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The job opportunity

The National Museum of Australia has an exciting opportunity for a professional to join the organisation as an International and Domestic Engagement Manager, leading the development and delivery of touring exhibition products and activities, and collaborations with existing and new partners across Australia and overseas.

Assisting the Head in the day-to-day management of the section, the Manager, International and Domestic Engagement is accountable for monitoring team progress and achievement of outcomes and supervising and managing several team members. Along with the Head, the incumbent will be responsible for setting, shaping and driving the strategic direction for both domestic and international activity.

Other responsibilities include project management for high-profile exhibitions and major projects, leading collaborative project teams, developing, overseeing and implementing forward plans and budgets, and managing contracting and logistical support for the Museum’s domestic and international touring exhibitions. You will implement procurement procedures relating to the design, fabrication and installation of Museum touring exhibitions in accordance with Museum and Australian Public Service (APS) procurement guidelines.

The role involves working cooperatively with the International and Domestic Engagement team and other Museum stakeholders to plan and effectively manage the overall program. You will develop and maintain productive working relationships with partner institutions, coordinating deliverables set out in Memoranda of Understanding (MOU), representing the Museum at internal and external meetings and forums, and maintaining a strong network of peer relationships within the industry.

This position requires some interstate and international travel, and assists with the physical installation and de-installation of Museum exhibitions at host venues for travelling exhibitions.

What will the successful candidate bring to the role?

The successful candidate will have exceptional management and organisational skills and a strong attention to detail. You will work in a fast-paced environment where priorities shift and your ability to be flexible and adapt to change is paramount. You will have the capacity to operate with minimal supervision, being comfortable making decisions and problem-solving with a high level of independence.

With demonstrated knowledge and understanding of issues in leading, developing and successfully delivering complex projects, preferably within a cultural institution, you will also have experience managing resources and priorities to achieve successful outcomes. Experience in leading international and domestic touring exhibition projects is highly desirable.

The incumbent will need excellent negotiation and liaison skills, and enjoy working in diverse multidisciplinary teams. You will represent the Museum domestically and internationally, dealing with complex matters and advancing the Museum’s interests. The ability to successfully build and maintain relationships with a variety of stakeholders, including those from different cultural backgrounds, is paramount.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate high-level written communication skills, including the ability to analyse issues and develop quality documentation. You will have the capacity to work collaboratively, with experience to initiate and implement clear direction.

The position will involve contact with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, communities and service providers. It may also involve managing the development and delivery of Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander histories and cultures content and programs. As such you are required to have the capacity and willingness to further develop your skills and capacity to attain cultural competency, including:

  • An understanding of the issues affecting Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • The ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • A willingness and commitment to continue to develop cultural competency.


To be eligible to apply for this vacancy, applicants must:

  • be an Australian citizen
  • undergo a number of pre-employment checks, including a police records check.

Ready to apply?

Applicants must respond to each of the following selection criteria (maximum two pages) and include contact details for two referees in their application. Applicants must also provide a current CV as part of their application.

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