• Full-time, permanent position
• Core part of the MCA Leadership Team
• Reports to the MCA Director
Overview of the position
Reporting to the MCA Director, the Director, Finance and 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 the 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 and Corporate Services will take the lead internally on any future capital developments, as needed.
The Director, Finance and Corporate Services will directly manage a number of budgets and a team of eight direct reports including the Chief Financial Officer, Human Resources Manager, Building Services Manager, IT Services Manager, IT Project Manager, Graphic Design Manager, Design Studio Manager, and Receptionist/Office Coordinator.
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 the 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.
• Devising, maintaining and leading processes that support budget setting and financial management across the operation.
• Managing the regular audit of these processes, and the 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 the 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 and 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 Place Management 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.
Accountabilities as a member of MCA’s leadership team:
Leadership of the MCA, and the provision of clear direction and support to staff to ensure a high level of staff effectiveness and job satisfaction.
The person we are looking for is a highly organised individual, with senior level experience in business management, possibly in an arts or cultural organisation or not-for-profit. They will have a track record in developing strategy and policy, overseeing planning and budgeting processes and managing and reporting against performance. They will have high standards and an ability both to operate at a big picture level and to attend to detail. Creative and innovative, they will have an enthusiasm for continuous improvement and experience in managing change. Financial or business qualifications are essential, and experience of acting as company secretary is preferred. They 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
Applicants must be able to demonstrate they have:
• relevant tertiary qualifications in a financial or business-related discipline
• proven experience of strategy and policy development
• senior level experience of the delivery of business planning, budgeting and risk management processes and of performance management and reporting
• senior level experience delivering corporate services to an organisation
• experience driving business excellence programs and a commitment to rigor in process and standards
• organisational change management experience
• senior level project management experience, preferably of a capital development
• senior level experience of direct and indirect people management and ensuring that staff are working collectively and collaboratively to achieve organisational objectives
• senior level experience managing large budgets
• experience supporting the effective governance and compliance of an organisation
• the ability to build and maintain relationships with stakeholders and effectively advocate on behalf of the museum
• outstanding interpersonal and communication skills
• the ability to exercise effective judgment and make complex decisions, often in the absence of precedent.
It would be good if applicants have:
• experience acting as Company Secretary
• experience working in the cultural sector or a demonstrated understanding of this sector.
Please visit the MCA website to view the full position description and for information on how to apply.
Working for the MCA
The MCA is committed to equal opportunity and diversity. The MCA promotes a work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment, and where individuals are treated with fairness, equality and dignity.