Museum Coordinator - Bathurst Rail Museum/Chifley Home

Job No: BRC304
Location: Bathurst

About the role

Are you a museum professional that is looking for the opportunity to advance your career by joining the museums Bathurst team and leading the next stage in the development, delivery, and promotion of two high quality visitor experiences making them “must do” destinations for regional NSW?

Bathurst Regional Council is seeking a Museum Coordinator Bathurst Rail Museum/Chifley Home to lead all aspects of the visitor experience and manage the day-to-day operations ensuring that both museums meet the highest standards. 

The successful applicant will join the museums Bathurst leadership team managing two of the five museum facilities that also include the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum, the National Motor Racing Museum and the Central Tablelands Collections Facility.  

The Bathurst Rail Museum opened in 2020 and is housed in an award-winning heritage building.  The museum focuses on the social history and the impact of rail in Bathurst and regional NSW.  It houses a large operating train layout depicting the Tarana to Bathurst Line, a dedicated kid’s space, function areas and a café.   

In 2023 Chifley Home will celebrate 50 years as a house museum.  This unique museum provides a time capsule of the 1940-50’s reflecting the simple life of the 16th Prime Minister of Australia, Ben Chifley and his wife Elizabeth.  The museum has recently undertaken conservation work with new interpretation installed in the adjacent education building. 

This exciting opportunity to take both museums to the next stage is perfect for someone who wants to develop their career in the museum sector.  We are looking for a passionate, creative individual that is articulate, well organised with proven ability to manage staff/volunteers, public programs, heritage buildings, museum displays as well as strategic partnerships. 

For more information contact Manager Museums Bathurst Regional Council, Janelle Middleton 0427 662 837 

Key Requirements

  • Tertiary qualifications in related area or appropriate industry experience. 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the content of the museums and the history of rail in Bathurst and New South Wales and Prime Minister Ben Chifley. 
  • Knowledge of contemporary museum practice and experience in the management of a museum or similar facility. 
  • Demonstrated entrepreneurial, public relations and marketing abilities in collections management and/or corporate development, fundraising and sponsorships and/or public program management. 
  • Experience in the management of staff and/or volunteers. 
  • Demonstrated success in the development and management of public and/or education programs. 
  • Demonstrated understanding/experience in business modelling to generate income and sustainability. 
  • Demonstrated high level written and oral communication across all modes and audiences. 
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills and the proven ability to lead and work as part of a team.
  • High level computer literacy including website content management and social media platforms.
  • A current Class C driver’s licence.

What we can offer

  • Work/Life Balance 
  • Generous leave entitlements 
  • Corporate gym membership
  • Employee education assistance
  • Access to training and professional development opportunities
  • Access to confidential employee assistance program

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This position requires a pre employment health assessment which includes a functional, audio and drug & alcohol screen.

Salary: $1,449.90 to $1523.30 per week + super

Position Status: Permanent full time 

Hours of work: 35 hours per week 

Application closing date: Sunday, 12 February 2023, at 11.30pm

Contact Officer: Janelle Middleton - 0427 662 837 

Bathurst Regional Council is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

To submit your application for this position, please complete the questionnaire below. You will then be prompted to attach your resume and copies of any relevant qualifications (please note, attaching a resume is mandatory). You must have the right to live and work in Australia to apply for this job. 

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About Bathurst Regional Council

Congratulations on taking the first step toward joining one of the Bathurst Region’s largest employers! Bathurst Regional Council employs over 400 staff in a diverse range of careers and provides a large range of services to our community. Working for Council is a stimulating and rewarding career option, providing the opportunity to be part of a team contributing to shaping the success and future of our Region.

Bathurst really is the best of both worlds – a beautiful country lifestyle just two and a half hours from Sydney. Bathurst is Australia’s oldest inland settlement located just over 200 kilometres west of Sydney on the Macquarie River. The region is conveniently located with effective transport links to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra and there is no shortage of things to see and do if you want to explore or take a lazy Sunday drive.