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The Johnston Collection currently accepting applications for the following role:

Chief Executive Officer, The Johnston Collection (TJC) 

Fixed-term, Full-time for an initial period of five (5) years with a six-month probation period and potential for renewal of contract upon completion of initial term.  Remuneration is attractive. 11% superannuation applies.

  • The Johnston Collection (TJC) is a multi-award-winning and critically acclaimed museum/exhibition house established in an historic East Melbourne townhouse.
  • The museum partners with leading practitioners from a range of contemporary art and design disciplines to re-interpret the extensive collections of fine and decorative arts in an annual program of exhibitions, lectures, guided tours, study days and workshops.
  • TJC opened to the public in November 1990 as an independent, not-for-profit public museum managed by The W R Johnston Trust. TJC is the legacy of William Robert Johnston (1911-1986), antique dealer and collector, who left his Estate for the inspiration and enjoyment of others.
  • In particular, TJC offers visitors intimate engagement with the collection of mostly English decorative arts of the 18th and 19th centuries. Notably, these collections are frequently experienced in imaginative dialogue with commissioned work by contemporary artists.

Recently TJC was successful in its application to the City of Melbourne for a new Planning Permit (TP-2019-62), enabling TJC now to operate 7 days per week and open to the public 5 days a week.  The incoming CEO will devise strategies to optimise this enhanced operational flexibility in the interests of audience reach and development.


TJC is seeking an enterprising CEO with vision, imagination, a strong professional network and demonstrated management experience to lead this distinctive organisation into its next exciting chapter.

The role of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is instrumental to the enhancement of the visitor experience at TJC on the one hand and the organisation’s financial sustainability on the other. Under the general direction of the Chair, the CEO leads the conceptualisation, planning, implementation, and oversight of all TJC activities including community engagement, programming, collection development and conservation, liaison with key stakeholders, fundraising, staff development and volunteer training. 

TJC is a specialist museum, so a demonstrated interest in and knowledge of the fine and decorative arts is a key requirement of this role.

The incoming CEO will be an energetic, collaborative, and inspired individual who enjoys considerable autonomy in guiding the museum, is highly motivated and has excellent communication skills. The successful candidate will nurture new talent and inspire the small but highly-skilled TJC team as well as the museum’s vital cohort of support groups.


For a Position Description providing details of the advertised position or for further information regarding the recruitment process, please contact Kathryn Pappas, Administration & Communications Manager at or call (03) 9416 2515.

Applications should be marked ‘Confidential’ and may be submitted by:

Email: (Preferred option)

Post:      The Johnston Collection | PO Box 79 | East Melbourne VIC 8002

Please ensure that your application includes:

·                Covering Letter (max. 1 page).

·                A copy of your current resume.

·                A statement addressing selection criteria listed in the Position Description.


The Johnston Collection is committed to helping people in their careers and from time to time offers a limited number of voluntary curatorial internships to post-graduate students which are linked to the Collection’s research priorities.

There are no current research internships available.  


The Johnston Collection occasionally offers one week work experience placements for secondary school students.

Expressions of interest for a placement can be emailed to

Please note that work experience placements are very limited and we cannot guarantee a placement for all applicants


If you have an interest in art and design and would like to help us enable more people to access and enjoy The Johnston Collection, why not apply to be a volunteer guide or volunteer?

For further information on Volunteering at The Johnston Collection click here

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