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Head Of National Learning

National Gallery of Australia - Canberra, ACT

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JOB DESCRIPTION

Full Job Description
Learning Department
Executive Level 2
Position No. 6200
$117,838 - $134,673 pa
Ongoing Vacancy

The position
The National Gallery’s Learning team designs and delivers innovative and inclusive onsite,
on-tour and online programs and projects to engage Australians from all backgrounds with
the national art collection and artistic program, expanding the National Gallery’s reach and
impact.

Our ideal candidate for the Head of National Learning is a passionate and inspiring
collaborator and leader who can work dynamically across the organisation and beyond to
oversee programs and content that widen participation, spark curiosity and new ways of
thinking about the world. In this role you will be responsible for transforming, expanding and
deepening the National Gallery’s engagement with audiences across Australia and beyond
by leading a diverse, innovative and inclusive program of creative learning experiences for
all ages and abilities.

As the Head of National Learning, you will foster innovation, deliver best-practice models of
life-long learning, continuously research and evaluate activities for continuous improvement
and develop meaningful and innovative national partnerships. To be successful in this role
you must have industry-leading experience and connections, provide inspiring leadership to
the Learning team, facilitate change management and deliver high-level creative and
strategic direction for learning initiatives.

As part of the National Gallery’s commitment to elevating indigenous culture and
engagement, all roles in the Learning team are Identified and applicants should have an
understanding of the issues affecting Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.

This is a full-time, ongoing employment opportunity available within the Learning and Digital
Portfolio.

How to apply
If you are interested in this role you must submit a current CV, the National Gallery Personal
Particulars form and a brief overview (1-2 page pitch) of how your skills, capabilities,
experience and qualifications meet the requirements of this role. Please note that the
selection criteria do not need to be addressed individually.

Contact
Further information about the position may be obtained by contacting Heather Whitely
Robertson on (02) 6240 6670 or heather.whitelyrobertson@nga.gov.au. The Recruitment
Officer may also be contacted on (02) 6240 6447.

Closing date
Applications close at midnight on Monday, 14 June 2021 and should be emailed to
recruitment@nga.gov.au.

Position Title: Head of National Learning

Position Number: 6200

NGA Level: Executive Level 2

Section/Department: Learning

Portfolio: Learning and Digital

Immediate Supervisor: Tim Fairfax Assistant Director, Learning and Digital

Direct Reports: Education Manager, EL1

Public Programs Convenor, NGA6

Access Programs Convenor, NGA6

Kids and Families Programs Convenor, NGA6

Tim Fairfax Young People’s Programs Convenor, NGA6

JT Reid Outreach Programs Convenor, NGA6

Senior Projects Officer, NGA6

Tim Fairfax Digital Learning Manager, EL1 (joint

reporting with Head of Digital)

Position Location: National Gallery - Canberra

Requirements:
Australian Citizenship

Police Check

Identified Position

ACT Working with Vulnerable People Card

Licences / Qualifications

3 month probation (may be extended)

About the National Gallery of Australia

The National Gallery of Australia (the National Gallery) is one of Australia’s leading visual arts

institutions. The National Gallery is based in Canberra and is a vital part of the Australian

cultural landscape. Our Purpose is to collect, preserve, promote and share the national

collection of art. The Vision of the National Gallery is to inspire creativity, inclusivity,

engagement and learning through artists and art. Our Mission is to lead a progressive national

cultural agenda by championing art and its value in our lives. Our Values include excellence,

creativity, courage, respect and accountability.

Overview

The National Gallery’s Learning team designs and delivers innovative and inclusive onsite, on-

tour and online programs and projects to engage Australians from all backgrounds with the

national art collection and artistic program, expanding the National Gallery’s reach and impact.

The Head of National Learning is an inspiring collaborator and leader who works dynamically

across the organisation and beyond to oversee programs and content that widen participation,

spark curiosity and new ways of thinking about the world. The position is responsible for

transforming, expanding and deepening the National Gallery’s engagement with audiences

across Australia and beyond by leading a diverse, innovative and inclusive program of creative

learning experiences for all ages and abilities.

The Head of National Learning will foster innovation, deliver best-practice models of life-long

learning, continuously research and evaluate activities for continuous improvement and develop

meaningful and innovative national partnerships. The post-holder will possess industry-leading

experience and connections, ability to provide inspiring leadership to the Learning team,

facilitate change management and deliver high-level creative and strategic direction for learning

initiatives.

As part of the National Gallery’s commitment to elevating indigenous culture and engagement,

all roles in the Learning team are Identified and applicants should have an understanding of the

issues affecting Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.

Duty Statement:
1. Work collaboratively across all areas of the National Gallery to develop a strategic direction
that builds our reputation as a leader in life-long learning.

2. Research, plan, develop, implement and evaluate new learning initiatives, ensuing the
National Gallery is telling deeper, richer stories and building more engaging
relationships with artists, audiences and the collection.

3. Oversee the development and implementation of the National Gallery’s Learning
Strategy, transforming audience engagement and ensuring access to art for all.

4. Actively develop and build strategic relationships and partnerships, keeping abreast of
relevant trends and activities, stakeholder expectations and opportunities to advance
the National Gallery’s Learning Strategy and national engagement agenda.

5. Work collaboratively with Assistant Director, Learning & Digital and other key staff to
research, plan and implement new systems, processes and practices to address future
National Gallery needs.

6. Manage and develop the Learning team through coaching, feedback, and guidance to

ensure optimal performance and consistent achievement of team and National Gallery

objectives.

7. Oversee the preparation of reports, briefs and correspondence for presentation to the

board, committees, or other entities and provide information in a timely manner.

8. Other duties as required commensurate with your skills and abilities.

Selection Criteria:
1. Highly developed knowledge and expertise of connecting audiences with art through
creative learning including experience defining strategic roadmaps and managing audience
engagement projects through a full lifecycle.

2. Experience developing and delivering innovative and inclusive life-long learning programs
and projects which widen participation, expand reach and deepen impact for diverse
audiences onsite, offsite and online.

3. Proven record in collaborating, partnering and undertaking critical conversations with senior
leadership, colleagues, and stakeholders within and across the cultural institutions and their
audiences.

4. Ability to articulate and translate business requirements into outcomes that support and
enhance stakeholders experience and connection with the National Gallery and our
strategic goals.

5. Demonstrated strong and effective project management skills and ability to lead and direct
both internal and external people and resources, including ability to manage multiple
projects on various levels with different and converging timelines.

6. Results oriented leader with ability to develop and communicate big-picture vision and
strategy, and deliver results through practical, disciplined execution using excellent
communication skills, strong leadership presence and effective storytelling.

7. Qualifications, Certifications and Registrations

  • Relevant tertiary qualifications or equivalent professional experience within a cultural
organisation,

  • Professional certification and/or membership of relevant professional association such
as Australian Museums and Galleries Association desirable, and

  • An ACT Working with Vulnerable People Card is essential
Work, Health & Safety Obligations

This role is required to ensure that they meet duty of care obligations as required under WHS

legislation. This is achieved by:
  • being accountable and taking ownership of health and safety matters within their control
or ability to promote a culture of health and safety within the National Gallery, and

  • working with colleagues to enhance health and safety and ensure that it becomes a part
of everyday National Gallery business.

Note: In line with National Gallery recruitment practices you must hold Australian Citizenship and satisfy a police
check. The requirement to hold Australian Citizenship may be waived under exceptional circumstances.