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Project Manager, Collections

Job no: 0057766
Location: Parkville
Role type: 
Part-time (0.6 FTE); Fixed-term for 12 months
Department: Museums and Collections
UOM 8 – $110,709 – $119,829 p.a. plus 17% super

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply
  • Provide expert project management to deliver an integrated program of strategic collection projects
  • $110,709 – $119,829, 17% super and benefits!

The University of Melbourne would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the Traditional Owners of the lands upon which our campuses are situated, the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung Peoples, the Yorta Yorta Nation, the Dja Dja Wurrung People. We acknowledge that the land on which we meet and learn was the place of age-old ceremonies, of celebration, initiation and renewal, and that the local Aboriginal Peoples have had and continue to have a unique role in the life of these lands.

The Museums and Collections Department are committed to practices of decolonisation and genuine collaboration with Australia’s First Peoples. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and people with strong experience working in and with remote Indigenous communities are encouraged to apply.

About – Museums and Collections

The Museums and Collections Department aims to build a collaborative and flexible network around the University’s cultural assets to enable students, staff members local and global communities to gain knowledge and understanding of contemporary and traditional cultures, scientific discovery and creative practice. 

The University of Melbourne has endorsed a vision to unify its museums and collections under the umbrella of a Cultural Commons. This integrated strategy will guide the University’s cultural estate to enhance scholarly and public value and strengthen the University’s global cultural standing.  

About the Role

The Project Manager, Collections will provide expert project management and support to manage and ensure on time and on budget delivery of an integrated program of strategic collection projects. The role develops and nurtures effective relationships with stakeholders, including senior leaders, to achieve objectives.  

As a member of the Museums and Collections Department, the Project Manager, Collections works alongside colleagues to ensure an inclusive workplace that supports practices of decolonisation, and a genuine collaboration with Australia’s First Peoples. The role involves extensive collaboration with and support for projects working with Indigenous people, including communities in remote areas.

Responsibilities include:

  • Manage planning, implementation and close activities on strategic projects and evaluate and report on their progress.
  • Prepare monthly budget reports and analysis, progress and financial updates for the Associate Director Collections and relevant members of the Museums and Collections Leadership Team.
  • Identify and document potential risks and issues associated with projects and develop risk mitigation strategies, improvements and change methodologies.
  • Lead process improvements for systems and procedures that support effective delivery of project and management of risks and other considerations.

About You

Your highly-developed interpersonal and communication skills enable you to work effectively with a diverse range of stakeholders and collaborators and an ability to convey concepts both verbally and in writing to a wide range of audiences. You have excellent analytical and problem-solving skills with a high-degree of organisation, able to resolve challenges in a timely manner and manage competing priorities and deadlines.

You will also have:

  • A relevant qualification; or an equivalent combination of experience in a similar role within a large scale, interdisciplinary environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and manage projects with a significant organisational impact.
  • Demonstration of contemporary project management approach that centres on collaboration and stakeholder engagement and communication.  

Previous experience working on strategic projects in the Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (GLAM) or tertiary education sector is highly desirable.

To ensure the University continues to provide a safe environment for everyone, this position requires the incumbent to hold a current and valid Working with Children Check.

Please note: To be considered for this role you must have current valid work rights for Australia.

About the University
The University of Melbourne is consistently ranked amongst the leading universities in the world. We are proud of our people, our commitment to research and teaching excellence, and our global engagement.

Benefits of Working with Us
In addition to having the opportunity to grow and be challenged, and to be part of a vibrant campus life, our people enjoy a range of rewarding benefits:

  • Flexible working arrangements, generous personal, parental and cultural leave
  • Competitive remuneration, 17% super, salary packaging and leave loading
  • Free and subsidised health and wellbeing services, and access to fitness and cultural clubs
  • Discounts on a wide range of products and services including Myki cards and Qantas Club
  • Career development opportunities and 25% off graduate courses for staff and their immediate families

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Be Yourself
We value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and encourage and celebrate diversity.  First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, females, people of all ages, with disabilities and culturally and linguistically diverse people are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the community in which we live.

Join Us!
If you feel this role is right for you, please apply with your CV and cover letter outlining your interest and experience.  Please note that you are not required to provide responses against the selection criteria in the Position Description.

We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact us at

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