20 August 2019

Opportunity Description

The Visual Arts Network of South Africa is looking for a versatile and organised strategic thinker with strong business acumen to lead the organisation into a sustainable, dynamic and resilient network-based organisation.

VANSA has positioned itself as a support point and knowledge base for contemporary art practice in South Africa, developing strategic interventions that strengthen the overall ecology of the field, working with a diverse network of partners and interests locally, continentally and globally.

Reporting to the VANSA Board of Directors, you will be responsible for developing and implementing a sustainability agenda for the organisation, managing an annual budget of R4 – R5 million, as well as managing a core team of 4-5 staff at our national office based in Johannesburg.

Strategic Business Development:

  • Evaluate the business model and assess it in relation to the organisation’s strategic plan, and the current and future needs of the organisation.
  • Develop and implement a sustainability plan in line with the organisational strategy and in relation to current and future needs of the organisation.
  • Develop and manage new and existing partnerships.
  • Drive the financial strategy of the organisation, ensuring strong systems are in place for the management of financial resources.

Organisational Development:

  • Directing the core business of the organisation namely; Research, Advocacy & Lobbying, Membership & Stakeholder relations.
  • Provide oversight on projects.
  • Staff development as per the needs of the organisation.
  • Manage and develop the governance structure of the organisation.

Essential Competencies:

  • Knowledge of the contemporary art field in South Africa, Africa and globally (not necessarily confined to visual arts).
  • Knowledge of the cultural policy landscape in South Africa, and experience working with lobbying government.
  • Strong business acumen and entrepreneurial skills.
  • Experience in managing relationships with partners and funders.
  • Experience in programme and project management.
  • Experience in developing and applying organisational policies.
  • Experience of financial management and systems.
  • Experience in managing and developing people/teams, and in working with a board or similar structure.
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills; strong interpersonal and networking skills.
  • Willingness to sometimes work irregular hours.
  • Willingness to travel extensively locally and internationally.
  • A drivers license.
  • Relevant tertiary qualification.

Desirable Competencies:

  • Ability to communicate effectively in at least one South African language other than English or Afrikaans.
  • Experience in designing and managing research projects.
  • Experience working with social media and the web in marketing and communications.

Starting salary: R360 000 per annum (cost to organisation), renewable and reviewed annually subject to the financial position of the organisation.

Start date: 1 October 2019

How to Apply

Please send a CV and covering letter motivating your suitability for the position, including details for at least two contactable referees to submissions@vansa.co.za.