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Senior Curator Indigenous Cultures (Indigenous Identified)


You will lead a small team to manage collections within the Indigenous Cultures stream of the Cultures and Histories Program. You will initiate, coordinate, and implement new research, innovative exhibitions and public programs for the Cultures & Histories program in accordance with the strategic and operational priorities of the Queensland Museum Network. This role involves leading the care and curation of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander collections, Pacific collections and Indigenous collections from other areas of the world. Collection strengths include cultural material from Queensland, the Northern Territory, Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Australian South Sea Islander and Pacific Collections (particularly Western Pacific).

Job details

Job type Permanent Full-time
Occupational group Arts/Culture/Heritage
Classification PO4
Workplace Location Brisbane Inner City
Job ad reference QLD/QMB258681
Closing date 01-Dec-2017
Job duration
Contact person Jane Skippington
Contact details 3842 9295

Mandatory qualifications/experience:

It is a general occupational requirement that an Identified position be filled by an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person as permitted by and arguable under Section 25, 104 and 105 of the Queensland Anti-Discrimination Act (1991).  

The CEO has approved that only those identifying as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander will be considered for this post (the former as evidenced through the completion of relevant documentation outlined in ‘How to Apply’ section below). 

Possession of a tertiary(preferably postgraduate) qualification in a field relevant to the position (e.g Anthropology, Museum Studies , Cultural Studies) or equivalent

The post will include ongoing community engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander community stakeholders and includes working with Repatriation and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander engagement programs.

The museum is looking for an experienced and enthusiastic individual with demonstrated research, project management, communication and leadership skills. 


  • Lead the delivery of team objectives to meet brand, vision, strategic and operational objectives.
  • Manage, mentor, coach and train direct reports (including volunteers), encouraging innovation and excellence
  • Oversee and supervise researchers, students and volunteers in the identification, assessment and accessioning of artefacts to specialist levels, and ensure the accuracy of the associated electronic databases (Vernon Collection Management System and Digital Asset Management System).
  • Maintain and develop the Indigenous Cultures collections in accordance with professional standards, current research trends, strategic priorities and cultural protocols.
  • Assist communities and researchers to access cultural materials held in the State Collection.
  • Develop research projects, external funding applications, scholarly publications and popular literature related to the Indigenous Cultures collections, with particular reference to organisational priorities.
  • Provide advice and make public presentations on matters related to the Indigenous collections, cultures and histories.
  • Participate in public relations, media and institutional fundraising and awareness campaigns to promote the Queensland Museum and the Program’s results and activities.
  • Lead and participate in multidisciplinary teams within the Cultures and Histories program and across QM. 
  • Lead and participate in project teams to provide expert advice in the design and development of public displays and public education programs.
  • Develop work plans and manage projects, including budgets and staff, for agreed projects.
  • Strategically enhance and build the State collections through field work, collaborative research and coordination of philanthropic support/donations. Develop a high profile for the collections and unit by presenting in diverse public forums on relevant themes; sensitively and effectively liaising with external stakeholders at a local, state, national and international level; and providing advice and information about the Indigenous Cultures collections to the general public, Queensland Museum and Government as required.

Your application for this role will remain current for 12 months and may be considered for recurring vacancies which may be at an alternative location or alternative employment basis (full-time or part-time).

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