Chief Executive Officer – Arts Capital Limited – Employment


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

Responsible for directing the overall vision and ensuring effective management of Arts Capital and A+G, the CEO is Arts Capital’s most senior position and reports to the Board of Directors.

As CEO, you will provide strategic advice to the Board of Directors, guide and support a team to deliver a vibrant multi-arts program in the arts centers, as well as plan and implement major centennial 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 promotes health and well-being. No day is the same and every day is rewarding in this culturally rich and artistically stimulating environment.


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

Arts Capital operates two heritage-listed ACT Government arts facilities in Canberra city center – Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centers ( With over 40 resident artists and organizations and over 200,000 visitors a year, the centers play a vital role in the ACT arts sector. Innovative programming, rapid usage growth and a comprehensive business plan to revitalize the centers resulted in a new governance structure in 2020.

Planning for the centenary renovations is underway with the ACT government committing to deliver final sketch plans in 2022 to guide capital works at the two centers for their respective centenaries in 2024 and 2027. This work will also be a major priority over the next few years. as the implementation of the organization’s new five-year strategic plan.


  • Provide strategic leadership, operational and financial management of Arts Capital.
  • Develop, implement and manage plans, policies and systems that meet Arts Capital’s goals and objectives.
  • Oversee the design and delivery of the Centennial Renovation Project.
  • Provide the Board of Directors with timely advice, guidance 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 Board approval.
  • Provide reliable and effective leadership and human resources management for Capitale des arts staff and volunteers.
  • Identify, manage and review business development opportunities for the organization.
  • Maintain and build positive and productive relationships and alliances with partners in government, business, community and the arts sector.
  • Oversee the design and delivery of a program of quality arts-related activities and events consistent with Arts Capital’s objectives and business plan.
  • Foster a culture of collaboration centered on Arts Capital’s ethical leadership values ​​of Respect, Culture, Inclusiveness and Integrity.
  • Ensure that governance, compliance, contracts, project plans and risk management structures are solid and optimized.
  • Other tasks as needed.


In addition to a demonstrated track record in arts management, we are looking for an ethical and driven leader who can provide vision and strategic leadership to the Arts Capital team. The following qualifications, skills and characteristics are sought:

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


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

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

Candidates will demonstrate their ability to lead teams to achieve goals and objectives by achieving agreed results (time, cost and quality). This includes inspiring purpose and direction, maintaining strategic direction, recognizing opportunities, and demonstrating good judgment.

Criterion 2. Ability to develop and implement plans, policies and systems by leveraging organizational capacity to produce measurable results.

In addition to leading the development and delivery of plans, candidates will need to ensure the appropriate policies and systems are in place to maximize the organization’s capacity. Progress must be made on long-term projects while meeting the urgency of immediate demands.

Criterion 3. Ability to communicate with influence, demonstrating a collegial and collaborative management style that builds strong and lasting relationships with multiple stakeholders.

Candidates will have topossess high-level communication skills, the ability to negotiate convincingly, and experience in building and maintaining internal and external relationships, including with funding agencies.

Criterion 4. Demonstrated experience and ability in managing teamsand projects in a multifaceted artistic environment.

Candidates will demonstrate the art sector exexperience and abilityin financial and project management, program budgeting, reporting and human resources.

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

Candidates will demonstrate leadership experience and an understanding of managing people in a highly focused work environment. Candidates will also demonstrate their ability to foster good working relationships with and between staff to ensure an inclusive, safe and positive work environment.

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

Candidates should be trustworthy, discreet and able to handle confidential and sensitive information.

Please send us :

  • A cover letter introducing yourself and explaining why you think this position is for you (pdf, max one A4 page)
  • 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.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Please provide the names and contact details of at least two referees. Referees may be approached for shortlisted candidates.

Please email submission requirements to [email protected], with the job title and your name in the subject header of the email by 6 p.m., Wednesday, June 1

Please direct any questions to Mark van Veen, Chairman, Arts Capital: 0423 787 647 or email [email protected]

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