Strong Business Program Co-ordinator

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About Desart
Desart is the peak arts industry body for Central Australian Aboriginal art and craft centres operating in the cross-border regions of the Norther 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 35 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.

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. 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.

About The Role

The Strong Business Program Co-ordinator is responsible for the development and delivery of Desart’s Strong Business Program 2020-24, promoting best practice management of art centres and supporting them to acquire infrastructure and operational resources.

The Strong Business Program supports art centres to run strong, healthy businesses, providing opportunities and building the capacity required for the creation of high-quality artworks. It supports the artistic, cultural, social and economic aspirations of member Art Centres, working closely with Art Centre management (managers, coordinators, directors).

The Strong Business Program covers four main areas:

–        Human Resource Support

–        Art Centre Management Resource Development

–        Events

–        Communications

The Candidate

The ideal candidate will:

  • Have an in-depth understanding of arts and cultural development and/or a background as an arts manager, business or HR manager, cultural worker or project manager within the Aboriginal arts sector, government or creative industries
  • Have skills that support the growth and sustainability of the Indigenous arts and culture sector
  • Be a competent, culturally capable communicator, able to provide guidance and support to others in a way which enhances their performance
  • Have knowledge of governance, business and HR issues commonly affecting Aboriginal Art Centres
  • Have proven experience in report writing and funding acquittals
  • Have proven experience in coordinating and managing events


1.      Qualifications or relevant experience in arts administration, business administration, HR and/or Aboriginal organisations

2.      Knowledge and understanding of the Australian Aboriginal arts industry, locally, nationally and internationally

3.      Demonstrated experience with funding and grant management and budgeting

4.      Mature and confident approach and ability to solve problems and respond to situations in a flexible, practical, culturally appropriate way

5.      Highly developed interpersonal, oral and written communication skills, including high level cultural competency and the ability to communicate in an intercultural, multi-disciplinary environment

6.      Sound skills and experience in the use of Microsoft Office application software (including Outlook, Word, Excel,) and electronic information systems

7.      Demonstrated ability to work with limited direction and to initiate and to set priorities, undertake new tasks quickly, to be flexible and accommodate change and respond effectively to challenges with a high level of personal responsibility.

8.      Current driver’s licence (manual), willingness and ability to travel to and work in remote locations.


1.      Understanding of the national arts industry and key stakeholders, particularly in relation to Aboriginal arts

2.      Events management experience

3.      Experience living in a remote environment

The successful candidate will be required to undertake a National Criminal Check. A full position description can be found on our website at

Please forward applications and enquiries to Angie Stahl at or 08 8953 4517

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