First Coat Studios (FCS) is a creative-led outfit focused on the production and exploration of contemporary arts practices. Our core activities in Residencies, Exhibitions, Workshops and Events aim to generate critical discussion and socialisation, and provide a vital training ground to build capacity in our regional community.


6 Laurel St, Toowoomba City
Remuneration: $46,800 negotiable salary, plus 9.5% superannuation
Hours: Part time (up to 30 hours per week)
Start date: Mid May 2019
Term: 12 month contract
Enquiries: Grace Dewar, Director – Phone: 0400701374 or Email: hello@firstcoat.com.au


First Coat Studios is seeking a General Manager to develop and deliver on the vision and strategic goals of our shared artist studios and public programs in Residencies, Exhibitions, Workshops and Events. They will lead First Coat Studios into a new chapter as a non-profit arts organisation through business and finance, and play a crucial role in managing human resources and the operational needs of both our bricks and mortar studio and an annual community event with Public Art outcomes, First Coat Block Party.


- Maintain organisational policy and support good governance
- Lead the organisation in financial management
- Manage the business and operations of First Coat Studios and their core activities
- Contribute to strategic planning, oversee operational planning and lead on evaluation

A list of specific accountabilities & tasks is available here.


- Practical understanding of not-for-profit management and governance
- Experience developing and implementing plans on a strategic and operational level
- Ability to manage relationships with key stakeholders, including Board members, government, supporters, partner
organisations and sponsors
- Experience in financial management
- Understanding of the specific issues related to working with emerging artists, new work and/or event contexts
- Ability to manage significant workloads during peak periods and work under pressure to meet deadlines


A Bachelor of Arts degree or equivalent
- Communication, public liaison, arts administration and project management skills
- Comprehensive oral and written communication skills, experience with budgets, grant writing/acquitting and a sound
understanding of a range computer programs
- A keen commitment and understanding of the organisation, the broader Queensland arts ecology and national artist-run-
initiative community


When applying, please include:
- A maximum 2 pages addressing the responsibilities, key competencies and selection criteria
- A resume maximum 2 pages
- Nominate two professional referees and their contact details

Applications will be received via email: hello@firstcoat.com.au, no later than 5pm on Monday 15th April, 2019.