Exhibitions Coordinator

National Museum of Australia
Closing Date
Sun, 14th August 2022
Position Type
Full Time
$81,948 to $91,849

The job opportunity

The Museum has an exciting opportunity for a professional to join the Exhibitions Planning and Development Business Unit as an Exhibition Coordinator to manage the delivery of the Museum’s temporary exhibition program; produce smaller exhibitions which includes overall project management duties including the management of design contractors, development of budgets, procurement strategies and schedules, project implementation and the management of contracts and logistical support.

The Exhibition Planning and Development team is responsible for planning and producing the Museum’s temporary exhibition program.

The team has a core role in developing and maintaining an audience centred approach to the delivery of exhibition projects, and in ensuring a collaborative approach to the development of exhibitions. The team ensures that stakeholders and audiences are active participants in the development of exhibitions and the forward program.   

The team is responsible for:

  • The development and delivery of a forward program of temporary exhibitions which includes incoming and Museum developed exhibitions. 
  • Being a catalyst for idea creation processes and experimentation
  • Producing and delivering of temporary exhibitions, both internally and externally developed, on a regular basis for display in the Museum’s three temporary gallery spaces.
  • The delivery of new travelling exhibitions for the International and Domestic Engagement program.
  • The delivery of operational systems for temporary exhibition spaces.

What will the successful candidate bring to the role?

The successful candidate for this position will have substantial experience in creating and producing exhibitions that meet the needs of a wide variety of audiences. They will have an in depth understanding of project management procedures, budget planning, logistics management, and project reporting and risk management.

The incumbent will have proven experience in working with creative producers, curators, story tellers, program developers, stakeholders, and communities as well as collections management specialists.

They will have some knowledge of design thinking, participatory experience practice and audience engagement processes. They will be a problem solver, who is flexible, adaptable and experienced in dealing with change. A strong communicator, with proven capacity to work across multidisciplinary teams and effectively plan and organise their own work and work of others.

Selection criteria

Applicants must respond to each of the following selection criteria and include contact details for two referees in their application.

1.       Demonstrated knowledge and application of museum practices and procedures especially in regard to exhibition creation, planning, development and delivery.

2.       Demonstrated knowledge and experience in regard to project management techniques. Proven ability to work effectively with minimum supervision with particular emphasis on management of competing priorities and multi-tasking.

3.       Demonstrated understanding and experience in regard to procurement processes, contract management, and development and monitoring of detailed budgets.

4.       Demonstrated understanding of exhibition design activities, including the ability to interpret design and fabrication documentation.

5.       Proven communication and interpersonal skills, with an ability to build effective relationships, an ability to negotiate and strong conflict resolution skills.

6.       Demonstrated commitment to a child safe and child friendly environment and personal skills that support and enhance children’s positive engagement in the Museum through exhibitions.

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.


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.

Ready to apply?

Visit http://www.nma.gov.au/about_us/employment and apply online.

Applications close 11:30pm (AEST) on Sunday, 14 August 2022.


Vicki Northey, Program Manager on vicki.northey@nma.gov.au or 0262085455

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