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The Australian War Memorial combines a shrine, a world-class museum, and an extensive archive. The Memorial’s purpose is to commemorate the sacrifice of those Australians who have died in war. Its mission is to assist Australians to remember, interpret and understand the Australian experience of war and its enduring impact on Australian society. As our story evolves, there is now an opportunity to share the stories of a new generation of Australians who have served in recent conflicts and on peacekeeping and humanitarian operations. The time has come to modernise and expand our galleries and buildings so we can tell the continuing story of Australia’s contemporary contribution to a better world through the eyes of those who have served in modern conflicts.

In late 2018, the Australian Government announced $498 million for the development of the Memorial’s galleries and precinct – a project that will create the space to tell these stories for the next generation. Having commenced in 2019, the development will be a decade-long planning and construction project. The Deputy Director Gallery Development is a key role in the management and delivery of this significant project, which will deliver enticing new, connected and accessible spaces showcasing unique and memorable experiences. These changes are the next chapter in our continuing story, ensuring the Memorial remains a place for all generations, of all Australians, to honour, to learn and to heal.

Job Description

The Deputy Director Gallery Development will provide management and development of over 5,000sqm of new permanent exhibitions and galleries and replacement of 5,000sqm of existing areas. These programs include:

  • gallery redevelopment in accordance with the Gallery Masterplan, with responsibility for the planning, development and implementation of exhibition and related audio-visual and fit-out works;
  • integration of new and existing permanent galleries in accordance with the Gallery Masterplan; and
  • planning, management of teams and implementing community engagement and visitor evaluation plans in line with the exhibition development stages;; and
  • managing the procurement of goods and services as they relate to the exhibition programs secondary and tertiary works The Deputy Director Gallery Development reports to the Director, Gallery Development and works in the Integrated Management Team lead by the Executive Director, Development Program.


  • Project manage the program of Gallery Development including:
    – management of the project processes, planning and procurement schedule;
    – budget management with the Integrated Management Team;
    – expert guidance and management of multidisciplinary teams including curatorial, historical, conservation, visitor evaluation and research;
    – interface with primary building works matters and teams where relevant, to the integration of gallery works;
    – management of relevant external consultancies and stakeholders including Exhibition designers, cost planners, AV producers, veterans, service-personnel, a variety of reference and community groups;
    – provision of high quality and professional advice to Director – Gallery Development; and
    – written preparation of high level documents, creative briefs, papers, correspondence and reports.
  • Provide strategic advice and project management expertise for the design, development of exhibitions and displays to the Director – Gallery Development, the Integrated Management Team and the Executive Director – Development Program.
  • Support the delivery of the Memorial’s integrated new and existing exhibitions and displays through well-developed business and procurement plans and budgets, management of external contractors and stakeholders and management of the section and cooperation with other sections.
  • Effectively cooperate with other sections and senior management in providing advice and expert guidance on exhibition development for their effective and timely delivery to the Gallery Development program.
  • Develop and foster close liaison with other areas of the Memorial, and other external organisations, stakeholders, kindred institutions, government agencies and individuals regarding the Memorial’s permanent, temporary and touring exhibitions program.
  • Interact with the precinct team for efficiency in management and governance requirements.

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.

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