Museum of Contemporary Art Australia/Full-time


Posted 8 Sep 2022

Closes 8 Oct 2022

Overview of the Division

The Curatorial and Digital Division is one of four divisions at MCA. The purpose of the Curatorial and Digital Division is to initiate, develop and deliver the presentation and care of artworks and the ideas they generate, respecting the centrality of artists and art in those processes. Members of the Curatorial and Digital Division collaborate to conceive, research and deliver all of MCA’s exhibitions, offsite projects, commissions, displays, exhibition and collection publications and digital programs, as well as caring for, maintaining and developing the Collection that sits at the heart of MCA’s offer. Within Curatorial and Digital, there are four clusters: Collection and Exhibitions Management, Curatorial, Publications, and Digital.

Overview of the position

Reporting to and working closely with the Director, Curatorial and Digital, the Senior Editor (Publications Manager) plays a significant role in contributing to and supporting the intellectual and creative leadership of MCA. The Senior Editor (Publications Manager) leads the development, planning and delivery of the MCA’s publications program, and works with the Director, Curatorial and Digital and the Senior Curators to ensure its full integration within the Museum’s artistic programs.

The Senior Editor (Publications Manager) manages publication budgets and one direct report.

Direct reports: Editor (Publications Coordinator).

Tasks and responsibilities of the position

  • Play a role in the senior team within the Curatorial and Digital Division.
  • Work with the MCA Director and the Director, Curatorial and Digital and other colleagues in the development of the MCA’s publishing strategy and policy—online, in-gallery, and in print.
  • Contribute to Curatorial and Digital program development and planning, including the development of annual publication plans for the MCA.
  • Take a lead in the development and implementation of the MCA’s publications program, including:
    • manage production schedules and the implementation of all aspects of the publications program, including briefing, commissioning editorial content, design, copy-editing, proofing, print production, copyright clearance, negotiating publication partnerships, distribution arrangements, and contributing to marketing and promotion of publications
    • ensure all MCA publications are produced on time and within budget and that all necessary approvals are obtained
    • ensure that all MCA publications including online texts meet the highest standards of scholarship and reach both a scholarly and general market
    • edit and oversee others in producing interpretative and critical material related to the artistic program, including exhibition labels and texts
    • collaborate with colleagues in digital media, marketing and design to ensure that exhibitions are appropriately communicated and promoted in print and online
    • collaborate with colleagues in sponsorship and philanthropy to raise funds for the publications program
    • work with the Finance team and MCA Retail Manager to establish business cases for all publications
    • manage relationships with contributors and publication partners
    • ensure all legal deposits are made in a timely fashion
    • ensure appropriate evaluation and documentation of publication projects once they are complete
    • ensure that MCA publications are entered for all appropriate awards and prizes.
  • Write for popular and scholarly readership when necessary.
  • Identify and managing opportunities to syndicate content, cross-promote with other entities and provide content to partner organisation websites.
  • Manage the publication budgets.

Key selection criteria

Essential criteria

Applicants must be able to demonstrate they have:

  • comprehensive experience in the Australian publication sector, including a good knowledge of origination and printing processes
  • experience in the online editorial environment related to arts, culture, or education
  • a thorough understanding of Australian copyright law and practice
  • proven ability to successfully manage all stages of the publication process, from initial concept stage through to commissioning, editing, marketing, promotion, and distribution of the publication
  • excellent research, writing and editing skills including the production of text for a range of audiences, as well as copywriting, copy-editing and proof-reading
  • experience in the motivation and management of staff to meet agreed deadlines and to manage budgets
  • a commitment to the Museum’s objective of promoting the work of living artists to broad audiences through the imaginative and creative publication and interpretation of contemporary work
  • tertiary qualifications in a relevant area.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements

Please note that it is currently a requirement as per the MCA’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, that all employees are fully vaccinated. You will need to provide evidence of your COVID-19 vaccination if you are successful. Please note that full vaccination as per the current NSW Government guidelines means two doses of COVID-19 vaccine for adults, and any future approved vaccination boosters. The MCA continues to review this Policy on a regular basis and may change the vaccination mandate requirements in the future.


To learn more about working with the MCA and how to apply please visit our website. 

Working for the MCA

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