Old Parliament House is instantly recognisable to all Australians as a key setting for the Australian democratic tradition. It is a tangible record of our rich and complex heritage. Australians of all backgrounds can come here and connect, not only with the broad sweep of our nation’s history, but also with something from their own community or past. Old Parliament House is more than a beautiful historic building—it is a centre for partnerships, collaboration, celebration, education and discussion.
Since Parliament moved to its new and permanent home, an active and award-winning program to conserve the heritage fabric of the National Heritage Listed building has been undertaken, alongside the launch of dynamic exhibition galleries which explore Australia’s journey to democracy.
As we shape a fresh role for the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House for Canberra and the nation – as a new kind of town square built around the democratic principles of equality, freedom, justice and representation.
Cultural institutions must remain relevant to the people they serve. The ongoing success of Old Parliament House depends on our ability to be responsive to change and nimble in meeting challenges. As technology enhances access we are aware that visitation is not just about the number of people who step through the front doors.
Building on the success of existing programs, over the past 2 years we have been putting in a structure and programs to broaden the range and volume of experiences to link into more diverse communities, build new audiences, and provide myriad points of entry and opportunities to draw people together, as we explore the traditions, opportunities and challenges of democracy – in the broadest sense.
The Head, Exhibitions and Engagement is a key leadership role at the Museum and a critical one for our future. Thee position is primarily responsible for leading the section to:
- develop and implement a vibrant, strategic and integrated program of content delivered via a range of activities including exhibitions, programs, events and digital activity.
- initiate and implement a strategic program of community engagement activities in line with the Museum’s audience development objectives.
- foster and manage relationships and strategic alliances with internal and external stakeholders, including community groups, corporate sponsors, service providers and program partners.
- lead the section developing and implementing the museum’s positioning and market research activities.
We are seeking a multi-skilled, multi- faceted, experienced cultural leader who is able to bring a fresh perspective to our operations. The role requires a high degree of professional museum, exhibitions and programming knowledge and practical experience, along with a demonstrated success in engaging with audiences through digital, online and social media technologies.
This role offers a unique opportunity for experienced museum, programming and exhibitions professionals seeking to make an impact in an iconic cultural institution with considerable potential to grow and expand its influence, locally, nationally and internationally, and to work with an outstanding leadership team in leading a comprehensive program of change and renewal.
To make initial enquiries or to obtain a candidates’ pack that contains full details of the position and the application process please contact:
AEGEUS Executive Search
E: [email protected]
T: +612 8091 2464