Business manager

Business manager – Jobs | ArtsHub Australia

Position: Entrepreneur

Contract: Part-time, 5 hours a day, 5 days a week, flexible hours

Contract period: Six months (an extension can be negotiated)

Responsibility: Succession to the artistic director

Remuneration: $80,000 p/y pro-rated ($40.48 p/h) + 10.5% superannuation

Location: The role is based at Bulmba-ja in Cairns.

The Pryce Center for Culture and Arts is a First Nations owned and operated social enterprise that provides exciting training and development opportunities for First Nations youth in the performing arts, with a particular focus on skill building, pride and cultural dance processes through storytelling. At the heart of the Pryce Center is the Cultural School of Arts (CSoA). Graduates of the Pryce CSoA will be employable, career-ready, and culturally empowered practitioners, ready and equipped to make meaningful contributions to their own lives, those of their families, and society at large. The Pryce Center also specializes in new and innovative social impact programs that enable talented members of the community, especially youth, to access high standards of creative work-integrated learning in a culturally appropriate and supportive environment. sure. With roots from the Baiwa Dance Company and over two decades of performing and leading dance workshops, the Pryce Center has long been the destination for cultural dance lessons, skilled performers and community connections across Cairns and northern Queensland. The Center is run by Rita Pryce, an internationally acclaimed Cairns-based dancer/choreographer and cultural ambassador. Rita is Kulkalgal and Kawrareg, and celebrates her belonging to the two very distinct First Nations cultures of the country. She grew up in Zenadth Kes before moving to Sydney to study dance. Rita has an outstanding reputation as a leader, initiator and advocate for her First Nations peoples and communities.


The Commercial Director will work directly with the Artistic Director to coordinate and manage the day-to-day governance, commercial, financial and operational activities of the Pryce Centre. The role includes financial management, business development, marketing and communications, as well as managing staff and contractors, including volunteers.


This position will include the following responsibilities:


1. Work directly with the Art Director to identify and analyze opportunities to improve day-to-day operations, systems, long-term resource requirements, risk management, governance issues, operational structure and other areas of management

2. Manage day-to-day administration, enquiries, communication and appointments to support the Art Director

3. Work closely with the Art Director and on the planning, production and delivery of Pryce Center projects, including setting up systems and training staff for project management (email, file sharing, Microsoft 365 or other systems)

4. Together with the Artistic Director and the Vision Support Team, implement and monitor the strategic objectives of the Pryce Center in accordance with the strategic and business plans, vision and values ​​of the organization

5. Oversee the development, implementation and monitoring of culturally appropriate internal policies and procedures to ensure compliance with cultural protocols, statutory regulators and funding agreements

6. Supervise and mentor additional staff or contractors as required


1. Develop and monitor the organization’s operational and project budgets and manage the audit process, in conjunction with the organization’s Accountant

2. Day-to-day financial management including cash reporting, processing invoices and managing accounts payable with the organization’s accountant

3. Oversee and prepare funding requests as well as identify new financial opportunities, partners and sources of revenue

4. Manage processes with multi-year and project funding agencies, including submitting reports, executing deeds, managing acquittals, and attending meetings as required Marketing and engagement

5. Support the Artistic Director to build strategic relationships with First Nations communities and their leaders, as well as governments and partners locally, nationally and internationally

6. Develop and monitor the organizations communications strategy, including website, social media and print media as required, which involves engaging with First Nations speakers and artists

7. Create digital or print marketing materials as needed


The successful candidate will have strong managerial experience in a relevant sector, an entrepreneurial approach and knowledge of the arts.

Selection criteria will include:


1. Excellent administrative and project management skills, including effective management of time, staff, resources and compliance procedures.

2. A proven track record in disciplined financial management with experience in developing and implementing financial budgets and processes.

3. Demonstrated ability to source and secure funding and provide accurate and timely reports to funding agencies, sponsors, partners or philanthropic organizations

4. Highly developed oral and written communication skills, including effective stakeholder engagement and relationship management.

5. Comfortable working alone and able to take initiative, problem solve and work independently

6. Commitment to advancing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures, and a passion for the role of arts and culture in society.

Applicants who have: experience working with First Nations peoples; strong knowledge and understanding of community, connection and culture will be highly valued.

Successful candidates will also have to submit to a police check and have a blue card. They will also need to have a valid Class C driver’s license.