Creative Learning Manager
• Full-time, permanent position
• Audience Engagement
• Reports to the Director, Audience Engagement
Overview of the National Centre for Creative Learning
At the MCA we work with the belief that contemporary art matters: it stimulates the imagination, engages our senses and has the power to transform lives. The National Centre for Creative Learning (NCCL) represents a dynamic and innovative space for learning in the Museum. The Centre features education facilities including digital and multimedia studios, two practical creative studios, an artist commission to be used by those with disability, a lecture theatre, seminar room and library.
The MCA aims to be a national model of best practice in creative learning and visual arts education. All of our creative learning and access programs are delivered by artists and a team of artist educators. Through the NCCL, the MCA offers a wide range of programs using creative learning strategies to help audiences of all ages to engage with contemporary art, explore creativity and reflect on ideas and issues.
Overview of the position
The Creative Learning Manager is a key post in the Audience Engagement division and is instrumental in driving the planning and development of best practice programs for audiences, with a focus on students and teachers.
This position leads the Creative Learning Team in the development of dynamic and innovative creative learning programs and resources that enhance knowledge, appreciation and understanding of the work of living artists through MCA exhibitions and projects, informed by the MCA’s Creative Learning Manifesto and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Learning Framework. Audiences include early learners, primary, secondary and tertiary students, teachers, learners with disability and access requirements, and/or those who have little or no access to museums due to financial or social disadvantage.
This person will have developed connections across teaching and learning; highly developed people leadership and management skills; have demonstrated experience of change management and deliver high-level strategic direction for creative learning initiatives.
The Creative Learning Manager oversees a team of program coordinators and Artist Educators responsible for the planning and delivery of creative learning programs, including:
• Coordinator, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Learning (PT – 3 days per week)
• School Access Coordinator (PT – 2 days per week)
• Early Learning Coordinator (FT)
• NCCL Coordinator (FT)
• Booking Assistant (FT)
• 3 Lead Artist Educators (PT each – across 5 days per week)
• 30 Casual Artist Educators.
This position also works closely with:
• Digital Learning Producer and Assistant Digital Learning Producer, providing guidance through digital learning projects and online resources audiences.
• Access Manager and Bella Program Coordinator in relation to inclusive resources, access and Bella programs.
The position is responsible for setting the financial objectives for creative learning programs and delivering activities on time and within budget. The position is encouraged to seek fundraising opportunities and strategies for innovative programs, and to work collaboratively with other institutions to develop mutually beneficial programs and cross promotion.
Tasks and responsibilities of the position
• Lead the creative learning team in the strategic development and implementation of dynamic creative learning programs and resources for diverse audiences, engaging with MCA exhibitions and projects, both onsite and online.
• Manage and develop the Learning team through relevant training, feedback and guidance to ensure a strong working environment and able to deliver MCA Strategic objectives within learning.
• Lead the MCA’s Professional Development Program for primary, secondary and early learning teachers, providing learning experiences and resources that support the development of critical and creative skills; build confidence to engage with contemporary art; and provide opportunities to connect with practicing artists and contribute to a community of educators.
• Plan, coordinate and manage the delivery of programs aimed at extending the reach of MCA learning programs and increasing engagement with students and teachers from diverse socio-economic, cultural and geographic backgrounds, including: School Access Program; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learning programs; C3West Learning programs; Momentum; Touring programs; Digital Learning programs for school audiences; Bella Schools program.
• Work collaboratively with other Managers and Coordinators across MCA Divisions to deliver against objectives, with the emphasis on creative learning.
• Oversee the development and delivery of the corporate development workshops in collaboration with Development & Enterprises.
• Raise awareness of the MCA as a creative learning resource; develop and build strategic relationships and partnerships, keeping abreast of relevant trends and activities, stakeholder expectations and opportunities.
Management of resources and staff
• Lead and manage the creative learning team, including recruitment, training and workflow.
• Manage the operations of the NCCL.
• Seek funding for all the creative learning activities in collaboration with Development
• Project manage and report on projects to stakeholders and funding authorities.
• Collaborate with the MCA’s Communications team to coordinate marketing and
communications activity for the Student & Teacher Engagement program and increase the profile and audience for creative learning programs.
• Develop and maintain regular liaison with advisors, teachers and other education professionals, including management of the MCA Teachers’ Advisory Group.
• Represent and promote MCA Creative Learning programs within and beyond the
Reporting and Compliance
• Ensure appropriate NESA accreditation for NCCL talks, workshops and courses.
• Regular reporting to Board reports and other requests.
• Compliance work required for NCCL (Child Safety Policy casual employees information
General requirements of all MCA employees We require that all of our employees:
• demonstrate support for innovation and for organisational changes required to improve the MCA’s effectiveness
• work cooperatively with others to produce innovative solutions and recognise the merits of diverse perspectives and the ideas of others
• demonstrate commitment to, and knowledge of, the principles and application of equal employment opportunities and anti-discrimination legislation in the workplace
• work in accordance with the principles of equity, access and fairness. Respect WHS work practices and procedures; work with due care and consideration to safeguard your own health and safety and the health and safety of others.
Key selection criteria
Applicants must be able to demonstrate they have:
• a current and valid Working with Children Check (NSW)
• a degree in Art Education, Fine Arts or Art History or similar
• at least 3 years’ experience teaching in museums, galleries or similar
• experience in people leadership and management of big and diverse teams
• experience of change management
• knowledge of the NSW Visual Arts (7-12) and Creative Arts Syllabus (K-6); experience
in devising creative and curriculum-based learning programs in galleries
• a broad and thorough knowledge of contemporary art and ideas
• knowledge and/or awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and culture
• experience/knowledge of working with audiences with access requirements
• excellent presentation and interpersonal skills including proficiency in presenting to a
wide range of different audiences
• good written communication skills with demonstrated ability to produce well-written,
informative, and accurate text, including proposals, learning resources, marketing
material and reports for a range of audiences
• proven experience in planning own workload, prioritising effectively and meeting tight
deadlines across a range of work
• strong project management skills including strategic planning and budgeting
• the ability to facilitate creative discussions, engender a collaborative team atmosphere
and provide support for staff
• a commitment to the Museum’s objective of promoting the work of living artists and
making contemporary art accessible to broad audiences
• a commitment to the principles and application of Equal Employment Opportunities, Anti-discrimination legislation and Work Health and Safety legislation in the work place.
It would be good if applicants have:
• knowledge of current research and development arising from visual arts education, including the current debates surrounding the implementation of a national curriculum for the Arts
• experience in writing proposals to funding bodies and compiling acquittal reports.
Terms and conditions of employment
This is a full-time, permanent position reporting to the Director, Audience Engagement. Some work out of normal hours (9am – 5.30pm) will be required to cover the MCA’s exhibitions and programs.
Salary package includes:
• annual leave: 4 weeks
• personal leave: 10 days
• superannuation: 10% super payments (in accordance with the Superannuation
Guarantee (Administration) Act 1992).
The appointment will be conditional on an initial three-month probationary period, which may also be extended (at the MCA’s discretion) for additional three months. Thereafter termination by either party will require written notice of eight weeks.
Please visit the MCA website to view the full position description and for details on how to apply.
The MCA encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability, and people from diverse cultures. The MCA acknowledges the enormous contribution Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, staff, educators, arts professionals and guests have made to the fabric of the museum since its inception. Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art practice has long been central to MCA collection and exhibition programs.
6pm, Tuesday 14 September 2021.
Working for the MCA
The MCA is committed to equal opportunity and diversity. The MCA promotes a work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment, and where individuals are treated with fairness, equality and dignity.
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