Manager, First Nations Collections & Engagement

Australian Museum

Sydney New South Wales, Australia

Full time

May 7

This job is no longer accepting applications.

Salary Classification: Clerk Grade 9/10 ($111,077 - $122,404) with a total remuneration package up to $135,684 per annum

Employment Status: Ongoing full time

About The Australian Museum

The Australian Museum (AM) operates within the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, is the first museum in Australia and was founded in 1827. The AM provides access, engagement and scientific research to increase our understanding of natural history and culture, particularly of the Australasian region. The AM holds more than 21 million objects of biological, geological and cultural collections and develops programs, exhibitions and school and community education initiatives onsite, online and offsite.

The new AM mission is: To ignite wonder, inspire debate and drive change.

The new AM vision is: To be a leading voice for the richness of life, the Earth and culture in Australia and the Pacific. We commit to transform the conversation around climate change, the environment and wildlife conservation; be a strong advocate for First Nations’ culture; and continue to develop world-leading science, collections, exhibitions and education programs.

For more information, visit the website.

About The Role

Lead and oversee the development, maintenance and interpretation of the Australian Museum’s First Nations cultural and archaeological collections. Lead engagement with First Nations peoples and communities to ensure interpretations of Museum collections are done so in culturally appropriate and accurate ways. Develop strategies and policies for the Australian Museums First Nations collections that respect Indigenous Cultural Intellectual Property (ICIP) and meet the needs of the Museum’s Corporate strategic priorities. Manager will be working between three sites (Castle Hill, Rydalmere and William Street, Darlinghurst) when required

Essential Requirements

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent - Aboriginality/Torres Strait Islander is a genuine occupational qualification and is authorised under section 14(d) of the Anti Discrimination Act 1977

Appropriate tertiary qualifications relevant to the Museums Cultural Collections (e.g Indigenous/First Nations studies, Museum and Heritage Studies, Archaeology etc) or equivalent experience

May require working on weekends/holidays depending on operation needs

Knowledge & Experience

Current knowledge and working experience to deliver the Key Accountabilities and perform to the Focus Capabilities outlined in this Role Description

Hold a high level of knowledge and experience working with First Nations cultures and/or facilitating access and engagement with First Nations communities.

Experience working in Museums and/or Universities

Knowledge of and/or experience in Repatriation of Ancestral Remains and Secret Sacred objects.

Experience in collection management databases, cataloguing processes and packing and handling of objects in a Museum environment.

Networks within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community

For more information please download the documents Role Description and Applying for a role in the NSW Public Service.

Applicants Must Submit

A two page covering letter which addresses the role description’s essential requirements and your relevant experience


As part of the online application process you will be prompted to answer two targeted questions.

What skills, experience and knowledge do you have that makes you a great fit for this role?

What’s the biggest challenge you have faced in your current or previous role? How did you overcome this challenge? What was the outcome?

Enquiries: Laura McBride, Director, First Nations, 02 9320 6410 or email

The Australian Museum welcomes applications from First Nation and Torres Strait Islander people, people from diverse cultural backgrounds and people with disability. Please indicate if you have any accessibility requirements in your application or speak with the contact person should you be called for an interview. We provide reasonable adjustment for people with a disability during the recruitment process and on employment.

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Australian Museum

The Australian Museum is custodian to a collection of over 21 million natural history and cultural objects.