Head of Engagement

Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT)
Closing Date
Sun, 14th March 2021
Position Type
Full Time
$125,000 + 9.5% super


Job Title:                   Head of Engagement
Terms:                       Full time, four year contract
Package:                   $125,000 + 9.5% super
Location:                   Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
Responsible to:        Director
Direct Reports:         Development Manager, Communications Coordinator, Visitor Experience Coordinator, Designer

Closing date:            14 March 2021
Submit applications via email: careers@magnt.net.au

The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) is the Northern Territory’s premier cultural and scientific institution. It offers a dynamic and diverse arts, science and cultural program to more than 300,000 visitors each year.  

We are the museum and gallery known for our collections and expertise in Aboriginal cultures, natural sciences, histories and arts across Northern and Central Australia and our neighbours to the north.  
We connect people to the stories of the Northern Territory. Our collection drives curiosity, exploration and partnerships. Our physical spaces are destinations loved by locals and a must-see for Territory visitors. Our digital connectivity expands the reach of our collection. Our guests tell their friends about their distinctive Territorian experience.

MAGNT has seven venues: Bullocky Point, the Defence of Darwin Experience, Fannie Bay Gaol, Lyons Cottage, the Museum of Central Australia (incorporating the Strehlow Research Centre), Megafauna Central and the Alcoota fossil site. A new Art Gallery opening in Darwin’s CBD in 2023 will add an eighth MAGNT site.

Primary Objective
Build and raise the reputation of MAGNT through the provision of high quality engagement activities. Create strong positive impacts within the community, media and with supporters. Provide vision and leadership in the planning and successful delivery of MAGNT’s development, communications and visitor experience programs across all its sites. Ensure strong alignment of MAGNT’s activities with the needs of our visitors and stakeholders.

Key Responsibilities

  1. Provide strategic integrated planning, advice, evaluation and reporting to ensure that MAGNT offers a strong and relevant engagement program that meets the needs of target audiences and MAGNT stakeholders.
  2. Identify opportunities to integrate MAGNT’s research, exhibitions, public programs, digital and virtual experiences with community engagement and fundraising.
  3. Oversee the development and delivery of an annual public programs calendar and an annual communications and marketing program, linking with MAGNT’s exhibitions and research program.
  4. Increase community and stakeholder participation in MAGNT activities, coordinate and integrate marketing, communication, advocacy & government relations and develop existing and new community and stakeholder engagement channels. 
  5. Formalise and strengthen relationships and partnerships, including research partnerships, with community groups and Aboriginal, education, environmental and scientific organisations.
  6. Lead and manage a high-performing engagement team in the delivery of its functions and services through scheduling and prioritising work; monitoring and reviewing processes; keeping up-to-date with new technology; providing performance feedback and staff learning and development opportunities; and ensuring that deadlines and budget commitments are met.
  7. Prepare briefs, manage procurement and monitor quality of work performed by contractors.
  8. Provide effective and efficient management of engagement resources and maintain and promote EEO, cultural diversity, WH&S and ethical principles and practices.
  9. Develop and maintain professional networks and partnerships with external stakeholders including project partners, other cultural organisations, sponsors, community groups and researchers.

Selection Criteria

  1. Relevant tertiary qualifications and extensive experience in development, communications or cultural sector public programs.
  2. Highly developed leadership and people management skills, including coaching and performance planning, measurement, feedback and development; ability to successfully lead multi-disciplinary teams managing external stakeholders. 
  3. Excellent interpersonal, persuasive, and oral and written communication skills with the ability to achieve buy-in from colleagues and to negotiate, advise and counsel to achieve agreed outcomes. 
  4. High level analytical and planning skills as well as demonstrated experience in the use of project management methodology and the capacity to manage competing priorities. 
  5. Well-developed IT skills including use of relevant project management software, such as a CRM system, and proficiency in standard office IT packages.
  6. An ability to interact effectively with people from different cultures and a sound understanding of Work Health Safety (WHS) practises to ensure WHS system compliance. 


  1. Experience in the development of a new-build museum or gallery facility


  • This job requires some weekend and out of hours work, including participation in a duty manager roster.
  • This role statement is intended to provide an overall view of the role but in addition to this document, the specifics of the role will be described in business work plans.
  • MAGNT is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity in the workplace.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island applicants are encouraged to apply.
  • Applicants must have full Australian work rights.
  • A valid Australian Drivers licence is essential.

Further Information: 
Applications must address the selection criteria and include three referee contacts
Referees will not be contacted without prior consent.
For further information please visit our website at magnt.net.au/careers or contact the Director, Marcus Schutenko, (08) 8999 8220 or marcus.schutenko@magnt.net.au

Submit applications via email: careers@magnt.net.au by 14 March 2021


For further information please visit our website at www.magnt.net.au/careers or contact the Director, Marcus Schutenko, (08) 8999 8220 or marcus.schutenko@magnt.net.au

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