Head of Aboriginal Heritage

Job No: MUA17
Location: Darwin



  • Guide Aboriginal cultural awareness and respect within the Northern Territory's premier cultural and scientific institution.
  • Use your passion to drive the development and implementation of Aboriginal Heritage and repatriation programs and exhibitions.
  • Enjoy an attractive salary of $135,000 per annum plus super and generous additional benefits.



About the Opportunity

We are currently looking for an experienced individual with an exceptional knowledge of Aboriginal culture and communities to join the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) in the role of Head of Aboriginal Heritage, based in either Darwin or Alice Springs in the Northern Territory.


You will join the Northern Territory's premier cultural and scientific institution and be responsible for developing and implementing crucial strategy and operational plans to assist the museum in aligning with "Aboriginal engagement, employment, governance and cultural awareness and respect".


The key responsibilities of the role include, but are not limited to:

  • Ensuring MAGNT's Aboriginal Heritage collections are managed and developed in a culturally sensitive manner
  • Formalise and strengthen professional relationships with other institutions and Aboriginal organisations and communities
  • Secure funding for Aboriginal Heritage projects
  • Planning and implementing MAGNT's repatriation activities



Who are we looking for

We are looking for an individual with a deep understanding of contemporary Aboriginal issues and an understanding of the ethical issues involved and how to address these. Experience in project management methods will also be beneficial.


Strong relationship building and leadership skills will enable you to effectively lead the Aboriginal Heritage team to develop their programs while developing and maintaining relationships with other key institutions and Aboriginal organisations and communities.


You will bring:

  • A demonstrated experience managing, developing and mentoring diverse teams and a strong understanding of relevant legislation and regulations
  • Well-developed analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Experience in grant application and governance


MAGNT considers that being Aboriginal or a Torres Strait Islander is a genuine occupational requirement for this position under sub-s 35(1)(b)(ii) of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1996 (NT).



The Benefits

In addition to working for a leading cultural and scientific institution, you will be rewarded with an attractive salary of $135,000 per annum plus generous additional benefits, including salary sacrificing options and relocation assistance.


You will also enjoy:

  • Professional development opportunities;
  • The ability to direct and manage the Aboriginal Heritage collections and programs; and 
  • Involvement in fieldwork and attendance at conferences.


If you are passionate about working in an Aboriginal cultural and heritage position, this is your next opportunity - Apply Below Now. 



How to Apply

For your application to be considered you must:

  • Address* the selection criteria in the questions below (these answers must be complete for your application to be considered. Simple yes and no responses will not be scored and will forfeit your application), and 
  • Provide three referee contacts. Referees will not be contacted without prior consent.

*Addressing the selection criteria requires you to demonstrate how your previous experience, skills, education, and training have equipped you to meet the requirements of the position for which you are applying.


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Applications close 11:59pm, Sunday the 18th of February 2024


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The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) is the Northern Territory’s premier cultural organisation.

Our principal facility since 1981 is on Larrakia Land at Bullocky Point in Darwin, home to internationally renowned cultural and scientific collections and research and exhibition programs.

MAGNT also operates the historic Fannie Bay Gaol in Darwin, the Museum of Central Australia incorporating the Strehlow Research Centre in Alice Springs, Megafauna Central and the Alcoota Fossil Bed site north east of Alice Springs.

MAGNT also manages the historic Lyons Cottage on Darwin’s Esplanade and the Defence of Darwin Experience at East Point in Darwin.

MAGNT attracts over 300,000 visitors annually to our sites.