Head, New Media and Interpretation, Royal Alberta Museum, Canada

The Royal Alberta Museum prides itself on its ability to preserve and tell the stories of Alberta – the experience of people and places over time – and inspire Albertans to explore and understand the world around them. If you’re interested in playing a key role in helping tell this story, read on.

Reporting to the Executive Director, Royal Alberta Museum, the Head of New Media and Interpretation will lead the creative and technical development and delivery of media products and interpretive planning for the new Royal Alberta Museum in downtown Edmonton. To elaborate, some key responsibilities include:

Acting as creative lead for media development:
– Working with content development teams to identify interpretive opportunities using digital media to deliver exhibit key messages and learning objectives.
– Identifying appropriate technologies for content and experience delivery designed to meet the needs of specific audiences, including film, audio, animation and projection.
– Preparing treatment plans for all proposed new media, establishing such elements as hardware, technical requirements, accessibility features, program description, learning objectives, target audience, and costing.
– Developing hardware and software specifications and performance criteria needed to tender and contract procurement and production.
– Leading management of all media production contracts, ensuring that the museum’s visitor experience, performance and budget standards are met.

Developing media infrastructure and integration:
– Ensuring that the museum building infrastructure will support all required media programs, and both recommending and leading remedial efforts where required.
– Developing framework specifications for a content management system capable of supporting museum media delivery.
– Preparing a strategy for supporting education, outreach and communications.
– Developing and managing an operating budget for new media enterprises.
– Managing media maintenance and development staff.
– Creating ongoing partnerships that increase the breadth and depth of the museum experience.

Leading the interpretive planning process and developing effective museum exhibits:
– Developing an approach that will enable the museum to combine ongoing research, curatorship, community engagement and communication to deliver exhibitions and new media platforms and improve opportunities for learning and engagement.
– Ensuring that all proposed exhibits are guided by an effective interpretive plan that combines developing, organizing and analyzing content into relevant and engaging messages, and creating exciting ways for visitors to experience this content.

The ideal candidate will possess strong project management and team leadership skills. This person will also have strong interpersonal, networking, relationship-building, collaboration, verbal and written communication, time management and problem solving skills.

The required qualifications are as follows:

* Bachelor or post graduate degree in multi-media, interactive media, design or a related Information Technology field.
* Completion of a post-graduate program (such as a diploma or Master’s Degree) in museum studies or equivalent museums interpretation field.
* A minimum of five years’ of progressively responsible related experience developing interactive media interfaces and managing the design process for media (web, mobile media, immersive or interactive exhibits).
* Experience designing media interfaces that accommodate concepts of universal accessibility.
* Experience in developing and managing effective interpretive planning processes, including gallery text, digital interactives, asset acquisition and collections-based interpretation.
* A minimum of five years’ of experience managing and coordinating museum staff (curators, researchers etc) in delivering research and content for gallery displays, including gallery text, digital interactives, asset acquisition and collections-based interpretation.
* Experience project managing multimedia projects in a museum setting is required.
* Previous related work experience at an under-construction (or still conceptual) museum is also required.

$3,549.74 bi-weekly ($92,648 annually); Note that this rate will increase 2.5% effective April 1, 2016. Employees are also eligible for:

– A comprehensive and competitive benefits plan:http://www.chr.alberta.ca/benefits/mychoice/benefits_handbook.pdf

– Pension Plan: http://www.pspp.ca/

– A $750 Health Spending Account:http://www.chr.alberta.ca/benefits/healthspendingacct/hsa-guide-union.pdf

– Paid Vacation earned at 1.25 days per month (pro-rated to three weeks per calendar year) for new employees. Entitlements increase with years of service.

This is a permanent, full-time bargaining unit (union) position (36.25 hours per week).

The business address for the Royal Alberta Museum is 12845 – 102 Avenue, Edmonton, AB, T5N 0M6.

How to Apply
If you apply online, please ensure your cover letter and resume are submitted as one file. Ensure you quote the competition number and save using the naming convention of your first then last name (Joe Smith_competition number). Applicants who apply online will be able to track the status of this competition.

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 Sara Volpe, HR Consultant, at Sara.Volpe@gov.ab.ca, or at 780-427-2524.

Position Profile
Please see the attached position description for a detailed list of the job responsibilities:https://www.jobs.alberta.ca/pprofile/pp1035016.htm

Closing Statement
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.