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Programs Coordinator (Identified)

We welcome innovation and inspiration and look forward to working with the right applicant on our expanding calendar of public programs!

Program Coordinator (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Identified position)
Aboriginal Art Co, Brisbane CBD
Closes 16 September 2022

Program Coordinator
Job Type: Part-Time, 4 days, 12-month contract with intention to extend.
Location: Aboriginal Art Co, The Design Bank, 89 Grey St, South Brisbane, Queensland.
Reports to: CEO
Base Salary: $48,000 / $60,000 pro rata
*In line with NAVA rates for Specialist middle managers in the Arts

About us

Aboriginal Art Co is a not-for-profit company established in July 2019. As a Registered Charity and listed on the Register Of Cultural Organisations, we are committed to creating social impacts for artists and their communities through the promotion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts.

We run an art gallery and store in Brisbane’s Cultural Centre Precinct. We curate and sell a diverse range of quality Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artworks from across Australia. We also support local artists through community engagement and public programs.

The Role

Aboriginal Art Co is seeking an experienced public program coordinator to join the team. As Programs Coordinator you will be tasked with assisting in the development Aboriginal Art Co’s annual program of events, including artists talks, walking tours, workshops and the artist-in-residency program. You will be responsible for implementing and managing these activities as well as reporting on their progress. You will need excellent communication and organisational skills to handle day-to-day operation of audience and community outreach.

Working with us means  

You will gain experience working for a professional art gallery alongside creative and inspiring people. You will have the privilege of working with local and national First Nations artists, creatives and community members, hearing stories, learning about culture, history and art.

To be successful in this role, you will have:

  • Proven experience in coordinating a variety of art projects,
  • Project management skills including a demonstrated ability to manage project schedules and implement projects to successful conclusions,
  • Contract management including preparing, finalising and filing, as well as ensuing deliverables and schedules are adhered to,
  • Proven experience in report writing and documentation,
  • Demonstrated leadership and coordination skills including resource, people and project management, and achieving programming outcomes,
  • The ability to negotiate and work with a wide range of parties (including stakeholders, interest groups, artists and the general public),
  • Demonstrated ability and experience to work autonomously and collaboratively with staff, local Indigenous artists and program stakeholders,
  • Proven experience in maintaining budgets.

Essential Requirements:

  • Aboriginal Art Co considers that being Aboriginal or a Torres Strait Islander is a genuine occupational requirement for this position under s 25 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 (Qld).
  • Relevant computer skills; use MS Word, MS Excel, Google suite and various social media platforms.

Desired Requirements:

  • Relevant tertiary qualifications or industry experience in art, education, and devising and delivering learning programs in a museum or cultural institution,
  • Experience working in the not-for-profit sector and /or philanthropic fundraising,
  • Experience in grant writing and funding acquittal/reporting processes,
  • Queensland Driver’s Licence,
  • Queensland Working with children card (Blue Card).


Coordination and delivery of:

  • Safe Space Residency Program; an opportunity for early career visual artists to develop their studio practice, build networks with peers and industry mentors, exhibit and present a new body of work,
  • Programming, planning and installation of exhibitions in The Vault Gallery,
  • Exhibition opening and/or closing events,
  • Artists talks,
  • Walking art tours,
  • Art and artisan workshops,
  • Networking events,
  • Tourism opportunities including Famils.

Also, Management of:

  • Budgets,
  • Schedules,
  • Grant applications,
  • Artist liaison and community relationships,
  • Databases, feedback, documentation, and reports.

You will also communicate and contribute to team meetings to work towards a wholistic approach to the organisation and its goals. This may include suggestions for artwork to be sold in store, organisational processes, marketing and comms opportunities. We welcome innovation and inspiration and look forward to working with the right applicant on our expanding calendar of public programs.

This is a fixed-term appointment till 30 December 2023 with probable extension. We encourage leadership and career progression opportunities. Flexibility in work hours and travel may be necessary.

This selection process will initially be used to fill the above vacancy. Applicants assessed as suitable during this selection process may be considered for other similar vacancies that occur for up to 12 months.

How to Apply

Submit application before the Closing Date: Friday 16 September 2022, 5pm.

To be considered for this position applicants are required to:

  • Provide a 1 page cover letter outlining your experience and suitability for the role. Tell us about you (including your mob and community), and why you would love to join our team.
  • Provide a current resume which outlines the requirements mentioned above and includes at least two recent referees, one of whom must be a recent /current supervisor.

Note: Applications with no cover letter outlining will be automatically ranked “not suitable”. Applications submitted after the due date and time will not be considered. 

To apply, please email your resume and cover letter to

Further Information

Please contact for specific information about the role.

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