Exhibitions Manager


This position is being offered on a 12 month non-ongoing basis commencing January 2020.

Reporting to the Director, Collection and Exhibitions, the Exhibitions Manager oversees the management and delivery of the Gallery’s permanent, temporary and travelling exhibition programs.

During 2020, the position will focus on the delivery of major international exhibitions as an integral part of programming. The role requires the applicant to possess highly developed leadership, communication and negotiation skills combined with initiative and sound judgement.

Possession of a relevant degree, preferably in the arts and/or museum management disciplines, from a recognised tertiary institution, would be an advantage.

Specific Tasks

1. As the head of the exhibitions team, take responsibility for the Gallery’s exhibition program and contribute to the development of the forward exhibition program and associated policies.

2. Lead the team to effectively manage and implement the Gallery’s permanent, temporary and travelling exhibition programs, adhering to legal and best practice aspects of exhibition management, programming and scheduling.

3. Draft and review exhibition related correspondence, contracts and agreements, prepare and co-ordinate exhibition budgets and prepare reports for the National Portrait Gallery Board and executive team.

4. Oversee exhibition coordination and design, and the project management of all exhibition programing, including the implementation of major international exhibition delivery. Ensure cost effective and timely program delivery.

5. Develop strong working relationships across the National Portrait Gallery team to facilitate the negotiation of preparations for exhibitions, including the development and adherence to consensual deadlines, work programs, budget management and critical paths.

6. Actively participate in the development of innovative and high quality exhibitions and contribute to the promotion of the collection and delivery of education and public programs.

7. Represent the National Portrait Gallery within the Department, industry networks, public collecting institutions and to the wider community.

Selection Criteria

1. Demonstrates skills and expertise
Demonstrated high-level knowledge of and experience in the principles, practices and procedures of exhibition management and delivery within the museum environment.

2. Supports strategic direction
Demonstrated ability to develop exhibitions and to produce content for exhibitions that results in an engaging and educative visitor experience, and which demonstrate a commitment to the creative use of technology in exhibitions.

3. Achieves results
Demonstrated high-level time management skills, and ability to deliver simultaneous projects with competing priorities within deadlines and available resources.

4. Supports productive working relationships
Proven ability in establishing good working relationships with multi-disciplined staff teams as well as with international, national and state galleries, external curators, gallery dealers and artists, contractors and suppliers.

5. Exemplifies personal drive and integrity
Demonstrated knowledge and capacity to apply the APS Values; participative management practices; workplace diversity principles; and occupational health and safety within a work and team environment.

6. Communicates with influence
Strong evidence of effective skills in written and oral communication, including report and grant writing, ensuring accuracy and attention to detail as well as a general understanding of legal principles in relation to contracts and intellectual property.

Applicant Information

To find out more and to apply, visit their employment opportunities page:
https://portrait.gov.au/content/employment/

If you require further information please contact Maria Ramsden, Collection Manager 02 6102 7041 or by email at maria.ramsden@npg.gov.au.

Responses to the selection criteria are limited to 250 words per criterion. Applications are to be submitted to npghrservices@npg.gov.au along with current CV and application coversheet which can be found on our website www.portrait.gov.au