The National Gallery of Australia is seeking to engage a Chief Operating Officer, as we go through a period of transformation and change.

  • Join the Senior Management Group at the NGA
  • Lead the Operations & Corporate Services teams
  • Attractive total remuneration package

Chief Operating Officer
Senior Executive Service Band 1
Reference No. 702
Position No. 0124
5-year term


The position
The National Gallery of Australia (the National Gallery) is one of Australia’s leading visual arts institutions.  Based in Canberra, it is a vital part of the Australian cultural landscape.  The National Gallery collects, preserves, promotes and shares the national collection of art. Their vision is it inspire creativity, inclusivity, engagement and learning through artists and art.  Their mission is to lead a progressive national cultural agenda by championing art and its value in our lives.  Their values include art for everyone, striving for excellence, creative engagement, courage and respect.

The National Gallery is going through a period of transformation and change and to support them in the implementation of a significant infrastructure and capital works program, including driving the cultural and business transformation required, they are seeking to engage a new Chief Operating Officer at the SES Band 1 level.

The Chief Operating Officer (COO) is a key member of the Senior Management Group and is responsible for advancing major transformation at the National Gallery.  You will be expected to contribute to the overall strategic direction of the National Galley, ensuring key priorities as identified under the Corporate Plan are met.  You will be accountable for providing the overall strategic direction, leadership and management of program delivery across facilities and security; business improvement; people support and development; capital works and information technology.

You will need to have significant leadership skills and experience in project management, strategy development and transformational change management.  You will be results focussed, have a breadth of experience across a range of corporate functions and strategic and innovative in your approach.  You will have excellent communication and relationship management skills.

To be employed by the National Gallery applicants must be Australian citizens. The requirement to hold Australian Citizenship may be waived under exceptional circumstances.

This position is a security assessed position. Appointment and continued employment will be subject to the successful applicant obtaining and maintaining a NV1 security clearance.

How to apply
To apply, please obtain selection documentation for Ref. No. 702 from All applications must be submitted through the Executive Intelligence Group website.

If, after reading the selection documentation, you require further information please contact Tricia Searson or Karina Duffey on (02) 6232 2200.

Closing date
Applications close at 11.30pm on Monday, 8 June 2020 and must be submitted through the Executive Intelligence Group website –

Tagged as: capital works, galleries & museums, HR, Human Resources, ICT, information technology, IT, project management, public sector

Applications close 8th June, 2020 Apply Online

Chief Operating Officer

National Gallery of Australia

Corporate Services
Environment and Sustainability
Human Resources
Information Communication and Technology
Infrastructure and Facilities
Organisational Leadership
Program Implementation
ACT CBD, Regional
Work Type
Full Time - Fixed Term
Accessibility Close to public transport, Free parking
Organisation Diversity and inclusion
Salary Higher superannuation
Resources Laptop, Phone