Discovery Centre Manager

National Museum of Australia
Closing Date
Tue, 28th June 2022
Position Type
Full Time
$104,371.00 to $112,024.00

The Museum has an exciting opportunity for an experienced professional to join the Programs & Learning team as the Discovery Centre Manager. You will be responsible for leading the successful delivery of the new Tim and Gina Fairfax Discovery Centre, a permanent facility forming part of the Museum’s suite of public engagement activities. The centre features:

·         The Play Space, a new permanent gallery, delivering play-based learning experiences for children aged 6 years and younger, and

·         The Workshop, delivering public programs with a focus on children and young people (0 to 17 years), and family audiences.

The Programs & Learning team delivers high-quality education programs, public programs, outreach programs and digital experiences to a wide range of audiences. Central to this is the creative and imaginative use of new technologies.

The Discovery Centre Manager will work closely with staff across visitor experience, programs, education, curatorial, publishing, communications and development to successfully engage local and national audiences aligned with our strategic priorities.

What will the successful candidate bring to the role?

The successful candidate will have a range of creative skills that strike a balance between developing high-quality creative learning programs, demonstrating a strong attention to effective operational delivery, and managing multiple concurrent projects.

Specifically, the role will:

·         manage the implementation, delivery and evaluation of the Discovery Centre visitor experience, and support the Head, Programs & Learning, in the development of quality and engaging programs, events and workshops for toddlers, children, teens and families
·         work collaboratively with the Visitor Experience hosts, and operational management, in the joint management of the Discovery Centre Play Space
·         ensure programs reflect and embed the principles described in the National Museum of Australia’s relevant policies, and the Museum’s strategic priorities related to learning, audience development and revenue
·         keep abreast of national and international cultural institution learning trends and initiatives, especially as they relate to Discovery Centre programming, to ensure that the Museum’s programs are responsive and innovative
·         work with curators, researchers, First Nations Peoples and other specialists and stakeholders both within the Museum and in the broader community
·         establish and maintain links with professional and community organisations and other cultural institutions
·         manage Discovery Centre administrative requirements, with effective reporting and planning to the Head, Programs & Learning; Assistant Director, Public Engagement, Corporate Management Group; and the Executive
·         contribute to business planning, budget management, revenue and integration of audience research and evaluation
·         manage the Discovery Centre team, external presenters and other stakeholders, ensuring that you and your team have sufficient supervision, instruction and equipment to undertake your work safely and efficiently.

As the Discovery Centre operates daily, this role will require some work on weeknights, weekends and public holidays.  At times, it may 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.

Identified position
This position is identified which signifies that the role has a strong involvement in issues relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

This position has limited contact with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, communities and service providers, but will be responsible for managing the development and delivery of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures so it is required to have the capacity and willingness to further develop these skills. You will require capacity to attain cultural competency, including:

-          understanding of the issues affecting Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples

-          ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples

-          willingness and commitment to continue to develop cultural competency.

Ready to apply?

Apply now by submitting your tailored resume along with a statement outlining your skills, knowledge and experience against the selection criteria.

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Mark Goggin, Assistant Director, Public Engagement on or 0401 715 798

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