Job Opportunity: General Manager, Warlayirti Arts, Balgo

General Manager Warlayirti Artists – Balgo Community, WA

Employer: Warlayirti Artists
Work Type/s: Contract, Full Time
Classification/s: Indigenous, Management, Media & Arts
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Balgo Community, Regional WA

Applications close: 18 December
Expected Start: mid January 2016 (negotiable)

  • Edge of Tanami and Great Sandy Deserts, 3 hours south of Halls Creek
  • Classification: Full time, renewable 1 year contract position with a 3 month & 6 month probation period
  • Salary: $55,000 – $65,000 (dep on experience) + super
  • Salary sacrifice available
  • Accommodation provided

Warlayirti Artists Aboriginal Corporation (WAAC) is located in Wirrimanu (Balgo) WA, 860kms northwest of Alice Springs along the Tanami Track and 270kms south of Halls Creek. Warlayirti Artists supports the art and culture of Indigenous people in the Kutjungka region (Wirrimanu, Kururrungku and Mulan), generating social and economic benefits that flow from the production and sale of their art.
‘Balgo Art’ is an important and developing brand in the national and international art market. Over the last 25 years WAAC has developed into a nationally and internationally acclaimed centre for Indigenous art that provides opportunity for many local artists to produce and sell fine art that is highly valued in the art market.

Warlayirti Artists operates from a community development framework implementing community development principles and processes to maximise the participation of the Indigenous staff, Board of Directors and artists in the organisation. It is a 100% aboriginal-owned corporation, incorporated under the Corporations Act (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander2010)
Warlayirti Artists is a significant and dynamic remote area business, which demands a commitment to the aims of the organisation:

  • Promote, preserve and enrich cultures in the region
  • Provide appropriate economic opportunities for community members
  •  Nurture and develop artistic and commercial excellence
  • Diversify creative and learning opportunities for community members

Position Overview
The General Manager of Warlayirti Artists is the primary position at an operational and management level and requires an applicant with a combination of both arts sector and business management skills, a commitment to living and working on an aboriginal community and values grounded in community development.

Position Objectives
-Leadership: To work with the Warlayirti Artists Board of Directors to re-imagine the future of the organisation;
-Sustainability: Employ a range of business development approaches including sales, business and philanthropic sponsorship, fee for service and grants to ensure to build a sustainable indigenous creative industries enterprise;
-Working alongside Aboriginal people:To promote and encourage Aboriginal employment and participation in the Art Centre;
-Networked: To network and generate mutually beneficial relationships with the wider arts sector, business, government agencies and local community organisations;
-Governance: Strengthen the organisation with continued good governance training and practices

Potential applicants please note: the Board are interested in applications from couples
who are willing to job share.
You are encouraged to submit such an application, clearly indicating which person would be the “Team Leader” in such an arrangement.

Position Description with contact details for further information is attached.
For further information please email

Warlayirti General Manager PD