Discovery Centre Coordinator

National Museum of Australia
Closing Date
Tue, 14th June 2022
Position Type
Full Time
$72,649.00 to $77,036.00

The Museum has an exciting opportunity for a cultural programming professional to join the Discovery Centre team, part of the Programs and Learning Business unit, as Discovery Centre Coordinator to lead the coordination, development, scheduling and delivery of a range of public programs dedicated to children and young people (0 to 17 years) and families.

The Discovery Centre team delivers a range of play-based cultural programs, across the Play Space and Workshop spaces, for children, young people and families, on behalf of the Museum.

The Discovery Centre focuses on learning opportunities for children and family audiences, especially those aged 6 years and younger in the Play Space gallery, with an emphasis on the creative and imaginative use of existing and new technologies, and also facilitates broader programming for audiences in the Workshop space from other Business Units.

The role’s duties involve working closely with the visitor experience, programs, education, curatorial, publishing, digital, communications and marketing, and development teams to successfully engage local and national audiences aligned with the NMA’s strategic priorities.

The successful candidate will have a range of creative skills that successfully strike a balance between developing high-quality programs and events and having a strong attention to detail with the ability to run multiple concurrent projects.

Specifically, the role is responsible for:

·         developing, delivering and evaluating creative and interpretative programs for the Discovery Centre for children and family audiences

·         writing contracts for and managing external presenters and other stakeholders

·         presenting Discovery Centre programs and training program staff and visitor hosts to deliver public programs to children, teens and families

·         managing supplies including ordering, storing and upkeep to support Discovery Centre operations

·         ensuring that programs reflect and embed the principles described in the Museum’s relevant learning, interpretive and outreach policies, and relevant Museum’s strategic priorities to learning and audience development

·         working with Discovery Centre Visitor Experience Hosts and preparing operational reporting and promoting information to support quality experiences in the Play Space.

·         exploring the use of new technologies and new media as they relate to the provision of programs and attracting and communicating with new audiences

·         working with cultural programmers, educators, curators, researchers, First Nations Peoples and other specialists and stakeholders both within the Museum and in the broader community

·         keeping abreast of cultural institution program and learning trends and initiatives, especially as they relate to discovery centre programming, to ensure that the Museum’s programs are responsive and innovative.

At times, this position will require some work on weeknights, weekends and public holidays. It may also occasionally involve some strenuous physical activity.

To be eligible to apply for this vacancy, applicants must:

-          be an Australian citizen
-          undergo a number of pre-employment checks, including a police records check
-          hold and maintain a valid ACT Working with Vulnerable People registration.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and those from culturally diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The National Museum of Australia is an equal employment opportunity workplace.

The National Museum 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.

Ready to apply?

Applicants are required to respond to each of the selection criteria and requested to include contact details for two referees in their application.
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Marissa Beard, Manager, Discovery Centre on or 02 6208 5469

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