Chief Executive Officer

Monday, 20 Mar 2023

Rock Art Australia Limited (“RAA”) is a registered DGR under subdivision 30-B of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997. It is a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to bringing science and Aboriginal knowledge together to fund the study of Indigenous rock art in Australia. Research will always be in partnership with Aboriginal people. RAA’s focus is on areas such as the Kimberley and Arnhem Land. The role requires a preparedness to travel, often to remote locations. Further information may be found at:

There are four main elements to the CEO role:
• The CEO is responsible for the management of the organisation including stewardship of the foundation’s vision and mission and reputation. The CEO takes the lead on all administration and operations activities.

• RAA has relationships with the Traditional Owner groups in rock art provinces where it wishes to support research activities. RAA also maintains relationships with indigenous bodies such as Kimberley Land Council and others. The CEO is responsible for maintaining and managing these relationships.

• The CEO takes the lead on all fundraising activities – including donor engagement and events. RAA holds ~5-10 donor events per year in which the CEO plays a major role.

• The CEO works with RAA’s Science Advisory Council and with the University of Western Australia and University of Melbourne and other institutions. RAA does not undertake research itself but rather makes grants (often in collaboration with other funding groups) to scientific institutions to undertake research projects.

Candidates will need to demonstrate competence in the following areas:
• Strategic thinking – ability to demonstrate strategic thinking and initiative, develop business plans, identify opportunities and stay focussed on mission

• Board reporting – proven ability to report to a Board

• Record of success with donor relationships and outcomes

• Communication skills – proven ability to write and communicate effectively. Public speaking and media experience a plus.

• Leadership experience – proven ability to lead a team and manage staff on a day-to-day basis, delegating effectively and overseeing performance management

• Interpersonal skills and relationship building

• Multiple stakeholders – experience in dealing with and managing multiple stakeholders (pro-bono partners, university chairs, researchers, indigenous organisations, donors, sponsors etc)

• Not-for-profit experience – not critical, but experience would be viewed favourably

• For purpose experience – not critical, but experience would be viewed favourably

• Knowledge and familiarity with Indigenous organisations and individuals – not critical, but experience would be viewed favourably

A full Position Description is available from the consultant coordinating the recruitment by calling Alan Wilson on 0414 470 460 or emailing [email protected]