Program Manager, Curation And Innovation

at University of Melbourne

About University Services

University Services comprises of 1,600 professional staff focused on providing client-centric and innovative services to the University. The group is providing transformational change, defining and influencing future service enhancements, and acts as a shared services function within the University of Melbourne.

About the role

The Program Manager, Curation & Innovation, will lead the curatorial team and coordinate activities and programs to ensure the effective operations and management of the Special Collections within deadlines and budget constraints. The role will be responsible for the delivery of a suite of dynamic contemporary programs which promote the special collections and enhances the student experience by supporting research and learning and teaching in both physical and digital environments.

Reporting to the Manager, Cultural Collections (University Archivist), you will lead and co-develop experimental and interpretive strategies that enhance the visibility and use of the Special Collections, through exhibitions, object-based learning activities, and other associated programs. Focusing on the user experience (CX) within the research and academic context, as Program Manager, Curation & Innovation, you will ensure a coordinated and engaged team contributes to strategic goals, utilising tools and technology to manage and promote the special collections and build on academic opportunities and partnerships in new and innovative ways.

About you

You will have:

  • A relevant post-graduate qualification or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training.
  • Significant experience in developing and delivering innovative curated programs within a public and/or academic context, including concepts, practices, and procedures.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current and emerging trends in education, academic learning environments, blended learning approaches, and/or galleries/museums.
  • Leadership skills and experience in managing multi-disciplinary teams and contractors.
  • Proven track record in sound financial planning and budget management.
  • Understanding of Human-Centred Design and User Experience Design is desirable.


  • 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.

How to apply

Your application submitted should include a CV along with your responses against the selection criteria found in the Position Description for the role.

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