Interpretive Planner

Interpretive Planning Department

The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) seeks an individual who is qualified to take on the responsibility of creating an interpretive plan that communicates of concepts through museum exhibits and other media.  The successful candidate will ensure the realization of the interpretive plan over the course of projects.  They will write and/or edit exhibit text, prepare outlines for storyboards, and write scripts for multimedia and audio-visual presentations.

• Create and develop the interpretive plan for an exhibit by organizing and structuring information;
• As a member of the exhibit team, collaborate with multimedia and AV producers, graphic designers and 3-D designers to produce diverse communication that meets audiences needs;
• Write, edit, and create outlines for storyboards and scripts;
• Proof-read all text and manage the process of proof-reading among curator, interpretive planner, translator, and graphic designer, in order to achieve correct text and visuals prior to production;
• Research interpretive techniques; design and conduct visitor needs analyze; review behaviour patterns; and select appropriate interpretive techniques to fit exhibit;
• Suggest improvements to the ROM’s interpretive planning procedures and standards;
• Perform other related duties, as assigned.

Posted Date 2013-03-20
Closing Date 2013-03-27
Type Full-Time Permanent
Salary $57,463.00 per annum


• A University degree plus additional courses related to the area of expertise (e.g. exhibit planning and development, museum studies, education, creative writing) is required.  Plus a minimum of five (5) full years experience in interpretive planning; OR an acceptable equivalent in education and experience.
• Previous experience with storyboard preparation, writing and editing for popular media and audiences; good understanding of how the interpretive planning role interacts with other exhibit team members; ability to present ideas within an exhibit-development context.
• Demonstrated content analysis and problem solving skills; ability to integrate diverse exhibit elements into a consistent whole; knowledge of museum audiences; knowledge of strengths and weaknesses of a variety of interpretive techniques; ability to collaborate with a diverse group of people.
• Excellent listening and speaking skills for the exchange of complex information; superior written communication skills for scriptwriting and preparation of exhibit text.  Familiarity with the techniques of multimedia, 3-D, and graphic design.
• Demonstrated ability to be self-motivated and to work independently. 
• Good computer skills (including Word, Excel and Access).
• Oral and written proficiency in French would be an asset.
• Excellent reporting skills for effective feedback within the exhibit team and the institution.

How to Apply

START DATE: As soon as possible

SALARY: $57,463.00 per annum


UNION:  OPSEU Local 543

APPLY IN WRITING TO: Linda Knox, Human Resources & Organizational Development, Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park, Toronto, Ontario  M5S 2C6; Fax  #416-586-5827; email: – please quote Competition #2013-024 – Interpretive Planner in the subject line.
PRIOR TO 5:00 PM ON: March 27, 2013

The ROM is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

We wish to 'Thank' everyone who applies, however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.