Position Description - Human Rights Arts & Film Festival

Position Description
Chief Executive Officer
Level 6, 225 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Position type:
One year, full-time contract with three month probation
$60,000 package
Reports to:
Chairperson of the HRAFF Board
Time commitment:
Expected time commitment averaging 38 hours per week. It is
expected that hours will increase during peak periods, and
significantly reduce in the period immediately following the Festival.
The CEO will need to attend 2-hour board meetings every 6 weeks,
which will normally be outside of regular business hours. Some
interstate and international travel is required.
To apply:
Email Evelyn Tadros, Chairperson of the HRAFF Board at
[email protected] with a cover letter referring to the Key Selection
Criteria below and CV by 5pm on Friday 22 May 2015 marked
‘HRAFF CEO’ in the subject line. Candidates will be required to
attend interviews in Melbourne and supply contact details of two
The Human Rights Arts and Film Festival (HRAFF) is a dynamic organisation that aims to make
human rights accessible and engaging to everyone through creative media. In its 8th year, HRAFF
has grown rapidly since its inception in 2007, presenting a two-week long festival in Melbourne
before traveling to six cities across Australia. HRAFF’s vision is a vibrant human rights culture and
community across Australia.
To achieve this, HRAFF engages its audiences, supporters and the creative community to deliver an
annual festival. Each year, the festival showcases award-winning film premieres, art exhibitions,
speakers and forums that illuminate human rights issues. HRAFF also runs a year-round Schools
and Community Program that screens films in workplaces, councils, government departments and
schools in and around Melbourne and other festival fundraiser events.
HRAFF is looking for an experienced, skilled and passionate Chief Executive Officer to lead this
rapidly growing organisation. This is a demanding position but is also a highly rewarding one. It is
an opportunity to lead and develop a significant cultural event on Melbourne’s calendar with a
passionate and dedicated team.
Deliver the 2016 Festival
Lead, manage and oversee all aspects of festival operation to successfully deliver the 2016
Grow the organisation’s corporate and philanthropic support base to ensure financial
Work collaboratively with the Program Director to ensure that HRAFF’s vision is delivered
through the creative program.
Work with the Marketing and Development Manager and a volunteer marketing team to build
on the HRAFF brand and implement a marketing strategy that grows and broadens HRAFF’s
Create a positive, supportive and fun work environment for all staff and volunteers that
prioritises high retention.
Ensure that the HRAFF office and all working conditions consistently comply with all
regulatory requirements.
Post event report writing, evaluation and analysis.
Financial management and business development
Develop and maintain strong relationships with HRAFF’s stakeholders to increase HRAFF’s
profile, increase audience numbers and secure financial and in-kind support.
Be a HRAFF spokesperson for key HRAFF stakeholders, events and some interviews.
Identify and pursue potential partnership opportunities, with an emphasis on long term,
sustainable relationships.
Manage sponsorship, grant and donor relationships including negotiating, writing and
implementing funding agreements and acquittals.
Oversee all income generating activities of the festival to achieve budget targets.
Work with the Board treasurer to prepare and manage budgets, implement financial controls
and monitor financial risks.
Strategy and governance
Engage and support HRAFF’s board with timely and strategic advice and reporting.
Carry ultimate operational responsibility for HRAFF’s purposes
Review, evaluate and implement HRAFF’s strategic and business plan, in collaboration and
consultation with the board.
Maintain and manage an efficient and effective organisational structure.
Annually review HRAFF’s operational policies and procedures that facilitate open,
transparent communication and retention of organisational knowledge nationally
HRAFF is looking for someone with the following skills and experience, which include:
Strong leadership skills, including demonstration of initiative and vision.
Highly developed teamwork skills, including demonstrated ability to work collaboratively
with and motivate a volunteer workforce.
Demonstrated ability to identify, negotiate, secure and sustain financial and in-kind
Strong communication, public speaking and negotiation skills with the ability to network and
build strong relationships with the media and diverse range of stakeholders.
Experience in leading the development and implementation of strategic and business plans,
establishing frameworks for decision-making and reporting and setting and achieving
strategic and financial targets.
An understanding of the opportunities and challenges that a festival presenting creative
responses to human rights issues faces.
Excellent organisational management and problem-solving skills.
Strong financial literacy and ability to develop, understand and work to budgets.
Established networks in key sectors in which HRAFF operates.
Commitment to HRAFF’s objectives, mission, vision and values.
The following skills and experience will be highly regarded but not all are required:
Demonstrated experience working in the arts and/or film industry.
Demonstrated experience working on human rights and social justice issues.
Demonstrated experience working in business development and marketing roles.
Demonstrated project and event management experience.
Proven success in obtaining and maintaining sponsorship and long term funding streams.
Successful grant writing experience.
HRAFF is a fun, creative and inclusive organisation. We are passionate about what we do; we aim to
inspire others; and are always seeking to inform people about human rights. We infuse these values
throughout our organisation and in all that we do.
HRAFF’s purposes are to:
Promote music, performing art, visual art, craft, design and film including Aboriginal arts
which address, or are primarily concerned with, contemporary human rights issues.
Showcase important Australian and international works (including works from emerging and
non-mainstream artists) which address, or are primarily concerned with, contemporary
human rights issues; and
Advance and encourage education, community dialogue and awareness related to human
rights and contemporary human rights issues through music, performing art, visual art, craft,
design and film including Aboriginal arts.
There will be a 2-stage interview process. The first round of shortlisted applicants will be
interviewed in Melbourne in late May.
HRAFF is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race,
religion, colour, sex, age, national origin or disability.
If there are any queries about the position or the Festival, please contact the Chairperson of
the Board, Evelyn Tadros on [email protected]