Vacancy Details

Position contact

Martha Sear, Program Manager,

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The job opportunity

The Museum has an exciting opportunity to join the Curatorial Centres team.  Our master plan is about the discovery of ideas and how we present them. The Museum is investing in the intellectual capacity of our staff to deliver these ideas to our audiences in diverse and participatory ways.

Our curatorial centres are designed to focus on selected ideas, collections and core areas of research that underpin the story of Australia. Each Centre provides flexibility and agility for our curatorial staff, enabling opportunities for professional development and potential to build expertise in specific areas.

The current curatorial centres are:

• Indigenous Knowledges;

• Anthropocene Australia;

• Defining Moments in Australian History;

• Australia and the World;

• Shared Histories.

There is also a Head of Centres team within Curatorial.

Through researching, exploring and testing innovative ideas related to Australian history and collections, our curators use a range of channels (digital, online, publications, presentations, seminars, event and exhibitions) to develop content and engage with audiences on research topics that align with the Museum’s strategic priorities.

Working under general direction and within one of our curatorial centres, this role offers the opportunity for the right candidate to contribute their research knowledge and curatorial experience to a range of different exhibitions, activities, collections and programs.


What will the successful candidate bring to the role?

The successful candidate will bring key attributes, skills and experience to the role, alongside knowledge of curatorial practice and Australian society, culture and history.

The successful candidate will play a key role in delivering the Museum’s goal of being a leading national forum for discussions about Australian history, and a world leader in audience engagement. 

They will have 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 national collections and storytelling.  

They will contribute intellectual, creative and practical skills to a Curatorial Centre and have the ability to contribute to and implement the vision and strategic framework of a Curatorial Centre.

They will have the ability to link the work of the Curatorial Centres to the broader ambitions of the Museum, and the focus to enhance public access, knowledge and interest through collections, ideas and programs. They will be able to demonstrate an understanding of audience centric practices and represent the Museum as an expert in Australian history.

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



The Museum expects all employees will display professional capabilities relevant to their position and classification. To do this, all employees will:

Demonstrate leadership in how programs are delivered, striving to create a new benchmark in excellence.

Collaboration and connection
Work together to create a culture where collaboration across business units is seamless to delivering the shared vision.

Courage and innovation
Be bold and decisive, embrace challenges and opportunities and actively seek ways to continually improve and streamline our services for the benefit of the whole Museum.

Agility and resilience
Embrace and respond to change as a normal part of our working environment.

Respect and integrity
Display respect and integrity when working together, embracing the APS values of being committed to service, accountable, respectful, ethical and impartial.


Selection criteria

Applicants must respond to each of the following selection criteria in their application:

1. Demonstrated conceptual knowledge and analytical and research skills in an area of Australian history and object-focused collections. 

2. Demonstrated knowledge, skills and experience in curatorship and audience-centred museum practice, particularly in the generation and development of ideas.

3. Sound communication and liaison experience and skills, including the capacity to build collaborative relationships with a range of internal and external stakeholders, and represent the Museum in a range of formal and informal contexts.

4. Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively in, and across, small team environments. 

5. Demonstrated ability to manage tasks and competing deadlines and deliver high quality work within the allocated time and budget.



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

- be an Australian citizen

- undergo a number of pre-employment checks, which includes a police records check.