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Chief Executive Officer

Organisation : Arts Capital Limited

Location : Australian Capital Territory (Braddon)

Work type : Full-time

Profession : CEO & Senior Management, Community Services

Sector : Arts & Culture

Salary type : Annual Package

Salary : 130,000

Application closing date : 1 Jun, 2022

About the organisation

Organisation Name : Arts Capital Limited

Established in 2020 by the members of Gorman House Arts Centre Inc., Arts Capital is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee and registered charity that inherits a legacy of its predecessor association. Arts Capital builds on the exceptional growth and development of the past decade, with new governance arrangements and a positive agenda to adapt to a changing arts landscape post-COVID 19.

Arts Capital manages two heritage-listed ACT Government arts facilities in Canberra’s inner city - Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres ( With more than 40 resident artists and organisations, and 200,000+ visitors a year, the centres play a vital role in the ACT arts sector. Innovative programming, rapid growth in utilisation, and a comprehensive business plan to revitalise the centres culminated in a new governance structure in 2020.

Planning for Centenary Renovations is underway with a commitment from the ACT Government to deliver final sketch plans in 2022 to guide capital works at both centres for their respective centenaries in 2024 and 2027. This work will be a major focus over the next few years as well as the implementation of the organisation’s new 5-year strategic plan.

About the role

The CEO of Arts Capital Limited (Arts Capital) leads and manages Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres (A+G), supported by a skilled and dynamic team to create opportunities for artists, art organisations and our community.

Responsible for leading the overarching vision and providing effective management of Arts Capital and A+G, the CEO is the most senior staff position of Arts Capital and reports to the Board.

As CEO you will provide strategic advice to the Board, guide and support a team to deliver a vibrant multi-arts program at the art centres, as well as plan and implement major centenary renovations for A+G in collaboration with a range of key stakeholders including artsACT and other ACT Government departments.

Arts Capital is committed to providing an inclusive and accessible workplace that respects individual needs, empowers people, and supports health and wellbeing. No day is the same, and every day is rewarding in this culturally rich, artistically stimulating environment.

Key responsibilities

  1. Provide strategic leadership, operational and financial management for Arts Capital.
  2. Develop, implement and manage plans, policies and systems that meet Arts Capital’s aims and objectives.
  3. Oversee the design and delivery of the Centenary Renovations Project.
  4. Provide the Board with timely advice, counsel and information on all aspects of Arts Capital’s operations including information on its operational and financial performance, workplace culture, employee development and business development activities. This includes preparing annual budgets, work programs and reports for the approval by the Board.
  5. Provide reliable and effective leadership and human resources management for Arts Capital staff and volunteers.
  6. Identify, manage and review business development opportunities for the organisation.
  7. Maintain and build positive and productive relationships and alliances with government, corporate, community and art sector partners.
  8. Oversee the design and delivery of a quality program of arts-related activities and events consistent with Arts Capital’s objectives and business plan.
  9. Foster a collaborative culture centred around Arts Capital’s ethical leadership values of respect, culture, inclusivity and integrity.
  10. Ensure governance, compliance, contracts, projects plans and risk management structures are robust and optimised.
  11. Other duties as required.

Qualifications & Experience

As well as demonstrated arts management experience, we seek an ethical and motivated leader who can provide vision and strategic leadership to the Arts Capital team. The following qualifications, skills and characteristics are sought:

  • A relevant qualification and management experience in the arts sector.
  • A proactive, anticipatory approach to work and a track record of successfully managing projects, budgets and achieving deadlines.
  • Experience in successfully developing a collaborative team, creating a safe and healthy workplace and delivery.
  • Excellent written /oral communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong ethical standards in all aspects of professional life.

Selection Criteria

Applications will be assessed against the following criteria. Candidates will be measured against each of the criteria and referees invited to comment against the criteria.

Criterion 1. Ability to provide leadership, vision and guide strategic thinking for the delivery of achievable outcomes.

Applicants will demonstrate their ability to lead teams to deliver goals and objectives achieving delivery of agreed results (time, cost and quality). This includes inspiring a sense of purpose and direction, maintaining a strategic focus, recognising opportunities and demonstrating good judgement.

Criterion 2. Ability to develop and implement plans, policies and systems harnessing organisational capability to deliver measurable results.

In addition to leading the development and delivery of plans, applicants will need to ensure the appropriate policies and systems are in place to maximise the organisation’s capability. Progress must be achieved on long-term projects while the urgency of immediate demands are met.

Criterion 3. Ability to communicate with influence, demonstrate a collegiate and collaborative management style that builds strong and sustainable relationships with multiple stakeholders.

Applicants will need to possess high level communication skills, the ability to negotiate persuasively and experience in building and maintaining internal and external relationships including with funding bodies.

Criterion 4. Demonstrated experience and capability in managing teams and projects in a multi-faceted arts environment.

Applicants will demonstrate art sector experience and capability in financial and project management, program budgeting, reporting, and human resources.

Criterion 5. Proven ability to motivate staff, provide leadership and mentorship to junior managers, and staff.

Applicants will demonstrate experience in leadership and an understanding of staff management in a highly focused working environment. Candidates will also demonstrate ability in fostering good working relationships with and between staff to ensure an inclusive, safe and positive working environment.

Criterion 6: Demonstrates professionalism and probity, personal drive and integrity

Applicants must be trustworthy, discreet and be able to manage confidential and sensitive information.


How to apply

Please send us:

  1. A cover letter introducing yourself and explaining why you think this is the right role for you (pdf, max one A4 page)
  2. A separate statement addressing the selection criteria and supporting your qualifications and experience (as detailed above). Responses should be limited to 350 words per selection criterion.
  3. Curriculum Vitae
  4. Please provide names and contact details of at least two referees. Referees may be approached for shortlisted candidates.

Please email submission requirements to, with the job title and your name in the email subject heading by 6 pm, Wednesday 1 June

Please direct any questions to Mark van Veen, Chair, Arts Capital: 0423 787 647



Please quote in application: Chief Executive Officer via Pro Bono Australia.

Profession: #CEO_and_Senior_Management, #Community_Services
Sector: #Arts_and_Culture


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