General Manager

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Organisation Overview

Desart is the peak arts industry body for Central Australian Aboriginal art and craft centres operating in the cross-border regions of the Northern Territory, Western Australia and South Australia. The organisation was established as a not-for-profit entity in 1992 and is incorporated under the Northern Territory Incorporations and Associations Act.
Desart’s current membership comprises 36 Aboriginal art and craft centres located within five defined regions: the Barkly; the North-West; Central Alice Springs and surrounds; the Ngaanyatjarra Lands of WA; and the Anangu Pitjantjatjara/Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands of SA. The organisation is governed by a ten member Aboriginal Executive Committee comprising two delegates from each of the five designated regions and led by a chairperson elected by the Board.
Desart exists to support, promote and advocate on behalf of Aboriginal artists and member art centres to ensure their recognition and sustainability as a vital cultural, social and economic resource for Aboriginal people of Central Australia. In this capacity, Desart speaks with a united voice on behalf of its members to provide strong advocacy on a variety of important industry issues and undertakes various initiatives and programs based on the principles of capacity building, better business practices, leadership and good governance across the three tiers of art centre operations – directors, art centre staff and artists.
The Desart office is based in Alice Springs and has a staff of eight including a CEO and seven other administrative and program-specific employees.

The Role
The General Manager is a key position within this small organisation and will work closely with the CEO to provide leadership, development and strategic guidance on all aspects of Desart’s business operations.

Key functions include:
-Effective and efficient financial management and day to day administration in line with the organisation’s strategic plan, budgets, policies and procedures.
-Human Resources Administration and Compliance.
-Leadership and guidance in continuous improvement, compliance and risk management planning across all business operations.

Finance and Administration:
-Act as the first point of call and ‘problem solver’ for Desart staff and service providers on day-today finance, administrative and general operational matters.
-Financial management – In consultation with the CEO, review and assess the organisation’s operational and personnel needs, plan and prepare annual budgets and funding submissions.
Monitor budgets, review and advise CEO of changed developments or needs.
-Guide and assist staff in planning/preparation of budgets specific to their program areas.
-Liaise with government departments and funding agencies on matters relating to funding.
-Liaise with the Desart bookkeeper to monitor and manage all budget areas and ensure timely preparation of financial reports. Assist in preparation of financial statements/annual financial audit.
-Monitor compliance requirements relating to business contracts and Funding Agreements, ensure timely financial reporting compliance with funding bodies, ACNC and other regulatory authorities.
-Provide clear and concise reports for the CEO, Board of Management or staff as directed by the CEO.
-Be responsible for office communication (phones, internet, computers) utilities and general office maintenance amenities, including sourcing of new technologies as necessary.
-Assets and facilities management – be the key point of contact for vehicle, office and equipment maintenance issues. Liaise with external contractors and service providers; manage contract/lease arrangements and conduct periodic review of those arrangements to ensure the organisation is obtaining value for money in all areas of procurement.
-Supervise admin staff to ensure efficient and effective conduct of all financial and administrative processes and records maintenance.

Human Resources:
-Advise and assist the CEO in recruitment including review and development of job descriptions,
remuneration levels and contracts of employment.
-Advise and assist CEO in performance management, training and staff reviews.
-Assist in development and implementation of policies relating to performance management and relevant best practice workplace standards.
-Manage WH&S compliance

Leadership & Continuous Improvement:

-Develop a sound understanding of all program areas of the organisation.
– Anticipate future trends and operational needs and priorities, consult with the CEO to seek
advice, plan and develop strategies to address those needs.
– Drive continuous improvement and innovation in operational practice including review and update of systems for recording, monitoring and tracking agreements and services.
– Provide advice and contribute to the development of Desart’s corporate and strategic planning frameworks.
– Provide advice to the CEO and contribute to Desart’s strategic thinking and policy position on its corporate functions and practices and funding.

Applications close Friday November 5.

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