VACANCY: Sibikwa Arts Centre – Arts Business Manager.

Sibikwa Arts Centre
Sibikwa Arts Centre

The Sibikwa Arts Centre in Benoni has an opening for an experienced Arts Business Manager.

The Role: This exciting new post will identify opportunities for growth and income generation both from existing activities, and from the development of new partnerships and funding opportunities. You will work directly with the Executive Directors to scope, develop and implement initiatives directly targeted at improving the financial position and business growth. As the successful candidate, you will bring invaluable expertise, through a combination of strategic, business management, fundraising, commercial, procurement, and project management skills. You will have effective business planning and contract management experience, together with excellent numeracy and written communication skills. You will be driven by a passion for your work and a desire to seek opportunities for improvement and income generation. You will be adept at forging collaborative and productive partnerships, be solution orientated and bring energy, commitment and fresh ideas to Sibikwa.

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The ideal candidate must be willing to work evenings, weekends and public holidays; and must be willing to travel.

Representative Duties:

  1. Assume management responsibility for assigned services and activities of Sibikwa including promotion and institutional development; develop, produce, schedule and oversee all Sibikwa programmes and projects.
  2. Manage and participate in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for assigned programmes and projects; recommend and administer policies and procedures.
  3. Identify opportunities for improving service delivery methods and procedures; identify resource needs; review with appropriate management staff; implement improvements.
  4. Plan, direct, coordinate, and review the work plan for all activities; assign work activities and projects; monitor work flow; review and evaluate work products, methods, and procedures; meet with staff to identify and resolve problems.
  5. Oversee all financial affairs and revenue development including overseeing cash flow, revenues, expenditures, and evaluating quarterly financial reviews; monitor monthly tracking of revenues, expenditures, and quarterly financial reviews; and draw up project budgets under the guidance of the Executive Directors.
  6. Identify new funding opportunities; maintain and develop existing funding through grants, sponsorships, and donations; administer and ensure proper grant application, implementation and close out.
  7. Write funding reports as required; monitor and evaluate projects and programmes.
  8. Identify artistic corporate business opportunities for Sibikwa’s professional performances and educational projects.
  9. Represent Sibikwa to councils, commissions, the community and a variety of outside organisations and agencies; coordinate assigned activities with outside agencies and organisations.
  10. Plan, establish, direct and maintain community arts development including consulting, coordinating, and monitoring producers and providers; provide organisational support as needed.
  11. Oversee specific activities and guide and liaise with dedicated Sibikwa staff.
  12. Supervise independent contractors and interns working at the Sibikwa Arts Centre and monitor, evaluate its external capacity building projects and programmes; ensure follow through on work assignments.
  13. Select, train, motivate, and evaluate assigned personnel; provide or coordinate staff training; work with employees to correct deficiencies; implement discipline and termination procedures.
  14. Oversee and participate in the development and administration of the annual budget; participate in the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; monitor and approve expenditures; implement adjustments.
  15. Attend and participate in professional group meetings; stay abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of the community arts.
  16. Perform related duties as required.


Knowledge of:

  • Operational characteristics, services, and activities of an arts program.
  • Practices and procedures of arts management.
  • Marketing theories, principles and practices.
  • Institutional and community development.
  • Financial planning and tracking.
  • Organisational development models and trends related to arts management.
  • Methods and techniques of public relations.
  • Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications.
  • Principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation.

Ability to:

  • Oversee and participate in the management of Sibikwa.
  • Oversee, direct, and coordinate the work of lower level staff.
  • Select, supervise, train, and evaluate staff.
  • Prepare and administer program budgets. Prepare clear and concise administrative and financial reports.
  • Create and negotiate contractual arrangements.
  • Analyse problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.


  • Master’s degree in Arts Management from an accredited university


  • Six years of increasingly responsible arts management experience including two years of administrative and supervisory responsibility.

Send your C.V. together with a motivational letter to before 20 January 2019.

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