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Senior Curator Indigenous Cultures – QM

Closing date:   July 29, 2019
Institution:   Queensland Museum
Salary:   $93243 - $100287
Employment status:   Flexible full-time
Location :   Brisbane Inner City
Contact name:   Geraldine Mate , 38429276
Contact email:   Not supplied yet.

We are looking for a Senior Curator, Indigenous Cultures to be part of the Cultures & Histories team at Queensland Museum. If you are a highly motivated, productive museum professional with a demonstrated record of community engagement, research, project management, communication and leadership skills, we want to hear from you. In the role you will lead a team to research, manage and promote the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander collections.

The role also cares for collections from Pacific and other areas of the world. It is a genuine occupational requirement that an Identified position be filled by an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person as permitted by and arguable under Section 25, 104 and 105 of the Queensland Anti-Discrimination Act (1991).


  • Lead and manage curatorial and collection staff, encouraging innovation and excellence to develop exhibitions, publications and public programs.
  • Maintain and develop the Indigenous Cultures collections including collaborative collection-related research, community engagement and coordination of philanthropic support/donations, in order to meet program and organisational objectives and in accordance with professional standards, current research trends, strategic priorities and cultural protocols.
  • Oversee and supervise researchers, students and volunteers in the identification, assessment and accessioning of artefacts to specialist levels
  • Assist communities and researchers to access cultural materials held in the State Collection.
  • Develop research projects, external funding applications, scholarly publications and popular literature related to the Indigenous Cultures collections, with particular reference to organisational priorities.
  • Lead and participate in multidisciplinary teams to provide advice and deliver high-quality research, public displays and innovative public programming content related to the Indigenous collections, cultures and histories.  Develop work plans and manage projects, including budgets and staff, for agreed projects.
  • Develop a high profile for the collections and unit by presenting in diverse public forums on relevant themes; sensitively and effectively liaising with external stakeholders at a local, state, national and international level; and providing advice and information about the Indigenous Cultures collections to the general public, Queensland Museum and Government as required.
  • Participate in public relations, media and institutional fundraising and awareness campaigns to promote the Queensland Museum and the Program’s results and activities.
  • Contribute to the review and development of collections policies and procedures in line with institutional priorities and the changing state, federal and international R&D priorities.
  • Develop a safety culture in the team by modelling and safe practices and behaviour, implementing all required procedures, reducing your safety risks, as far as reasonably practicable, before work commences. Undertake all relevant responsibilities identified in the QMN WHS Accountabilities and Responsibilities Matrix.

Possession of a tertiary (preferably postgraduate) qualification in a field relevant to the position (e.g. Anthropology, Museum Studies, Cultural  Studies) or equivalent.

For more information see the Position Description, available on the Smart Jobs and Careers website at: www.smartjobs.qld.gov.au.


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