Art Centre Manager – Maningrida based

BAC is a large and complex regional community development organisation providing services to homelands in the Maningrida region, administering some 50 grants and managing a suite of businesses and programs including:  Housing, Civil Works, Essential Services, Women’s Centre, Bawinanga Rangers, Barlmarrk Supermarket, Fuel Supplies, Mechanical Workshops, Arts and Culture/Djomi Museum, Wild Foods Café, Community Patrol, Employment Services and Money Management Services.

BAC is governed by a Board of Directors who are elected by corporation members every two years.  BAC enacts policies developed at the executive level through the leadership of the CEO and the Senior Management team.

BAC’s mission is to improve the lifestyle of people on homelands by caring for country, preserving language and culture through the delivery of services to improve housing, health, education and roads.

BAC is a values based organisation with an emphasis on: Respect for Culture, Country and each other, Accountability, Teamwork, Continuous Improvement and Open and Honest Communication.  These are principles and behaviours we display when working together.

This position is responsible for strong leadership and management of the Maningrida Art Centre, Djomi Museum and Culture office. This is a complex role, requiring a combination of arts sector expertise and high-level business skills as well as exhibition, marketing and retail knowledge. It operates under the direction of the Chief Executive Officer in accordance with BAC plans, policies, relevant legislation and funding requirements.

To be successful in this role you must have;

1.       Demonstrated experience working in a remote aboriginal community environment, with knowledge and understanding of aboriginal protocol and culture.

2.       Demonstrated experience managing an arts and/or cultural organisation, gallery or art centre.

3.       Tertiary qualifications in arts, financial management, event management or equivalent extensive relevant work experience.

4.       Demonstrated experience working in a culturally inclusive workplace using principles and practices of cultural competence to maintain a high-quality artwork reputation, cultural integrity                and to ensure financial success.

5.       Strong understanding of arts and cultural development processes including knowledge of government policies and trends relevant to arts and cultural development.

6.       Experience in curatorial work to preserve, collect, present and interpret artwork when in storage and/or public display in the Art Centres, local, Australia-wide and/or international venues

7.       Highly developed skills in program and project management; including planning, developing, monitoring, contractual arrangements and evaluation processes to deliver results in an                            environment of change and conflicting demands.

8.       Demonstrated capacity to foster partnerships and build links between different art industry networks and different levels of government.

9.       Highly developed interpersonal, communication, negotiation and influencing skills with the ability to use empathy, discretion and judgement and lead challenging and stressful situations                  with clients and staff to positive outcomes.

10.   A strong track record of marketing and delivering safe and well-managed arts and cultural projects and exhibitions regionally, nationally and internationally.

11.   High level financial, contract management and reporting, monitoring of projects and budgets to comply with financial regulations, freight logistics and stock control management.

12.   Strong background in development and implementation of art centre information systems (SAM), databases, digital media and website management.

13.   Proven track record with the application of Intellectual Property and Copyright legislative requirements relating to art and craft to maximise commercial outcomes for BAC and the artists

14.   Demonstrated leadership, mentoring and team management to ensure capability and capacity to deliver on current and future work.

15.   Current Drivers Licence, Police Clearance, Ochre Card and First Aid Certificate

What are we offering you?…..In return for your skills and experience you will be rewarded with:

A generous salary package
6 weeks Annual Leave
Salary Sacrificing options
17.5% Annual Leave loading
Rent free accommodation
12% superannuation

Most importantly you will have the once in a lifetime opportunity to immerse yourself in culture while creating memories, experiences and engaging with people that will change your life.
This position is in Maningrida, an indigenous community 500 km north east of Darwin. This is not a FIFO role, living and working in a remote community is not for everyone, please consider this before applying.

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please submit your application by emailing your current resume and detailed cover letter addressing the essential selection criteria to:

BAC PD MAC Art Centre Manager 2021

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