Curator & Exhibitions Manager

The Chinese Museum

The Museum of Chinese Australian History has an exciting opening for a Curator & Exhibition Manager to continue its plan to tell a comprehensive story of Chinese Australians as part of Australian society over the past 200 years.

In doing so, the Curator & Exhibition Manager will oversee the museum’s plans to improve its collection and how it is presented and accessed by a wider audience. The Curator & Exhibitions Manager will provide curatorial leadership for new initiatives. They will identify and develop content that engages and stimulates the understanding of people of Chinese ethnicity who have lived in Australia and contributed to the Australian way of life.



  • Development and execution of the museum’s annual exhibitions program, in collaboration with the executive committee, and in keeping with the Chinese Museum’s mission statement

  • Management of visiting exhibitors to ensure their standards align with those of the Chinese Museum

  • Identification of opportunities to partner with local and overseas educational and cultural institutions

  • The seeking of financial support through government and philanthropic grants and sponsorship

  • Ensuring that all displays are cared for and maintained in good order

  • Delivery of administrative duties including government funding and accreditation requirements

Collections Management

  • Executing the acquisitions procedure

  • Overseeing security and storage conditions

  • Administering policy and practice regarding use of the collection

  • Effective classification and cataloguing of items, conservation and restoration work and generally keeping the collection in good order

  • Expanding the oral history collection

  • Development of the collection’s accessibility on line

  • Management and performance of the museum’s library


You will join the existing Education, Finance and Operations Managers to complete a small and committed management team who are passionate about inspiring cross cultural connectedness and understanding.

Key Selection Criteria

  • The successful applicant will have sound knowledge of curatorial and contemporary museum practices and collection management and experience in developing engaging representations of narratives about Australian society, culture and history, in a museum setting.

The successful applicant will also:

  • be able to contribute to the museum’s leading educative program and work with its education team to develop innovative programs that will engage existing and new audiences.

  • be skilled in building external partnerships and collaborating and negotiating with internal and external stakeholders to achieve outcomes that meet the museum’s annual business plan.

  • be adept at driving the museum’s public engagement and image through interesting ideas and programs.

demonstrate an understanding of audience-centric practices and have the capacity to represent the Museum as an expert in Chinese Australian history.

  • have strong project management skills, including forward planning, budgeting and people management skills.

Last but not least - you work best in a collaborative environment, are highly organised, can direct a quality work effort and lead and inspire up and coming Museum professionals.

The Chinese Museum is committed to child safety. All staff and volunteers must maintain a commitment to child safety standards and obtain a Working With Children check.

This is a part-time position, 3 days per week including a Thursday. Night and weekend work is required from time to time as per the Museum’s program of events.

How to Apply

Contact: Erin Blackman, Operations Coordinator,

Posted on March 27