Work with NAVA: First Nations Outreach Coordinator

NAVA is seeking a First Nations Outreach Coordinator to join our team.

Overview of NAVA

The National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) is a Membership organisation that brings together the many voices of the contemporary arts sector to improve fundamental conditions of work and practice. We do this through advocacy, education and the Code of Practice for Visual Arts Craft and Design (the Code). 

The Code, recently revised over three years to more adequately reflect the industry’s growing concerns on justice, access, fair work and representation, has been endorsed by the Australian Government’s National Cultural Policy, Revive. It is recognised and utilised across the sector as a fundamental reference document. At NAVA, we strive to lead by example, embedding good practices within our own operations.

Why join the NAVA team?

NAVA is committed to creating a welcoming, respectful, culturally safe and non-discriminatory environment that centres voices from underrepresented communities. We strongly encourage First Nations peoples to apply and join us in shaping the future of the contemporary arts sector. 

The NAVA team believes that a variety of perspectives enhances our work and contributes to the organisation’s vision to ensure that the visual arts are vital, sustainable and ethical. If you are passionate about the arts and eager to make a positive impact, we would love to hear from you.

Join a committed, dynamic team with a culture of flexibility, trust, integrity, and respect.

About the role

NAVA seeks a dedicated First Nations Outreach Coordinator to lead a new program aimed at empowering First Nations artists. The coordinator will effectively communicate what the Code is, why it is important, and how it can assist artists, arts workers, First Nations art centres and other organisations. This role involves raising awareness and understanding of rights, responsibilities, and self-advocacy opportunities. Key activities include information booths at major art fairs, workshops, and commissioning First Nations artists to interpret the Code in new formats. By boosting access, awareness and application of industry standards and good practices outlined in the Code, NAVA aims to create a more supportive and conducive environment for First Nations artists and organisations to thrive.

Location: Any (within Australia)

Reports to: Executive Director

Working with: NAVA staff located in a Sydney office and interstate; key stakeholders, partners and media; NAVA Members

Position type: Part-time or casual 15 hours / week. Flexible conditions available.

Salary details: $80,000 pro rata pa + 11.5% superannuation + 17.5% holiday leave loading

Employment period: Start date to be negotiated with successful applicant. Contract until June 2025. Renewable pending funding.

Applications due: 28 July 2024. Applications will be considered as they come in. Late applications will be accepted at the discretion of the Executive Director.

Identified role: This position is only open to applicants of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent, pursuant to Section 56 (2) of the Equal Opportunity Act, 1984

This role is supported through the Australian Government’s Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support (IVAIS) program.

Image credit

Stephanie Parkin presents the Code of Practice for Visual Arts, Craft and Design at BL:AK CAMP, coordinated by Libby Harward, on Kabi Kabi Country, 2023. Photo by Jo-Anne Driessens.

ID: Photo of Steph leading a presentation to artists under a large marquee. Steph is sitting on a chair behind a table, talking and pointing to a projected screen. Some of the artists are seated on a couch, some are sitting on a mix of colourful woven rugs, and others are working on weavings and other hand-made works.

The National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) is a national organisation with staff who work across multiple states. The NAVA Board, and the artists, arts workers and organisations that we represent are based across hundreds of sovereign nations and unceded lands throughout the continent that has become colonially known as Australia.

NAVA acknowledges the Traditional Owners, Custodians and knowledge-holders of the unceded lands on which we live, learn, and work. We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first artists and storytellers on this continent and pay respect to First Nations communities' ancestors and Elders. Sovereignty was never ceded. Always was, always will be Aboriginal land.