Administration Assistant – Maningrida Arts Centre

We are looking for a super organised Administration Assistant to join our Arts Center Team. The position description is as follows:

ABOUT MANINGRIDA ARTS & CULTURE [MAC]:

An art movement that is striking, political and enduring: this is what contemporary artists in Maningrida and the surrounding homelands have built, powered by their ancestral connections to country and djang.

Ways of learning and schools of art in Arnhem Land are based around a system of passing knowledge and information on to others. The art here has its genesis in body design, rock art and cultural practices, in concert with more than 50 years of collaborations, travel and political action to retain ownership of country. Values and law are expressed through language, imagery, manikay (song), bunggul (dance) doloppo bim (bark painting), sculptures, and kun-madj (weaving) – the arts.

Maningrida Arts & Culture is based on Kunibídji country in Arnhem Land in Australia’s Northern Territory. The area where artists live encompasses 7,000 square kilometres of land and sea, and over 100 clan es-tates, where people speak more than 12 distinct languages. Aboriginal people in this region are still on country, surviving and resilient because their country is the centre of their epistemology, their belief sys-tem, culture – djang.
Artists’ works from the larger Maningrida region can be seen in collections and institutions around the world. We work with museums, contemporary galleries and high-end retailers both nationally and internationally on projects throughout the year.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:
The position provides administrative support to Maningrida Arts & Culture division under the direction of the Arts Centre Manager

1. Deliver a high level of administration services to the Maningrida Arts & Culture teams
2. Communicate with a range of key stakeholders, including artists, art Galleries and retailers and re-spond appropriately through oral, written and electronic formats.
3. Front reception duties including confident phone operation
4. Support the appropriate cataloguing of artwork and associated activities
5. Accurate operational of till and sales processes
6. Participate in bi-annual stocktake as directed.
7. Support the administration of freight requirements for artwork.
8. Assist with the studio photography of artwork.
9. Participate in the tours services of the art centre for visiting delegations.
10. Assist Art Centre Manager with event coordination and travel for off-site commercial opportunities (like DAAF).
11. Support all Managers across the Arts & Culture areas within your capability
12. Work effectively in a team environment
13. Adhere to the Workplace Health and Safety regulatory requirements
14. Identify continuous improvement opportunities
15. Develop and maintain positive stakeholder relationships with all BAC staff, and develop sound working relationships through delivering appropriate and honest support and/or feedback.
16. Ensure communications are appropriate to BAC Employees, Directors, Communities, Stakeholders and partner organisations
17. Other duties as requested by your supervisor which are within your capabilities

SELECTION CRITERIA:
Essential:
1. Previous experience in a similar role
2. Demonstrated ability to provide effective administrative services including following direction, taking initiative, being proactive and at times ability to work unsupervised.
3. Working knowledge of computers and Microsoft Office environment.
4. Good interpersonal, communication, and cross cultural skills.
5. Experience living and working in a remote are, with knowledge and understanding of aboriginal protocol
6. Ability to undertake training and development
7. Police clearance with no recorded criminal convictions in the past 10 years

Desirable:
1. Experience working for a community development or not-for-profit organisation.
2. Drivers Licence
3. Knowledge of Maningrida artists and culture.
4. Knowledge of arts practice and materials.

Please contact Kate O’Hara (Art Centre Manager) on 0437 104 020 or email man-ingridaarts@bawinanga.com if you are interested in applying.

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