Apply By: Monday, September 18, 2023 11:59 pm EDT
Competition Status: Application Screening

Approximately 120 individuals applied for this opportunity.

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Director, Design and Interpretation

Ontario Science Centre
Design and Interpretation / Learning and Engagement
Language of Position(s):
Job Term:
1 Temporary - up to 12 months (with the possibility of extension)
Job Code:
M1108A - Prog Planning & Evaluation08
$90,348.00 - $137,895.00 Per Year
Posting Status:
Job ID:
Join the Ontario Science Centre - one of Canada's most visited cultural attractions and a world-renowned educational institution - and contribute to both the organization's success by providing leadership and strategic oversight to the Design and Interpretation department, which includes 2D and 3D Exhibit Design, Motion Graphics and Graphic Production, Fabrication, Exhibit support and Interpretive Planning and Editorial teams in the development and delivery of exhibit experiences and interactive experiences for our audiences.

We are looking for an experienced and results-oriented leader to direct, oversee and lead our creative teams in the design, fabrication, delivery and support of interactive and engaging experiences for our audiences. This position is also responsible for the overarching interpretive strategies for onsite and online exhibit experiences.

At the Ontario Science Centre, we believe that science, technology and innovation will help us shape a better future for society and our planet. As an organization, we are focused on making a positive and enduring impact on the lives of individuals and communities and creating the lasting fascination for science that powers promising futures.

OPS Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, Accessibility, and Anti-Racism:

We are committed to build a workforce that reflects the communities we serve and to promote a diverse, anti-racist, inclusive, accessible, merit-based, respectful and equitable workplace.

We invite all interested individuals to apply and encourage applications from people with disabilities, Indigenous, Black, and racialized individuals, as well as people from a diversity of ethnic and cultural origins, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.

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We offer employment accommodation across the recruitment process and all aspects of employment consistent with the requirements of Ontario's Human Rights Code. Refer to the "How to apply" section if you require a disability-related accommodation.

What can I expect to do in this role?

The Ontario Science Centre is looking for someone who will:

• Manage and lead diverse teams of professionals and multi-disciplinary project teams in the development and implementation of exhibits and interactive experiences that support the organization's business plans
• Provide senior level expertise and decision making on design, fabrication, editorial and interpretive planning methodologies, techniques, and practices to develop and integrate rigorous design and delivery approaches across the organization
• Develop and propose business strategies that enhance exhibits, drive participant and business growth, generate revenue, and build financial sustainability
• Establish program area performance targets, evaluate performance and track progress, and provide regular reports to OSC senior management
• Lead and direct Design and Interpretation department policies, best practices, and procedures for managing the health and safety of staff

How do I qualify?

Management and Leadership Skills:

• You have experience leading the development, implementation, and evaluation of hands-on, interactive exhibit design, fabrication and museum interpretive planning strategies
• You have experience providing strategic direction, guidance and coaching to staff and/or project teams
• You have experience fostering an environment of inclusion, high performance, learning, growth and continuous improvement
• You can lead initiatives and strategies that support the OSC's mandate and center the visitor experience

Specific Skills and Knowledge:

• You can oversee the delivery of a visitor-focused and financially sustainable exhibit and experience vision and framework that aligns with the Centre's strategic plan and target audiences
• You understand how to design and develop interactive, engaging and educational experiences for a variety of audiences, including families with children, students and teachers, as well as general audiences visiting the Centre
• You can innovate and modernize service delivery, including planning and forecasting resource requirements and developing business change management strategies
• You can lead multi-year business, financial, resource, and results-based planning processes

Communication and Interpersonal Skills:

• You can build and maintain strong working relationships with executives, senior management, employees, stakeholders and interest groups
• You can provide artistic direction and design, fabrication, editorial and interpretive planning expertise to the organization's senior management to influence decisions and directions
• You can effectively communicate issues and risk analyses affecting achievement of the departmental goals
• You can lead issues resolution and develop communication strategies for recommendations to mitigate identified risks and manage identified/ emerging issues

Analytical Thinking Skills:

• You can develop critical relationships, sustainability, and revitalization strategies to coordinate delivery of departmental goals, exhibit and experience review processes and address delivery issues
• You can lead development of innovative stakeholder partnerships that promote and foster best practice in design, development and delivery and lead and manage stakeholder consultation processes

Additional Information:

  • 1 English Temporary, duration up to 12 months, 770 Don Mills Rd, Toronto, Toronto Region
Compensation Group:
Management Compensation Plan
Management and General
Posted on:
Friday, September 1, 2023
  • T-SC-203955/23
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Remember: The deadline to apply is Monday, September 18, 2023 11:59 pm EDT. Late applications will not be accepted.

We thank you for your interest. Only those selected for further screening or an interview will be contacted.

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