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Registrar, Collections Management

Organisation/Entity: Sydney Living Museums
Job Category:
  • Arts, Sports and Recreation
Job Location:
  • Sydney Region
Job Reference Number: 00008DGY
Work Type: Full-Time
Number of Positions: 1
Total Remuneration Package: Registrar Grade 1 - $118, 779. Package includes salary ($89, 215 - $106, 672), employer's contribution to superannuation and annual leave loading.
Contact: 0439 183 921 - Penny Stannard
Closing Date: 02/08/2021 - 11:59 PM


Registrar, Collections Management


We are looking for a passionate and collaborative Registrar, Collections Management who is interested in joining a leading NSW Government agency focused on creating a living future for the past so that our visitors can experience Sydney's past as if they had lived it themselves.


What the opportunity is: 

  • Employment with Sydney Living Museums, NSW Department of Premier & Cabinet
  • Registrar Grade 1 - $118, 779. Package includes salary ($89, 215 - $106, 672), employer's contribution to superannuation and annual leave loading.
  • Temporary full-time employment (for a period up to 2 years). 
  • The role will be based at The Mint in Sydney's CBD but will also be required to work across other locations as directed.


What we do
Sydney Living Museums (SLM) and The State Archives and Records Authority of NSW (SARA) came under the direction of a single Executive Director on 1 July 2019. Whilst maintaining two separate legal entities, services are provided under a shared model.


SLM is a leading government agency in Australia with responsibility for conserving, managing, interpreting and activating places and sites of local, national and international significance. Established in 1980, our collection includes the UNESCO World Heritage listed Hyde Park Barracks, The Mint, Australia’s oldest surviving government building through to the twentieth century Rose Seidler House, which marks the arrival of the modernist movement to Australia. The collection is unlike other museums in that the significance of each is in the whole, and not just in the parts. The awareness of place frames each narrative.


Our audiences are local, regional, national and international. Sydney Living Museums is a state cultural institution, reporting to the Minister for the Arts.


SARA is responsible for developing, preserving and promoting access to the State Archives Collection that pre dates the European settlement of Australia in 1788. SARA has three primary business functions:


SARA is the custodian and advocate for the State Archives Collection, which is one of the most complete and important collections documenting colonisation in the world. This vast cultural collection of more than 13 million items, valued at $1 billion and which grows each year, details the development of this place and the wielding of colonial power, with multiple series of documents now included as inscriptions on the UNESCO Memory of the World Register.


The Recordkeeping Standards and Advice function assists public offices to meet their recordkeeping obligations under the State Records Act 1998, as a vital part of preserving the memory of government for current and future generations.


Commercial Operations, through the Government Records Repository, has substantial capability to provide commercial storage, records management, digitisation and consultancy services and generates the majority of SARA’s operating revenue.


What you’ll do with us

Sydney Living Museums (SLM) is rolling out a series of exciting initiatives designed to increase public access to and engagement with its diverse collections. SLM’s Collections and Access unit will play a key role in the planning and delivery of these initiatives and seeks to appoint two experienced registration professionals; a Registrar, Collections Management (00008DGY) and a Collections Officer, Documentation (00008DOB). We seek highly motivated team players who are committed to the principles of public access and to providing high quality collections management services for projects and core business.  


In this role you will provide collection management services that ultimately increase public access to and engagement with Sydney Living Museums’ (SLM) collections including the management of a suite of processes, systems and practices to ensure the intellectual and legal control of museum collections, and serve as administrator for SLM’s collection management system. 


For more information on the role contact Penny Stannard on 0439 183 921.

Click here for the role description.


What you need to do to apply 
To apply you will need to submit the following:

  • A current resume with two referees
  • A one to two page cover letter outlining how your skills and experiences make you a suitable candidate for this role. 
  • Respond to the targeted questions with no more than 20 lines per answer


Also note:

  • To be eligible for an ongoing role in the NSW Public Sector you need to be an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident. For temporary and casual roles, you need to hold a valid visa giving you permission to work in Australia as required by the role. All successful candidates will be required to undergo a criminal record check with NSW Police. 
  • If you are speech or hearing impaired, have access requirements that require reasonable adjustment in the assessment process, or require access to information about this vacancy in a different format, please call the Head of People & Culture on 02 8239 2366.
  • A talent pool may be created for future ongoing and temporary roles and is valid for a period of up to 18 months.


Submit your application before the closing date: 11.59pm Monday 2 August 2021


What else you need to know
Sydney Living Museums is committed to providing an inclusive workplace culture that values and supports diversity and inclusion. We believe everyone has the right to feel safe, respected, valued and heard regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, ethnic background or ability. 


We strongly encourage applications from eligible persons as identified in accordance with Government Sector Employment Rule 26 in order to improve access to employment and career opportunities:


a) an Aboriginal person or Torres Strait Islander,
b) a person with a disability,
c) a person under the age of 25 years,
d) (c1)  a person who, on or after 1 December 2015, enters or has entered Australia on a Refugee and Humanitarian (Migrant) (Class XB) visa issued by the Commonwealth,
e) a person who belongs to a group of persons designated by the Commissioner as being disadvantaged in employment.


We seek to provide workplace adjustments at all relevant stages of the recruitment process. You can specify your application if you require any adjustments or please ask us at any stage. If you need information about this vacancy in a different format, please call the Head of People & Culture on 02 8239 2366.


Thank you for your interest in this role. We look forward to receiving your application. 


What the essential requirements of the role are:

  • Relevant tertiary qualification and at least five years’ experience in museum or related collection management/registration processes.
  • Working knowledge and understanding of digital museum collection management systems and current industry collection description standards.
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering collaboration and knowledge-sharing to enable improved collection management practices. 
  • Project management experience incorporating collation, reporting and analysis of information/data. 
  • A commitment to the provision of publically accessible online collection data.


Targeted Questions:

  1. Provide an example of a project or program where you led the provision of collections management services that ultimately resulted in increased public access to and discoverability of a cultural institution’s collection. How did you optimise the capabilities and functions of your CMS and your team to achieve the required strategic outcomes for the institution? What challenges did you encounter during the course of the project/program and how did you overcome these? 
  2. In your work as a registrar or collection manager, provide an example of where you successfully introduced business improvements. What processes did you put in place to: streamline workflows; standardise collection documentation; gather, analyse and interpret data to ensure accurate and efficient reporting, and communicate and disseminate findings. Outline how you led and supported your team to implement these improvements within the set time frames and resources?