Work at Western Edge

Executive Director

Western Edge is excited to welcome applications for our next Executive Director – applications extended to Friday, 20 October

This is a full time role, working effectively with our Co-Artistic Directors to demonstrate the values of collaboration, solidarity and multiplicity.

Reporting to the Board alongside our Artistic Directors, the Executive Director will bring experience in strategy, people management within a cultural safety framework, organisational development and stakeholder engagement. Importantly, our new Executive Director holds a nuanced understanding of working cross-culturally and intersectionally within marginalised communities and works to share and devolve power through mechanisms that drive systemic transformation towards equity and justice.

Our Western Edge community is thriving, and with our newly completed 2025-2028 Strategic Plan, we are looking for the right person to guide the company into its next evolution.

Could it be you?

Full recruitment package can be found here.



  • Contribute to visionary and cohesive leadership in partnership with our co-Artistic Directors, investing in models of power-sharing and learning.
  • Implement the 2025-2028 Strategic Plan to achieve critical objectives around artistic innovation, self-determined practice, and healthy and sustainable growth.
  • Oversee the organisational management to enable a safe and stable workplace with generative learning practices at the heart of management.
  • Provide human resource leadership within a culturally safe framework that allows our workforce to develop and grow in confidence and capability.
  • Oversee the financial management of the organisation to generate new and sustainable income models.
  • Broker and nurture external relationships and partnerships to build our capacity for influence and a secure future.
  • Represent the company through ethical and values-based leadership.



  • Significant experience managing teams and culture building.
  • Passionate about investing in young people and intergenerational practice.
  • High level understanding and practice of cultural equity and cultural safety.
  • Effective at understanding, implementing and transforming organisational systems.
  • Experience in managing financial systems.
  • Experience in brokering and maintaining key government, philanthropic and sector stakeholders.


  • Lived experience of diversity.
  • Personal connection to the West.
  • Experience in arts leadership/arts management.
  • Ability to understand and intervene in issues of systemic inequity.
  • Capacity to manage growth in capability.

Please Note: We are a proudly diverse organisation with a strong belief that our strength is in our diversity. We highly encourage and welcome applications from First Nations People, People of Colour, LGTBQIA+, and People with Disabilities.

Child Protection Policy: Western Edge has zero tolerance for the abuse of young people and children. All staff and volunteers are required to uphold the Child and Wellbeing Safety Act 2005 (VIC) and the Children Legislation Amendment (Reportable Conduct) Act 2017 (VIC). Young person and child safety is a key consideration in the hiring process and all successful applicants will be required to hold a valid Working with Children’s check and undergo young person and child safety training.


Please email the following documents as one PDF to by the new application close date of Friday, 20th October
  • A cover letter outlining your reasons for applying for the position
  • Your CV or career summary
  • Your response to the selection criteria, no more than 2 pages in length
  • Any access requirements for the interview process