Head of Curatorial

  • Full Time Ongoing Role
  • Band 5.1.1 – $105,403.38 plus super
  • Opportunity to work in one of Melbourne’s most iconic venues

About Arts Centre Melbourne

At Arts Centre Melbourne, we bring people together for remarkable experiences.

Sitting beneath our iconic Spire, we’re Australia’s largest and busiest performing arts centre. Each year we stage more than 4,000 performances and public events and welcome over 3 million people through our doors. In fact, as a cultural and architectural landmark in our nation’s cultural capital, we’ve showcased the best of Australian and international performing arts for over 30 years.

We’re proudly the home of our flagship Resident Companies – The Australian Ballet, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Theatre Company and Opera Australia – and a range of presenters who collectively bring our stages and spaces to life.

Together with our own program of performances, events and activities we offer a diversity of audiences a distinctly multidimensional approach to participation, education and entertainment. We’re also home to Australia’s national archive of performing arts, the Australian Performing Arts Collection, which encompasses the history of circus, dance, music, opera and theatre.

The Collection is a centrepiece of the vision for Arts Centre Melbourne’s Reimagining project, which aims to transform the Theatres Building, create a new public realm, and introduce a purpose-built fourth campus, which will become home to an expanded Australian Music Vault, and a new Australian Performing Arts Gallery to showcase the Collection in a major new tourism and cultural drawcard.

Our organisational values describe behaviours we demonstrate in our interactions with visitors, presenters, government and each other: Leadership, Community, Care More and Creativity.

For a glimpse into Arts Centre Melbourne click here.

About the Business Unit

The purpose of Collections is to enrich and inspire diverse audiences through the understanding and enjoyment of Australian performing arts history.

The objectives of the Business Unit are:

  • To be Australia’s leading museum for the performing arts and create a world class venue to showcase the Australian Performing Arts Collection.
  • To demonstrate excellence in the care, development, preservation, documentation, and display of the Australian Performing Arts Collection
  • To provide our audiences with meaningful experiences through dynamic exhibitions and public programmes, and innovative digital engagement.
  • To recognise and celebrate our diverse communities and their role in the visual and performing arts
  • To support contemporary practitioners through active collecting, exhibiting and commissioning

About the Position
As the Head of Curatorial you will be responsible for the intellectual and creative leadership of our nationally recognised specialist curatorial team. You will be accountable for the development of short and long-term curatorial operational plans with a focus on collection development, cross platform program development and increasing stakeholder support for the Australian Performing Arts Collection.

To be successful you will require:

  • PhD or MA in a suitable subject, or relevant equivalent experience supported by significant scholarship in the field including exhibitions, publications and acquisitions. Advanced degree in arts or museum management would be an advantage
  • Demonstrated expertise in at least one major area of ACM’s Collections preferably performing arts and / or art and design or a related subject or discipline such as social history
  • Applied knowledge of professional museum principles, practices and procedures including an appreciation of the role of visitor research
  • Strong professional track record of achievement in curatorial work and museum management including strategic planning, budgeting and project management, with demonstrable results
  • Personal credibility as a leader, and a team player with a proven track record of developing collaborative relationships with colleagues as well as effective leadership and mentoring of direct reports and curatorial teams
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment, and in an atmosphere of continual growth and rapid change including an interest in innovation and outside-the-box thinking
  • Exemplary written, verbal and listening communication skills and a demonstrable ability to communicate clearly and professionally
  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate and maintain positive relationships with stakeholders, museum and arts industry peers and experience with diverse communities
  • Experience in the development and delivery of cross platform curatorial narratives as part of museum redevelopment projects including the application of user-centric design principles to re-imagine collections will be a distinct advantage
  • Fluency with Microsoft packages and proprietary collection management and customer relationship systems such as including KE Emu and Tessitura

Arts Centre Melbourne employees enjoy a range of benefits including:

  • Opportunity to receive free house seats and complimentary tickets to our shows
  • Organisational-wide learning and development and wellbeing programs
  • Discounted commuter benefits and onsite car-parking
  • Access to health care insurance at competitive rates
  • Food and beverage discounts at our staff café and surrounding restaurants.

Interested applicants must address the key criteria in their cover letter and submit together with a current resume as one combined document. Please refer to the position description below for further information, including the key criteria.

To submit your application, click on the Apply button on our careers website by Monday 12 November 2018.

Applications are open to those with full-working rights in Australia
Arts Centre Melbourne is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

Download File Head of Curatorial Position Description.pdf