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Manager, Touring Programs – ANMM

Closing date:   December 5, 2021
Institution:   Australian National Maritime Museum
Salary:   Executive Level 1
Employment status:   18 month non-ongoing with a possibility of extension/ongoing
Location :   Pyrmont NSW
Contact name:   People and Culture, 92983647
Contact email:   peopleandculture@sea.museum

The key duties of the position include:

Reporting to the Head of Exhibitions and Collections, you will be responsible for increasing public access to the museum’s collections and expertise through strategic engagement programs designed to educate and entertain existing and new audiences from international, metropolitan, regional and remote locations.

This is a challenging and highly rewarding role that will involve the management of touring exhibitions throughout their life-cycle while also supporting outreach initiatives such as the museum’s prolific grant and internship program, Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme (MMAPSS) and the activities of the regional network, the Australian Maritime Museums Council. You will work within the high-performing Exhibitions and Collections section and will be responsible for managing a small but agile team while adopting a collaborative mentality with excellent interpersonal skills to ensure productive work and communication with peers across the organisation and sector.

You key responsibilities will included however not limited to the following:

  • Plan, develop, execute and evaluate a forward and strategic touring exhibitions strategy and program.
  • Focus on placing our home-grown exhibitions in regional and national spaces and festivals to showcase our collections and expertise and support revenue generation and increase visibility for the museum.
  • Collaborate with the curatorial, marketing and digital teams so exhibitions are effectively promoted to potential host venues.
  • Establish and maintain an effective network of partners and venues across Australia, especially the regions, and seek to develop close relationships with maritime organisations, festivals, agencies and communities.
  • Facilitate cross-agency or multi-agency planning and delivery of exhibition programs, which may include grant applications, partnerships and hosting opportunities for greater sustainability and legacy of the museum’s product.
  • Contribute to the audience and market research and evaluation to determine touring viability.
  • Act as principle point of contact for communications with potential or contracted host venues and the museum’s international exhibition touring agent.
  • Maintain an up-to-date CRM system.
  • Ensure forward calendar of touring exhibitions is maintained.
  • Utilising excellent project management skills and resilience to successfully deliver multiple projects and objectives with competing timelines and resourcing commitments.
  • Responsible for documenting reporting metrics per internal, National Collecting Institution and Budget Portfolio Statement requirements and providing evidence-based reports and evaluation as required.
  • Undertake robust procurement, financial and contractual practices to engage contractors or services for the touring engagement programs in line with Federal Government legislation, policy and procedures.
  • Ensure every exhibition has appropriate exhibitory and insurance lists, installation manuals and design/ICT program backups in place using appropriate data asset management systems.
  • Keep up-to-date with external developments in the field of touring exhibitions to ensure the quality, competitiveness and relevance of the museum’s exhibitions made available to travel.
  • Actively participate in industry-relevant conferences and outreach programs to showcase, teach and collaborate with other institutions across the STEM, Arts and Heritage sector.
  • Advise and make recommendations to the Head of Exhibitions & Collections for all matters relating to the outputs of the branch, including staffing, leave and remuneration as part of approval and reporting processes.
  • Coach, mentor and provide effective and accountable leadership to direct reports, fostering an innovative environment that supports creative ideas and professional development of staff.
  • Effectively manage and report on the budget (Capital, Operational, Sponsorship and Grants) for touring programs and ensure a robust financial and operational management plan is implemented to identify cost efficiencies in planning and delivery, reforecasting and acquittals to achieve the Key Performance Indicators.
  • Align programs of offsite work and communications with the Divisional and Outreach Program Coordinator (non-direct report).
  • Oversee applications made by members of the Exhibitions & Collections section for any travel or expenses relating to touring exhibitions for budget accountability and reporting.
  • Travel nationally and, occasionally, internationally to support, promote or assess touring exhibitions as required and within approved budget.

Key Selection Criteria:

  • Relevant employment history within the field of museum exhibition development, touring, registration, or similar.
  • Demonstrated experience in touring exhibitions, logistics, installation-de-installation, asset and contractor management.
  • Demonstrated experience in the supervision, motivation and management of a multi-disciplinary team in a museum or gallery environment.
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills with a demonstrated ability to present information, advise, liaise, negotiate and build effective relationships with a variety of individuals, organisations, Government bodies and community groups as well as with colleagues within the Museum.
  • Using multiple digital platforms to deliver virtual exhibitions and experiences and commitment to accessibility and inclusion.
  • Experience in the management, planning and implementation of museum touring exhibitions with a thorough knowledge of appropriate museum standards, collections and conservation best practices.
  • Excellent administrative skills proven experience in managing significant budgets and reporting on income, and scheduling and resource planning abilities.
  • Demonstrated experience in contract development, negotiation and ongoing management.
  • Experience using collection management systems such as TMS (The Museum System), BI and Microsoft Office.
  • A good knowledge of Australian maritime history, heritage and cultural significance

Eligibility

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.

Notes

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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