Manitoba Historical Society
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Position Available:
Chief Program Officer and Curator, Dalnavert Museum, Winnipeg

The Manitoba Historical Society invites applications for a new full-time position, the Chief Program Officer and Curator of the Dalnavert Museum in Winnipeg. Reporting directly to the Executive of the Society, the Chief Program Officer and Curator will be responsible for all aspects of the Museum, its contents, programs, fund-raising, and its interactions with the public.

Summary of duties of the position:

  • develops programs and policies that are consistent with modern museum practice, enrich visitor experience, and enhance attendance
  • has overall responsibility for the exhibits, the activities of Museum guides, and the internal and external state and appearance of the Museum
  • identifies sources of possible external funding, and writes grant applications
  • as spokesperson for the Museum, seeks opportunities to publicize it and enhance its profile
  • supervises the Manager of the Ross House Museum, a small seasonal Museum in the Point Douglas district of Winnipeg, which the Society operates on behalf of the City of Winnipeg
  • establishes and maintains a good working relationship with other museums in Manitoba, and develops opportunities for collaborations with them
  • prepares a detailed annual budget for the Dalnavert Museum, including funds for program development, as well as for routine operations
  • consults regularly with the Society’s Chief Administrative Officer and the Executive, and with the Coordinator of Volunteers, about all matters affecting the Museum and its operations.

The successful applicant for the position of Chief Program Officer and Curator:

  • will have post-secondary training in the care and management of museums and their collections, or equivalent experience
  • will be an enthusiastic, dynamic person who works well with colleagues, volunteers, and the general public. 
  • will see the position as an opportunity to increase the public interest in the Dalnavert Museum, and to obtain valuable career experience

Dalnavert, built in 1895 as the home of Hugh John Macdonald, is a designated National Historic Site, standing in its own grounds in the heart of the City of Winnipeg. The house was acquired by the Society in 1970, restored to its original condition, and furnished with period furniture and artifacts. The present exhibits give visitors an excellent idea of what a well-appointed Victorian home was like, but there is plenty of scope for change and innovation. Associated with the Museum is a modern Visitors’ Centre, opened in 2005, which contains a gift shop, an auditorium, a small kitchen, and staff offices and workrooms, including the Society’s own administrative office.

For further information about the Manitoba Historical Society and the Dalnavert Museum, please see our website at

Applications for the position of Chief Program Officer and Curator, including a letter of application, a resumé, and the names of three persons who can comment on the applicant’s experience and abilities, should be sent to:

Manitoba Historical Society
61 Carlton Street
Winnipeg, MB, R3C 1N7

Applications may also be made by email to To be guaranteed of consideration, all applications must be received by 15 May 2010.

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