Cranbrook History Centre

Executive Director/Curator (Fulltime)

Cranbrook, BC

The Cranbrook History Centre is seeking an experienced, energetic, and visionary museum professional to help lead the organization through the next chapter of its exciting organizational transformation.

Founded in 1976 as the Cranbrook Archives, Museum and Landmark Foundation, in 1993 the Centre was re-branded as the Canadian Museum of Rail Travel, and in 2015, as the Cranbrook History Centre, reflecting an updated mission and a new, revitalized, more community-focused, and more inclusive mission. The institution’s mandate includes the research, preservation, and interpretation of objects and archival records that pertain to the multiple histories and perspectives of the people of Cranbrook and surrounding area, including the role of the railroad rail travel.

The Centre comprises several distinct and important organizational components.

  • Canadian Museum of Rail Travel consists of 28 railway cars, 17 of which are currently available for public tours. The railway car collection is complemented a spectacular working model railway, immensely popular with hobbyists and children.
  • Cranbrook Museum celebrates the rich heritage and cultural characteristics of Cranbrook and the East Kootenay region. The History Gallery showcases topics of local history and folklore, natural history, paleontology, and Ktunaxa First Nation traditions.
  • Natural History Gallery, still in development, will encourage appreciation in the magnificent natural environment.
  • Royal Alexandra Hall is located at the Centre and the Hall seats over 200 people for programs and rental events.

For the right individual, this is an opportunity to help lead and solidify the transformation of The Cranbrook History Centre from a local historical museum to a major cultural organization in the BC interior.

Responsibilities and Needed Skills

  1. General Duties
  • Manage and conduct the daily business of the Cranbrook History Centre
  • Represent the Centre in a professional manner to all community partners and stakeholders
  • Manage the facility, equipment, exhibits and collections.
  • Supervise general maintenance and repair projects.
  • Within funding limits, pursue continuing professional development


  1. Program Management
  • Develop and implement programming and exhibits
  • Receiving agent for all exhibits, shows, events and programs delivered.
  1. Collections Management
  • Oversee sound collection management practices, including storage, cataloguing, handling preservation, and conservation
  • Coordinate new acquisitions and the de-accession for approval by the Board


  1. Fund Raising
  • Generate revenue through memberships, fundraising and grants
  • Establish, and maintain positive collaboration with community and Centre members, current and potential donors, businesses, agencies and other organizations
  • Identify and apply for grants, solicit donations and stewardship events
  • Work to sustain and increase individual and business memberships


  1. Community relationships and Public Relations
  • Engage in public relations and active outreach, and serve as the Centre’s chief ambassador.
  • Co-ordinate media releases, public relations, quarterly newsletter, web site, and social media


  1. Financial Management
  • With the Treasurer, develop an operating and capital budget
  • Properly maintain all financial records
  • Ensure professionalism and timeliness in all financial transactions and payroll
  • Develops a 5-year plan with the Board and implement accordingly.


  1. Relationship with the Board
  • Serve as a trusted and knowledgeable professional advisor to the Board
  • Record and file all meeting minutes

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree University degree from an accredited institution, preferably in Museum studies, or the equivalent in other education and experience
  • Minimum 3-5 years in a museum-related management position, with demonstrated supervisor experience


  • Thorough knowledge of widely accepted best practices and ethics for museums, as promulgated by ICOM, the Canadian Museums Association, BC Museums Association, and elsewhere
  • Thorough knowledge of widely accepted best practices business management, marketing, and accounting
  • Proficiency in windows-based applications (Outlook, Word, Excel, Access, Publisher)
  • Working Knowledge of the history of Cranbrook and East Kootenay Region and/or the sincere desire to learn more will be considered an asset
  • Demonstrated commitment to excellent customer service
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, externally, internally, and with the Board
  • Demonstrated organizational, problem- solving and time-management skills
  • Ability to work in a multi-task, collaborative and team-based environment

Skills (Continued)


  • Ability to lead, motivate, and coach staff and volunteers
  • Highly self-motivated and goal-driven, able to independently
  • Opportunities for development and career progression



If you are interested in applying for Executive Director/Curator position please send a copy of your resume to the attention of Jason Jacob


If you enjoy working with the people, and have an interest in local history and culture, then volunteering at the Cranbrook History Centre may be for you. As a volunteer you will acquire new skills and training, meet interesting and memorable visitors, and have rewarding and meaningful experiences while being an ambassador for your community.

Volunteers play an integral role in the operation of the Cranbrook History Centre. Our volunteers help in a variety of areas such as guiding tours, archival research and procedures, collections management, special events, office procedures, and landscaping. It is entirely up to you how much time you would like to give to the Centre and your support is always greatly appreciate.

If you are interested in becoming a Cranbrook History Centre volunteer we would love to meet you.  You can call us at 250-489-3918 or drop by and pickup an application form.