Leading Museums, Museum Leaders

James O Fairfax Snr Fellow Culture & Envt – NMA

Closing date:   January 30, 2022
Institution:   National Museum of Australia
Salary:   Executive Level 1 $104,371 to $112,024
Employment status:   Non-ongoing 3 year placement
Location :   Acton ACT
Contact name:   Libby Stewart, 0432 754 952
Contact email:   libby.stewart@nma.gov.au

The job opportunity

The National Museum of Australia in collaboration with Bridgestar Pty Ltd has an exciting opportunity for a professional to join our Curatorial Centre as the Senior Fellow of Culture and Environment.

The Museum and Bridgestar Pty Ltd share the common goal of promoting and advancing public interest and understanding of the cultural aspects of environmental change. As a Senior Fellow, you will represent the Museum as an expert in culture and the environment. You will provide intellectual, creative, and practical leadership to deliver on the Museum’s goal of being a leading national forum for discussions about Australian history, and a world leader in audience engagement.

You will have a well-developed knowledge of curatorial practice and Australian history. You will be responsible for working on programs that detail the cultural aspects of environmental change and will reflect upon the ways in which the character of our human experience is reciprocally tied to the places in which we live and thrive. Your work will enhance the museum’s new permanent environment gallery, Great Southern Land, with research and outputs closely aligned to the themes and ideas present throughout that gallery.

Key outputs of the role will include contributions to online programs and resources; collection development relating to Great Southern Land, a temporary exhibition; an international conference; a series of public events, lectures, and educational programming; and a research and publication program. You will be responsible for establishing and managing relationships with key external organisations and agencies that are devoted to our natural and cultural heritage and in particular will look at opportunities to leverage the work of other partners such as the World Wildlife Foundation. You will also be responsible for drawing together grant applications to other bodies and forging new collaborations and partnerships.

The role will form part of a team of named curatorial positions, Fellows, Senior Fellows, and Associates who are brought together to focus on areas of particular thematic interest to the Museum.

​​​What will the successful candidate bring to the role?

The successful candidate will bring a comprehensive knowledge of contemporary museum practices with specific understanding or experience in Australian culture and environment, curatorship and/or collections.

The successful candidate will contribute intellectual, creative and practical skills to the Museum’s curatorial activities and have the ability to contribute to the vision and strategic framework for the Curatorial Centre. They will have the ability to link the work of an Australian culture and environment stream to the broader program and ambitions of the Museum.

They will enhance public access, knowledge and interest in Australian culture and environment through collections, ideas and programs. They will demonstrate an understanding of audience centric practices and represent the Museum as an expert in Australian history.

They will have demonstrated knowledge and experience in research, testing and exploring ideas with the ability to bring a unique combination of community engagement, culture, science and history to bear on the National Historical Collection and storytelling. They will have the skills and desire to engage in an active way with contemporary curatorial practice and collecting.

The incumbent will demonstrate flexibility, agility and resilience. They will have experience in developing successful programs and teams to achieve the desired high-level expectations. They will have program management skills, including planning and resource management experience. They will be able to build external partnerships and collaborate and negotiate with internal and external partners and stakeholders to achieve outcomes.

A comprehensive knowledge of contemporary museum practices, with specific understanding or experience in Australian design, curatorship and/or collections is critical.

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