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Assistant Director Corporate Services – MAGNT

Closing date:   June 24, 2019
Institution:   Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
Salary:   $145,000 pa + 9.5% super, 4 weeks annual leave
Employment status:   Full-time, three year contract
Location :   Darwin or Alice Springs
Contact name:   Marcus Schutenko, (08) 8999 8220
Contact email:   marcus.schutenko@magnt.net.au

The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) is the Northern Territory’s premier cultural institution. It offers a dynamic and diverse arts, science and cultural program to more than 300,000 visitors each year.

We are both a museum and art gallery with collections, exhibitions and programs across our core areas of Aboriginal culture, natural sciences, history and art focussing on Northern and Central Australia and our near neighbours.

MAGNT’s objective is to maintain the highest standards of excellence in preserving, researching, exhibiting and communicating the record of natural history, art and peoples of the Northern Territory. Our vision is to be a world-class museum connecting people and stories of the Northern Territory.

MAGNT has seven venues: Bullocky Point, the Defence of Darwin Experience, Fannie Bay Gaol, Lyons Cottage, the Museum of Central Australia (incorporating the Strehlow Research Centre), Megafauna Central and the Alcoota fossil site.

MAGNT is currently experiencing a significant period of growth.  Additionally, the Government recently committed $50 million to build a new art museum in Darwin’s CBD to be operated by MAGNT.

Primary Objective:

Reporting to the Director, this position is responsible for MAGNT’s corporate services including business, financial, contracting, human resources, facilities, technological and other administrative functions. As a member of the Executive Leadership Team, the position will provide high-level policy advice and expertise and participate in strategic planning exercises that contribute to the development of business operations and work plans.

Key Responsibilities:

  1. Working in close collaboration with the Director and Executive Leadership Team, provide leadership in corporate services including business, financial, contracting, human resources, facilities, technological and other administrative functions in accordance with best practice industry standards.
  2. Provide professional expertise to ensure MAGNT meets our reporting requirements, internally and externally, and ensure appropriate corporate governance standards are maintained and statutory obligations are fulfilled.
  3. Develop and implement financial management strategies and policies to enable efficient and effective financial management of all Museum and Art Gallery activities.
  4. Ensure both the Board, Executive and Management meet statutory accountabilities in accordance with the Financial Management Act, Procurement Act and Australian Accounting Standards.
  5. Lead the development and implementation of, and provide high-level strategic advice on, commercial and financial management strategies, practices and systems, including reviewing, maintaining and improving financial policy controls.
  6. Develop human resource policies and ensure successful implementation.
  7. Lead and direct facilities management and maintenance, including commercial operations.
  8. Oversee MAGNT’s WHS policy and ensure its effective implementation across divisions. 

Selection Criteria:

  1. Significant experience in strategic and business planning including, but not limited to: policy and procedure development, financial and resource management, and human resource management.
  2. Advanced degree in a financial field combined with prior experience as a senior manager.
  3. Strong project and staff management skills with ability to direct, coordinate and review work plans for professional and technical staff; and to evaluate and to update work practice methods and procedures to ensure quality output performance and program delivery in accordance with best contemporary museum practices and industry standards.
  4. High level oral and written communication skills with proven ability to write complex reports, policy papers, Board and Ministerial briefings and other correspondences that report on a diverse range of activities, in an environment requiring performance of multiple tasks and adherence to deadlines.
  5. An ability to interact effectively with people of different cultures and beliefs and to ensure work health and safety system compliance.
  6. Energetic, self-motivated, flexible and adaptable with a sense of humour, able to multi-task and work independently in a hands-on work environment.
  7. A team player with an attitude of service and ability to motivate others.
  8. Highly developed communication and networking skills at the institutional, government and community levels.
  9. Experience in computer systems including Excel, PIPS, GAS, TRIPS, TRIM or similar. 

Further Information

  1. This role statement is intended to provide an overall view of the role but in addition to this document, the specifics of the role will be described in business work plans.
  2. MAGNT is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity in the workplace.
  3. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island applicants are encouraged to apply.

Applications must address the selection criteria and include three referee contacts (two A4 pages only). Referees will not be contacted without prior consent.

Applications must be submitted via email: careers@magnt.net.au by 5pm ACST Monday 24 June 2019


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