Visual Arts Program Manager (Non-ongoing)

Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Mar 06

Position description

The vacancy is to cover a period of 8 months due to maternity leave. The planned start time is around the beginning of May 2020.

The Visual Arts Program Manager position works in the Embassy’s Public Diplomacy Branch with the Cultural Affairs Manager, and is responsible for implementing a range of initiatives in support of the Embassy’s Cultural Diplomacy objectives. The role reports to the Minister Counsellor (Public Diplomacy).

The position requires strong arts administration skills to function within a bureaucratic environment. The role works across multiple cultural genres and events simultaneously. All facets of arts administration are employed in this role, including program planning, budgeting, writing grants, briefs and support material, touring elements, managing guest lists and working on multiple programs in a fast paced environment. 


We offer a competitive package of benefits which includes medical employer subsidised group insurance, dental insurance, vision care and an employer matched retirement plan. In addition, we offer 22 days recreation leave and 18 days sick leave each year (pro-rated for part time employment). The Mission observes 14 public holidays each year. For further information - please use the link provided 

Additional Information

Employment in the advertised position is dependent on the employee having or acquiring a valid DFAT probity check. Probity checks can take some time to process, and employment cannot be commenced until an appropriate check is confirmed. There is no guarantee that the successful candidate for the position will be successful in obtaining a probity check. The inability to obtain a probity check prevents that applicant from being employed and loss of a probity check at any time will lead to termination of employment.



  • Knowledge and experience in arts administration practices, and the development and delivery of a wide range of cultural projects.

  • Knowledge and experience in the process of exhibiting art and managing art assets.

  • Experience and capacity to handle multiple projects simultaneously.

  • Demonstrated ability to contribute effectively as a member of a small team, including proven initiative, cooperation, flexibility and reliability.


The ideal candidate would have a working knowledge of the Australian arts sector; would have an understanding of the US arts scene; a network of contacts in the Washington DC arts area; experience with the parameters of working in government; have a problem solving disposition and a track record of working within a fast paced demanding workload.

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