Art manager

General Manager – Employment | ArtsHub Australia

Here is a rare opportunity to join one of Australia’s leading contemporary art companies in the influential new role of Managing Director.

Tura engages in an inspiring and innovative exploration of music and sound that resonates within Australian culture and the wider global community. We produce projects and experiences that celebrate music and sound art. We prioritize collaboration, embrace cross-cultural learning and challenge expectations. Tura makes a leading contribution to the cultural life of Australia and beyond through award-winning productions and community engagement programs. Toura supports artistic risk and innovation to stimulate participants and audiences to experiment with unusual perceptions of their world and themselves.

We are looking for an exemplary arts professional who can lead the achievement of our strategic business, cultural and artistic goals and who recognizes and values ​​the significant contribution of our programs. We are looking for an exceptionally driven, efficient, engaged, influential and collaborative individual who works with passion to help us achieve our goals and aspirations.

The Managing Director works closely with the Artistic Director/CEO, Board of Directors and staff, in all aspects of the creative output and business operations of the organization. The successful candidate will play a critical role in shaping the future of the business and sustaining its business environment, including stakeholder and relationship management, fundraising, governance, reporting and compliance .

TERM: Full time, continuous

SALARY INTERVAL: Approximately $100,000 per year + 10% superannuation

RESPONSIBILITY: The General Manager reports to the Artistic Director/CEO

DIRECT REPORTS: Administration, finance, communications and development staff and contractors

About Toura:

Vision- Our vision is of an Australia where creativity, collaboration and artistic risk are valued and connect us to our country and each other.

Goal – Our goal is to produce ambitious projects and experiences that celebrate music and sound art by prioritizing collaboration, embracing cross-cultural learning, and challenging expectations.

Values ​​-

We are:

  • Authentic – our people, our methods and our results have integrity
  • Open – we are equal and inclusive
  • Dynamic – we are adaptable, flexible and always looking for new ways to experiment, collaborate and learn
  • Quality – we do things right and always raise the bar
  • Committed – we are reliable and invested in long-term success

The role:

The CEO manages the administrative staff of the organization, including administrative, financial, communications and development staff. the General manager plays an active and integral role in Tura’s success and continued leadership as a leading, innovative, influential and internationally recognized contemporary art company. The role offers a talented, passionate, creative and dynamic professional the opportunity to directly advocate and contribute to the growth of the cultural sector in Australia and beyond. the General manager support the Artistic Director, Board, staff and artists in achieving their common artistic goals., Creative and business goals.

This position has the ability to grow into a higher leadership role in the future as Tura transitions to a co-CEO model in 2-3 years. This provides an excellent opportunity for a seasoned arts administrator to become a senior industry executive within this small to medium-sized organization.

Main responsibilities:

Work with the Artistic Director/CEO to:

  • Foster a positive and flexible work culture that: promotes our organizational values ​​of authenticity, openness, dynamism, quality and commitment; and supports the business and creative goals of the organization
  • Implement Tura’s strategic plan and track progress against key performance indicators
  • Identify opportunities through grants, foundations, philanthropy, governmental and non-governmental agencies to secure funding for organizational initiatives
  • Develop and maintain local, national and international networks and relationships to support the successful achievement of the organization’s business and strategic objectives
  • Oversee budgets and financial management of the organization
  • Provide strategic advice and input on advocacy and policy as well as industry and sector issues, including organizational position
  • Ensure the development and growth of Tura’s creative program
  • Represent and advocate for the organization at events, meetings, committees and in industry media
  • Anticipate future trends and operational needs and priorities and seek advice, plan and develop strategies to meet those needs
  • Perform performance management, staff appraisals, training and recruitment for the organization
  • Work with consultants to implement program evaluation to provide evidence of the positive social impact of Tura’s programs

Be responsible of:

  • Managing funding applications, project oversight of funded activities and acquittals – including assisting Tura to retain Australian Council multi-year funding and achieve National Performing Arts Network status
  • Management of major agreements and contracts with the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and the Australia Council for the Arts
  • Develop corporate and business plans with performance metrics and targets to improve business operations and performance
  • Manage and delegate to administrative staff and consultants
  • Implement project and office management systems (including policies and procedures) with assistance from administrative staff
  • Provide guidance on continuous improvement, compliance and risk management planning across business operations
  • Prepare and monitor the organization’s budgets and oversee the accounting and preparation of reports for the Board of Directors as well as auditing processes
  • Assist the creative team in the practical realization of artistic projects and results, as needed
  • Work with the Communications Coordinator to support and oversee the marketing and promotion of Tura and its programs in accordance with the organization’s communications plan
  • Ensure all contracts are in place with artists, partners and broadcasters and advocate for the best interests of the organization and the project
  • Managing the welfare of staff involved in Tura’s business, including but not limited to OSH, duty of care and child protection, professional development and internal communications
  • Liaise with the Corporate Secretary regarding processes for Board meetings, minutes and reports and management support
  • Liaise with Finance Manager to ensure insurances are in place and at the appropriate level
  • Be responsible for compliance with charities law, business registration and other legal obligations

Selection criteria


  • Proven experience and track record in arts management
  • Highly efficient, efficient, organized and reliable with close attention to detail
  • Demonstrated track record in fundraising, relationship building and maintaining successful relationships with funders and other partners
  • Ability to lead a small team and support staff to be successful
  • Ability to work effectively in a dynamic team environment and independently
  • Highly developed interpersonal, verbal and written skills
  • Significant experience in producing or managing creative projects successfully within budget and deadlines


  • Knowledge and passion for music, sound arts, transversal and interdisciplinary arts
  • Understanding of Indigenous cultural practices and protocols and/or experience working in regional or remote communities
  • Keen interest in the ability of the arts to contribute to community development and positive social impact
  • Significant experience of equivalent level in the contemporary arts sector with a ssolid experience in the production of projects of scope and scale
  • Influential networks – both nationally and internationally
  • Strong professional writing skills to draft financing applications, acquittals and other company documents
  • Solid experience in financial and budget management
  • Understanding of marketing and communications, including digital marketing, in an artistic context
  • Experience working with boards or management committees
  • Solid working knowledge of contemporary cloud computing applications in a Mac environment
  • Advanced degree in arts management or equivalent


Applications in a single PDF document to be emailed to [email protected]

Applications for positions with Tura AD / CEO Tos Mahoney [email protected]

Please include:

  • A short cover letter (maximum 1 page)
  • A statement of no more than 3 pages describing your motivations for applying for the position and how you will be able to use your background, skills and experience to advance Tura’s goals and objectives, taking into account key criteria.
  • A full CV including contact details for 2 current referees.

We are an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to fostering an inclusive environment for employees. Please let us know if you prefer to apply in a different format or if there is an obstacle for you in the application process as indicated.