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Director Audience & Creative Production – SLM

Closing date:   November 27, 2020
Institution:   Sydney Living Museums
Salary:   Senior Executive Band 1 - $215,923 - $238,977
Employment status:   Full-time
Location :   The role will be based at The Mint, Sydney's CBD and the Western Sydney Records Centre, Kingswood but will also be required to work across other locations as directed
Contact name:   Adam Lindsay, 0466 491 815
Contact email:   Not supplied yet.

What we do

Sydney Living Museums (SLM) and The State Archives and Records Authority of NSW (SARA) are NSW Government agencies that operate under the leadership of a single Executive Director. Whilst maintaining two separate legal entities, services are provided under a shared model.

The agencies form part of the NSW Department of Premier & Cabinet and report to the Minister for the Arts. Sydney Living Museums is also recognised as a State Cultural Institution.

SLM cares for a group of 12 of the most important historic houses, gardens and museums in NSW on behalf of the people of NSW. The agency is administered under the Historic Houses Act 1980, which confers the responsibility for conserving, managing, interpreting and activating places and sites of local, national and international significance.

Our property portfolio includes the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Hyde Park Barracks, Australia’s oldest surviving government building, the Mint, and Rose Seidler House, which marks the arrival of the modernist architecture movement to Australia.

The portfolio is unlike other museums in that the significance of each is in the whole, and not just in the parts. The awareness of place frames each narrative. Our audiences are local, regional, national and international.

SARA is administered under the State Records Act 1998 and is responsible for developing, preserving and promoting access to the NSW State Archives Collection, which pre-dates the European settlement of Australia in 1788.

SARA is the custodian and advocate for the State Archives Collection, which is one of the most complete and important collections documenting colonisation in the world. This vast cultural collection of more than 13 million items, valued at $1 billion and which grows each year, details the development of this place and the wielding of colonial power, with multiple series of documents now included as inscriptions on the UNESCO Memory of the World Register.

SARA’s Recordkeeping Standards and Advice function assists public offices in meeting their recordkeeping obligations under the State Records Act 1998, which is vital in the preservation of the memory of government for current and future generations. SARA’s Government Records Repository provides commercial storage, records management, digitisation and consultancy services and generates the majority of SARA’s operating revenue.

What you’ll do with us

The Director Audience & Creative Production is part of the Senior Executive team at SLM and its partner agency SARA, and is a significant contributor to the leadership, culture and direction of these organisations.

Taking inspiration from the places and collections under the care of SLM and SARA, this role ensures the Executive Director’s creative vision is realised and that the reputation, brand perception, audience engagement and patronage of SLM and SARA lead the cultural sector.

This role leads the Audience & Creative Production Division and is responsible for the formulation and delivery of the Division’s Operational Plan. The functional areas reporting into this role are curatorial, production & experiences (exhibition delivery, public programs, education programs), digital & design, and audience & marketing (marketing, media, volunteers and members).

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