Programming & Curatorial Lead

$98,730 - $110,484 yearly
  • Port Phillip City Council
  • Carlisle Street, St Kilda VIC, Australia
  • 11 May, 2022
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Job Description

  • Salary Range $98,730 to $110,484, plus 10% Super
  • Full time, temporary position to 08/09/2023 (backfill for team member on secondment)
  • Located at St Kilda Town Hall or with flexible working arrangements possible

About the Organisation 

The City of Port Phillip is an inner-city council with around 1000 employees who deliver more than 100 programs and services to our residents, businesses and visitors. These range from childcare and immunisations, to libraries, management of parks and open space, rubbish collection, road maintenance and more. City of Port Phillip has zero tolerance for child abuse and is a committed Child Safe organisation.

About the Role

This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic individual with prior experience in leading a team delivering arts, heritage and cultural programming; and a comfort in supporting the delivery of Collections Management best practise outcomes. The successful candidate will be key in leveraging community engagement with our Port Phillip City Collection and overseeing a suite of exhibitions, programs and activations to foster creativity in our city. 

This role will require liaison between a variety of stakeholders including internal colleagues, sector bodies, community groups/ committees, performers/artists and contractors. The preferred candidate will have a sophisticated understanding of the public sector, in supporting arts, heritage and cultural services; and have a high level of communication and negotiation skills. 


  • Day to day management of assigned staffing, assets and budgetary resources.
  • Liaison across internal teams to maximise impact of arts, heritage and cultural development programs.
  • Support reports to drive community access to the Port Phillip City Collection through delivery of innovative exhibitions, programs, online platforming, digital engagement, interpretation and educative access. 
  • Manage external stakeholder relationships including but not limited to: committees, partnerships, funding agencies and other external bodies; seeking out new strategic opportunities to further service outcomes and reach.
  • Centralise recommendations for Collection Management and/or Capital Projects, advocating in support of outcomes that sustain cultural heritage in each instance and contributing to cultural heritage planning. 

Skills and Experience 

  • Relevant tertiary qualification in the arts or wider cultural or related field.   
  • Highly developed understanding of arts, and cultural and heritage matters at a broad level.
  • Experience in working alongside Traditional Owners to develop and deliver arts-based outcomes. 
  • Strong leadership skills. 
  • Project management skills including developing and implementing policy and procedures.
  • Strong practical experience in dealing with members of the public.
  • Broad understanding of communications and marketing. 
  • Sound knowledge and familiarity with budgeting and basic accounting practices.


People enjoy working at the City of Port Phillip because we are a welcoming, healthy and inclusive workplace. We offer a vibrant and diverse work environment where our employees can develop both professionally and personally whilst planning and delivering a range of important services and programs to the community. 


  • We offer a workplace which accommodates your working style and needs. 
  • Be supported and empowered by a leadership team that is community focused, with a strong desire for change and a culture that encourages teamwork and innovation.
  • Training and development opportunities, study assistance, flexible working conditions, paid parental leave, an active social club, a health and wellbeing program, and a well- regarded Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

Security Requirements and Professional Obligations      

Pre-employment screening will apply to all appointments.  

Prior to a formal letter of offer, preferred applicants will be asked to provide:

  • Evidence of mandatory qualifications/registrations/licences
  • Sufficient proof of their right to work in Australia                                                   
  • Sufficient proof of their identity
  • Evidence of COVID-19 Vaccination in line with VIC Gov Advice.
  • Complete a National Police Check completed via City of Port Phillip’s Provider.
  • Evidence of a Working with Children Check (employee type with City of Port Phillip registered as the organisation).  

How to Apply

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All applicants must provide a Cover Letter in response to the key selection criteria located on the last page of the position description. The Cover Letter should be no longer than 2 pages and include each heading in the Key Selection Criteria.

Note: Only applications submitted via the online Recruitment Portal will be considered and only shortlisted candidates will be provided feedback.

Further information can be obtained by contacting Holli Taylor Coordinator Programming and Curatorial via email, or mobile 0412 485 062. 

Applications close 11.59pm, Tuesday 24th of May 2022 

The City of Port Phillip is an equal opportunity employer, committed to an inclusive and accessible environment where diversity is valued. We actively welcome and encourage candidates from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, First Nation and Torres Strait Islander candidates, members of the LGBTQIA+ community and candidates with a disability.

If you have accessibility requirements or require an adjustment to participate in our recruitment and selection process, please contact David Crichton (HR Business Partner- Recruitment) on 0466 859 533 or email:

Job Closing Date

24 May, 2022