Chief Executive Officer 

Position Description 


About No Strings 

No Strings proudly works exclusively with performers living with disability. Our people are the stars. We produce award-winning productions with local, national and international tours that deeply move audiences to the point where disability disappears.

No Strings is leading the way to extend the art form, providing opportunity and access. We believe in breaking the “fifth wall” – the barriers associated with disability. We entertain while we empower and we celebrate ability while being committed to excellence and innovation.

No Strings is about breaking down barriers, raising our voices, and showing the world what people with disability can achieve.

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Position Overview 

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of No Strings is the senior operational leader of the organisation and directs No Strings’ role as a key organisation delivering arts for disabled people. Exceptional leadership, advocacy and collaboration are the core qualities involved in this work. 

This is a part time (0.6) position.

Salary $100,000 p.a. FTE.


 Position Description 

1. Provide clear and inspirational leadership 

a. Provide appropriate direction and focus to ensure No Strings’ long‐term success,

b. Identify and engage with key stakeholders and develop communications strategies that ensure No Strings effectively represents the needs and aspirations of its members, 

c. Foster and maintain excellent relationships with key government and industry stakeholders, 

d. Develop strategic alliances with key cultural organisations, governments, peak bodies, donors and the media to enhance No Strings’ reputation and profile. 


2. Deliver the No Strings’ Strategic Plan 

a. Lead the implementation of the strategic plan, 

b. Oversee the effective development and implementation of the organisation’s key programs: 

• Workshop program, 

• Artistic program, 

• Community engagement,

• International engagement’

• Other forums and events.  

c. Work with the Board to implement strategies and systems that are aligned with No Strings’ mission and regulatory requirements, 

d. Develop a systematic approach to fundraising to ensure No Strings is well positioned and capable of undertaking successful fundraising as an integral part of its operations, 

e. Ensure that committees and working parties of the No Strings Board are supported to carry out their work, 

f. Develop quality information and promotional publications for key stakeholders and fundraising campaigns, 

g. Research, develop and implement opportunities for new arts partnerships, programs and national initiatives, in line with the No Strings Strategic Plan. 


3. Manage efficient and well‐governed operations 

a. Ensure the effective management of the organisation and its programs and services including meeting all funding and contractual requirements,

b. Recruit and contract the best possible personnel, ensuring that staff, contractors and consultants commit to the highest standards of professional practice, 

c. Manage and report to the Board about No Strings’ operations to a high standard, including strategic and business plans, annual reports and policy development including evidence of KPIs.

d. Undertake international, interstate and intrastate travel as required, 

e. Work with the Board to oversee No Strings’ financial performance, including fundraising to improve the organisation’s ability to deliver quality programs and services, 

f. Manage budgets, accounts and financial reports, and oversee all day‐to‐day financial processes, 

g. Work with the Board to ensure proper care and adherence to No Strings’ principles, standards and reputation, demonstrating impeccable transparency and accountability,

h. Ensure compliance with all relevant state and federal regulatory frameworks, 

i. Work to continually improve the organisation’s operational and governance arrangements, including annual, consultative evaluation and review. 


Selection Criteria 


a. Proven capacity to create and instil a high-performance, collaborative and supportive culture within an organisation.

b. Demonstrated experience in developing and implementing strategic and operational plans in an arts environment.  

c. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills including an exceptional capability to develop and maintain high level relationships with a broad range of key stakeholders.

d. Demonstrated knowledge of the arts sector, including a sophisticated understanding of government policies and priorities relevant to the South Australian arts sector. 

e. Proven capability in developing strategies to secure and increase income and revenue from multiple sources including government, corporate and philanthropic sources. 



• Knowledge of the disability sector. While direct/personal experience with disability is not mandatory applicants should show evidence and awareness of government policies, organisations/networks and advocacy discourse.

• A relevant qualification in business, management and/or finance,

• Senior arts management experience. 

Evidence of Qualities:

• Conservative operational style that also stimulates growth.

• Rigidly flexible approach and lateral thinking.

• Evidence of creative, ambitious, vision to the role and the growth of the company. 

• Good presentation skills. 

• Ability to communicate complex ideas to diverse stakeholders.



Please submit a covering letter addressed to the Chair outlining your vision for No Strings and your suitability for the role addressing the selection criteria as outlined in the Position Description and referencing the No Strings Strategic Plan. This letter should be no longer that 2 pages.

Attach your Curriculum Vitae, including the names of three referees.

Email your application to : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Deadline: 12 October 2020