Manager, art centre

Warmun Art Aboriginal Corporation

Warmun Art Centre logoWarmun Art Centre is one of Australia’s leading Aboriginal arts and culture organisations. Located in Gija Country, in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia, Warmun Art Centre is 200km south of Kununurra on the Great Northern Highway. Warmun Art Aboriginal Corporation is wholly Gija owned with a board comprising artists and leaders from Warmun community.

Warmun Art Centre represents internationally renowned contemporary artists including Lena Nyadbi, Mabel Juli, Rusty Peters, Patrick Mung Mung, Rammey Ramsey, Shirley Purdie and many other senior artists, as well as a large number of young and emerging contemporary artists. In addition to the successful painting studio and gallery program, the Art Centre also operates a digital media lab, language and culture programs, and a community collection and archive.

In addition to the successful painting studio and gallery programs, we have established a number of interconnected cultural operations; a digital media centre, Gija language and cultural programs, a digital media archive and a growing exhibition touring and publications program. Warmun Art Centre also works in partnership with Melbourne University to develop ‘two-way’ learning programs aimed at supporting the transmission of cultural knowledge to younger generations of Gija people, and students and teachers from the university.

WAC’s strategic goals over the next few years involve a sustainable enterprise model. This approach aims to support the preservation and transmission of all forms of cultural knowledge and cultural practices and at the same time build a stronger economic platform around all of its programming initiatives which in turn support those core cultural values. This will involve a specific emphasis on increasing Aboriginal employment through the creation of training, skills development and employment opportunities for all generations of Gija people with the goal of developing new opportunities and new methods to support passing on cultural knowledge.

Closing date: 

5pm, 17 April 2017


Australian Western Standard Time (AWST)


Western Australia

Job category: 

  • Executive

Type of vacancy: 

Full time

Salary and conditions: 

$65–75,000 per annum depending on experience
  • Furnished air-conditioned accommodation and electricity provided
  • Provisions for Salary Sacrifice
  • Five weeks Annual Leave after 12 Months
  • Airfares and relocation costs at commencement and upon completion
  • 9.5% Superannuation

Job description/overview: 

This is the peak role within the organisation, overseeing 12 Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal staff. The Manager is responsible for five main areas of management: artistic/cultural programs, strategic/operational, financial, governance and human resources. The position will be focused on working with the Board, Artists and staff to build on the Art Centre’s past successes by ensuring the delivery of high quality artistic and cultural programs and developing new economic opportunities and revenue diversification, funding and philanthropic support and other initiatives that build organisational capacity. The Manager needs to be able to lead a team in the development of artistic and commercial excellence.

We need an experienced, highly organised and focused individual with a proven record of successful artistic and cultural program, financial and human resource management and a track record of enabling strong governance. We need someone who is resourceful, strategic and practical to lead by example and practice. It is an excellent opportunity for someone who has demonstrated experience achieving positive artistic, economic and social outcomes to take one of Australia’s most successful Aboriginal arts organisations in to the next chapter of its story. The position is full time with a two-year contract being offered and the opportunity to extend. Relevant background checks will apply.

As a minimum you should possess the following skills and attributes:

  • Experience working with and supporting artists to create high quality art from which they can earn an income, and managing the development of artist careers.
  • Experience developing and delivering a multi-faceted artistic program including exhibitions, participating in art awards and art fairs.
  • Demonstrated responsibility and experience in strategic and operational management.
  • Experience in implementing and monitoring business strategy.
  • Demonstrated high level of time management and organisational skills.
  • Proven experience and responsibility for strategic and hands on financial and asset management and accountability.
  • Track record of engagement in best practice governance and demonstrated capacity to work with an Aboriginal board of directors.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and develop staff in an efficient and fair manner.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead, be flexible and work cooperatively in a small team.
  • Success and experience in procuring philanthropic and government funding and managing grants and funding relationships.
  • Proven high level skills and ability to work in a cross-cultural and sometimes challenging environment.
  • Experience or ability and desire to live in a remote community and work with a close knit team.
  • Tertiary qualifications in business management or similar relevant qualification and/or extensive demonstrated relevant professional experience.
  • Current driver’s licence and experience or ability to drive a 4WD. Proficiency in one or more of the following: • Knowledge of contemporary and/or Indigenous art markets.
  • Experience in the day-to-day operation of a business related to art and cultural programs.
  • Experience in staff mentoring and training, and employment and skills development programs. Applicants who have previous experience working in Aboriginal communities will be highly regarded, though this is not an essential requirement of the position. This is a unique opportunity to be part of a team that will help shape the next chapter in Warmun Art Centre’s story whilst working closely with and supporting the careers of some of Australia’s leading contemporary Aboriginal artists at local, national and international levels.

Contact person and how to apply: 

Applications addressing the selection criteria can be forwarded to

We encourage applicants to address the ways in which you would meet the responsibilities of becoming part of the Warmun Art Centre team.

In your application, you should consider the full position description (.docx) is attached and should be considered in your application. Interviews will be conducted via Skype or Facetime. The successful applicant will be ready to take up the position immediately.

Please supply:

  • a cover letter outlining your interests, experience and future goals;
  • a response to each of the individual selection criteria points and selected areas of proficiency;
  • a current CV, including a recent photograph of yourself; and
  • names, mobile phone numbers and email addresses of three referees.

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