Executive Director, Development and Strategic Partnerships


  • Shape and influence policy towards Australian arts and creativity
  • Cultivate national and international strategic partnerships
  • Increase our impact across government, business and community

This is a rare and exciting leadership opportunity for an experienced executive with a prominent standing in their domain, to drive long term sustainability and public value of Australian arts and creativity through influential strategic partnerships and sector development.

The Australia Council for the Arts is the Australian Government's principal arts funding and advisory body. We champion and invest in Australian arts and creativity. We are committed to ensuring all Australians can enjoy the benefits of arts and creativity and be part of the cultural life of our nation.

As the Australia Council’s Executive Director, Development and Strategic Partnerships you will play a leading role in advancing the Australia Council’s sector development strategy and provide oversight of robust and impactful research, to increase understanding and advance priorities. You will improve the long-term sustainability of the arts and creative sectors through industry partnerships, including all levels of government, commercial partners, NGOs and social ventures.

In this role you will stimulate a robust and inclusive national agenda, cultivate strategic partnerships and networks nationally and internationally, and represent Council in public industry forums. You will be driven to achieving the Australia Council’s strategic objectives as a key contributor and member of the executive.

To be considered you will have:

  • Qualifications in a relevant field with considerable professional leadership experience at Director or Executive level
  • Highly evolved strategic thinking capacity
  • The capability and a proven track record in driving development agendas to influence industry outcomes which align to organisational goals
  • Superior influencing and advocacy skills
  • Advanced communication, interpersonal and leadership skills and comfortable speaking and engaging in public fora
  • Highly developed and credible networks in and beyond the arts sector
  • Evidenced capability in applying commercial acumen to enhance investment programs
  • A collaborative and consultative approach with internal and external stakeholders.

The Australian Council office is in Pyrmont, Sydney and the role will require regular national and occasional international travel.

To discuss this opportunity, contact Anita Ziemer at Slade Group on 03 9285 5818 or send your CV with a one-page cover letter outlining your interest and relevant experience.  

Applications close 4.00pm. Monday 28th of June.