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Art Centre Sustainability Manager

The Engaged Space

Ku Arts is the South Australian peak body for Aboriginal art centres and artists. Ku Arts has a twenty-five year history of providing advocacy, support services, creative skills and professional development opportunities for artists and arts workers across all stages of their careers, in support of a strong and vibrant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander visual arts sector.

Ku Arts works with member Aboriginal owned and governed art centres across South Australia including the APY Lands, as well as delivering a strategic program of workshops and professional development opportunities for independent artists and cultural practitioners in communities across the state of South Australia.

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The Ku Arts office is located in Adelaide from where a small and dynamic team work to support and deliver services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and cultural practitioners throughout South Australia.


Strong arts, strong culture, strong communities


Ku Arts works for and with Aboriginal artists, art centres and arts workers across South Australia, delivering support services that allow them to realise their aspirations. We help keep arts centres strong, and our culture strong for our children- they are our future leaders.

What is on offer

  • A highly rewarding opportunity to join a small team, dedicated to the sustainability, wellbeing, and success of its member Art Centres and Artists
  • A competitive remuneration package
  • An initial full time 12 month contract
  • Flexible location – ability to be based in Adelaide, Alice Springs or suitable regional SA location (negotiable)

About the Role

Working closely with the Chief Executive Officer and Arts Programs Producer, the Art Centre Sustainability Manager will ensure the corporation meets the objectives of its strategic plan and will manage the development and delivery of a range of programs and events for member art centres in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands, Ceduna, and other regions, as well as supporting programs for artists in regions across the state of South Australia.

The Art Centre Sustainability Manager will ensure the development and delivery of a range of relevant and innovative programs and activities that support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation in arts and cultural practice, engagement in the visual arts sector, and support art centre business development and wellbeing.

This is a dynamic role for an experienced individual with a demonstrated commitment to the visual arts, supporting business and/ or community development. The position is based in our Adelaide office, however we would consider you being based in Alice Springs or another regional SA location provided it is within a feasible range to support our membership.

The Art Centre Sustainability Manager will also contribute to and support the Ku Arts annual program of services, projects and programs and assist the smooth running of Ku Arts’ general administration and business practices.

Frequent travel to regional and remote communities of South Australia, including, but not limited to, the APY Lands, Adelaide, and Ceduna, is an inherent requirement of the position.

The Position Description is available at: our careers page.

About you


  • Demonstrated experience working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art centres and or high-level experience of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander visual arts sector
  • Proven track record of business development in either the Not for Profit, social enterprise, or community development sectors
  • Excellent critical thinking skills, with the ability to exercise good judgment and solve problems quickly and effectively
  • Demonstrated success in grant writing, including associated acquittals and reports
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and delivering programs developed in consultation with community stakeholders
  • Excellent project management skills and demonstrated experience
  • High level administrative, and IT/digital skills, and attention to detail
  • Excellent writing skills, across a range of publications for diverse audiences
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of stakeholders, particularly in cross-cultural environments
  • Demonstrated ability to work in an organised and efficient manner to meet deadlines
  • A flexible work approach and ability to manage shifting priorities
  • Proficiency in MSOffice suite (Mac)
  • Current South Australian drivers’ licence and ability to drive manual
  • Must be prepared to undergo police and working with children clearance and meet the permit requirements for working on the APY Lands


  • Relevant Tertiary Qualifications

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.


  • Ku Arts is an equal opportunity employer
  • Employment is subject to meeting the requirements for working on the APY Lands, which requires a Police Check and Working With Children Check

Confidential enquires can be made to Melissa Juhanson via: Email [email protected], using the subject line: Art Centre Sustainability Manager enquiry via EthicalJobs, or via phone at 0427 957 001.

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