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We're hiring an Arts Development Manager

Join the Accessible Arts Team

We’re recruiting for an Arts Development Manager. This rewarding part-time position (up to 30 hours per week) offers a flexible working from home arrangement for a twelve-month contract, with the possibility to extend.

This is an ideal position for someone with Arts Development experience who is looking for a meaningful role in the arts and culture sector.

About Accessible Arts

Accessible Arts is the peak arts and disability organisation for NSW. We advance the rights of, and opportunities for, people with disability or who are Deaf to develop and sustain professional careers in the arts and have equitable access to arts and culture across NSW.

About The Position

The Arts Development Manager will be responsible for all aspects of developing and delivering a program of activities in consultation with the CEO and the Accessible Arts team. These activities will enhance opportunities for people with disability to participate in quality creative activities across all artforms as arts practitioners and audiences.

  • Contract position offering flexible working arrangements
  • An attractive salary will be offered commensurate with experience and industry standards
  • This position reports to the CEO
  • Occasional evening and weekend work may be required to represent the organisation at external events and attend Accessible Arts events

Position Responsibilities

The Arts Development Manager has responsibility for the following areas:

Program delivery – Work with the CEO and team to deliver a program of activity for 2023 as outlined in the Strategic Plan, including: In Conversation, Access: Ideas and Insights panel conversations, Advance Your Career professional development workshops, Bundanon Residency Program, Front and Centre Mentorship Program, Disability and Culturally Diverse Internship Program and Next Level Mentorship Program.

Partnerships – Broker and manage creative development collaborations, programs and relationships that will increase participation for arts practitioners with disability in the arts in NSW.

Advice and support – Provide ongoing support to artists with disability, including information about potential arts funding sources. Act as a referral point for all matters relating to inclusion and access to the arts across the state.

Fee for service work – Work with the CEO to further develop the Aarts consulting packages; identifying and securing fee for service work including Disability Inclusion Action Plans, Walk and Talk Access Audits, Website Audits and other access and inclusion opportunities. This role will also liaise with the Aarts contractor consultants and advisors used to deliver the fee for service work.

Promotion – Work with the Marketing Manager to ensure regular exposure of work and identify and build new partnerships between and within the arts and cultural sectors and the disability sector across the state.

Advocacy – Provide informed policy advice to the CEO as required. Coordinate and facilitate meetings with the Aarts Advisory team. Represent Aarts as and when required in community and sector forums.

Other duties as required.

 Key Priorities 2023

For this current period, the following areas have been identified as priorities.

Programming and development: Work with the CEO and team to deliver a program of public activity for 2023 as outlined in the current strategic plan, including: In Conversation, Access: Ideas and Insights panel conversations, Advance Your Career professional development workshops.

Consulting: Oversee the delivery of consultancy services including Disability Inclusion Action Plans, Walk and Talk Access Audits and Website Audits. Identify and build new partnership opportunities within the arts and cultural sectors and the disability sector across the state. Work with the Marketing and Communications Manager and the CEO to explore new ways to grow our core client base and/or research opportunities for partnerships with arts organisations, cultural providers or government agencies that will expand our client base.

Advocacy: Work with the CEO and the Marketing and Development Manager to devise and implement strategies for further developing the role of AArts as the primary NSW advocacy body for the sector.

Key external relationships

Primary liaison with:

  • arts and disability organisations in Sydney, regional NSW and ACT;
  • national arts and disability network;
  • arts workers; and
  • artists with disability.

Some liaison may be required from time to time with:

  • Corporate partners, sponsors, event suppliers, venues and funders.

 Selection Criteria


  • Demonstrated knowledge of arts, cultural and community networks in NSW, ACT and nationally;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of arts and disability practice and artists with disability;
  • Knowledge of government policies and trends relevant to the arts and disability;
  • Knowledge and experience delivering training and/or managing projects;
  • Strong relationship management, partnership development and negotiation skills;
  • Demonstrated arts management experience (e.g. grant application and acquittal process, committee management, report writing);
  • Knowledge of the disability sector, including access and inclusion principles


  • Identify as someone with lived experience of disability or who is d/Deaf;

To Apply

  • Please apply with a CV and a covering letter addressing your suitability for the position. Please email your CV and cover letter to:
  • Alternative application formats  such as video formats will be accepted.
  • Accessible Arts values and promotes diversity and inclusion in our workplace and encourages people with disability, First Nations people and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, sexualities and gender identities to apply.
  • Applications close: Sunday 22 Jan 2023


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