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Job Listing Date
1 Dec 2019
$100,446 - $107,437
Work Type
Full Time
Advertising, Arts & Media, Art Direction

The National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) is the custodian of Australia’s analogue and born digital national audiovisual collection and contains over 3 million items. Our mandate is to collect, preserve and share the remarkable story of the Australian audiovisual experience through the creativity and history represented in film, television, radio, recorded sound, augmented reality, online, videogames and associated contextual documentation and ephemera.  Primary focus is on Australian production and Australian related production. We also address key International influences on our culture. We are seeking two energetic, visionary, customer focussed Curators who are willing to embrace and celebrate the ambitious and rewarding challenges of digital archiving in the 21st Century.


About the Positions

Working within a Portfolio Management matrix methodology the National Film and Sound Archive has the following Management roles available:

  • Curator – Creative Liaison (Individuals and Small Production Companies)
  • Curator – Research and Technical Liaison

This is two ongoing EL1 positions. 

The Creative Liaison Team works with Individual donors and small creative production companies across all genres and formats in relation to collection development and interpretation opportunities. The Curator works closely with the Chief Curator and the Curatorial and Accessioning Management team to determine project evaluation and assignment.

The Research and Technical Liaison Team plays a multifaceted role. A priority of this team is dealing with researching and co-ordinating the analogue collection backlog for digitisation, eg liaising with other CAT team members to establish digitisation queues as well as acting as a conduit to technical digitisation teams and working with the Engagement, Communication and Access team requirements in interpreting and celebrating the national audiovisual collection.

Both Teams are comprised of highly skilled curators and accessioners who possess an expansive knowledge of the national collection and audiovisual industries.

These positions are based in Canberra or Sydney and require people with initiative, developed cultural sector management skills and curatorial intuition, as well as a relevant track record to work in this busy team.  

These positions are key leadership roles in the Curatorial and Accessioning Team (CAT), working in close partnership with the Chief Curator and collaborating with other curators and staff in general. These curatorial positions oversee and guide staff in identifying, building, cataloguing, interpreting and presenting the National audiovisual collection in a digital environment. The positions also contribute actively to the administrative and reporting management of the CAT, including cooperation in developing and implementing business plans; understanding and responsibly managing associated budgets, and practical participation in curatorial and accessioning projects and essential collection management activities.

Interstate travel is required from time to time.


To apply, please submit your application on the NFSA Recruitment system before midnight on Sunday 15 December 2019:


Job Description

Under limited direction, undertake the following duties:

  • In accordance with the NFSA Collection Policy and best practice Cataloguing protocols, provide high level and strategic archival curatorship of the national audiovisual collection, overseeing the selection and acquisition, data management and preservation planning, interpretation and presentation.
  • Initiate and undertake client liaison work, building relationships with key stakeholders, potential donors, industry and professional networks.
  • Participate as an active member of the Curatorial and Accessioning Team senior staff in planning and implementation of Section goals, providing high level policy and strategic support to the Chief Curator and manage highly dedicated and knowledgeable curatorial and accessioning team.
  • Act as a major internal liaison point and be a key driver in the ongoing development of analogue and digital preservation, collection data management and planning pathways closely working with other relevant NFSA business units. Represent NFSA at appropriate forums, including preparation and presentation of papers and other exhibitions and provide mentor encouragement for other CAT staff.
  • Assist and advise on key administrative reporting matters including budget planning and expenditure, government reporting requirements, and statistics.



Selection Criteria

In relation to the ‘Job Details’ listed above, concisely outline your skills, experience, and achievements against each of the following areas:

  1. Demonstrated understanding and appreciation of moving image, recorded sound and digital dissemination and production pathways, formats and history.
  2. Proven knowledge and experience of audiovisual collection building and management and dealing with the challenges of analogue and digital preservation and access workflows.
  3. Highly developed understanding of archival and curatorial principles, standards and practices, data and collection management principles, and experience in policy development that will support effective maintenance of the collection as well as maximising accessibility.
  4. Proven managerial, leadership and project management skills, including a proven history to meet agreed objectives and performance targets, to supervise effectively in a team, to work under pressure, and to coordinate and manage a range of activities in a well ordered, collegiate and timely way.
  5. Negotiation and influencing skills of a high order and demonstrated ability to liaise and communicate concisely and effectively with team members, senior management, external stakeholders and general audiences.
  6. Knowledge and/or experience of the Creative Industries and the audiovisual collecting sector; academic and archive related research communities and a customer focussed sensibility is highly desirable.


Security Clearance Requirements

This position requires an Australian Federal Police (AFP) Criminal Record Check


Assessment Process

The assessment process for this position will include:

  • A written application addressing the selection criteria
  • Referee Checking, and
  • An interview.


We welcome and encourage applications from people with disability, the LGBTIQ+ communities, from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, and, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.


The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia is committed to ensuring a child-safe and child-friendly environment. All employees are expected to demonstrate a commitment to, and support for these principles in theory and practice. 


Contact Officer

Gayle Lake | Chief Curator

(02) 8202 0106

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