Public Programs Coordinator

• Part-time (4-days per week), 12-month fixed-term parental leave contract position
• Role commencing mid to late March 2021
• Salary package: $81,336 per annum pro rata (includes base salary $74,279 pro rata + 9.5% employer’s contribution to superannuation)
• Audience Engagement Division
• Reports to the Public Engagement Manager

Overview of the position
The MCA believes that art is for everyone. We are part of a global shift within the museum and gallery sector and are positioned to have a key role in contemporary society as a catalyst for intercultural dialogue, learning, exchange and training. Museums play an important role in lifelong learning, social cohesion, and sustainable development and, in this sense, are accountable to society.
The Public Programs Coordinator manages adult public programs including the dynamic ARTBAR program. Key to the role is the delivery of well organised events inspired by the themes and ideas present in MCA exhibitions, which engage audiences and encourage critical thinking, exchange and creative learning. The position involves regular liaison with artists, partners, suppliers and internal MCA staff including the Learning, Marketing, Development and Enterprises, Venues, Curatorial and Building Services teams. The position manages external stakeholders, event logistics and monitors budgeting.
Responsibilities include supporting and coordinating public program events such as: late night events, film screenings, performances, artist talks and workshops. There is a focus on ARTBAR – our 18+ after-hours artist-driven program which occurs four times per year. This event is a moving stage for performance, music, art and fashion curated by different contemporary artists, invited by the MCA to collaborate on a truly innovative experience to attract diverse audiences.
These programs and related responsibilities will be outlined by the Public Engagement Manager. The role reports directly to the Public Engagement Manager and is a key role of the Audience Engagement team.

Tasks and responsibilities of the position
Planning and delivery of the programs
• Work alongside the Public Engagement Manager and in consultation with the project(s) team to devise, develop and deliver innovative public programs for adult visitors, including: ARTBAR, Friday Late Night events, film screenings, artist talks, special events, performances, etc.
• Coordinate and monitor the implementation of the programs through efficient project management. This includes developing written program briefs and run sheets to support program planning and implementation and generate written evaluation reports at the conclusion of each event.
• Pro-active liaison with a wide range of communities and contacts, including artists, performers and professional specialists to ensure successful coordination and delivery of events.
• Provide clear communication to relevant internal and external teams including Venues, AV, Visitor Experience, Learning, Curatorial and Building Services to ensure the smooth and efficient running of events. This includes regular meetings with the conservation and registrar teams to ensure delivery of events and take into consideration the safety of artworks as required.
• In consultation with the Public Engagement Manager and the Marketing team, contribute to the development and implementation of marketing and audience development strategies for the programs. This includes generating marketing copy for the programs for event promotion via print and digital media.
• Ensure programs and events are created with access, equity and inclusion in mind and that the events can be accessed by people with disabilities or access needs. This includes ensuring duty of care, safety, access and participant/staff wellbeing is part of all program development and delivery.
• Coordinate and supervise small teams of casual staff to deliver the program events including Visitor Services Officers, AV technicians, Artist Educators, performers, bar staff and volunteers.
• Monitor and control the program budgets in consultation with the Public Engagement Manager.
• Maintain awareness of contemporary art, gallery education practice in public programming and accessibility programs.

Key selection criteria
Essential criteria
Applicants must be able to demonstrate they have:
• prior experience producing event-based programming (preferably within a cultural organisation)
• a strong background/knowledge of contemporary art and an understanding of the needs of artists and of issues surrounding the public presentation of contemporary art
• project management skills and the ability to set objectives/targets and manage multiple priorities and competing deadlines to ensure programs are delivered on time and within budgets
• the ability to monitor and evaluate programs to inform the ongoing development of new activities
• the ability to work collaboratively, independently and within budgets
• excellent communication and interpersonal skills including written communication skills
• the ability to handle high pressure situations and tight timelines
• the ability to be flexible and respond to new opportunities and changing circumstances as required
• administrative skills with good level of computer literacy
• the ability to work weekends and evenings when required for programs
• a demonstrated commitment to the Museum’s objective of promoting the work of living artists and making contemporary art accessible to broad audiences through the imaginative and creative presentation of exhibitions and programs on contemporary visual culture.
Desirable criteria
It would be good if applicants have:
• tertiary education in contemporary visual culture or equivalent experience
• previous experience facilitating learning experiences with diverse audiences
• previous experience coordinating staff, resources and budget
• knowledge of technical set-up for presentations such as projectors, laptops, internet connections and audio, ability to trouble-shoot equipment failure.

Please visit the MCA website to view the full position description and for details on how to apply.
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