EL1 - Manager, Exhibitions and Education

National Film and Sound Archive of Australia
Closing Date
Mon, 05th October 2020
Position Type
Full Time
$100,446.00 - $107,437.00

The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) is the national agency concerned with the visibility, usability and sustainability of Australia’s audiovisual heritage. The NFSA’s mission is to collect, preserve, curate and share the national audiovisual collection in order for others to learn, experience and create with it.

Under broad direction from the EL2, Chief Engagement Officer (CEO) you will be responsible for the development of exhibitions and the education program. You will be responsible for the development and management of associated budgets, staff performance, project management, business plans, strategies and policies. This position manages and provides leadership within a small team and large multidisciplinary project teams.

This is a 12 month role based in Canberra.

Job Description

Under broad direction:

  1. Undertake the planning, scheduling, resourcing and project delivery of on-site and travelling exhibitions including their design and installation.  This includes managing a team of staff and contractors.
  2. Assist in the development and delivery of a five year exhibitions plan which includes exhibitions NFSA is partnering and/or touring (i.e. NCITO or Visions funded).
  3. Oversee all aspects of exhibition projects including:
    Ensuring that heritage management, conservation, registration and WHS requirements are adhered to
    Working with a range of stakeholders including internal staff,  vendors, suppliers and partners
    Implementing creative solutions across different platforms for a range of internal and external stakeholders and visitors
    Undertaking critical evaluation of ongoing projects and implementation of necessary changes
    Identifying potential opportunities for external collaborative ventures
  4. Coordinating the ongoing maintenance of exhibitions and displays on-site, including maintaining the stock of supplies and materials
  5. Manage the Education activity at the NFSA, including on-site schools programs, off-site and online education initiatives

Desired Skills and Experience

In relation to the ‘Job Details’ listed above, concisely outline your skills, experience, and achievements against each of the following areas:

  1. Demonstrated experience of innovation and creativity in conceptualising and implementing exhibitions and/or large scale public programs and/or outreach with a record of achievement in leading the delivery of content products that enhance user experience and engagement.
  2. Ability to develop creative solutions to meet the needs of the NFSA and the varied priorities and agendas of the development and delivery of exhibitions and events.
  3. Strong leadership and management skills with the ability to manage a team and budget in a client focussed environment along with strong project planning and tracking skills; ability to multi-task and work across several projects concurrently.
  4. Highly developed oral and written skills specifically in procurement, contracts and funding applications together with a high level of demonstrated negotiation, interpersonal networking and representational skills.
  5. Demonstrated ability to apply practices and principles of Workplace Health and Safety and Workplace Diversity, and operate in a participative and consultative work environment.

Qualifications and/or equivalent experience if required:

A tertiary degree in a relevant field and/or experience in the cultural environment is highly desirable.


To be eligible for this position you must:

  1. Be an Australian Citizen; and
  2. Satisfactorily complete an Australian Federal Police National Police Check.
  3. The other eligibility that may be included in a job would also include the following:
  4. Obtain and maintain an Australian Government Baseline Security Clearance; and
  5. Obtain and maintain a Working with Vulnerable People registration.

Assessment Process

The assessment process for this position will include:

  1. A two page written application addressing the selection criteria;
  2. Resume; and
  3. Referee checking.

The assessment process for this position may also include:

  1. An interview.
  2. We welcome and encourage applications from people with disability, the LGBTIQ+ communities, from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia is committed to ensuring a child-safe and child-friendly environment. All employees are expected to demonstrate a commitment to, and support for these principles in theory and practice. 



Felicity Harmey | Manager, Exhibitions and Education
(02) 6248 2134

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