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Organisation : Karungkarni Art and Culture Aboriginal Corporation

Location : NT Region (Kalkaringi)

Work Type : Full-time

Sector : Arts & Culture

Salary Type : Annual Package

Salary : $70-$75k

Application Closing Date : 21 Dec, 2018

About the Role

Job Title:                     Art Centre Manager

Responsible to:           Board of Directors

Karungkarni Art and Culture Aboriginal Corporation

Base salary:                $70,000 – $75,000 + 9.5% superannuation

Employment Type:     Full Time / 2 year contract

Location:                     Kalkaringi, Northern Territory

Closing Date:             21 December 2018


Art Centre Manager Position Summary

The Art Centre Manager reports directly to the board of directors and is responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction to Karungkarni Art Centre. Karungkarni Art and Culture Aboriginal Corporation is a not-for-profit Aboriginal corporation registered in 2011 under the CATSI Act 2006.

The Art Centre Manager will be responsible for effective operations, systems and policies and will maintain and develop strategic relationships with the arts, cultural, language, tourism, Indigenous and economic development sectors.

The Art Centre Manager is responsible for managing the financial business activities with transparency and operating within a limited budget. This includes securing, managing and acquitting funding from a range of sources.


Key Duties and Responsibilities

 The role of the Art Centre Manager is to report to and remain accountable to the Karungkarni Art Centre board of directors.

The Art Centre Manager must support, encourage and guide the development of artworks, mentor artists and assist their vision for cultural maintenance and development. This includes management of sales, artist’s materials, production processes, documentation of artworks and co-ordination of workshops, archival of cultural items and other professional development initiatives as required to support artists’ careers. Other duties include Art Centre administration, servicing the Karungkarni Art Centre board of directors and funding acquisitions.

Karungkarni Art Centre operates to support traditional Gurindji culture and generate new art practices. Its business model operates on a combination of grant and earned income. To ensure future growth of the Centre, it is essential that this income be increased; therefore a thorough knowledge of the public and private funding sectors is also necessary.



Candidates for the position of Art Centre Manager must address the following selection criteria:

Essential Criteria

  1. Tertiary qualifications and/or extensive experience in arts management. Plus a sound understanding of the role and significance of remote Aboriginal art centres, and the contemporary Aboriginal art market.
  2. Excellent budgeting and financial management skills with experience in successful grant writing, reporting and fundraising.
  3. Demonstrated effective strategic leadership and management of culturally diverse teams with a positive and professional approach in a complex and changing environment, along with a willingness and ability to mentor/train Indigenous art workers.
  4. Solid experience in marketing and initiating social media and online sales to effectively promote the Art Centre, artists and their artwork.
  5. Previous experience working with Indigenous Australians and organisations and a demonstrated understanding of the social, economic and environmental factors impacting on rural and remote communities.
  6. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to consult, negotiate and liaise effectively with a diverse range of people.
  7. Flexibility and capacity to live and work in a remote location including ability to travel within a large regional area.
  8. Valid Police clearance check, Working With Children card and current Drivers Licence will be required.


Desirable Criteria

  1. Off road driving experience
  2. Proficient with or willing to be trained in Microsoft Office, SAM Database or similar, Adobe Creative Suite and Xero accounting software
  3. Curatorial experience
  4. Experience in managing community development projects
  5. Experience in cultural tourism initiatives


Salary and Conditions

  • Base salary $70,000-$75,000 depending on experience and qualifications.
  • 6 weeks annual leave plus additional leave loading and time in lieu.
  • Salary sacrifice will be available after successful completion of PIB application.
  • This is a 2-year contract with the possibility of extension subject to funding and performance. The successful candidate will have to undergo a criminal history check.


Other benefits:

  • Rent-free accommodation is provided.
  • Limited vehicle usage: The Art Centre maintains a Toyota Troop Carrier for Art Centre business, however, it is also available to the manager for limited personal use.

Other relevant information:

  1. This job requires some weekend and out of hours work.
    2. This role statement is intended to provide an overall view of the role but in addition to this document, the specifics of the role will be described in business work plans.
    3. Karungkarni Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity in the workplace.
    4. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island applicants are encouraged to apply.


Your Application:

Applications close: 5:00pm (ACST) 21 December 2018

Applicants must supply a cover letter, resume and respond to the Selection Criteria.

Applications must address the selection criteria and include three referee contacts (two A4 pages only). Referees will not be contacted without prior consent.



About the Organisation

Organisation Name : Karungkarni Art and Culture Aboriginal Corporation


Karungkarni Art and Culture Aboriginal Corporation represent the Aboriginal artists of Kalkaringi and Daguragu.

The town of Kalkarindji and the nearby Aboriginal community of Daguragu are home to the Gurindji people. Kalkarindji is situated approximately 460 km southwest of Katherine on the Buntine Highway, adjacent to the Victoria River. Daguragu is located approximately eight kilometres northwest of Kalkarindji, on Wattie Creek. The combined population is approximately 600 people.


Apply for this Job

For details concerning this role, please contact

Penny Smith

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Applications not allowed for this job listing.

Please quote in application: Art Centre Manager via Pro Bono Australia.


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