Coordinator, South Asia Community Engagement (24-month contract) - #111056

Royal Ontario Museum

Date: 1 week ago
City: Toronto, ON
Salary: CA$66,022 - CA$75,453 per year
Contract type: Full time
Are you passionate about culture, the arts, natural history, and science? Are you keen on how these elements aesthetically come together to tell the many stories of humanity? Join our team at ROM and consider a fulfilling career as Coordinator, South Asia Community Engagement


As a crucial member of the Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning team, this role combines experience in coordinating programs for and with South Asian communities and passion for lifelong learning to significantly enhance the relationship between ROM and South Asian communities in the Greater Toronto Area. It falls under the supervision of the Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning Manager and entails collaboration with the Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning Coordinators. The candidate will collaborate with museum staff and community partners to plan and deliver museum programs for and with South Asian audiences. Additionally, with the support of the Dan Mishra Curator of Global South Asia, the role provides the opportunity to use collections to develop culturally responsive programs for and with South Asian audiences

  • Organizes consultations with South Asian community members to develop culturally responsive programs and exhibits about South Asian art and culture at ROM.
  • Conducts community outreach to South Asian community groups. Develops and manages partnerships with South Asian non-profit organizations and coordinates group visits to ROM, enhancing community ties.
  • Utilizes insights from community partners and consultations to create and implement a diverse calendar of on-site and off-site programs targeted at South Asian community groups.
  • Supports the planning and delivery of public engagement programs on South Asian topics, offering subject matter expertise and insights into cultural practices. This includes recommending discussion topics, suggesting program formats, and providing translations or cultural support as needed.
  • Collaborates in developing and facilitating workshops focused on adult, youth, and multi-generational learning and creating resources for self-guided visits, especially for vulnerable learners.
  • Assists in planning and delivering in-gallery activations related to South Asian collections and exhibits, working with the Gallery Engagement team.
  • Provide expertise and advice for ROM's exhibition development, supporting other teams in creating content that reflects South Asian cultures and communities. This includes consulting on strategies to attract South Asian audiences and aiding in developing content for museum educators.
  • Acts as a liaison to enhance ROM's engagement with South Asian audiences, advising on community engagement strategies, program development, and marketing initiatives to increase visitation and participation from South Asian communities.
  • A bachelor's degree in humanities or social sciences, complemented by at least five years of experience in program coordination within informal learning settings.
  • Critical thinking and a working knowledge of South Asian history, art, and culture are essential.
  • Familiarity with ROM’s South Asian collections and engagement with contemporary South Asian arts and diasporas is advantageous.
  • A deep understanding of and existing connections to the South Asian communities in the GTA.
  • Fluency in at least one South Asian language is required, and South Asian ancestry is considered an advantage.
  • Proven project management skills, including time management, problem-solving, and prioritization in consultation with supervisors.
  • Exceptional interpersonal abilities, including diplomacy, emotional intelligence, strong communication, and conflict resolution skills.
  • Demonstrated capacity for both independent and collaborative work to achieve objectives.
  • Availability for non-standard work hours, including evenings and weekends.
  • Proficiency in computer applications such as spreadsheets, databases, word processing, and presentation software.
**Please include your cover letter and resume in one PDF file.**


START DATE: June 2024
OPEN DATE: April 2, 2024
CLOSE DATE: June 2, 2024
STATUS: Full-time Contract
SALARY/HOURLY RATE: $66,022 – 75,453
SCHEDULE: 35 hours weekly
LOCATION (onsite): Toronto, ON

Diversity Statement
At ROM, we consider equity, diversity, and inclusion foundational to our institutional success. We seek to foster a workplace that reflects the diversity of the city and province in which we are located and welcome all qualified and experienced candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, age, sex, race, religion, ethnicity, ability, sexual orientation, or gender identity

Accessibility Statement
ROM is committed to fair and accessible employment practices. Upon request, suitable accommodations are available under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act (AODA) to applicants invited to an interview

Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Please note that all candidates receiving a verbal job offer will be subject to a background check. This includes a criminal background check and verification of professional references, and, other checks depending on the role.



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