Director, Finance & Corporate Services


The Finance & Corporate Services Division is made up of the Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, Building Services, Design Studio and Records Management departments of the MCA. It is a division of efficient, effective, approachable enablers who deliver vital services that empower staff and create the environment for visitors to have the best possible experience of art and ideas at the MCA.

The Finance & Corporate Services Division contributes to the realisation of MCA’s vision in two principal ways: It keeps the core of the MCA running in an efficient and effective way in order to create a strong foundation that supports the whole of the MCA to achieve its ambitions; and it also works to transform this core, modernising it to increase the organisation’s efficiency and strongly support the vitality of the organisation.

The Division strives for excellence in all its activities, displaying forward thinking, visionary and outward looking behaviours. The division is innovative, resourceful and displays best practice in its processes. Supporting the whole of the MCA, the division is collaborative, approachable, dynamic, flexible and highly skilled.

Overview of the position

Reporting to the MCA Director, the Director, Finance & Corporate Services is one of a team of four supporting the leadership of MCA and the shaping of its future. This role supports the Director in the development of strategy and policy, while taking the lead on planning, budgeting and performance management. They will provide a number of specialist corporate services to the whole of MCA, while also being the champion for business excellence and efficiency across the organisation. The role will also oversee company secretarial duties for the Museum of Contemporary Art Limited while supporting the Director in other ongoing aspects of corporate governance and compliance. Finally, the Director, Finance & Corporate Services will take the lead internally on any future capital developments, as needed.

The Director, Finance & Corporate Services will directly manage a number of budgets and a team of eight direct reports: Chief Financial Officer, Human Resources Manager, Building Services Manager, IT Manager, Design Studio Manager, Graphic Design Manager, Archives & Records Management Coordinator and Receptionist.

Tasks and responsibilities of the position

• Supporting the Director in the development of strategy and policy to guide the future direction of MCA
• Taking the lead on policy development in areas related to the health of MCA as a business and its sustainability into the future (economic, social and environmental)
• Devising, maintaining and leading processes that support planning, performance management and risk management across the operation, including oversight of WHS practices
• Devising, maintaining and leading processes that support budget setting and financial management across the operation
• Managing the regular audit of these processes, and MCA’s relationship with external auditors
• Overseeing human resource planning, management and change
• Overseeing knowledge management and the provision of information technology services
• Overseeing the delivery of building services, including to the off-site art storage facility
• Ensuring that the MCA’s physical, people and information assets are effectively managed
• Taking the lead in the delivery of continuous business improvement within MCA, including by convening and leading cross-disciplinary project groups to resolve particular process or system issues, particularly in the Digital space
• Overseeing the provision of company secretarial responsibilities to Museum of Contemporary Art Limited
• Supporting the Director in other ongoing aspects of corporate governance and compliance, managing relationships with external legal advisors where appropriate
• Managing relationships with, and meeting the acquittal requirements of, key funding bodies and government stakeholders, including Create NSW and the Australia Council
• Managing other key institutional stakeholders who impact on the operations of MCA, including Property NSW, Sydney Ports and MCA’s building tenants
• Providing internal leadership and coordination of any future capital developments, as needed
• Management of the corporate services budgets and eight direct reports
• Change Management/Flexibility – Ability to demonstrate support for innovation and for organisational changes required to improve the MCA’s effectiveness.

Accountabilities of the position as a member of MCA’s Senior team are:

Leadership of MCA Australia and the provision of clear direction and support to staff to ensure a high level of staff effectiveness and job satisfaction.

Person Specification

The person we are looking for is a highly organised individual, with senior level experience in business management, probably in an arts or cultural organisation or not-for-profit. They have a track record in developing strategy and policy, overseeing planning and budgeting processes and managing and reporting against performance. They have high standards and an ability both to operate at a big picture level and to attend to detail. Creative and innovative, the candidate will have an enthusiasm for continual improvement and experience in managing change. Financial or business qualifications are essential, and experience of acting as company secretary is preferred. The candidate will be a strong communicator, capable of leading on the MCA’s public sector funding and institutional relationships. They will be keen to play an active part in a dynamic management team within the MCA.

Key selection criteria

Essential criteria
Applicants must be able to demonstrate they have:

• relevant tertiary qualifications in a financial or business related discipline
• demonstrable experience of strategy and policy development
• senior level experience of the delivery of business planning, budgeting and risk management processes including WHS, and of performance management and reporting
• senior level experience of delivering corporate services to an organisation
• demonstrable experience of having driven business excellence programs and a commitment to rigor in process and standards
• demonstrable experience of change management in an organisation
• senior level project management experience, preferably of a capital development
• senior level experience of direct and indirect people management and of ensuring that staff are working collectively and collaboratively to achieve organizational objectives
• senior level experience of managing large budgets
• experience of supporting the effective governance and compliance of an organisation
• ability to build and maintain relationships with stakeholders and effectively advocate on behalf on the museum
• outstanding interpersonal and communication skills
• ability to exercise effective judgment and make complex decisions, often in the absence of precedent.

Desirable criteria
It would be good if applicants have:

• experience of acting as Company Secretary
• experience of working in the cultural sector or a demonstrated understanding of this sector.

Applications how-to

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Closing date
Friday 26th April 2019.

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