Senior Curator Honour Rolls, Official and Private Records - EL1

Australian War Memorial
Closing Date
Sun, 19th April 2020
Position Type
Full Time
$99,036 - $107,027

The Memorial’s Research Centre holds the written records of war, both published and unpublished. They manage and provide access to these collections, digitise archival collections and deliver reference and information services about Australian military history, the Memorial and its collections.

The Senior Curator position oversees three curatorial areas: the Official Records Collection which consists of over 250,000 files including unit and operational records, biographical records and official historians' records; the Private Record collection primarily an archive of unpublished works, consisting of a variety of personal papers, such as diaries and letters, representing individuals from all ranks and services of the Australian armed forces as well as civilians, and covering all conflicts in which Australian’s have been involved and the Memorial’s Honour Rolls these are the Roll of Honour and the Commemorative Roll. The Roll of Honour is a long series of bronze panels recording the names of over 102,000 members of the Australian armed forces who have died during or as a result of war service, warlike service, non-warlike service and certain peacetime humanitarian operations. The Commemorative Roll is a book located in the Memorial’s Commemorative Area, which honours Australians who died as a result of their service with allied forces, the merchant navy and civilian organisations. The Honour Rolls databases, available on the Memorial’s website, are compiled from sources used to create the Roll of Honour and Commemorative Roll.

The Senior Curator, leads the development of the Honour Rolls, Official Records and Private Records; strategic planning and applying standard project methodologies and controls in establishing, reporting on and monitoring designated projects, developing relevant policies and production of exhibition and web content.  The position oversees several collection management systems and all other team activities including responding to enquiries, acquisitions, liaising with external service providers and the day-to-day work of a busy and productive team.

Core Responsibilities

·         Lead the Research Centre’s Honour Rolls, Official Records and Private Records teams providing expert advice and assistance to team members, delivering and planning for current and future trends in museum practice and ensuring maximum curatorial efficiency and appropriate consultation across the Memorial.

·         Provide leadership for and contribute to the delivery of Research Centre business with particular reference to strategic collection, digitisation and documentation activities.  This will include overseeing curatorial projects, research, exhibitions, the development of web content, and public programs contributions.

·         Employ a consistent and clear project management framework, conduct reviews and provide feedback on documentation, scope, plan and development.

·         Support and provide information for the management of cross-team and cross-project dependencies

·         Exercise required financial and administrative delegations.

·         Actively establish and promote cooperative working relationships

·         Support Head RC as required by coordinating and managing the input business and budget planning, as well as

regular HR and budget reporting processes.

·         Abide by and further the principles and practices of Work Health & Safety as outlined in the WHS Act, taking reasonable care for their own health and safety and ensuring that their acts or omissions do not adversely affect the health and safety of other persons.

Essential Criteria:

1.        Demonstrated ability to develop and lead a team

2.        Demonstrated ability to manage staff and programs, and to work productively and harmoniously in a team environment, both on individual projects and in collaboration with others; while ensuring maximum efficiency and appropriate consultation across the Memorial.

3.        High level communication and interpersonal skills, proven written skills, stakeholder and client liaison, the ability to deliver presentations, and professionally represent the Memorial.

4.        Highly developed information and digital literacy skills to conduct complex research, mentor staff and lead collection management.

5.        Demonstrated ability to deliver business outcomes including the ability to cultivate productive working relationships, ability to achieve results and to use initiative and sound personal judgment as appropriate to this level and in accordance with current APS workplace strategies.

6.        Physical ability to perform safe manual handling techniques and move a variety of items as required.


Desirable Criteria:

7.        Tertiary qualifications in library, archives or museum studies or information management or equivalent are highly desirable

8.        An appreciation of the Memorial’s corporate goals and priorities and of Australian military history as they apply to the work of this position.


The Memorial is committed to workplace diversity and maintains an environment that values the contribution of people from different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. The Memorial welcomes applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, veterans, mature age people, people from diverse backgrounds and people with a disability. To be eligible for ongoing or non-ongoing employment, Australian Citizenship is required.


Please prepare the following documents before you start your application.  There is no ability to save your application and revisit, it must be completed in one session.

1.    A response addressing the Selection Criteria (maximum 2 pages)

2.    Current Resume

Applications should be submitted in WORD ( .doc or .docx) or .PDF. by Midnight (AEST) on 5 April 2020.

For further information on the position, please call the Contact Officer: Robyn Van-Dyk 02 6263 6678.

If you experience any problems with the application system please contact the Recruitment Team on 02 6243 4234 or email

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