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Northern Centre for Contemporary Art
27 Jan 2021
Work type
Full time employment
Work classification
Management & Admin, Visual Arts



The Northern Centre for Contemporary Art (NCCA) is the Northern Territory’s premier visual contemporary arts organisation. Established as 24 Hour Art in Parap more than 30 years ago, NCCA is well established as a leading contemporary arts organisation that provides opportunities and support for emerging artists.

For more information, visit our website:


The Director has overall responsibility for leadership of NCCA, including management of all operational activities, human and financial resources and site management. The Director provides input into the strategic vision and develops our annual exhibition program for Board endorsement.

The Director is also the prime point of contact for our funding bodies, including Arts NT and the Australia Council, and is responsible for identifying other potential sources of funding, and applying for and acquitting grant funding.

Reporting Structure

The Director reports to the NCCA Board through the Chair.

Contract, Conditions and Hours of Work

This is an ongoing position, subject to funding agreements with the federal and NT governments, and subject to a six month probation period.

38 hours per week (with flexible working hours, and permanent part time possible by negotiation with the right candidate). 

The salary for this position is in the order of $85,000.00 per annum, inclusive of leave entitlements, and dependent on experience.

Superannuation is 9.5% as per statutory requirements. Leave entitlements are pro rata and include five weeks annual leave,  and two weeks personal leave.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead NCCA and implement its strategic direction.
  • Build and maintain a strong and committed membership base.
  • Establish strong relationships with funding bodies and key stakeholders.
  • Be responsible for the delivery of the NCCA exhibition program.
  • Work with and report to the NCCA board on all operations, including risk, financial and staff management.
  • Ensure that NCCA is compliant in organisational policy and procedures, legal, financial, human resources, insurance and reporting. 
  • Develop and implement budgets and manage a strategic approach to resourcing and funding across private, public and philanthropic sectors and other revenue streams, including the identification of possible additional sources of funding.
  • Lead, supervise and support staff to ensure an inclusive environment, and ensure staff, volunteers and members are familiar with and follow appropriate policies and procedures.

Selection Criteria


  • Tertiary qualifications in art history, humanities, arts administration and/or a related field. 
  • Experience delivering contemporary art exhibitions and public programs including practical facets such as freight, contracts, loans, artist agreements, etc 
  • A strong artistic vision and proven experience leading a team.
  • Demonstrated capacity to engage diverse audiences, listen, understand the sector, build member and stakeholder confidence and represent the organisation publicly
  • Established networks with local and national artists and arts services.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and managing program and organisational budgets and preparing and acquitting funding applications.
  • An understanding of risk management issues and Workplace Health and Safety.
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills with proven ability to negotiate and gain the cooperation of others to resolve issues including contract negotiation, advocacy skills and human resource skills.
  • Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to visual arts and cultural development. 


  • Experience in working with a Board.
  • Knowledge of the Northern Territory arts sectors.
How to apply

Please include a cover letter, response to the selection criteria, your current Resume and three contactable referees.

Applications are to be submitted via email to by 5.00pm (ACST), Wednesday 27 January 2021.

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The Big Idea Classifieds

4 Jan 2021