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Museum of Contemporary Art Limited - Sydney, NSW

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The MCA’s vision is to take a leadership role in shaping a creative and equitable Australia that values contemporary art and artists, and we are committed to making contemporary art accessible and inspiring for everyone.

Connecting a broad and diverse public with the work of living artists, The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia takes a leadership role in curatorial excellence, creativity led by artists and in demonstrating the social impact of contemporary art.

Key Values
  • We believe art matters to society and place artists in the centre of all our activities
  • We make complex and challenging artworks accessible
  • We foster creativity and critical thinking
  • We embrace diversity, equity and inclusion
  • We strive for sustainability
  • We see collaboration and partnerships as key to our success
  • We have an entrepreneurial outlook
Overview of the position

The Director is responsible for implementing the strategic direction for the MCA Australia as endorsed by the Board, and leading the Museum to achieve its objectives. The Director provides strong leadership and encourages staff to take an entrepreneurial approach to help the MCA achieve its potential.

The Director is responsible to the Board for the management and operations of the Museum and is supported by a Leadership Team which has recently been expanded to include a greater diversity of experience and cultural backgrounds.

The Director is an advocate and promoter of contemporary art and artists and is able to articulate the MCA’s vision to a broad range of stakeholders, is a prominent spokesperson on major issues and takes a lead role in developing philanthropic, corporate and government support.

The Director maintains international networks for the MCA and keeps watch over best practice, developments and trends in contemporary institutions in Australia and overseas.

Tasks and responsibilities of the position
  • Leading the organisation to maintain the MCA’s position as Australia’s leading Museum of Contemporary Art with an international reputation
  • Advocating nationally on the critical role of contemporary art and creativity across all aspects of society
  • Embedding the MCA as a key institution in the cultural infrastructure of Australia
  • Ensuring the MCA’s reputation for curatorial excellence
  • Fostering the MCA’s focus on artists as central to all its activities
  • Managing a collection of national significance which supports artists
  • Building on the Museum’s commitment to audience engagement, with ground-breaking public and social impact programs
  • Continuing the commitment to integrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives throughout the Museum’s activities
  • Building relationships with key stakeholders: philanthropists, sponsors, government, international and local partners
  • Developing a creative and committed team with a strong emphasis on collaboration and equity
  • Supporting and promoting the adoption of technologies to ensure the Museum continues to be exciting and relevant to audiences of the future
  • Securing the financial stability of the Museum and maximising efficiency
Person specification

The Director will be someone with outstanding leadership skills arising from extensive experience in art museum management at senior level, known for their passion and commitment to artists and the role that art can play in society. The successful candidate will have proven capability in the areas of fundraising, policy formulation, strategic business leadership, financial acumen and people management. The ideal candidate will be someone respected as an accomplished leader in the artworld, a motivator with exceptional communication, influencing and stakeholder management skills. They are able to operate with integrity and diplomacy and relate to a wide range of key partners.

Key selection criteria

Applicants must be able to demonstrate they have:

  • proven experience of strategy and policy development in a major visual arts institution
  • ability to manage a variety of stakeholders
  • ability in fundraising and government relations
  • experience in the delivery of strategic planning, budgeting and risk management processes and reporting to a Board
  • knowledge of contemporary art practice and experience of working with artists
  • extensive experience of people management in complex organisations
  • experience in collection management
  • commitment to integrating First Peoples perspectives and practice
  • commitment to implementing the MCA’s diversity and equity policies and practice
  • the ability to build and maintain relationships with stakeholders and effectively advocate on behalf of the Museum
  • outstanding interpersonal, communication and advocacy skills
  • knowledge of museum trends around the world and networks with other international museums and galleries
  • financial management of complex business operations
  • ability to operationalise the values of the MCA within the organisation.

It would be good if applicants have:

  • relevant tertiary qualifications in art or a related field
  • curatorial experience
  • Arts education knowledge.
Direct reports:
  • Director, Finance & Corporate Services
  • Director, Curatorial & Digital
  • Director, Audience Engagement
Leadership Team

The MCA’s leadership team directs the operations and strategy of the organisation. The team has recently been expanded to include staff from various levels of the Museum with different experiences and perspectives.


Please download the position description at the end of this page for information on the application process.

The MCA is committed to equal opportunity and diversity. The MCA promotes a work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment, and where individuals are treated with fairness, equality and dignity. Find out more about the MCA.

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Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
Tallawoladah, Gadigal Country
140 George Street
The Rocks
Sydney NSW 2000

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The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia acknowledges the

Gadigal people of the Eora Nation as the traditional owners of

Tallawoladah, the land upon which the MCA stands.