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Manager, Learning and Access Programs

Executive Level 1
Position No. 6003

The National Gallery of Australia aims to culturally enrich all Australians by providing access to the national art collection and the visual arts more broadly.

The Manager Learning and Access Programs reports to the Head of Learning and Access and is responsible for developing innovative, interpretative and engaging projects and programs related to the national collection and temporary exhibitions, for local, national and international audiences.


Duties Statement

  1. Lead the Learning and Access Programs team in the development, delivery and evaluation of high quality and innovative projects and programs in the visual arts for a broad education audience and general public.
  2. Facilitate access to the Gallery’s collection through a wide range of interpretive projects, programs and events, which relate to the Gallery’s collection and exhibitions.
  3. Promote the Gallery, its exhibitions and collection to a diverse audience, including schools and other learning institutions through educational and engaging projects, programs and events.
  4. Represent the public and the section as part of planning teams for future exhibitions and prepare correspondence, reports and coordinate the production of educational material associated with the Gallery’s art collection and temporary exhibitions in both printed and digital formats.
  5. Manage the staff, resources and budget for the Learning and Access Programs section including establishing procedures and practices to strategically manage the section’s goals in line with the Gallery’s strategic plan.
  6. Present engagingly on aspects of the Gallery’s art collection, including public lectures and special tours.

Selection Criteria

  1. Proven experience in the development, implementation and evaluation of engaging and informative learning programs in an art gallery or museum context.
  2. Demonstrated knowledge and interest in the visual arts and learning. Tertiary qualifications in Art History, Museum Studies, Education or other relevant areas or equivalent experience essential. Postgraduate qualifications highly desirable.
  3. Demonstrated high level oral and written communication skills, including experience in public presentations and learning forums as well as strong computer and audio visual skills.
  4. Demonstrated management skills, a proven ability to lead a team and to achieve productive results on schedule and to budget.
  5. A proven ability to enrich the experience of the visual arts through the development of innovative programs which place art within a broad cultural context. A record of strong links with a range of community and arts/artists organisations.
  6. Ability to promote and apply the principles of workplace diversity and participative management practices.

Job Specific WH&S Requirements / Information for Supervisor and Occupant

The Manager, Learning and Access Programs is expected to take all reasonably practicable steps to ensure the health and safety of all by supporting and participating in initiatives aimed at improving health and safety in the Gallery, particularly through the process of continuous improvement. This includes ensuring tasks and procedures are undertaken in a manner which safeguards the health and safety of Gallery employees, contractors, volunteers and visitors and ensuring the Gallery’s legal obligation for WH&S is met in relation to systems of work.

Within 1 month of commencing in the position the occupant, in discussion with his/her supervisor, must complete an Individual Development and Performance Agreement and Health and Safety Responsibilities checklist to identify any section specific WH&S issues and training required.


Administrative Details

Position number: 6003
Position: Manager, Learning and AccessPrograms
Classification: Executive Level 1
Program: Curatorial and Educational Services
Department: Learning and Access
Section: Learning and Access Programs
Immediate Supervisor: Head of Learning and Access
Status: Ongoing
Hours per week: 37.5 – Full time