The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is uniquely positioned with its broad, world-renowned collections and expertise to intersect the world of art, culture and nature, addressing the needs and interests of an ever-changing world through a robust exhibition program. The ROM seeks an experienced museum professional to grow its exhibition program by developing a travelling exhibitions program of large to mid-sized ROM developed exhibitions for a national and international audience. This position will report to the Vice-President, Exhibition Development & Project Management and work in collaboration with the Exhibitions and Project Management teams to build and implement the travelling exhibitions program.



Management of the Travelling Exhibitions Program:

  • Build, strengthen and leverage strong relationships with a wide range of leading national and international museum partners, in both the art and natural history sectors, with whom the ROM collaborates.
  • Develop the overall business plan and provide quarterly financial reports on the national/international travelling exhibitions program to the ROM’s executive team.
  • Responsible for ensuring that the individual travelling exhibitions and the overall program meet the institutional business plan objectives.
  • Develop a business case (including revenue) and ROI for potential exhibitions to travel.
  • Test topics within the museum network to evaluate the potential of touring exhibition ideas.
  • Attend museum-related conferences (nationally and internationally) to promote ROM travelling exhibitions and maintain a network of prominent professional contacts in the travelling exhibitions field, in both the art and natural history sectors.
  • Ensure ROM travelling exhibitions are represented in appropriate directories, websites, etc.
  • Research and prepare grant applications in support of defraying costs.
  • Liaise with ROM Governors to identify and secure potential tour sponsors.

Travelling Exhibition Coordination:

  • Act as the primary liaison with tour venues, ensuring excellent customer service.
  • Create tour schedules.
  • Work with the Registration department to negotiate and execute exhibition agreements and ensure contractual obligations are adhered to by borrowers.
  • Work with ROM project teams to understand exhibition storylines and narratives in order to develop the exhibition prospectus.
  • Confirm travel details and manage the preparation of detailed information about the exhibition, creating an installation plan/manual for host venues.
  • Develop logistical documents for shipping and customs.
  • Assist in establishing the travelling project’s procurement plan and help in the negotiation and preparation of contracts related to the travelling part of the project.

Other duties as assigned.


  • A (4-year) University degree is required in a museum related field (cultural management, communication, history) OR an acceptable equivalent in education and experience.
  • A minimum of six (6) years museum experience is required, specifically experience in all aspects of travelling exhibitions, including promotion, budgeting, project management, contract negotiation, logistics planning, tour management, and venue liaison.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of fundamental exhibition concepts, practices, policies and procedures.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with museums in worldwide markets that have capacity to host travelling exhibitions
  • A broad network of national and international peers and other museum colleagues.
  • Excellent oral/written communication skills and demonstrated communication leadership
  • Strong organizational abilities, interpersonal and problem solving skills.
  • Proven project management skills including ability to work with and/or lead a diverse group of people in a team environment.
  • Familiarity with reading and comprehending design and construction drawings.
  • Expertise with logistical issues related to preparing an exhibition for travel.
  • Demonstrated supervisory/leadership experience, business acumen and an entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Experience in budgeting and budgetary control.
  • Ability to travel nationally and internationally as required French language proficiency or a second language would be considered an asset.
  • A strong candidate will bring already established relationships with existing and potential ROM exhibition partners.

Key Competencies Required:

Leadership, Initiative, Customer Focused, Negotiating, Communication, Relationship Management, and Attention to detail.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply for this vacancy, however, qualified Canadian and permanent residents will be given priority.

Starting Date:  As soon as possible

Apply in writing no later than December 21, 2018 to Human Resources Department, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Ontario.  Applications will be accepted by email ONLY at careers@rom.on.ca .  Please quote Competition #2018-111 – Manager, Travelling Exhibitions on the subject line.


$86,058.00 – $101,245.00 per annum (Canadian dollars)

About Royal Ontario Museum

The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is Canada's celebrated international museum and houses important collections in art, culture and nature.  The ROM is the largest Museum in Canada, attracting more than 1.4 million visitors per year, with an annual operating budget of $65 million, and is a world leader in communicating its research and collections to visitors.  The ROM features 40 galleries and exhibition spaces in its original heritage building and its 2007 Michael Lee-Chin Crystal designed by Studio Daniel Libeskind.