Assistant Curator, Art & Heritage

Updated: 2 months ago
Location: Adelaide, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 23 Aug 2020

Job no:504497
Work type:Fixed term - Full-time
Categories:Libraries, Records Management, HEO5

(HEO5) $71,756 to $79,786 per annum plus an employer contribution of 9.5% superannuation will apply

Fixed term contract available September 2020 until 23 December 2021

Undertake the collection management and discovery work associated with the University’s Art & Heritage collections as part of a maternity leave backfill arrangement

Key projects to be delivered during the contract period include the University’s Adelaide Connect Recollect implementation, legacy collection processing and the implementation of a new Collections Policy including cultural protocols for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander collection items. 

The successful applicant will have a strong background in collection management with the ability to review collection holdings against appraisal criteria, identify and develop storytelling opportunities for online exhibitions and, review and monitor collection metadata. This role also includes daily collection management activities such as responding to reference requests, artwork installation and appraising donations.

To be successful you will need:

  • Collection management experience in appraising, curating, managing and preserving art and object based collections in the GLAM sector.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and capability to contribute to the application of collection management principles within an institutional context to support the management, preservation and discovery of art and heritage collections.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience of developments and current issues in collection management theory, descriptive practices and discovery, including collection databases and online discovery.
  • Excellent attention to detail with high level computer skills and demonstrated experience in the effective use of collection management software (EMu or equivalent).

Enjoy an outstanding career environment

The University of Adelaide is a uniquely rewarding workplace. The size, breadth and quality of our education and research programs - including significant industry, government and community collaborations - offers you a vast scope and opportunity for a long, fulfilling career.

It also enables us to attract high-calibre people in all facets of our operations, ensuring you will be surrounded by talented colleagues, many world-leading. Our work's cutting-edge nature - not just in your own area, but across virtually the full spectrum of human endeavour - provides a constant source of inspiration.

Our core values are honesty, respect, fairness, discovery and excellence. Our culture is one that welcomes all and embraces diversity. We are firm believers that our people are our most valuable asset, so we work to grow and diversify the skills of our staff.

In addition, we offer a wide range of attractive staff benefits. These include: salary packaging; flexible work arrangements; high quality professional development programs and activities; and an on-campus health clinic, gym and other fitness facilities. 

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The Division of Academic and Student Engagement drives the University's strategic activities in relation to learning and teaching. This includes ensuring all Adelaide students have a quality experience, and investing in our academic staff's professional development.

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If you want to change tomorrow, act today

Click the 'Apply Now' button to be taken through to our online application form. Please ensure you address and upload your responses to all selection criteria. Applications close 11:55pm, 23 August 2020.

For further information

For a confidential discussion regarding this position, contact:

Ms Sue Coppin
Collection Archivist
University Library
P: +61 (8) 8313 6572

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The University of Adelaide is an Equal Opportunity employer, Women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the requirements of this position are strongly encouraged to apply.


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