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Research Assistant (Temporary Full-Time Position)
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.
The Research Assistant is responsible for assisting with research for Museum exhibits and programs, and for other divisional uses, as required. Under the supervision of the Manager, Research and Curation (R&C), the Research Assistant will conduct original and secondary human rights research for the purpose of program development, including exhibitions. This position will assist the R&C department in meeting its objectives, including making information available to internal parties (e.g. for museum content development, publications, etc.), visitors, and other external parties as required. The Research Assistant will also provide some coordination and administrative assistance and support to the Manager, Research and Curation.
- Provides assistance to the Manager, Research and Curation and Museum Curators.
- Gathers data and information, and administers requests for information to other organizations, including producing summaries and reports, as required.
- Assists with requests to locate information and/or artifacts, using various methods and sources such as collections documentation, photographic holdings, and private and public archives.
- Researches specific topics from a variety of perspectives.
- Assists with ensuring a high degree of scholarly rigour and integrity.
- Provides support to the Manager, Research and Curation and Museum Curators, in the preparation of research for specific exhibits, programs, and projects. May include organizing printed or digital materials for specific exhibits, programs, or projects.
- May assist with the Museum’s Oral History Program.
- Assists with identifying, and complying with, copyright restrictions and/or other restrictions on access to and use of information.
- Assists with design, management, and data input for research database for specific exhibits, programs, or projects.
- May provide administrative support and assists with the coordination of the work of contractors (e.g. contract researchers, editors).
- May be involved in building the information resources of the Museum, including web-based projects.
- May be required to obtain and return materials from local libraries.
- Other duties as reasonably assigned.
Skills and Qualifications – Required
- University degree in an area relevant to the subject of human rights (history, political science, sociology, law, etc.)
- Some research or curatorial experience in a university, museum, library or cultural institution is required; at least one year is preferred
- Demonstrated knowledge of various research methods; ability to search consistently for new information in related fields
- Skill in using Internet search tools, database software, browsable software, archival records, and cataloguing systems
Skills and Qualifications – Desired
- Master’s or PhD degree in an area relevant to the study of human rights. One of the available positions has a general focus, while the other requires a specialization in the subject of technology and human rights (information, privacy, surveillance and data) is preferred
- Experience in oral history techniques
- Excellent writing skills
- Experience in performing collections-related research in a museum or similar setting
- Museum or information science studies or experience
- Demonstrated scholarly potential, i.e. academic conference papers delivered, refereed publication(s), and/or teaching/lecturing experience
- Knowledge of social media and internet communication methods including blogging, Twitter forums, etc.
- Office experience
- The ability to communicate in both official languages, oral and written, is a significant asset
- Ability to manage multiple projects or programs at the same time; strong organization skills
- Extremely high attention to detail
- Integrity – focused on producing a high quality and credible outcome
- Strong analytical skills
- Ability to work independently and within a team or on committees; works collaboratively with others to achieve organizational goals
- Well-developed communication skills, ability to convey difficult subject matter to a wide range of audiences
- Adaptability; ability to work effectively in ambiguous or changing situations, and with diverse individuals and groups
Official Language Proficiency:
Working Conditions and Physical Demands
- Work is in an office environment; may require long periods at a desk, reading lengthy documents, and time in front of a computer.
- Based on the type of work required of this position, individuals in this role may be exposed to high mental and emotional stress due to the difficulty of the subject matter (abuse, torture, death, etc.).
Conditions of Employment
- Security Screening Level – Reliability Status
- Child Abuse Registry Check
Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and résumé through CMHR’s Careers page at https://humanrights.ca/about/careers by May 14, 2018. 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.
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