REPORTS TO: DIRECTOR, JERVIS BAY MARITIME MUSEUM
CLASSIFICATION: 35 HOURS PER WEEK / TWO YEAR CONTRACT*
SALARY: $70,000 + Super
APPLICATIONS CLOSE: Friday 14th October 2022
*Position is funding dependant and funded for the period of the contract.
The Jervis Bay Maritime Museum and Gallery [Museum] is a dynamic, multi-faceted not-for-profit regional museum and gallery located in Huskisson, Jervis Bay [NSW]. We aim to be innovative in everything we do, to high professional standards, as we collect and share our knowledge of the stories of maritime history, the natural environment, and the social and cultural history of the Jervis Bay area.
The Museum opened in 1988 and has developed into a significant cultural hub for the Jervis Bay and Shoalhaven areas with 1000m2 of exhibition space including three temporary galleries offering 340m2. The museum’s collections of 6,000 objects consist of the Jervis Bay Collection of local history and the Halloran Collection which includes internationally significant scientific instruments and maritime artefacts. The Museum has recently been gifted the Halloran Family Business Archive which is an extensive archive of ‘Realty Realisations’, the Halloran land development business from the 20th century.
Further operational information is available on the Museum’s website, including the Strategic Plan. www.jervisbaymaritimemuseum.org.au
OVERVIEW OF THE POSITION
The primary purpose of this role is to research, interpret and assist with the management of the Halloran Family Business Archive [the Archive] which was gifted to the Museum in 2020. This collection is an extensive, predominantly paper archive of urban development plans, lithographs, paper files, letters, photographs, and associated technological and scientific instruments which have been assessed as both Significant and unique by historian Dr Terry Kass. We estimate there are around 8,000 objects, [including duplicates] in this collection. The position reports to the Museum Director.
This role will:
– Contribute to the research, interpretation and communication of the core themes of the Halloran Collection of scientific instruments and the Halloran Business Archive
– Carry out general curatorial duties associated with Collection Management, including establishing protocols and procedures for the digitisation of the Halloran Archive
– Contribute [with the Curator, History] to the development of guidelines and protocols for preservation of the Collection
– Assist in the development of content for innovative exhibitions, program activities, web-site and social media publication
– To promote academic and general knowledge of Halloran Collection & Archive including its maritime, scientific, technological, political and economic history.
– Liaise with a range of internal and external stakeholders including communication with the general public and a diverse range of individual and organisational stakeholders.
As Curator, this position is also responsible for ensuring a consistently high standard of collection management, care and development.
WORKS CLOSELY WITH
− Museum Director
− Curator (History)
− Gallery Officer
The successful candidate will be self-motivated, work autonomously and have the ability to think laterally, pay attention to detail and deadlines while managing multiple tasks and managing stakeholder approvals.
• Contribute to the Archive Collection Strategy, care, research, and interpretation.
• Lead, curate and develop exhibitions, public programs, digital and related projects (for example publications, documents, community outreach, oral histories, and social media)
• Undertake curatorial research to expand knowledge of the Museum’s collections for the Museum and in the wider community
• Undertake Registration activities associated with cultural heritage collections.
• Facilitate access to materials held in the JBMM/Halloran collection for research and respond to external enquiries.
• Provide specialist advice and recommendations on acquisitions, deaccessions, and loans.
• Assist with preparation and updating policies and procedures related to all aspects of the Association’s collection [Halloran Archive], including acquisitions and de-accessions, consistent with collection policy and development priorities
• Conduct audits and create inventories
• Ensure risk-based methods of collection care for objects used in exhibitions and public programs are followed.
• Ensure effective administration of the collection management system (eHive) e.g.
• accessioning, registration, cataloguing and related documentation
• maintenance and development of computer databases
• on-going collection digitisation projects
• Develop and maintain effective relationships with key local organisations e.g. HMAS Albatross & Creswell Museum, Shoalhaven Art Centre, local museum and Aboriginal Communities.
• Co-ordinate and mentor volunteers in collections area.
• Ensure alignment with the purpose, culture and values of JBMM and uphold and foster shared values.
• Have a knowledge of copyright, creative commons and digital media to ensure the effective access to the collection.
Assist with cleaning collection storage and exhibition areas as required. Carry out specialised cleaning of museum objects if required
• Contribute to the development and implementation of collection security and risk management at the Jervis Bay Maritime Museum.
• Liaise with staff and volunteers in ensuring the security procedures and collections emergency response procedures are implemented
• Contribute to the development and implementation of collection emergency response procedures, and disaster recovery procedures
• Respond to collection emergencies according to established written procedures
Supervise and ensure appropriate collection object handling techniques
EXHIBITIONS AND PUBLIC PROGRAMS
• Participate in the development of a three-year plan for exhibitions and public programs, and assist with the coordination of project teams for the development, delivery and evaluation of these activities
• Liaise with professional staff in regional, state and national museums and other institutions on joint projects, exhibitions, programs, research and other activities
• Carry out research for exhibitions, public programs or related museum projects
• Write and edit text for exhibitions, related publications, websites, social media and other publicity
• Assist when required in the development or oversight of the Museum’s outreach activities, including special events, offsite presentations and promotional activities
• Ensure that the Association’s public enquires on research and collections are managed in a systematic, efficient and effective manner
Carry out research for enquiries that are complex or not appropriate to be answered by volunteers
• Participate in the induction, training and mentoring of volunteers as required
• Promote the highest professional standards of collection care and research, and act as a mentor to volunteers in this regard
• Provide professional support and supervision to volunteer members
• Liaise with the Museum Director regarding the program of activities required for volunteers
• Ensure appropriate standards of work are maintained by the volunteers
Work cohesively with all team members at the Jervis Bay Maritime Museum
• Undertake the responsibility of the position to:
− The JBMM Code of Conduct
− Workplace Safety Rules
− Equal Opportunity and anti-discrimination legislation requirements
− Work Health and Safety (WH&S) legislation and
• Participate in annual performance reviews, meetings and staff training and professional development as and when required
• Help foster a culture which values safety as primary consideration in all activities
• Participate in and promote staff participation in, organisational events and promotional activities as required
Perform other relevant duties as required
We aim to be accessible for all, and inclusive in our outlook towards our volunteers and visitors. To be a meeting place for the community.
We will act with respect, free from any form of discrimination in what we say and do towards our colleagues, our visitors, and all with whom we do business, and have consideration for others.
We will maintain a safe and healthy workplace for all our visitors and for all who work on our sites.
We will be flexible, and creative in our endeavour as a museum with a focus on the creativity of approach to our work and the educational experiences we manage and develop for our audiences
− Relevant tertiary qualification, preferably at post graduate level combined with minimum three years curatorial experience in a museum or similar environment.
− Evidence of the ability to conduct research and analysis
− Reasonable knowledge in two or more of the following fields: environmental sciences, astronomy, urban development, architecture, Australian history,
− Demonstrated experience initiating, developing, and executing projects, including exhibitions, imaginatively interpreted and for diverse audiences.
− Excellent written and oral communication skills, time management skills and demonstrated ability to manage a number of projects concurrently.
− Capacity to effectively prioritise and to work well under pressure.
− Experience developing, recommending, and implementing organisational plans, policies, or procedures to achieve strategic objectives.
− The person must continue to satisfy the above essential requirements/qualifications throughout their employment in this role.
− Advanced skills in the use of museum IT systems, including the use of data-bases (Mosaic/eHive/Vernon) Microsoft Word, Power-point, Excel
− Must be available, on occasion, to work on week-ends
− Postgraduate qualifications in Cultural Heritage or Museum Studies
Selection Criteria (Knowledge and Skills)
Good knowledge of the significant historical and contemporary scientific themes as they relate to our Halloran Collections, with experience and ability to undertake academic research for both collection development and communication to the public in talks, exhibitions, or written publications.
Demonstrated project management capability with proven ability to: deliver projects within budget, schedule, and quality parameters and to initiate, plan and present high-quality projects, exhibitions, and public programs.
Strong verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to negotiate and liaise effectively with a wide range of people at all levels including the public.
Good organisational skills with the proven ability to work effectively, manage workloads and multiple tasks, determine priorities, and demonstrate initiative and flexibility.
The person nominated for this role will be required to satisfy a pre-employment Police check or provide a current Working With Children number.
The Museum has a number of older volunteers and the Museum requires proof of vaccination prior to commencement.
How to Apply: Applicants must submit
– a covering letter
– current resume
– a response to the essential and desirable selection criteria as set out in the Position Description.
Applicants who do not meet the essential criteria will not be considered.
Applications should be sent to : email@example.com
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