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The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences
Post Date: 03 Jul 2020


  • Opportunity to provide curatorial expertise in fields of arts, design, science and technology across all MAAS Sites
  • Ongoing Full-time employment with flexible working conditions.
  • Package includes salary ($87,169 – $104,226), employer’s contribution to superannuation and annual leave loading.

About Us

The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences sits at the intersection of the arts, design, science and technology and plays a critical role in engaging communities with contemporary ideas and issues. Established in 1879, the museum includes the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney Observatory and the Museums Discovery Centre. The Museum is custodian to over half a million objects of national and international significance and is considered one of the finest and most diverse collections in Australia.

The Powerhouse Precinct at Parramatta is one of the largest cultural infrastructure projects currently being undertaken in Australia. The project will transform and renew one of Australia’s oldest and most important cultural institutions and carry forward its legacy to reflect the changing needs of the contemporary communities of NSW

The Opportunity
You will be providing curatorial expertise directed towards research, collection development, collection access, exhibition, content development, public & education programs.

You will also be involved in developing, preparing and contributing to exhibition and project documentation, collection policies, reports and acquittals for MAAS online and print publications, monthly reports, budgets, sponsorship, fundraising and acquisition proposals, grant applications and general administration.

For more information on this position, view the role description here.

The successful candidate

To be successful in this role you will have;

  • Relevant tertiary qualification, preferably at post graduate level, combined with three to five years curatorial experience in a museum/not-for profit venue and/or as an independent curator.
  • Extensive knowledge in Australian history and two or more of the following fields is essential: technologies, health and medicine, physical sciences, astronomy, engineering, architecture & the built environment; design & decorative arts, fashion, contemporary culture, Indigenous culture and Asian culture.
  • Demonstrated curatorial and research abilities, critical wiring skills and a proven track record of original publication.
  • Demonstrated experience in initiating, developing and executing projects, exhibitions and programs of excellence and engaging diverse audiences.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of multi-disciplinary collections including research, development and policy frameworks.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, time-management skills and demonstrated ability to manage projects and effectively prioritise work under pressure.

Do you have any questions?
Should you have enquiries about the role, please contact Jacqui Strecker on 9217 0625

If you encounter technical issues please contact I Work for NSW Support Team on 1800 562 679 (Mon-Fri) or [email protected]

Applications close: 11:59pm, Sunday 12 July 2020.


The Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences welcomes applications from Indigenous Australians, people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds and people with a disability. If you have individual requirements that need to be accommodated in order to participate in the selection process and join the Museum, please indicate this in your application.

The successful applicant is required to undergo, and for new employees meet the cost of a National Police Records Check and a Working with Children Check and be assessed as suitable.

Please note that applications from Recruitment Agencies are not currently being accepted for this position.

Key Application Responses To apply for this position, please submit a resume and a cover letter (no longer than 2 A4 pages)

Targeted Question – These questions are required to be completed during the online application. You will be required to provide short statements (4000-character limit per question) in response to the two targeted questions below.

Question 1 – Describe an important professional goal you have achieved as a curator, and how you achieved it.

Question 2 – Describe a project you worked on recently. Explain how your responsibilities as part of the project team helped your department and/or your company, meet its business goals.

For more information on how to apply for a role in the NSW Public Sector and Museum of Applied Arts and Science please click on the links provided.


Sydney, Australia

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