Deadline: University of Sydney Career Site

Director, Museums and Cultural Engagement/

United Nation

he Director, Museums and Cultural Engagement provides strategic leadership and management of the University Museums and Cultural venues including the Chau Chak Wing Museum (comprising more than 450,000 items of visual arts, ancient history, science and cultural material), the Seymour Centre (performing arts) and a host of cultural outreach activities undertaken by the External Engagement portfolio.


The Director will join at an important juncture for our institution, following the reconfiguration of our collections with the establishment of the award-winning Chau Chak Wing Museum and as the University enters a new ten-year strategy cycle to 2032. As Director, you will build on an already strong platform to oversee and guide the University’s Museum and Cultural Engagement teams through the next stage of their evolution. Engaging with industry and the community, you will work to promote a contemporary approach to cultural engagement and museum management. Importantly, you will ensure the ongoing sustainability and innovation of our University Museums and Cultural venues.


The Director will lead a team of professional staff who work in collections management, curatorial practice, education and public programs, theatre management and performing arts. This requires an extensive knowledge of current trends and practices in museum management and a successful track record of managing a large cultural outreach program.


This is a senior strategic position within the portfolio and part of the portfolio’s executive. The position reports directly to the Vice President (External Engagement) and is responsible for developing, managing and coordinating the University’s cultural engagement strategy, policies and operations.


About you


We are looking for a Director, Museums and Cultural Engagement who possesses:


  • substantial relevant experience in public museums or galleries at a senior leadership level
  • demonstrated staff management experience and experience in working as a member of a high-performing team
  •  strategic capability with the capacity to develop and implement long term management plans for results
  • well-developed financial and business management skills
  • ability to liaise at a high level with University staff, benefactors, relevant government and non-government officials and the community
  • proven fundraising and philanthropic experience and expertise
  • outstanding interpersonal, oral and written communication skills, including the ability to speak effectively in front of diverse audiences
  • proven knowledge and understanding of the museum and gallery environment of a world city
  • high ethical standards and integrity.


Term and remuneration


The Director, Museums and Cultural Engagement will be a full-time, continuing appointment. The successful candidate will be offered a competitive remuneration package commensurate with the responsibilities of the position and the candidate’s relevant experience and qualifications.

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