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#785 Executive Director, Collections Services, SES Band 1, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

#785 Executive Director, Collections Services, SES Band 1, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS)  has an opportunity for a highly competent, dynamic leader who is keen to work as a collaborative member of a team committed to delivering on the mission of the organisation.

The Executive Director Collections Services, as part of the senior leadership of the Institute, is accountable for growing and maintaining the world’s most extensive collection of film, sound, art, writing, and objects preserving and celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge, cultures, and histories, from a whole of Institute perspective. The Executive Director plays a leadership role in ensuring AIATSIS is a responsible custodian of all items held in this unique and diverse collection, guiding the strategic management and long-term safekeeping of all collection materials. To meet these responsibilities, the role manages and integrates the work of teams comprising highly specialised staff handling Collection Development and Management, Collection Services, and Preservation and Digitisation functions. As a member of the Senior Executive Board the role also helps shape the agency’s Mission and Strategic Plan, working closely with the AIATSIS council.

The Executive Director Collections Services as part of the senior leadership of the Institute, is accountable for ensuring the proper accessioning and curation of the collection to preserve and make available the wealth of knowledge and rich cultural heritage that it contains. The Executive Director works to continually enhance the accessibility of collection items. The Executive Director also ensures compliance with best practice collection management methods in accordance with national and international standards and policies. Respect for Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property rights must be at the forefront in managing collection acquisitions and access.

In addition, the Executive Director Collections Services delivers a strategic vision for the growth and long-term preservation of the collection. The role oversees the digitisation of newly acquired and existing collection items to preserve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage for generations to come. The role also builds relationships across the Collections Sector, contributing insights and forming collaborations with high-profile domestic and international institutions to lead the sector on appropriate management of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage materials. Where possible, the role facilitates the acquisition of cultural heritage materials held in private collections or overseas.

Affirmative Measures and Identified Position

This is an Affirmative Measures opportunity open only to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians only. Jobs in the APS are open to all Australian citizens. There are some jobs, though, that are open only to specific members of the Australian population. This practice is known as an Affirmative Measure, and is a targeted strategy to ensure the diversity of the APS workforce reflects the diversity of the Australian population.

The use of the Indigenous Affirmative Measures provision at AIATSIS allows for targeted recruitment of Indigenous Australians into the organisation. If you are applying for an Affirmative Measures position, you will need to indicate your Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage.

In addition this is an Identified Position and Indigenous jobseekers are encouraged to apply for this vacancy. Part or all of the duties impact on Indigenous Australian people and/or involve interaction with Indigenous Australian communities or their representatives.

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