PSL6 Program Manager
Department of Parliamentary Services
Canberra, Australia
13d ago

Who we are looking for?

The Department of Parliamentary Services (DPS) is recruiting for PSL6 Program Manager vacancy within the Art Collection & Exhibitions section, Parliamentary Experience branch.

Australian Parliament House (APH) is the meeting place of our nation and is one of our nation's most important buildings.

The Department of Parliamentary Services (DPS) supports the functions of the Australian Parliament and the work of parliamentarians through the provision of professional services, advice and facilities.

The Program Manager plays a key role in facilitating and promoting access to the Parliament House Art Collection (PHAC) for parliamentarians and the broader public, managing a range of projects and programs.

  • The PHAC contains over 6,500 works across a broad range of media and includes several sub collections of historic works, gifts;
  • commissioned art, craft and photography; significant constitutional documents and contemporary Australian art and craft.

    The successful candidate will work within Art Collection and Exhibitions managing the temporary exhibition and the artwork selection program, setting priorities and managing complex workflows whilst ensuring best practice museum display standards for the entire collection.

    The role requires a highly motivated, creative and professional individual with extensive experience working in a museum and / or gallery environment.

    The successful candidate will have excellent communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively in a small team.

    Demonstrated knowledge and experience of collection management systems and a broad knowledge of Australian contemporary art are important requirements of the position.

    This position is an ongoing full time position, with a 6 month probationary period.

    Eligibility and / or Job Specific Requirements

    Tertiary qualifications in Visual Arts, Art History, Cultural Heritage Management, or a similar field; and / or relevant extensive work experience in a gallery, museum or similar organisation are required.

    Experience in the use of Vernon Systems Collection Management software is desirable.

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

    DPS welcomes applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, mature age people, people from diverse backgrounds and people with a disability.

    How to apply

    Please upload your response to the selection criteria, noting that each criteria has a word limit of 350 words.

    Your application is a chance to tell us why you are the right person for the job. We want to know why you want to work at DPS, why you are interested in the role, what you can offer us, and how your skills, knowledge, experience and qualifications are applicable to the role.

    If proof of qualifications, licences or certificates are required as part of the application process, please incorporate these documents into your resume or within your applicant response before you submit your application.

    Closing Date

    Applications must be submitted by 11 : 30pm AEST, Thursday 19 July 2018.


    Currently, the salary range for this position is $82,421 - $92,635

    Duty Statement

    Classification : Parliamentary Service Level 6

    Employment Type : Ongoing

    Position No. : 130749

    Local Title : PSL6 Program Manager

    Branch : Parliamentary Experience

    Section : Art Collection & Exhibitions

    Immediate supervisor : Director, Art Collection and Exhibitions

    Security assessment : Baseline Vetting (Protected / Restricted)

    Working under limited direction to undertake tasks that are complex in nature and exercise initiative and judgement in the interpretation of policy and the application of practices and procedures.

    Work will involve management responsibilities requiring the setting of priorities and the managing of workflows. Duites may include, but are not limited to the following :

  • Manage a range of projects and programs for the Art Collection & Exhibitions section including the delivery of services to parliamentarians, temporary exhibitions & displays onsite, travelling exhibitions and large scale collection movement projects including election changeovers and refurbishments ensuring that timelines, budgets and all appropriate standards are met.
  • Supervise the activities of the PSL4 Program Officer and the PSL3 Collection Management Officer (workshop & installation), casual staff and contractors in delivering timely and efficient services to parliamentarians and facilitating high quality exhibition and display projects.
  • Develop, implement and monitor appropriate documentation, procedures and policies for the management of service delivery activities, interpretation and signage, and temporary exhibitions and displays.
  • Liaise with a range of internal and external stakeholders including parliamentarians, cultural institutions, artists and curators and manage inward loans to the Parliament for exhibitions and displays.
  • Provide curatorial advice where required and oversee the development of interpretive text for works on display.
  • Provide support and advice to the Director, Parliament House Art Collection as required.
  • Duties representing highest function : Program and Project Management

    Selection Criteria

  • Demonstrated high level analytical and planning skills and the ability to employ project management tools in order to manage and deliver multiple exhibitions and display projects with conflicting timeframes.
  • Highly developed leadership and people management skills and the ability to lead, motivate and manage multi-disciplinary teams in the delivery of complex cultural projects.
  • Demonstrated skills and knowledge in museum practices and procedures including the display of works of art, the development of exhibitions and displays and accompanying interpretive text.
  • Written and oral communication skills of a very high standard and a capacity to deal effectively with interpersonally demanding situations and to liaise and negotiate professionally and successfully with a wide range of individuals.
  • The ability to set priorities, meet deadlines and work with initiative under limited supervision and to identify situations warranting the advice of senior colleagues.
  • A demonstrated broad knowledge of Australian contemporary art with a particular interest in developing and presenting exhibitions and displays.
  • Eligibility and / or job specific requirements : Tertiary qualifications in Visual Arts, Art History, Cultural Heritage Management, or a similar field;
  • and / or relevant extensive work experience in a gallery, museum or similar organisation are required. Experience in the use of Vernon Systems Collection Management software is desirable.

    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.

    Phone Number : 6277 5329

    Email : samantha.pollock

    Working at Department of Parliamentary Services

    DPS recognises and values the contribution that our diverse workforce makes and in return offers great benefits. These include a competitive salary, onsite free parking and gym facilities, a wide range of professional development opportunities so you can take your career further, and all of this in a friendly and supportive environment.

    Conditions of service are in accordance with the DPS Enterprise Agreement (available here).

    If you think this role sounds like you and you’d like to work in a friendly, high quality team then DPS welcomes your application.

    Conditions of Employment

    The Parliamentary Service Act 1999 provides for mobility between the Australian Public Service and the Parliamentary Service.

    Employment opportunities in the Parliamentary Service may be subject to a range of conditions of engagement including :

    a) Australian citizenship

    b) criminal history check and security clearances

    c) possession of mandatory qualifications for certain jobs

    d) health clearance, and

    e) probation period of 6 months

    Australian Citizenship

    Section 22 of the Parliamentary Service Act 1999 requires that employees of the Parliamentary Service are generally required to be Australian citizens.

    If you are not an Australian citizen, you may still be considered for engagement on the condition that you are able to gain Australian Citizenship within a specified time.

    Failure to obtain citizenship within the timeframe could lead to termination of engagement.


    If you have accepted a redundancy benefit, within the previous twelve months, from a Commonwealth employer (including the Parliamentary Service and the Australian Public Service), you cannot be employed by DPS until your exclusion period (the number of weeks for which you received a redundancy benefit) has expired.

    If you would like to discuss your eligibility, please contact HR Services on telephone (02) 6277 5200.

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