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The key duties of the position include:

Reporting to the Senior Executive, Strategy & External Relations, you will be responsible for ensuring the Museum has a positive and effective working relationship with the Office for the Arts, the Office of the Minister for the Arts and relevant Commonwealth and State departments and agencies. You will work closely with the Museum’s Executive team, Leadership team and key stakeholders across Government, as well as the Museum’s Council and Foundation Board and grant-making organisations and diplomatic representatives.

You will be responsible for securing grants from government and non-government sources, securing support and recognition for the Museum’s cultural diplomacy work, efficient coordination of statutory planning and reporting together with providing high quality operational policies and procedures.

Your day to day responsibilities with include but not limited to the following:

  • Oversees staff with responsibility for sourcing grants and providing secretariat support to the Museum’s governing board and its committees and the Australian National Maritime Museum Foundation.
  • Lead cross-organisational projects, including the compilation of the Museum’s Annual Report.
  • Source of expertise on corporate governance with detailed knowledge of the establishing legislation, whole of government accountability structure, relevant government policies and other legislation that affect the entity.
  • Coordination and preparation of briefings, correspondence and advice in response to ministerial correspondence, parliamentary issues, Cabinet matters and all other requests.
  • Develop and implement effective systems to support and improve the Ministerial Liaison process.
  • Ensuring compliance with the communications protocol between the department, the Minister and other members of Parliament.
  • Lead the collaborative development and drafting of the key planning documents, Museum’s quarterly performance reports and the Annual Performance Statement and Museum’s Annual Report.
  • Analyse and report on the effectiveness of the planning and performance framework through review of key performance indicators and management measures.
  • Develop improvement plans and targets arising from the annual planning and performance cycle and assist with the design and implementation of a framework for databased course, department and academic division reviews.
  • Provide advice on the external context (including horizon scanning) and potential impact on the Museum.
  • Prepare briefing notes, reports and submissions for senior management and for external stakeholders
  • Develop and implement reform of operational policies and procedures.
  • Provide advice on Government policies, procedures, accountability standards and legislative requirements.
  • Provide expert advice and support to guide the delivery of consistent and effective high quality policy outcomes.
  • Lead the development and implementation of the Museum’s International Engagement Strategy.
  • Work closely with the Research & Curatorial Team to develop and oversee a program of engagement and communication.
  • Research, develop and maintain excellent relationships with key ANMM international partners and the diplomatic corps.
  • Provide quarterly progress reports for Executive, Council and other internal and external stakeholders on the ANMM’s international engagement activities.
  • Supervision of Governance officer and Grants Officer

Key selection criteria:

  • Demonstrated success in policy development, policy advice and public sector administration at a senior level, including substantial experience in working with legislation.
  • Superior written communication skills, including demonstrated ability to prepare complex reports, briefs, agenda papers, minutes, correspondence and instructions for legal advice.
  • Highly developed oral communication and interpersonal skills, including demonstrated ability to advise, liaise and consult with Directors, Executives and management at all levels, government agencies, key stakeholders and external advisors.
  • Knowledge of the operation and management of public sector statutory bodies, including the framework for management and control, accountability and reporting, as well as information management obligations.
  • Proven ability to lead and manage staff and colleagues to achieve organisational goals.
  • Proven ability to effectively prioritise issues and meet deadlines in a high-pressure environment with few resources.


This position is open to all eligible members of the community and we encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with a disability and people from every cultural and linguistic background. To be an eligible member of the community, you must be an Australian citizen. Applications may be accepted from Australian permanent residents who are in the process of acquiring Australian citizenship.


Selection for this position will be made on the basis of relative merit which will be assessed against each item of the selection criteria. Applications that do not address the selection criteria will not be considered for short listing by the Selection Committee. As part of the selection process the selection committee may invite candidates to undertake psychometric test, you should advise the selection committee if you have any special needs. Psychometric tests may be used as the initial short-listing test or later in the selection process. Some tests are very short while others may take one or more hours.

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