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Organisation : Arts Access Australia

Location : Australia (Work from home)

Work type : Various

Sector : Arts & Culture, Disabilities

Salary type : Annual Package

Application closing date : 1 Jun, 2020

About the role

Arts Access Australia is looking for a visionary and dynamic leader to transform our organisation and implement our vision for full and equal opportunity for cultural and creative participation and contribution for all Australians.

As a leader with lived experience of disability, you will collaborate and connect with our stakeholders and guide the development of AAA’s new strategic and operational framework while establishing new ways of working to ensure our sustainability as a strong organisation for now and into the future.

The Role

  • Lead the change for AAA from an organisation reliant on Australia Council funding to a new business model
  • Develop a new strategic vision and business plan for AAA that allows us to best meet our mission
  • Engage with government, industry, state peak bodies, members, and other key stakeholders
  • Work with the Board to build the organisation’s capacity and capability to deliver on our plans
  • Based on this new business model and strategic plan, secure new support and income streams for AAA to ensure we survive and thrive

In keeping with AAA’s strong commitment to disability leadership in the arts and cultural sector, only people with disability are invited to submit an expression of interest at this time. AAA believes there is no archetype of leadership and we value diversity in approach.

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • a track record of accomplishment at a senior level
  • strong strategic planning, stakeholder management and business development skills
  • the ability to foster effective relationships with diverse stakeholders
  • a sound knowledge of public policy relevant to disability and/or the arts
  • an understanding of pertinent issues facing the arts and disability communities
  • demonstrated skills in disability advocacy
  • a strong governance background and/or understanding of working with a Board

Other role details

  • This role is work from home and can be based in any location across Australia
  • Interstate travel may be required
  • Workplace conditions, working arrangements and access requirements for this role will be negotiated with the successful candidate
  • Remuneration will be negotiated with the successful candidate based on experience
  • A current police clearance and proof of ability to work in Australia must be provided before an offer of employment will be made

The role is initially a contract position until July 2021. Following this period, the Board will review the role requirements based on the new strategic framework and business plan.

About the organisation

Organisation Name : Arts Access Australia

Arts Access Australia (AAA) is the national peak body for arts and disability in Australia. We exist to create opportunities in the creative arts for people with disability as artists, arts workers, and audience members.

Established in 1992 by state-based arts and disability organisations in response to the need for a united national voice for artists with disability, AAA has a strong past but needs to look to a new future. Core to our values is that we are disability-led and at least 50% of our board members identify as a person with disability. Our members include state-based arts and disability organisations, individual artists, arts-workers and arts leaders with disability, and others within the wider arts and cultural sector. AAA is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee.

AAA provides:

  • Information and advice
  • Research and development
  • Leadership and advocacy

AAA adopts an inclusive approach and works across all disability types, all age groups, all art forms and across all states and territories of Australia.

Our Vision

Full and equal opportunity for cultural and creative participation and contribution for all Australians.

Our Mission

Advance equality for Australians with disability as artists, arts workers, participants, and audiences through the provision of information, resources, research, advocacy, and development opportunities.

Our Challenge

AAA has secured transitional funding from the Australia Council for 2021 and then will need to have a new business model in place to ensure the ongoing sustainability of the organisation. The Board is seeking a leader with vision who is bold and ambitious and has creative ideas for new ways of working.

How to apply

Position Description : Arts Access Australia CEO May 2020

Applications not allowed for this job listing.


Please quote in application: CEO / General Manager via Pro Bono Australia.


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