Skills and Qualifications

  • A degree or diploma in Museum, Heritage, or History studies.
  • Minimum of five years working as an exhibition coordinator.
  • Experience developing public outreach initiatives with excellent customer service skills.
  • Highly motivated, creative, articulate and enthusiastic individual with excellent leadership, communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills.
  • Subject matter expert on historic houses, community museums, museum exhibitions, education techniques and resources and able to present histories in an authentic, sensitive and innovative way.
  • Experience developing community-based projects and participatory experiences that contribute to the understanding of the social fabric of Mississauga and Living Heritage.
  • Must be able to demonstrate leadership skills and work in a team environment.
  • Excellent research and communications skills, independent initiative and organizational ability.
  • Highly collaborative and flexible multi-tasker who thrives in a team environment.
  • Physically able to move artefacts; can design, create and install exhibitions materials.
  • Able to lead guided tours, work in an open office environment with frequent interruptions.
  • Proven leadership skills for success.
  • Valid Ontario driver's license and access to a reliable vehicle on a daily basis.
  • Computer expertise in corporate standard software (Microsoft Office) and department specific software.
  • Must be aware of safe work practices as they relate to job responsibilities and work environment, and have the basic understanding of the Occupational Health & Safety Act.
  • Demonstrated excellence in customer service.
  • Ability to work flexible hours and shift work (including evening, weekends and holidays) as required.


Hourly Rate/Salary: $61,192 - $81,193
Hours of Work: 35
Work Location: Bradley Museum
Department/Division/Section: CMS/Community Services Dept , CMS/Culture Division , Museums
Non-Union/Union: Non Union


A Criminal Record Search will be required of the successful candidate, their own expense, to verify the absence of a criminal record for which a pardon has not been granted.


We thank all who apply, however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.


All personal information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act.


We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and the Ontario Human Rights Code, the City of Mississauga will provide accommodations throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities. If selected to participate in the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process, please inform Human Resources of the nature of any accommodation(s) that you may require in respect of any materials or processes used to ensure your equal participation.