The University of Melbourne - Administrator

Operations Manager, Buxton Contemporary Melbourne

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Engagement – Buxton Contemporary

Salary: $79,910 - $86,499 p.a. plus 9.5% superannuation

About the Buxton Contemporary

The Michael Buxton Collection was established in 1995 by its namesake, Michael Buxton, and since its inception has been conceived as a museum quality collection of contemporary Australian art. Developed around the principle of representing the careers of key artists in depth, the donation of this significant collection to the University of Melbourne will transform the University Art Collection. The Collection’s representation of the last three decades of Australian art, across media, in many cases rivals, if not exceeds, the holdings of a number of major public institutions. The contemporary nature of the Michael Buxton Collection will also enable it to play a vital role in teaching and learning within the University, while signaling the institution’s clear and active engagement with 21st century issues and concerns to a broad general audience.

The Collection is housed and showcased, through exhibition and associated programs, in a new museum facility – Buxton Contemporary, designed by celebrated architects Fender Katsalidis. The Museum’s key location on the corner of Southbank Boulevard and Dodds Street, on the Southbank Campus of VCA & MCM, places the Museum and its activities in a vibrant cultural precinct that includes NGV International, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), MTC and the Melbourne Recital Centre. This facility will also make an important contribution to the revitalisation of the VCA campus and the City of Melbourne’s transformation of Southbank Boulevard. The Buxton Contemporary is managed by the Buxton Contemporary Committee within the Engagement Portfolio of Chancellery, and reports to the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Melbourne, through the Pro-Vice Chancellor Engagement.

About the role

Buxton Contemporary showcases the forefront of Australian and international contemporary art practice. Using the Michael Buxton Collection as a springboard, Buxton Contemporary will push the boundaries of exhibition making and audience experience in an approach that encourages risk taking, innovation and a commitment to truly placing artists at the centre. The Museum’s programming aims to captivate, provoke and engage audiences in trends in contemporary art and connect current Australian contemporary practice to international developments.

As Operations Manager, you will be responsible for overseeing the day to day operations of Buxton Contemporary, including facility and event management, and will oversee the project management of all programming. You liaise with relevant University staff and external contractors and stakeholders to ensure the Museum operates efficiently and effectively at all times and is kept in excellent order. You will also drive the development and implementation of operational policies and procedures for this new museum, particularly as they pertain to front of house, event, facility and risk management.

This position requires excellent teamwork ability and the capacity to develop excellent networks across the University.  

About you

  • Arts, arts management, or other relevant qualifications and significant relevant experience
  • An interest in contemporary artistic and cultural practices.
  • Proven experience in both project and event management
  • Demonstrated capacity to develop and implement operational policies and procedures
  • Proven experience working in a small team, balancing teamwork with independence and initiative
  • Strong administrative and budgeting skills
  • Highly developed written and interpersonal communication skills including negotiation skills and the ability to quickly build and maintain professional relationships

† The University of Melbourne is the Number 1 University in Australia and among the leading Universities in the world, according to The Times Higher Education world reputational ranking, the National Taiwan University ranking, The Times Higher Education world university ranking and Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities.

Please submit a cover letter, CV and document addressing the key selection criteria listed in the position description.

 Close date: 18 Jul 2018

Opportunity Type
Full Time
Arts Administration / Management

Victoria Melbourne

Pay information
$80,000 - $100,000
$79,910 - $86,499 p.a. plus 9.5% superannuation
Closing Date


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