PEL1/2 Curator

PEL1/2 Curator

Parliament of Australia | Canberra, ACT, AU

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The Opportunity

The Department of Parliamentary Services (DPS) is seeking an experienced curator with a research interest in design and architecture to lead the development of meaningful and memorable experiences and interpretation at Parliament House.

The Curator will play a leadership role in deepening understanding and engagement with the building’s iconic design and architecture, and through this support the work of the Australian Parliament. 

The Curator will work closely with DPS colleagues including the Interpretations and Public Program Manager and the Director, Visitor Engagement. Close, respectful and effective collaboration with parliamentary departments, national institutions and creative organisations will enable you to research and deliver programs to engage the community with the Australian parliament.

This new position is being created as part of an exciting program of renewal in the Parliamentary Engagement Branch. This program aims to enhance Parliament House’s status as an iconic building and location of national significance, and to ensure that the public can experience the heart of Australian democracy. Our branch is committed to being a sustainable, efficient, and engaged team that embraces innovation and change to deliver exceptional client focus.

Please note: The positions advertised are at the PEL1 and PEL2 classifications and are not broad banded positions. Candidates will be assessed on their skills and experience and will be offered a position at the classification commensurate with their qualifications and experience.

Who we are looking for

The successful candidate will have an outstanding track record of results as a curator in a cultural or creative environment and will possess the following attributes: commitment to excellence; collaborative and accountable; professional and knowledgeable. 

With responsibility for establishing a small team, you will have a demonstrated understanding of strategic human resources, workplace responsibilities and employee wellbeing in order to attract and retain staff. 

If you believe that you are a good fit for DPS, what we are looking for, and have the requisite skills, talent and aptitude to play a part in (overall job summary), we would like to hear from you.

Job Specific Requirements : 

• The successful applicant will be required to obtain and maintain a Baseline Vetting (Protected/Restricted) security clearance.

At DPS, we acknowledge the value diversity brings. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive workplace that ensures all our people can contribute to our shared purpose. We welcome applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, mature age people, people from diverse backgrounds and people with disability.

Duty Statement

Classification:  PEL1/2
Branch: Parliamentary Engagement Branch
Section: Cultural Strategy and Experience
Immediate supervisor:  Assistant Secretary, Parliamentary Engagement Branch

Under limited/general direction undertake duties in accordance with the agreed standards for the PEL1/2 classification. The duties will include, but are not limited to, the following:

Lead the project management and stakeholder engagement program to support the renewal of public spaces within Parliament House to ensure they remain consistent with the Architect’s design intent while providing a contemporary and engaging experience.

Prepare a best practice strategy and masterplan to update public displays in line with contemporary museological standards, accessibility obligations and design integrity.

Research and write engaging and authoritative content to deepen building occupants and visitors’ understanding of design and architecture.

Interpret the parliament, political history, design, collections and architecture to strengthen improvements in tours, professional development, outreach and public displays to improve program and policy delivery and support for Design Integrity.

Work with DPS colleagues to embrace digital engagement in interpretation onsite, online and offsite. 

Create a new paid internship program for university students to attract to tour guide and interpretation roles to lift expertise and diversify employees. 

Duties representing highest function: All 

Employees of DPS are required to be able, and to be seen to be able, to provide professional advice and services to all Senators and Members without favour or prejudice.