30 September, 2022

Careers: Acting Director



Position title: Acting Director
Category of employment: 1 year contract, full-time position
Reports to: NorthSite Board Chair and Board
Closing date: 19 October 2022



NorthSite is a leading contemporary art gallery located within the Cairns CBD. Each year, NorthSite engages with over 300 artists to deliver exhibitions and programs to Far North Queensland and beyond.

The NorthSite Mission is to link ideas, artists, audiences and supporters to present contemporary art and design that brings people together, stimulates conversation and provides transformative experiences.

NorthSite has a fundamental role to play in ensuring the promotion of contemporary art in Cairns and greater North Queensland, through the on-going development, delivery and promotion of exhibitions and programs and provision of artist services.


The Acting Director will lead the organisation’s artistic vision, exhibitions, and programs throughout 2023, during the Artistic Director/CEO’s maternity leave (1 March – 1 November 2023 -provisional), as set out in the 2023 program aligned with NorthSite’s Strategic Plan 2020-2025.

As Acting Director, you will be responsible for leading a team of 8 professional arts workers, across exhibitions, programs, retail, communications and finance portfolios with a hands-on approach to exhibition development and delivery.

The Acting Director will be responsible for overseeing the delivery of the overall strategic objectives, artistic output, retail activities, communications and financial performance of the company in 2023, guided by and enhancing NorthSite’s vision, purpose and values. The Acting Director will be responsible for reporting the financial and operational performance of the company to the Board of Directors at bi-monthly meetings.

The Acting Director will oversee the company’s exhibitions and creative programs, supervise and mentor staff to assist with the delivery of all aspects of daily operations. The Acting Director will ensure personnel are supported and have all the information they require to carry out their duties in the most effective, efficient, and professional manner.

The Acting Director will be supported by the Executive Administrator and Chairperson to ensure strong governance processes are upheld and ensure ongoing financial stability. A four-month handover and collaboration period will be allowed for with the Artistic Director/CEO.


Applicants must be able to demonstrate commitment and experience in related roles, with:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal and negotiation skills
  • Experience with HR and excellent team management
  • Proven project management skills, inc. financial processes and contract management
  • Ability to prioritise team and individual work to meet deadlines – self-motivated, flexible and resourceful
  • Experience with statistics and reporting, writing/updating processes, protocols and plans
  • Evidenced familiarly sourcing new avenues of financial support for artists & arts activities
  • Knowledge of all-ability and diversity access principles, high cultural competency
  • Understanding of diverse artistic practices and operation of studio/gallery environments
  • Detailed understanding of industry with ability to identify and articulate important issues
  • Experience in safe-handling of works of art and managing WH&S processes
  • Precise attention to detail and commitment to transparency & accuracy
  • Good time-management skills and ability to manage workflow and provide regular updates to colleagues, partners and Board members


  • Driver’s License
  • Experience with Mac computer systems, software integrations and applications including Microsoft Office, Filemaker Pro, Trello, Hubspot, Vend, Eventbrite and Adobe Creative Suite


  • Reports to the NorthSite Board Chair and Board
  • Internal liaisons – NorthSite Board of Directors, other staff including Executive Administrator, Curator, Communications Coordinator, Retail Manager, Gallery Officer, Events and Content Producer, Programs Coordinator, volunteers, studio technicians, contracted facilitators, artists, and other Bulmba-ja tenants
  • External liaisons – workshop and program participants, patrons to the galleries, arts peers, community, government, industry, and business associates


Download the Position Description document to ensure you meet the criteria. Provide the information outlined in the Position Description document and click the “Apply Now” button to submit your application.