Education Assistant

  • Program stream: Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations
  • Job title: Education Assistant
  • Organization name: Textile Museum of Canada
  • Job location: Toronto, Ontario
  • Length of assignment: 2019-05-15 to 2019-08-18 (13 weeks)
  • Hourly wage: $14.50

The Textile Museum of Canada is seeking a highly motivated team player with a friendly disposition for the position of Education Assistant. The ideal candidate will be enrolled in post-secondary education in History, Museum Studies, Education, Curatorial Practice, or a related field. The successful candidate will possess superior organizational and communications skills and demonstrate an ability to work in a creative and collaborative team environment. Computer skills: experience with MS Office (Word, Excel), Web browsing and email are required; familiarity with database systems, Adobe Photoshop and HTML would be considered real assets. This position reports to the Curator of Education and works with all departments of this mid-sized institution.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities include the following:

• Analyse existing education programming.

• Activates Fibrespace, the Museums education centre, each weekend. Plans educational activities that engage families and museumgoers of all ages. Delivers programs, and or secures community partners to deliver content. In such situations contacts and manages external personnel contracted for programs; creates contracts and cheque requisitions. Manages all education events as they occur.

• Conducts research into best practices for implementing hands-on educational programs, identify preferred days and time, analyze marketing strategies, identify primary audience segmentation, conduct comparative research on how other like-minded organizations implement mid-week programs.

• Helps to deliver the Museum's school programs as needed; helps to create educational resource materials; manages student art projects and exhibitions.

• Assists with maintaining and documenting the Museum's teaching collection including describing, cataloging, data entry, and editing.

• Updates interactive resources kits and material, assists in the delivery of information workshops and professional development sessions to educators and other groups.

• Assists in the organization and delivery of public and other educational programs and special events.

• Acts as a resource for in-gallery animation and outreach purposes.

• Assists the Curator of Education in general duties as required.


• Work to further the goals and objectives of the Museum and participate actively in the life of the institution. Act in a respectful, accountable, and generous manner towards other staff, volunteers, and the general public.


• Experience or interest in working with museum collections, public programs, and collections in a public museum or gallery.

• Knowledge of documentation practices and procedures pertaining to museum objects.

• Demonstrated understanding of the cultural importance of museum and gallery practice.

• Excellent communications, interpersonal, and analytical skills, including demonstrated conflict resolution skills.

• Knowledge of office procedures and demonstrated administrative skills.

• Self-motivated; ability to problem-solve independently and manage workflows and deadlines without supervision.

• Impeccable attention to detail, adaptability, multi-tasking, and time management are all skills necessary for this position.

• Strong computer skills: MS Office Suite, Web browsing, and email are required; knowledge of collection database software an asset.

• Knowledge and understanding of textile art and techniques is preferred.

• Able to work as part of a team.

Additional Info:

This is a full-time Wednesday to Sunday contract position for 16 weeks pending funding approval. The position requires availability for Wednesday evening hours. Hourly rate: $14.50.

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