Job Posting: Museum Educator, Toronto Holocaust Museum

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December 14, 2023

Toronto Holocaust Museum · North York, Ontario

About UJA Federation of Greater Toronto

At UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, our vision is to lead the most vibrant Jewish community in North America – a community characterized by its diversity, unity, compassion, generosity and commitment to Jewish values. Together with our philanthropic, volunteer and professional leadership, we’re changing lives.

As one of North America’s leading Jewish non-profits, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto works to preserve and strengthen the quality of Jewish life in Greater Toronto, Canada, Israel and around the world. UJA advances this mission through fundraising, programs, and research focused on our strategic pillars: fighting poverty and improving well-being, growing Jewish education and identity, countering antisemitism and hate, and strengthening connections with Israel and Jewish communities worldwide.

About the Opportunity

The new state-of-the-art Toronto Holocaust Museum seeks a Museum Educator to facilitate its school and community programs. With the goal of offering educational experiences to a wide range of students from across the GTA and community groups, the Museum Educator will engage groups in discussion-based programming that unpacks the lessons of the Holocaust in meaningful and relevant ways for today’s learners. The Museum Educator will facilitate conversations with a variety of groups ranging in age from upper elementary to high school from a diversity of backgrounds including public, Catholic, private and Jewish day schools; and adult groups. 

The Museum’s Ekstein Family Learning Lab, designed as a safe space for discussion, will be used as a post visit workshop space by the Educator to lead groups in programs allowing for thoughtful reflection about the museum experience while making timely connections to issues of hate today. The educator will establish rapport with different students and groups and tailor the post visit discussion to meet the needs of the group, in terms of their knowledge and understanding of the Holocaust. 

Reporting to the Director, Museum Experience, this position supports efforts to sustain the Toronto Holocaust Museum as the province’s recognized leader in Holocaust education. The Museum Educator will collaborate with their THM colleagues to ensure each group visit to the museum is a transformative experience. 

We believe that high impact Holocaust education that is relevant to the world we live in today, can inspire discussion and behavioral change around contemporary antisemitism and all forms of hate. This is an opportunity to work in an educational management position at a brand-new state-of-the-art institution and the first Holocaust Museum in Canada designed for the post-survivor period.   

Core Responsibilities: 

  • Facilitate and tailor post visit programming in the Ekstein Family Learning Lab. incorporating technology, visitor experiences and feedback into the session for school and community groups.
  • Adapt programming for different age groups, knowledge and understanding of Holocaust history and antisemitism.
  • Deliver programming for educator groups, teachers and post-secondary students as part of professional learning workshops.
  • Work collaboratively with the Education team, volunteer, building and security teams to meet the needs of school groups and community groups in the museum environment.
  • Co-develop post visit programming with education team to be responsive and reflective of different museum topics, current events, and themes.
  • Assist on the floor with monthly Family Sunday programming.
  • Assist with outreach to various community and stakeholder groups.
  • Conduct evaluation of visitor museum experience to elicit feedback, compile results and prepare reports.

Requirements: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Education, Masters in related field or equivalent experience.
  • Excellent presentation, facilitation, and public speaking skills. 
  • Strong communication, teaching and facilitation skills to lead discussion-based programming for diverse audiences from student to adult. 
  • Experience working in an education setting facilitating programming with various age groups.
  • Knowledge of the needs of diverse students in the GTA as well as developmental stages for children and teens.
  • Ability to think on your feet and adapt lesson/learning plan.
  • Knowledge of Holocaust education an advantage.
  • Strong intercultural competency, dialogue and listening skills.
  • Flexibility to work some Sundays and evenings as required.

* This is a permanent position that can be either full-time or part-time (2-3 days per week). Union Level D. Please note that UJA’s offices are closed on all Jewish holy days (yom tov) and we support early office closures to observe the Jewish Sabbath (Shabbat). 

We look forward to connecting with you to understanding what you can bring to the UJA team and how we can support your career goals. Qualified applicants are invited to submit a cover letter and resume. Please click HERE to apply. Only those applicants invited for interview will be contacted.

Commitment to Inclusion and Accessibility:

UJA Federation supports a diverse candidate and employment experience. We are proud of our dynamic professional team, which reflects the diversity of the Jewish community and general community alike in Greater Toronto. We are an equal opportunity employer and welcome applicants from all communities. We encourage you to follow us to get regular updates on open roles. We are committed to creating an inclusive and accessible workplace and believe this is essential to ensure that every member of our team can thrive.

We adhere to barrier-free and accessible employment practices in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). Should you require Code-protected accommodation through any stage of the recruitment process, please notify us and we will work with you to meet your needs.

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