Team Leader Registration (Special Collections)


  • Opportunity to be part of a once in a lifetime iconic museum project
  • Salary between $87,169 – $104,226 + superannuation + leave loading
  • Temporary full-time employment to 31 December 202

The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) is an executive agency of the New South Wales State Government. Embodying the best of design ingenuity and innovation, the Museum profiles one of the world’s great collections and is a highly successful interdisciplinary institution that sits at the intersection of the arts, design, science and technology and plays a critical role in supporting the brand and vision of the city.

The Powerhouse Precinct at Parramatta is one of the largest cultural infrastructure projects currently being undertaken in Australia.  The project will transform and renew one of Australia’s oldest and most important cultural institutions and carry forward its legacy to reflect the changing needs of the contemporary communities of NSW.

The Opportunity

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Team Leader Registration (Special Collections) to lead a project team working on the assessment of the collection currently stored at Ultimo for digitisation and relocation to the Museums Discovery Centre.

In partnership with the Team Leader Conservation (Special Collections), you will co-lead a team of assistant conservators and assistant registrars who work in pairs to assess the objects in the Powerhouse Museum’s special collections including archives, firearms and variable media.

Reporting to the Collection Logistics Manager, in this role you will

  • Provide advice and direction to team members on documentation issues as they relate to the requirements of special collections objects; which may include developing procedures and/or training materials.
  • In partnership with the Team Leader Conservation, supervise staff to ensure a high level of collection management practice and a culture of optimal external and internal customer service.
  • Ensure the safety, security, location control and maintenance of objects on display and in storage.
  • Deliver progress reports, briefs and updates as required.
  • Ensure statutory and legislative requirements are adhered to and effective risk management procedures are in place.
  • Adhere to all obligations, responsibilities and legislative requirements under current Work Health & Safety (WHS) Acts and Regulations, ensuring all areas under supervision are monitored for WH&S risks and hazards and are reviewed regularly
What will it take?

An ideal candidate will have the following skills and experience:

  • Demonstrated experience in and expert knowledge of the techniques and safe procedures for handling, packing/unpacking, housing, transporting and storing different types of collection material.
  • Demonstrated skills and proven experience in team leadership that fosters a cooperative and collegiate approach to deliver logistically complex tasks and an ability to motivate staff during times of repetitive tasks.
  • Demonstrated experience in and sound knowledge of the principles and practices of Manual Handling, Work Health & Safety and Risk Management within museum and cultural collections.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including highly-developed written and verbal skills and the ability to collaborate with project stakeholders to lead teams through their tasks, providing advice and technical knowledge within the scope of the Collection Relocation and Digitisation Project.
  • Well-developed organisational and time management skills and proven ability to manage multiple activities simultaneously, meet strict deadlines and competing priorities within a logistically complex project environment.
  • Appropriate administrative experience and computer literacy skills including the ability to competently operate business software (eg. MS Office) and collection management systems (eg. kEMu) with an accurate focus on location tracking.
  • Proven ability to contribute to the development of policies and procedures for handling, packing/unpacking, moving and storing different types of cultural collection material.

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