The Aurora Foundation builds leadership capacity in the galleries, libraries, archives, information management and museums professions by developing and providing innovative and challenging leadership programs. Since its inception in 1995, over 870 participants and 85 mentors have attended the Leadership Institute. Since 2021, the Aurora Foundation has also provided leadership development programs online, reaching over 120 participants.
The Aurora Foundation currently delivers two leadership programs: the flagship residential Leadership Institute, and the Virtual Leadership Program.
As the flagship program, The Institute is designed for those in the early stages of their leadership journey, including aspiring and emerging leaders, in response to the needs of leaders in the GLAM sector.
Aurora's leadership programs are specifically designed for aspiring and emerging leaders within the Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (GLAM) sector. Aurora supports diversity, and we welcome all participants who are ready to unlock their leadership potential, accelerate their professional growth, and become influential leaders. To be eligible for Aurora’s leadership programs, we request evidence that your organisation supports your participation.
Aurora's Leadership Institute offers an intensive and immersive 5-day, face-to-face learning experience set in the captivating city of Sydney. Over the course of the residential retreat, you'll engage in 35 hours of applied learning, gaining insights that will reshape your leadership journey. The Leadership Institute is not just about what happens in formal learning sessions. With up to 30 like-minded peers participating in the program, both within and outside the sessions, you'll have the chance to network, connect, and learn from participants from across Australasia. These informal interactions offer an unmatched experience, opening doors to future collaborations and growth.
Aurora’s Virtual Leadership Program has been designed for those who are unable to attend the Leadership Institute or who prefer the flexibility of online learning. The Virtual Leadership Program also spreads learning over a longer period of time. The Virtual Leadership Program is held online across 7 weeks and uses fortnightly blocks to rotate between bringing the entire cohort together and breaking into smaller teams for personalised group coaching.
Both the Leadership Institute and the Virtual Leadership Program encourage a strengths-based approach to development. Committed to evidence-based practices, you can have confidence that our programs draw from current research and provide experiences that step beyond theory. The Aurora leadership programs complement each other, offering distinct and varied levels of learning experiences that build on your existing knowledge.
Guidance for Prospective Applicants
Applications consist of the following five documents:
Key Features to be Demonstrated by Applicants
Individuals who demonstrate:
Please email your application to email@example.com by no later than Friday 29 September 2023. Please note that applications will be reviewed, and decisions made as they are submitted.