Regional Gallery Director

Southern Highlands Regional Gallery at Retford Park

The Board of the Southern Highlands Regional Gallery (SHRG) is seeking to appoint its inaugural Director. This is a unique and exciting opportunity to lead a new gallery through its establishment phase. It will be a significant place on the cultural, community and tourism agenda for the Southern Highlands.  We are seeking a Director with a wide range of leadership and management skills who can work effectively with a small team of part-time professionals with curatorial, communications, educational, sponsorship, marketing, financial and arts administration skills.  This is a part-time role, which will grow as the Gallery develops, with a three year contract (renewable).  Further details of the job specifications can be found HERE.  Please forward your curriculum vitae and a cover letter addressing the selection criteria to *************** by COB February 21.


The role is to lead and drive the growth and positioning of Ngunungulla, the Southern Highlands Regional Gallery at Retford Park for the benefit of the residents of the Wingecarribee Shire and state, national and international visitors.  The Director will manage the artistic and business operations of the Gallery and its associated programs, commercial, entrepreneurial and educational activities.

Key duties will include:

~ overview and liaison with the Project Management Group managing the building and refurbishment of the Gallery, cafe, roadway, parking and associated external areas as well as the financial resources to enable the plan to be fulfilled.

~ developing and planning the inaugural program for the Gallery in 2021 and 2022 particularly focussing on partnerships with state and national cultural institutions, educational programs and the works of local artists.

~  working with the Board and staff, driving the sponsorship and philanthropy campaign needed to complete the gallery.

~  develop and manage a financial plan for the Gallery for 2020, 2021 and 2022.

~  develop and sustain close long-term relationships with the Gallery’s key stakeholders including the National Trust, Wingecarribee Shire Council, state and federal government ministers and departments, the Indigenous community, donors, sponsors, artists, media and key relevant community groups.

~ draft, for Board approval, relevant policies and procedures in areas such as copyright and intellectual property, staffing, OH&S, code of conduct, curatorial, exhibitions, collections management, education, visitor management, public programs, risk management, volunteers, stakeholder management, conflict of interest, financial management, and food and beverage.

~ create an optimal volunteer program to support the Gallery in a range of activities.

~ drive appropriate commercial activities for the Gallery relating to the cafe, merchandise, entrepreneurial activities and catered events.

~ meet government and other donor reporting and accountability requirements.

~ monitor, evaluate and report on the impact of SHRG activities to the Board.

~ manage the Gallery’s budget and staff and report and work effectively with the Board on these two areas.

~ represent the Gallery professionally and effectively in a wide range of public and private activities.

This is a part-time role, initially 2-3 days a week, moving to full time in line with workload, but largely driven by the opening date of the gallery which is expected during the first half of 2021. It requires flexibility in terms of working hours and will require evening and weekend duties from time to time.

The salary is pro-rata based on an annual full-time salary circa $150,000 per annum plus superannuation.


~ Proven leadership and management in an arts environment.

~ Financial literacy and demonstrated ability to manage an operating budget.

~ Excellent communications skills in written and oral form.  Experience in public presentations and an ability to advocate effectively to individuals and groups, large and small.

~ Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work easily and effectively with a wide range of stakeholders, internal and external.

~ Track record of securing financial resources to support programs and/or organisations from public, commercial and philanthropic sources.

~. An ability to engage people in the arts through effective programming and marketing.

Desirable other qualities:

~ excellent arts, philanthropic and governments networks

~ a flexible, pragmatic and imaginative approach