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The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) is the Northern Territory’s premier cultural and scientific institution. It offers a dynamic and diverse arts, science and cultural program to more than 300,000 visitors each year.

We are the museum and gallery known for our collections and expertise in Aboriginal cultures, natural sciences, histories and arts across Northern and Central Australia and our neighbours to the north.

We connect people to the stories of the Northern Territory. Our collection drives curiosity, exploration and partnerships. Our physical spaces are destinations loved by locals and a must-see for Territory visitors. Our digital connectivity expands the reach of our collection. Our guests tell their friends about their distinctive Territorian experience.

MAGNT has seven venues: Bullocky Point, the Defence of Darwin Experience, Fannie Bay Gaol, Lyons Cottage, the Museum of Central Australia (incorporating the Strehlow Research Centre), Megafauna Central and the Alcoota fossil site. A new Art Gallery opening in Darwin’s CBD in 2023 will add an eighth MAGNT site.

Primary Objective

Build and raise the reputation of MAGNT through the provision of high quality engagement activities. Create strong positive impacts within the community, media and with supporters. Provide vision and leadership in the planning and successful delivery of MAGNT’s development, communications and visitor experience programs across all its sites. Ensure strong alignment of MAGNT’s activities with the needs of our visitors and stakeholders.

Key Responsibilities

  1. Provide strategic integrated planning, advice, evaluation and reporting to ensure that MAGNT offers a strong and relevant engagement program that meets the needs of target audiences and MAGNT stakeholders.
  2. Identify opportunities to integrate MAGNT’s research, exhibitions, public programs, digital and virtual experiences with community engagement and fundraising.
  3. Oversee the development and delivery of an annual public programs calendar and an annual communications and marketing program, linking with MAGNT’s exhibitions and research program.
  4. Increase community and stakeholder participation in MAGNT activities, coordinate and integrate marketing, communication, advocacy & government relations and develop existing and new community and stakeholder engagement channels.
  5. Formalise and strengthen relationships and partnerships, including research partnerships, with community groups and Aboriginal, education, environmental and scientific organisations.
  6. Lead and manage a high-performing engagement team in the delivery of its functions and services through scheduling and prioritising work; monitoring and reviewing processes; keeping up-to-date with new technology; providing performance feedback and staff learning and development opportunities; and ensuring that deadlines and budget commitments are met.
  7. Prepare briefs, manage procurement and monitor quality of work performed by contractors.
  8. Provide effective and efficient management of engagement resources and maintain and promote EEO, cultural diversity, WH&S and ethical principles and practices.
  9. Develop and maintain professional networks and partnerships with external stakeholders including project partners, other cultural organisations, sponsors, community groups and researchers.

Selection Criteria

  1. Relevant tertiary qualifications and extensive experience in development, communications or cultural sector public programs.
  2. Highly developed leadership and people management skills, including coaching and performance planning, measurement, feedback and development; ability to successfully lead multi-disciplinary teams managing external stakeholders.
  3. Excellent interpersonal, persuasive, and oral and written communication skills with the ability to achieve buy-in from colleagues and to negotiate, advise and counsel to achieve agreed outcomes.
  4. High level analytical and planning skills as well as demonstrated experience in the use of project management methodology and the capacity to manage competing priorities.
  5. Well-developed IT skills including use of relevant project management software, such as a CRM system, and proficiency in standard office IT packages.
  6. An ability to interact effectively with people from different cultures and a sound understanding of Work Health Safety (WHS) practises to ensure WHS system compliance.


  1. Experience in the development of a new-build museum or gallery facility


Further Information:

Applications must address the selection criteria and include three referee contacts

Referees will not be contacted without prior consent.

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Submit applications via email: [email protected]  by 14 March 2021