Indigenous Knowledge Resource Teacher

TEACHER, Part-time
Indigenous Knowledge Resource Teacher
Learning Department
The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) has an immediate need for three (3) permanent part-time Indigenous Knowledge Resource Teachers.  In an effort to reach our strategic objectives in Indigenous learning and outreach, the successful candidates will offer authentic Indigenous voices, perspectives and knowledge that are vital to successfully providing educational experiences exploring a variety of topics covering art, culture, and nature through inquiry-based learning.
Deliver relevant and responsive educational programming primarily to K-12 school groups based on Indigenous knowledge and perspectives using pedagogical approaches and teaching strategies that are centred on learners’ needs and experiences.  Maintain knowledge and keep updated on Indigenous knowledge and perspectives, ROM research and collections, programming, and policies and procedures.
Meetings and Training Sessions:
Participate in training sessions on pedagogy, teaching strategies, digital technologies, etc. with a willingness to learn, to reflect on one’s own teaching practice, to build upon one’s knowledge/ skills/abilities as educators, and to apply training to teaching and program development.  Occasionally, mentor fellow Teachers who are training in programs, conduct vetting, and provide constructive feedback and recommendations.
Program Development:
Research and develop educational programming and/or resources as assigned based on traditional knowledge, pedagogical approaches, museum content, Ontario curriculum, responsive teaching strategies, and strategic priorities.
Gallery Operations:
Set up and take down of objects/specimens according to standard handling procedures.  Set up and take down of digital equipment, audio-visual equipment, computers and tablets, and artmaking equipment as needed.  Respond immediately to situations requiring urgent attention, including and not limited to: first aid, lost children, emergency alarm.
Perform other duties as required.
Posted Date 2017-12-04
Closing Date 2017-12-29
Department Learning
Type Part-Time Permanent
Salary $29.73 per hour


  • Completion of a 4-year Degree specializing in Indigenous studies, Education OR an acceptable equivalent in education and experience.  An Ontario Teaching Certificate, Specialist teaching certificate, or graduate degree would be an asset.
  • A minimum of three (3) years related work experience is required in teaching Indigenous and non-Indigenous learners including children, youth, and adults in formal and/or informal educational settings.  Demonstrated ability to develop and deliver appropriate, accessible, and engaging educational experiences centred on the audiences’ learning needs and Indigenous knowledge and perspectives.
  • Working knowledge of the Ontario Curriculum, a solid understanding of the ages and stages of human development and how learning occurs, and practical, applied knowledge of pedagogy for active learning in an informal educational setting.
  • Superior interpersonal skills, written and oral communication skills, and conflict management skills with the proven ability to work collaboratively in a positive, cooperative manner.
  • Proven ability to conduct research on pedagogical approaches and museum content as it relates to educational programming and audiences’ learning needs, and excellent organizational skills.
  • Ability to work with digital, audio, and visual technologies in an educational capacity including a high level of proficiency in operating digital, audio, and visual equipment/tools, and utilizing digital, audio, and visual applications/platforms to enhance educational experiences.
  • First Nations, Inuit, or Métis ancestry would be considered an asset.
  • Oral and written fluency in French would be an asset.

How to Apply

START DATE:     As soon as possible
UNION AFFILIATION:     OPSEU Local 543 – Part-time
PROBATIONARY PERIOD:     420 hrs or 6 mths (whichever occurs first)
APPLY IN WRITING TO:     Linda Knox, Human Resources & Organizational Development, Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park, Toronto, ON  M5S 2C6; Fax  #416-586-5827; (preferred) email: – please quote Competition #2017-115 – Indigenous Knowledge Teacher in the subject line.
PRIOR TO 5PM ON:     December 29, 2017
The ROM is committed to fair and accessible employment practices.  Upon request, suitable accommodations are available under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act (AODA) to applicants invited to an interview.