Position Available | Executive Director

September 10th, 2018 | Regional Arts Australia News

The Executive Director is the senior operational leader of the organisation and directs RAA’s role as the national voice for regional arts. Exceptional leadership, advocacy and collaboration are the core elements involved in this work.

Regional Arts Australia (RAA) is seeking an experienced and creative advocate and policy leader with exceptional leadership skills to fill this exciting national role.

You will have extensive experience at a senior management level, with wide networks and the ability to inspire confidence within the broader arts sector – including funding bodies, regionally‐based arts and cultural organisations, artists and volunteers, media and government. This position offers the unique opportunity to inspire and strengthen regional arts on a national scale.

1. Provide clear and inspirational national regional arts leadership

  • Provide appropriate direction and focus to ensure RAA’s long‐term success;
  • Identify and engage with key stakeholders and develop communications strategies that ensure RAA effectively represents the regional arts sector and contributes the regional perspective to the national arts dialogue;
  • Foster and maintain excellent relationships with key government and industry stakeholders, including relevant Ministers and members of parliament and government officers;
  • Develop strategic alliances with key cultural organisations, governments, peak bodies, donors and the media to enhance RAA’s national profile.

2. Deliver the Regional Arts Australia Strategic Plan

  • Lead the implementation of the strategic plan
  • Oversee the effective development and implementation of the organisation’s key programs:
    * Artlands biennial national conferences,
    * the ongoing national coordination of the Regional Arts Fund and effective management of RAA’s SmartyGrants capability,
    * other forums and events;
  • Work with the Board to implement strategies and systems that are aligned with RAA’s mission and regulatory requirements;
  • Develop a systematic approach to fundraising to ensure RAA is well positioned and capable of undertaking successful fundraising as an integral part of its operations;
  • Ensure that committees and working parties of the RAA Board are supported to carry out their work;
  • Develop quality information and promotional publications for key stakeholders and fundraising campaigns;
  • Research, develop and implement opportunities for new regional arts partnerships, programs and national initiatives, in line with the RAA Strategic Plan.

3. Manage efficient and well‐governed operations

  • Ensure the effective management of the organisation and its national programs and services including meeting all funding and contractual requirements;
  • Recruit and contract suitable personnel, ensuring that staff, contractors and consultants commit to the highest standards of professional practice;
  • Manage and report internally and externally on RAA’s operations to a high standard, including strategic and business plans, annual reports and policy development;
  • Undertake regional and interstate travel as required;
  • Work with the Board to oversee RAA’s financial performance, including fundraising to improve the organisation’s ability to deliver quality programs and services;
  • Manage budgets, accounts and financial reports, and oversee all day‐to‐day financial processes;
  • Work with the Board to ensure proper care and adherence to RAA’s principles, standards and reputation, demonstrating impeccable transparency and accountability;
  • Ensure compliance with all relevant state and federal regulatory frameworks;
  • Work to continually improve the organisation’s operational and governance arrangements, including annual, consultative evaluation and review.


  • A minimum of five years’ experience at senior management level.
  • Proven capacity to create and instil a high-performance, collaborative and supportive culture within an organisation.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and implementing strategic and operational plans in an arts environment.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills including an exceptional capability to develop and maintain high level relationships with a broad range of key stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the regional arts sector nationally, including a sophisticated understanding of government policies and priorities relevant to the Australian arts sector.
  • Proven capability in developing strategies to secure and increase income and revenue from multiple sources including government, corporate and philanthropic sources.

For further information, and details on how to apply, please read through this documentExecutive Director | Information for Applicants.

Applications close Tuesday 2 October 2018.