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Head of Learning and Access

Executive Level 2
Position No. 6020

The Head of Learning and Accessis responsible for the delivery of the learning aspects of the Gallery’s new Digital Art Education and Access Initiative by developing a range of new programs which leverage the Gallery’s collection and rich visual arts appreciation and history through new programs and technologies.

Thisposition isresponsible for leading the Department to develop and deliver a wide range of innovative and engaging learning programs to increase access and understanding of the Gallery’s collection and exhibitions. The successful applicant will develop strong links into the education sector and ensure excellence and equity in the Gallery’s learning and access services and programs for local, national and international visitors.

Learning and Access services and programs include tours, lectures, workshops, events, conferences and presentations tailored for a variety of audiences including, children, families, students, teachers and the general public. The Department is also responsible for managing the Gallery’s Voluntary Guides, front of house services, Collection Study Room, special access programs, audio visual services and theatres, the NGA/Wesfarmers Indigenous Leadership Program, the Children’s Gallery and the Family Activity Room program.


Duties Statement

  1. Lead the Learning and Access Department to devise, execute and monitor effective policies and strategies that deliver innovative learning programs in the visual arts for the public and educational institutions.
  2. Coordinate the Gallery’s Learning and Access programs including the delivery of high quality visitor services at front of house, on-call educators and volunteer services.
  3. Manage human, physical and financial resources in order to provide effective programs that align with corporate goals.
  4. Liaise widely across the Gallery and provide advice to the Director and Executiveand contribute to the Gallery’splanning on matters relating to learning and access.
  5. Prepare correspondence and reports and contribute to the production of education texts, catalogues and other published material associated with Gallery activities.
  6. As a leader in the learning and access field, represent the Gallery and liaise with the museum and education sectors and with the broader community on the benefits of learning and access in galleries.

Selection Criteria

  1. Tertiary qualifications in Visual Arts, Art History and/or Education are required.
  2. Proven experience and ability to devise, deliver and monitor effective and innovative learning and access services and programs– including online and digital resources - relevant to the visual arts in a gallery or museum context.
  3. Demonstrated commitment to effective staff management practices with a proven ability to lead and develop a multi-disciplined team.
  4. A high level of motivation, initiative and commitment together with a demonstrated ability to effectively manage several projects concurrently to meet deadlines and budget whilst ensuring quality outcomes.
  5. Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication, representational and negotiation skills.
  6. A demonstrated ability to develop cooperative relationships and networks in the field across academic and education communities,especially in the area of the National Curriculum and with other Australian cultural institutions.
  7. 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 Head of Learning and Access is expected to take all reasonable 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 NGA employees, contractors, volunteers and visitors and ensuring the Gallery’s legal obligations 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: 6020
Position: Head of Learning and Access
Classification: Executive Level 2
Program: Curatorial and Educational Services
Department: Learning and Access
Immediate Supervisor: Assistant Director, Curatorial and Educational Services
Status: Ongoing
Hours per week: 37.5 – Full time
After hours work: Some after hours work, including working on weekends for program delivery is required on an ad hoc basis.