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First Nations Education Lead – Australian Museum

Closing date:   February 19, 2023
Institution:   Australian Museum Trust
Salary:   Clerk Grade 7/8 ($101,946 - $112,849) with a total remuneration package up to $124,698 per annum
Employment status:   Full-time
Location :   Sydney Region / Sydney City
Contact name:   Vanessa Gardos
Contact email:   vanessa.gardos@australian.museum

About the Australian Museum

The Australian Museum is located on the traditional homelands of the Gadigal people. The Australian Museum acknowledges and pays respect to the Gadigal people as the custodians of the land, sky and waterways, paying respect to Elders past and present.

The Australian Museum (AM) operating within the NSW Department of Enterprise, Investment & Trade cluster, is the first museum in Australia and was founded in 1827. The AM provides access, engagement and scientific research to increase our understanding of natural history and culture, particularly of the Australasian region. The AM holds more than 21 million objects of biological, geological and cultural collections and develops programs, exhibitions and school and community education initiatives onsite, online and offsite.

The AM mission is: To ignite wonder, inspire debate and drive change.

The AM vision is: To be a leading voice for the richness of life, the Earth and culture in Australia and the Pacific. We commit to transform the conversation around climate change, the environment and wildlife conservation; be a strong advocate for First Nations’ culture; and continue to develop world-leading science, collections, exhibitions and education programs.

For more information, visit the website.

The AM supports a diverse workforce and promotes applications from all ages and genders, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, culturally and linguistically diverse groups, the LGBTQIA+ community, veterans, refugees and people with disabilities.

About the role

The First Nations Education Lead will set the direction for, and lead, the development and delivery of high-quality formal and informal education programs centred on First Nations knowledges and ways of learning to provide educational initiatives for school and community audiences onsite, online and offsite. The role will ensure programs adhere to appropriate pedagogies, align with the NSW syllabus and support materials, and maximise student-directed opportunities. The role will collaborate with the First Nations division, and other internal and external stakeholders to ensure AM education influences and informs a series of positive and enjoyable learning experiences. This is the lead role and First Nations voice for the Visitor Experience and Education branch.

About you

We are seeking an experienced and innovative educator to take the lead on the direction and development of First Nations and Pasifika education programs at the Australian Museum. The successful applicant will have a background in education and/or equivalent experience and be able to represent the needs of both community and the Australian Museum in authentic and engaging education programs for audiences of all types.

This role will recruit and build a team of First Nations and Pasifika presenters, providing cultural support, mentorship and professional development for early and mid-career staff. There will be opportunities to work closely with First Nations and Pasifika staff across the organisation as well as scientists, programmers and other colleagues to ensure education programs have a holistic, accurate and culturally appropriate approach.

You will have:

  • Appropriate tertiary qualification/s or relevant, equivalent professional experience developing learning programs in an informal learning environment such as a museum, cultural, or scientific institution.
  • Demonstrated experience in education program delivery and project management.
  • Demonstrated experience working with First Nations community, organisations and/or knowledges.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the formal education sector, educational learning and interpretive theory and curriculum requirements around science, history, geography and First Nations cultures.

Essential Requirements:

  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent – Aboriginality/Torres Strait Islander is a genuine occupational qualification and is authorised under section 14(d) of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977.
  • Hold a valid NSW Working with Children clearance.

Knowledge & Experience

  • Current knowledge and working experience to deliver the Key Accountabilities and perform to the Focus Capabilities outlined in this Role Description

The successful applicant will be subject to a national criminal records check.

More information about applying for a role in the public sector can be found on the I work for NSW page.


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