Chief Executive Officer

Cultural Facilities Corporation
Closing Date
Sun, 20th June 2021
Position Type
Full Time
$307,053 - $319,330

This is an exciting and high profile leadership opportunity, managing major arts and heritage assets in Canberra, the nation’s capital. The position offers a unique combination of cultural leadership functions, covering the performing arts, the visual arts, social history and cultural heritage management. You will be joining the organisation at a pivotal time in its existence, when it will be a key contributor to the development of a new 2,000-seat theatre that will be the centrepiece of a civic, arts and cultural precinct in Canberra’s city centre.

This rewarding role as a leader in the ACT’s arts and cultural life will build on a strong foundation of attracting, supporting and developing world class productions, exhibitions and cultural experiences.

Reporting to the ACT Minister for the Arts and a Board, you will lead a dynamic and passionate team of people dedicated to their role in celebrating Canberra as a thriving community that is home to the most active cultural audiences and participants in the country, and as the nation’s capital.

The Cultural Facilities Corporation (CFC), as an ACT Government Statutory Authority is responsible for:

  • the Canberra Theatre Centre – the main performing arts centre for the region and a major venue in the national touring circuit;
  • the Canberra Museum and Gallery – a major facility that explores the region’s visual arts and history and includes the renowned Nolan Collection; and
  • three Historic Places that reflect different aspects of Canberra’s history and contemporary life : Lanyon, Calthorpes’ House and Mugga-Mugga.

You will need demonstrated leadership experience in the cultural sector, preferably in a public administration context, with a passion for the role of arts, culture, and heritage in our community.

You will pursue the CFC’s strategic direction, lead a resilient and high performing team, manage the organisation’s assets, ensure its financial health, and provide high standards of governance.

Remuneration: The position attracts a remuneration package ranging from $307,053 - $319,330 depending on current superannuation arrangements of the successful applicant. This includes a cash component of $245,543. In addition, a payment in lieu of an executive vehicle at $24,500 per annum is available.

Contract: The successful applicant will be engaged as a public servant under a performance-based contract and will be appointed as the Chief Executive Officer under the Financial Management Act 1996 and the Cultural Facilities Corporation Act 1997 for a period of up to five years. Prospective applicants should be aware that details of long-term engagements are tabled in the ACT Legislative Assembly.


For a full position description and details on how to apply please contact Leanne Power, Executive Branch Manager, Office of the Head of Service,, (02) 6207 5990.

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Contact: Kathy Leigh, Head of Service and Director-General,, (02) 6205 0246

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