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CIAF 2023

CIAF seeks new CEO to lead the organisation

08 Dec 2023

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Applications are now open for the position of Chief Executive Officer at CIAF.
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Chief Executive Officer will be integral in the achievement of CIAF’s vision through effective leadership, proficient financial acumen, and the development and growth of strategic partnerships.

Job Summary: An exciting leadership opportunity to progress Australia's premier Indigenous art fair to its next phase of growth and success.

Chief Executive Officer

Full Time

Cairns, Queensland

The Opportunity

Cairns Indigenous Arts Fair (CIAF) is Australia’s Premier Indigenous Art Fair and provides platforms for cultural exchange and economic opportunity for Queensland Indigenous artists. CIAF is committed to strengthening and celebrating culture, creating professional development opportunities for artists, and cultural exchange between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and visitors. CIAF is seeking a visionary and experienced leader to serve as the Chief Executive Officer.

What You Will Do

As the Chief Executive Officer you will be responsible for driving the strategic direction, growth, and overall success of CIAF. Your key areas of focus will include:

Strategic Leadership: Developing and executing a comprehensive strategic plan that aligns with CIAF's mission and values, focusing on fostering Indigenous art and culture while promoting economic development.

Philanthropic Support: Spearheading efforts to cultivate and maintain relationships with philanthropic organisations, donors, and sponsors, to secure funding and resources to support CIAF's initiatives.

Financial Management: Manage the organisation's budget and financial resources, ensuring fiscal responsibility, transparency, and sustainability.

Stakeholder Engagement: Build and maintain positive relationships with Indigenous communities, artists, partners, government agencies, philanthropic organisations, donors, and sponsors and other stakeholders to ensure CIAF's objectives are met and funding and resources are secured to support CIAF's initiatives.

Program Delivery: Oversee the planning, organisation, and execution of the annual Cairns Indigenous Art Fair, ensuring it remains a culturally significant and successful event.

Compliance and Governance: Ensure CIAF complies with all relevant laws, regulations, and governance structures while upholding ethical standards.

Your Skills and Experience

To be successful in the role you will have:

· A demonstrated commitment to and passion for preserving and promoting First Nation art and culture.

· Proven experience in executive leadership and strategic planning.

· Strong experience in fundraising and securing philanthropic support

· Proficiency in digital marketing and sales strategies.

· Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills.

· Financial acumen and experience in budget management.

· Knowledge of the Australian arts and cultural landscape is highly advantageous.

· Ability to travel as needed and work flexible hours, including weekends, during peak event periods.

This is an Identified role, where Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander identity, cultural knowledge, or connections are a genuine requirement.

To apply for this role please email your resume and cover letter to rfaithfull [at] prestonhr.com.au by 15th December 2023. Please include "CIAF CEO Application" in the email subject line. For further information please contact Rachel Faithfull on 07 4052 0731.

CIAF respectfully acknowledges the First Peoples’ and Custodians of the lands, waters and seas on which we work and live. We honour their Elders, past and present.