Collections Manager

Melbourne, Australia
19 Sep 2018
End of advertisement period
17 Oct 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Academic Support Office

Faculty of Arts

Salary: $88,171 - $95,444 p.a. plus 9.5% superannuation

About The Faculty of Arts, Academic Support Office

The Academic Support Office works in partnership to support the development, delivery and quality assurance of teaching and learning in the Faculty of Arts, particularly in the following key areas:

  • Selection and Scholarships;
  • Undergraduate Programs;
  • Graduate Coursework;
  • Graduate Research;
  • eTeaching/eLearning;
  • Student Programs (Enrichment);
  • Tutor Induction.

About the role

The Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne will be appointing a Collection Manager with responsibility for the management of cultural objects and object display in the Arts West building, including the processing of loans, logistics, care and handling, and installation. This position will build on the work of the previous Coordinator, Object-Based Learning and Collection Manager.

The Arts West building was opened in 2016 and is specifically designed to support teaching in the Faculty of Arts, with an emphasis on active learning models and enriched class-based learning experiences. The building includes two Object Based Learning Laboratories designed to enable the full integration of object-based learning curricula into Faculty of Arts teaching programs. In addition to this, the building contains a range of integrated display opportunities which reflect the Faculty’s teaching and learning, research and engagement agendas and which offer further opportunities for formal and informal student learning.

In conjunction with the establishment of the Collection Manager role, a separate academic staff position of Object-Based Learning Coordinator role will also be appointed within the Faculty’s Arts Teaching Innovation (ATI) team. The Collection Manager will work closely with the Object-Based Learning Coordinator who will be responsible for supporting academic staff to embed object-engaged learning effectively in their curricula and pedagogical practice.  

The position of Collection Manager will sit within the Faculty’s Academic Support Office (ASO) reporting to the Manager, ASO, while collaborating with the Arts Teaching Innovation team and liaising closely with key staff across the University’s Cultural collections including Collections Managers.

About you - skills and attributes will be highly regarded:

  • Evidence of end-to-end collections management expertise including the capacity to design, develop and implement clear processes for the application of best-practice in line with industry developments;
  • Proven experience in the safe handling of works of art and cultural materials;
  • Direct experience of the policy frameworks that govern working with museum grade collections, materials and objects, preferably including working with Indigenous materials;
  • Excellent stakeholder management skills including the ability to work effectively with academic staff as well as internal and external collections staff at all levels so as to build rapport and create an environment of mutual trust and effective communication;
  • Proven administrative skills with the ability to work on several projects simultaneously, organising and prioritising to meet specified deadlines with a minimum of supervision.


  • Maximise your benefits through our Salary Packaging scheme
  • Flexible family friendly policies, providing generous leave and working conditions
  • The opportunity to work in a culturally rich environment
  • A substantial discount to eligible staff and their immediate families in undertaking further studies at the University of Melbourne

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The University is a vibrant campus. We have well established clubs and networks giving the opportunity to engage and collaborate with other staff around the University. We strive to create an environment where staff and students promote culturally inclusive behaviour and activities, ensure cultural differences are heard and explored, and actively seek to learn from other cultures.

The University of Melbourne is the Number 1 University in Australia and among the leading Universities in the world, according to The Times Higher Education world reputational ranking, the National Taiwan University ranking, The Times Higher Education world university ranking and Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities.

Close date: 17 Oct 2018

Position Description and Selection Criteria

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