Responsibilities of the section
The Australian Society and History (ASH) team is responsible for:
- Providing expertise and advice to the Museum in the subject area of Australian Society and History;
- Undertaking research and collection development activities related to the Museum’s collection and permanent gallery displays and supporting other gallery developments at the Museum;
- Supporting the Museum’s temporary and travelling exhibitions, events, programs and outreach activities through research, public speaking, online activity and social engagement strategies;
- Supporting development of other content-based Museum products, such as publications, smart device applications, web pages, public and education programs;
- Liaising and working with external experts and community stakeholders, and building communities of interest and support bases for the Museum;
- Participating in other Museum projects and activities as required; and
- Representing the interests of the Museum to the general public.
Responsibilities of the position
As Head of the ASH team you will be expected to provide leadership and support for the ASH curatorial team, and operate constructively and supportively with your peers in other areas of the Museum. In particular, the successful applicant will be expected to:
- Take responsibility for the leadership, management, mentoring, and strategic direction for the ASH team within the Collections and Content Division;
- Inspire in diverse audiences the value and importance of Australian social history and culture by developing and managing collection development activities, permanent gallery displays, temporary exhibitions, public programs, publications, related projects and web sites;
- Activate public debates about Australian history by utilising multiple information platforms that will engage diverse stakeholder and public groups in discussions of importance to the Museum;
- Provide advice and support to Museum business units on Australian Society and History;
- Undertake and supervise research projects within the Museum;
- Explore, develop and nurture strategic alliances for the Museum and maintain productive relationships with Museum stakeholders, donors, institutional and academic partners;
- Represent the Museum at government and corporate events and meetings, public programs, symposia, conferences, and public lectures etc.;
- Encourage a culture of collegiality, flexibility, responsiveness and high achievement in the Museum’s audience focused environment; and
- Develop, draft and implement policies, manage budgets and contribute to the corporate governance of the Museum, its Corporate Strategic Plan and Business Plan processes to align business unit activities with corporate priorities.
Applicants must respond to each of the selection criteria in their application:
- Demonstrated achievement in the area of Australian history through accessible and innovative research, exhibitions, publications and public engagement strategies;
- Proven ability to initiate, establish and maintain key strategic relationships with a broad range of stakeholders from government, corporate and private sectors;
- Demonstrated outstanding verbal and written communication skills including liaison, negotiation, change management and conflict resolution in dealing with diverse groups of people and representing the Museum;
- Demonstrated ability to plan and manage budgets, resources, business plans and projects to achieve corporate goals;
- Demonstrated experience as a senior manager to build an innovative, flexible and collegiate approach to work that will support organisational and cultural change in a major organization;
- Proven leaderships skills and demonstrated ability in applying current people management and development strategies within the framework of APS legislation, values and behaviour guidelines; and
- A clear understanding of responsibilities for ensuring the workhealth and safety of people in the workplace.
Applications should include contact details for two referees.
To be eligible to apply for any vacancies, applicants must:
- be either an Australian Citizen or have permanent residency, pending granting of Australian Citizenship;
- undergo a number of pre-employment checks.
For further information or to apply, please visit http://www.nma.gov.au/about_us/employment