Curator of Indigenous Studies & Head of Anthropology

Alberta Culture and Tourism - Government of Alberta. Edmonton, AB.

Closing Date February 11, 2019 Location Edmonton, AB.
Work Type -
Salary Range

~$77,353 ‐ $101,915 annually

Experience Level  - Job ID  1052714
Job Description
Alberta Culture and Tourism, Edmonton. The vision for the Royal Alberta Museum (RAM) is to foster wonder, inquiry and new understandings about Alberta and its place in the world. RAM is the largest museum in western Canada and one of the top museums in Canada. Located in the Arts District in downtown Edmonton, it collects, preserves, studies, and exhibits objects related to the heritage of Alberta's people and natural environments.

The Royal Alberta Museum's collecting and research activities support exhibitions, outreach and learning programs. It has 13 curatorial programs: Western Canadian History, Indigenous Studies, Cultural Communities, Military and Political History, Archaeology, Ornithology, Mammalogy, Ichthyology, Invertebrate Zoology, Botany, Geology, Quaternary Palaeontology, and Quaternary Environments. These are supported by conservation and collections management services. RAM is also home to the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute's processing centre. RAM initially opened on December 7, 1967 and has just re-opened in a new 39,000 square metre facility on October 3, 2018, after undergoing a $375M redevelopment.

The Government of Alberta is committed to a diverse and inclusive public service that reflects the population we serve to best meet the needs of Albertans. Consider joining a team where diversity, inclusion and innovation are valued and supported. For more information on diversity and inclusion, please visit: 

Reporting to the Director, Cultural Studies, the Head of Anthropology and Curator of Indigenous Studies supervises employees in the Indigenous Studies and Archaeology curatorial programs, as well as in the museum's Indigenous Engagement program, which is responsible for overseeing the museum's repatriation process for sacred ceremonial objects. The successful applicant will oversee the participation of staff in the development of museum galleries and exhibits, in collections development and research, in professional development, and in routine administrative matters, while also facilitating First Nations cultural continuity and enrichment through collections repatriation under the First Nations Sacred Ceremonial Objects Repatriation Act.

The position is also curator of RAM's Indigenous Studies program, which cares for approximately 18,000 objects of Indigenous origin, dating from the mid-1800s to the present. As the collection grows, the curator will work with Indigenous people to ensure that contemporary as well as historic experiences are represented in the collections and exhibits. The collection holds great meaning for originating communities, and the Indigenous Studies program works with cultural knowledge holders to ensure that the collection is cared for in a culturally sensitive and respectful way.
The collection's areas of greatest strength are: 
Niitsitapi (Blackfoot)
Nehiyawak (Plains Cree)

The collection is an important resource for research, exhibits, and public programming, and RAM is committed to accessibility for Indigenous peoples, researchers, students, and the interested public. 

Some key deliverables of the position are:
Providing leadership for section staff and working with the Director of Cultural Studies to establish directions, policies, standards and priorities for programs.
Ensuring that the activities of Anthropology programs contribute to the ministry's business plan and provide a level of excellence that support museum goals and business decisions.
Dealing with administrative matters (financial, personnel) within the section.
Overseeing the stewardship of collections in the section, including ensuring that program staff have the resources and skills to adequately maintain and curate collections.
Facilitating First Nations cultural continuity and enrichment through collections repatriation under the First Nations Sacred Ceremonial Objects Repatriation Act.
Ensuring that collections data within the section are maintained in accordance with museum standards.
Working with other sections of the museum especially in connection with public education and outreach to ensure that Anthropology staff provide appropriate contributions.
Ensuring that the messaging, accuracy and quality of interpretive content related to Anthropology in public galleries is of high standards.

Salary: $2,963.75 - $3,904.80 bi-weekly (~$77,353 - $101,915 annually). Closing Date: February 11, 2019. Job ID #1052714

Ph.D. in a discipline related to the position is preferred (e.g., anthropology, archaeology, public history) plus 2 years of progressively responsible related experience. Experience required for the position:
In-depth knowledge of Alberta First Nations and Metis communities and collections.
Training and experience in ethnology research. Knowledge of field and laboratory research techniques and analytical tools.
Experience in, and sensitivity to, relationship building with First Nations communities, Elders and Band Councils.
Knowledge of collections management, including curatorial techniques relevant for collection preparation, conservation, and organization.
Team leadership skills: team-building and mentoring skills, knowledge of motivational theory, excellent interpersonal skills, experience in staff supervision.

Candidates with supervisory and management experience are preferred.

How to Apply

This competition may be used to fill current and future vacancies across government. 

The Alberta Public Service is currently utilizing competency evaluation in the recruitment process. Competencies are behaviours that are essential to reach our goals in serving Albertans. We encourage you to have an in depth understanding of the competencies that are required for this opportunity and to be prepared to demonstrate them during the recruitment process. For more information on the APS Competency Model and how it is used, please visit the PSC Competency page: 

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If you are unable to submit an electronic version of your resume, please submit your resume, quoting the Job ID, to Human Resources, Culture and Tourism, 7th Floor Standard Life Centre, 10405 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, T5J4R7. Fax: (780) 422-3142. If you require any further information on this job posting, please contact Stephanie Fonseca-Gallo, Human Resource Consultant at

Position Profile
Please see attached position profile for a detailed list of responsibilities: 

We thank all candidates for their interest. All applications will be reviewed to determine which candidates' education and experience best meets the needs of the position. Only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted. 

It is recommended that applicants who have obtained educational credentials from outside of Canada and have not had them previously assessed, obtain an evaluation of their credentials from the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS):  . It is recommended that applicants include the assessment certificate from IQAS or any other educational assessment service as part of their application.