Job Details


Jan 10, 2022


Regional Western Australia


Negotiable / Not set

Closing Date

Feb 9, 2022

Contact Name

Justin Macdonnell

Contact Email Address

Marrugeku Inc.

General Manager

Marrugeku Inc, one of Australia’s leading medium-scaled dance companies, is seeking a General Manager to help shape its exciting future.  We’re looking for a dynamic, self-starting person, experienced in the non-profit performing arts and capable of providing the Company with leadership and management skills from its Broome base for its regional, national and international activities. 


Marrugeku is an un-paralleled presence in Australia today, dedicated to Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians working together to develop new dance theatre languages that are restless, transformative and unwavering. Marrugeku builds bridges and breaks down walls between urban and remote dance communities, between Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists and between local and global situations. Marrugeku is led by co-Artistic Directors: choreographer/dancer Dalisa Pigram and director/dramaturge Rachael Swain. Working together for 27 years, they co-conceive and facilitate Marrugeku’s productions and research laboratories, introducing audiences to the unique and potent structures of Indigenous knowledge systems and the compelling experience of intercultural performance. Marrugeku’s patron is Yawuru law man and national reconciliation advocate Senator Patrick Dodson.

Working from our bi-coastal operations in the remote Kimberley town of Broome, Western Australia and the metropolitan centre of Carriageworks, Sydney, our productions tour throughout urban and remote Australia, to other Indigenous contexts internationally and throughout the world.


Marrugeku is a dynamic and diverse  company that demonstrates excellence and leadership locally, nationally and internationally. It has recently joined the National Performing Arts Partnership Framework (NPAPF) thereby  securing  federal and state (WA) funding for an indicative 8 years through a joint agreement from 2021. Marrugeku also receives multi-year funding from Create NSW.


Further information on the Company may be found at:


The General Manager is part of a three person leadership team that delivers the artistic goals and business outcomes of Marrugeku.  In conjunction with the co-Artistic Directors, the General Manager ensures the Company’s artistic and economic viability and meets stakeholder obligations. The General Manager is also responsible for ensuring that the Company’s financial, physical and human resources are maintained and enhanced to safeguard its short- and long-term future.


The General Manager has oversight and general responsibility for the production, marketing, development, artistic and administrative functions so that the Company’s objectives  are achieved.


The General Manager ensures that the co- Artistic Directors and Board are provided with high level advice regarding  statutory, corporate and legal obligations of the Company and oversees the reporting and  management of its compliance obligations. With the co-Artistic Directors, the General Manager assumes a prime advocacy role for the Company and the art form within the broader community as well as with stakeholders and across the cultural and performing arts sectors.

The position is located at the Marrugeku office in Broome with periodic travel elsewhere in Australia. A salary package including contribution towards relocation costs can be negotiated depending on experience.


The General Manager is responsible to the CEOs and Board of Directors.


The Following positions work alongside the General Manager:

·       Artistic Co-Directors/joint-CEOs

·       Strategy and Sales Consultant


The following positions report to the General Manager:

·       Operations Manager/ Producer full-time

·       Financial Advisor contractor

·       Bookkeeper contractor

·       Social media contractor (casual)

·       Contracted Project Staff (casual)


Key Areas

·       General Administration

·       Financial Administration

·       Government Funding

·       Governance

·       Marketing and Fundraising

·       Project and Program Co-ordination and Management




General Administration

·       Managing office operations in Broome and Sydney and any administrative staff from time to time

·       Supervising and maintaining company records and statutory compliance (with OM/P)

·       Managing and maintaining systems for all Company activities

·       Managing and maintaining the assets of the Company

·       Overseeing communication with co-Artistic Directors, contractors, artists and project teams (with OM/P)

·       Purchasing and procurement of office equipment and supplies


Financial Administration

·       Preparing, monitoring and reporting on budgets and cash flow (with CP)

·       Managing income and expenditure in line with budgets

·       Management of wages, fees and allowances for all Company activities

·       Managing financial records and bookkeeping

·       Preparing Financial Reports for presentation to the Board (with FA and HT);

·       Managing the audit process, Annual Reports with Board and reporting to ACNC (with FA and contractor)


Government Funding

·       Managing relations with government funding agencies

·       Management of the preparation of grant applications and acquittals to funding agencies (with CP/AD/SSC)

·       Management of the program and financial reporting to the funding agencies (multi-year funding) (with CP/AD/SSC/FA)



·       Managing all legal and fiduciary matters. (with BC)

·       Monitoring and reporting on the multi-year strategic plan

·       Managing the affairs of the Board and its committees including meetings, reports and records (with BC)

·       Managing the annual governance cycle (e.g. planning, budgets, AGM, etc) (with BC)


Projects and Program

·       Negotiation and oversight of all presentations and tours within WA (with CP)

·       Supervising the issuing of all contracts with and insurances for permanent employees, creative teams, artists and production staff (with OM/P)

·       Preparing and/or reviewing all agreements with presenters as negotiated by CP and SSC. 

·       Ensuring the timely delivery of all artistic and production resources to ADs 


Marketing and Fundraising

·       Acting as the public face of the Company for all non-artistic matters

·       Ensuring consistency in all branding, external messaging, public statements and reports

·       Supervising the activities of staff and contractors in marketing and publicity (with OM/P)

·       Coordinating the activities of donor solicitation and reporting on their results (with SSC)

·       Managing relations with active private funders/donors


CP = Creative Producer

AD = Artistic Director

SSC = Sales and Strategy Consultant

BC = Board Chair

HT = Honorary Treasurer

OM/P = Operations Manager/ Producer

FA = Financial Advisor




·       A minimum of 5 years’ executive experience in performing arts management

·       Proven record of successful strategic planning and implementation of operational plans

·       Experience of financial responsibility of a medium sized organisation including a demonstrated capacity to manage and monitor production budgets

·       Developed skills in communication and negotiation

·       Strong initiative and ability to motivate and lead

·       Familiarity with the broad performing arts scene and its leading personalities and especially with physical theatre, dance and contemporary theatre and the Indigenous performing arts



·      Cultural competence in working in intercultural and Indigenous circumstances

·      Knowledge and experience of reporting to and working with non-profit boards and committees

·      Broad knowledge of arts funding environment and compliance

·      Interest in dance-theatre and a commitment to innovation in the arts

·      Experience in marketing and development

·      Some producing experience in the live performing arts


Your application should include a statement addressing the selection criteria, a CV and the names and contact details of two professional persons from whom confidential references may be sought.

Please email your application to  by COB on Wednesday 9 February 2022.


If you want to discuss the position, please call Justin Macdonnell on 0438 443 459 or email

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