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CEO vacancy at the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT)

ACT, South Africa’s premier independent arts and culture funding and development agency based in Johannesburg, seeks a dynamic and visionary leader.

The purpose of the role is the overall management of the Trust’s operations including the development of strategies, design and planning of programmes, fundraising, financial management, marketing and communication and management of human resources.

The ideal candidate profile for this hands-on leadership role is the following:

– Must hold a relevant degree in Humanities, Social Sciences or Business Management.

– At least 5 years’ senior management experience in the arts and culture sector;
– Experience in leading a diverse team of arts and culture specialists in various roles will be an advantage; and
– Experience in managing/leading a trust will be a distinct advantage.

– Excellent interpersonal skills;
– Above par communications and writing skills are essential;
– Well-developed business acumen;
– Demonstrated results orientation;
– Ability to work under pressure;
– Board leadership experience as well as broad-based industry knowledge;
– Grant-making experience would be advantageous; and
– Demonstrated high level of integrity and trustworthiness.

Key deliverables
The key deliverables in this role shall include (but not limited to):
– Strategy planning in collaboration with the Board of Trustees;
– Implementation of approved strategic plans;
– Board administration and governance;
– Fundraising and donor management;
– Financial management;
– Management of visual identity and marketing;
– Overseeing communications and PR;
– Overseeing the implementation of ACT projects and programmes;
– Overseeing operations;
– Management of human resources;
– Performance management; and
– Management of service providers.

The professional services of pinpoint one Human Resources have been retained to facilitate the process on this search assignment. Please send your CV to by no later than Friday 16 June 2017. Receipt will be acknowledged. No late or incomplete applications will be considered. ACT reserves the right to not make an appointment.

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About the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT)

The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) is the oldest funding agency in democratic South Africa. It was established to secure financial and other resources for arts, culture and heritage; and to project the needs and role of the sector into the public domain.

In 1994, the newly established Ministry of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology (now the Department of Arts & Culture) responded to an invitation from Nedbank and Sun International to set up a body for arts and culture, similar to the Sports and Green Trusts, which were established earlier. In this way, the first three Founding Trustees came together to secure financial and other resources for arts and culture, and to project the needs and role of the sector into the public domain.

At the same time, a Board of Trustees, made up of leading art practitioners and administrators, was established. Its task was to implement the funding policies, to evaluate projects and to decide on funding allocations. Former President Nelson Mandela endorsed the initiative and agreed to serve as the Patron-in-Chief of ACT. In this way, it came to be called the Arts & Culture Trust of the President during his term of office.

During the first five years, two further Founding Trustees – the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Vodacom – joined ACT and contributed to the Trust endowment. Thus, the partnership between the private sector, government and local cultural community was extended to include international cooperation.

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