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Curator, Photographs Film and Sound – AWM

Closing date:   June 7, 2023
Institution:   Australian War Memorial
Salary:   $82,557 to $92,371
Employment status:   Ongoing Full-time
Location :   Campbell ACT
Contact name:   Daniel Eisenberg, 02 6243 4586
Contact email:   Not supplied yet.

The role of the Curator for the Photographs, Film and Sound (PFS) Section, is to assist with the management of the PFS curatorial team and the development of the National Collection.  The work involves managing curatorial staff to assess, research, describe, and catalogue collection items; liaising and negotiating with donors and stakeholders; representing the collection within the Memorial and to the public; responding to public enquiries; and assisting with Memorial priorities and projects where necessary. You will also be required to manage projects, write reports, procedures and correspondence and have a well-developed understanding of collection management, rights management and handling practices.

The position requires strong curatorial experience coupled with innovation including research ability; creation of content; communication of curatorial vision; project management and use of contemporary digital and publication outputs.

The Curator reports to the Senior Curators, Photographs, Film and Sound, and manages the work of a dedicated curatorial team and provides professional advice on the development and management of the collection. The role assists with the supervision and mentoring of staff, coordinates input for section business processes such as collection development, and project management.  It also undertakes some broader coordination activities as directed.

This position entails working with potentially graphic, distressing and culturally sensitive material.

The key duties of the position include:

Under general direction, assist with the development and operational management of the Photographs, Film and Sound Collection and the curatorial team, including:

  • Develop, manage and advise on curatorial and commissioning projects, research programs, exhibitions, publications in print and on-line, e-sales and public engagement programs.
  • Provide advice and guidance to assistant curators on researching, documenting and managing the analogue and digital collection.
  • Assess, manage and deliver PFS content aligned with business priorities, programs, budgets and business plans.​​​​​​​
  • Support and cultivate team leadership initiatives focused on collaborative capability building and coordination.
  • Plan for current and future public engagement opportunities as they relate to our corporate objectives.
  • Contribute to museum management and practice as it relates to collection development, documentation and storage.​​​​​​​
  • Work within the collection management and digital asset management systems to acquire, catalogue and develop both analogue and digital collections.
  • Perform functions and exercise responsibility associated with staff management, workplace health and safety, procurement, and team development in accordance with Memorial policies and procedures.


The Memorial is committed to workplace diversity and maintains an environment that values the contribution of people from different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. The Memorial welcomes applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, veterans, mature age people, people from diverse backgrounds and people with a disability. To be eligible for ongoing or non-ongoing employment, Australian Citizenship is required.

To Apply

TO APPLY,  please visit: https://www.awm.gov.au/get-involved/employment

If you experience any problems with the application system please contact the Recruitment Team on 02 6243 4234 or email employment@awm.gov.au

RecruitAbility applies to this vacancy. Under the RecruitAbility scheme you will be invited to participate in further assessment activity for the vacancy if you choose to apply under the scheme; declare you have a disability; and meet the minimum requirements for the job. For more information visit: https://www.apsc.gov.au/recruitability

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