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Chief Executive Officer

Milk Crate Theatre

Milk Crate Theatre is one of Australia's leading community arts and cultural development (CACD) companies, with an 18-year history providing creative opportunities for people with lived experience of homelessness. We are based in the City of Sydney and work with a wide diversity of communities in the Inner-City and Western Sydney.

In 2019, we are seeking a new Chief Executive Officer to lead the organisation through the development and delivery of its most ambitious strategy and artistic program to date. This is in line with our key strategic goals:

  • Impact: Build confidence, skills and social connections.
  • Creativity: Create new work using CACD best practice.
  • Growth: Deliver our programs to as many participants as possible.
  • Sustainability: Ensure a sustainable business model.

We are looking for a looking for a leader with experience in the arts and/or community development sectors. You will be responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of the next stage of our strategic plan (post 2019), reporting to and being responsive to the input and feedback of the company's Board of Directors. The Board includes members with experience from corporate Australia, independent business entrepreneurs, community organisations, corporate and private philanthropy, plus expertise in homelessness research and policy development.

Over the last 2-3 years we have stabilised the company, refreshed and simplified its purpose and operations, and improved its risk management and governance. We have also restructured the company, maximising resources for program delivery, including social support.

You will be working with a committed team of permanent staff including Artistic Director Margot Politis, Creative Producer Lisa Walton and Production Coordinator Paul Walker. The core team of five also includes a part-time social worker, who ensures the safety and wellbeing of our participants. This team supervises and supports the engagement of 35-50 independent artists each year, who run our workshops and create our performances. You are also supported by a financial consultant and fundraising consultant, who are contracted for one-day a week with the company.

Salary is negotiable, but in line with the sector and size of the company. We’d ideally hire a CEO full time but would be open to a flexible arrangement.

The company’s turnover is about $600k pa and it has approximately 4 FTE.

A full position description is available below.

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