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CEO Business Director


Negotiable Salary + 9.5% Superannuation (pro rata, 4-5 days per week) for the successful applicant. The remuneration for this position will be based on level of experience. This is a 12 month contract with the potential to be extended depending on performance and fit within the team.

BlakDance is a national industry and producing organisation for First Nation contemporary dance. With a national mandate, BlakDance is based on Turrbal and Yuggera Country in Meanjin (Brisbane) at the Judith Wright Arts Centre.

We are a self-determined, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisation and a trusted source of productive, culturally responsible partnerships. We are governed by a voluntary Board of Directors that ensures the organisation meets financial and governance responsibilities. The BlakDance Cultural Council ensures Indigenous cultural knowledge is part of our everyday business.

BlakDance is looking to appoint a CEO Business Director will focus on the administrative and operational functions in delivering the BlakDance Strategic Plan. The role ensures BlakDance has quality systems, and high degree of compliance with internal governance and legislative responsibilities relating to the operation of the organisation.

Ideal start date: May 2021

Term: 12 months, with a three-month probation period.

For a full position description and selection criteria see below, or click here www.blakdance.org.au/join-the-team

Preference will be given to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants but this role is open to all people with experience working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations.


  • An understanding of First Nations Australian Cultural Protocols
  • Demonstrated experience (over 5 years) in arts management which includes financial and human resources management
  • Ability to communicate effectively and establish relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders
  • Ability to inspire and manage a small team
  • Experience in working directly with a Board of Directors
  • Experience in raising money from a variety of sources including government, corporate and individuals in a not-for-profit organisations
  • Experience in developing and implementing strategic plans for small to medium arts organisations


  • Knowledge and connection to First Nations Australian contemporary dance
  • Knowledge and connection to First Nations Australian performing arts sector
  • Competent understanding and implementation of First Nations Australian Cultural Protocols
  • Knowledge of national and international performing arts industry
  • Ability to prioritise work and meet deadlines
  • Excellent relationship management and communication skills
  • Experience in team leadership and management
  • Excellent administrative and organisational management skills
  • Advanced knowledge in HR, financial systems and office management


  • Experience in Xero, Calxa or similar online financial management tools
  • Effective use of online management tools and databases such as Asana, Slack. Airtable or similar online project management tools
  • Ability to adapt in flexible working environments
  • Experience in supporting team members through professional development and mentoring
  • Computer efficiency – MS Office, G-Suite
  • Experience in theatre, dance, performing arts or arts management or an equivalent relevant knowledge, training and/or experience
  • A tertiary qualification, preferably in an arts related field and/or in a business administration or management discipline will be an advantage
  • A full driver’s license preferred
  • Capacity to work after hours and travel

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