About the agency
Sydney Living Museums cares for 12 of the NSW most important historic houses, museums and their collections: Elizabeth Bay House, Elizabeth Farm, Government House, Hyde Park Barracks Museum, Justice & Police Museum, Meroogal, The Mint, Museum of Sydney, Rose Seidler House, Rouse Hill House & Farm, Susannah Place Museum and Vaucluse House. All are listed in the NSW State Heritage Register. The Museum of Sydney and the Hyde Park Barracks on the National Heritage list and the Hyde Park Barracks is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

For more detailed information on the operations and activities of Sydney Living Museums click here.

About the role
The Head of Curatorial & Exhibitions provides senior management direction and professional leadership to a multi-disciplinary creative team which delivers end to end creative projects across Sydney Living Museums’ sites, including conceptualisation and translation of content into exhibitions, displays, site interpretation, publications, digital and web-based projects.

The role is, for management and staff across Sydney Living Museums, a principal source of both strategic curatorial advice and expert technical advice and guidance related to heritage interpretation and creative content delivery and management.

Applying for the role
To apply you will need to submit the following:

Targeted questions

  1. The Head of Curatorial & Exhibitions requires leadership skills to manage and motivate a diverse team of internal and external stakeholders to produce collaborative and inter-disciplinary projects. Please outline a time when you led a major curatorial project with others to develop a shared vision with clear audience outcomes? What strategies did you use to influence and negotiate the project’s development and implementation? How did you measure success?
  2. Please provide an example of how you balance audience expectations and revenue-generation pressures in a museum/heritage setting? What were the challenges and opportunities? How did you ensure the project objectives were met and the project was focused on your organisation’s mission?

Please note: New employment legislation will apply from 24th February 2014. From this date, all current and new Public Service non-executive employees will be employed at a classification level and assigned to a role rather than appointed to a position. Employees may be re-assigned to other roles at the same classification over time, in line with organisation priorities and/or personal development plans.