Executive Director: Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto

The Bata Shoe Museum is a renowned specialized museum in the heart of Toronto, operating an international centre for footwear research which houses and exhibits the Bata Shoe Museum’s collection of over 13,000 shoes and related items spanning over 4,500 years of international history. Founded by Sonja Bata in 1995, the mission of the Bata Shoe Museum is to contribute to the knowledge and understanding of the role of footwear in the social and cultural life of humanity. Through acquiring, conserving, researching, communicating and exhibiting material related to the history of footwear and shoemaking, the Museum illustrates the living habits, the culture and the customs of people.

The new Executive Director will build upon the strong foundation the Museum has established as an internationally acclaimed educational and specialized cultural institution. Working with a distinguished Board of Directors, you will foster relationships with Bata Shoe Museum management, staff and volunteers as you oversee engaging and innovative exhibitions and projects and identify and realize upon key and rewarding partnership opportunities.  As a key Museum ambassador, you will be passionate about showcasing its world class programs, research and collections, advocate for public and private sector support, and enhance its impact in the social media and digital world. You will bring executive management, business acumen and financial management skills to the table, fostering internal talent and executing an inspired plan for the Museum’s future.

A respected leader working in a complex multi-stakeholder museum, gallery or other cultural environment, you are skilled in community engagement, partnership development, and operational execution and have a reputation for turning possibility into reality. This opportunity is a truly exceptional one for a successful senior leader seeking to steer a dynamic cultural institution.

To explore this opportunity further, please contact amanda.bugatto@odgersberndtson.com or submit your resume and related information in confidence online at https://www.odgersberndtson.com/en/careers/14418

Bata Shoe Museum is an equal opportunity employer.  In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, upon request, accommodation will be provided by both Odgers Berndtson and the Museum throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities.

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