Director Programs & Engagement

Curiosity. Creativity. Collaboration. Sustainability.

  • As part of the Executive Team, to lead, direct and manage the strategic, operational and process components of the Museum’s public programs
  • Total Remuneration Package ($174,500 – $215,000) Package includes salary, employer’s contribution to superannuation and annual leave loading
  • Two year temporary assignment due to secondment.

The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) is an executive agency of the New South Wales State Government.  Embodying the best of design ingenuity and innovation, the Museum profiles one of the world’s great collections and is a highly successful interdisciplinary institution that sits at the intersection of the arts, design, science and technology and plays a critical role in supporting the brand and vision of the city.

Access to the Museum’s exceptional collection is a cornerstone of the vision, opening up opportunities for engagement, participation and research. Deepening audience engagement, bringing the collections to life through hands on experiences and offering a variety of pathways through ideas and information is key to the delivery of our programs for people of all ages across our sites: the Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo, Sydney Observatory in The Rocks and the Museums Discovery Centre in Castle Hill.

The successful candidate will join the Museum at a time when it is embarking on a major transformation with planning underway for the Museum’s longer term future in Parramatta. This represents a once in a generation opportunity to develop a twenty first century museum that responds to growth, and the changing shape of Sydney, and to contemporary methods of content delivery, learning and collaboration.

Possessing strong public programs experience, the Director Programs and Engagement will provide leadership for the vision and long-range strategic direction of the department.  The Director will be an inspiring and collaborative leader of strong profile and credibility, with a record of achievement in working in cultural enterprises of high reputation.

They will lead and direct the services and workforce of the department, ensuring clear business plans and priorities, structure and roles and responsibilities; monitoring, reviewing and reporting on the performance of the Department against budgets and exhibition programs to the Director, Board of Trustees and external parties to facilitate achievement of the mission and vision of the Museum.

The Programs & Engagement Department works to deliver exceptional experiences across all customer touch points on all of our sites. An interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approach is taken across all in-venue and online programs, projects and activities. The department’s work spans public programming, education, visitor services and venue support, regional, digital, ICT, online and media production services in support of the Museum’s vision and strategic ambitions.

They will have highly developed strategic planning and operational delivery experience gained within the arts/science sector, involving sound knowledge of museum collections, programming and exhibitions.


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Key Details

Role Type – 2 year temporary assignment

Classification – Senior Executive, Band 1

Hiring Manager – Dolla Merrillees, MAAS Director

Enquiries – or ph. (02) 9217 0363

Closing Date – Sunday 12 June 2016 11:59pm


Essential requirements:

  • Extensive management experience at an executive level preferably gained in a museum, cultural organisation or in a similar environment
  • Experience and track record in achieving commercial returns and delivering audience and stakeholder outcomes
  • Sound governance and experience in the management of complex projects
  • Excellent communication, negotiation, liaison and interpersonal skills for representing the Museum on an international platform; building and maintaining relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Leadership skills with experience in managing multi-disciplinary staff, change management and in the management of business and individual performance
  • Commitment and capacity to implement Government policies and practices such as EEO, WH&S, cultural diversity and ethical practice
  • Appropriate tertiary qualifications or demonstrated relevant, equivalent professional experience.


As part of GSE Act compliance, your application must include:

Cover Letter – No more than two A4 pages. Must include short statements in response to the two targeted questions below (drawn from the Core Competencies required in the Role Description)

CV – No more than three A4 pages.  Must be up to date with current employment, and clearly details your skills and experience as relevant to this role. Must include referee contacts. We will not contact referees without your consent.

Question 1 – Considering the remit of Programs & Engagement; describe how you have successfully executed a strategy with complex challenges or environment.  How did you know you were successful?

Question 2 – Give an example of how you have established programmatic priorities and how you have developed teams to deliver content focussed on audience engagement.


Your cover letter and resume will need to be submitted as PDF attachments on your candidate file application on I Work for NSW.

Shortlisted applicants will be required to complete two comparative assessments which include an online psychometric test and a work sample assessment, as well as attend a behavioural interview to assist in determining your suitability for the role.

The Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences welcomes applications from Indigenous Australians, people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds and people with a disability.  If you have individual requirements that need to be accommodated in order to participate in the selection process and join the Museum, please indicate this in your application.

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