Financial and General Manager

Financial and General Manager


Applications close November 30 


Duty statement and selection criteria


Rebus Theatre is recruiting for a new member of our management team. 


Rebus Theatre is a mixed ability theatre company that creates theatre for social change. We run a range of programs, including ongoing theatre classes, a variety of creative projects and interactive theatre for workplace training around access and inclusion. 


The Rebus team consists of an Artistic Director and a Creative Producer on 30 hours a week each, a Finance and Administration Officer on 15 hours a week, a Communications and Administration Officer on 15 hours a week, and a Creative Programs Manager on 20 hours a week. Rebus also employs a number of tutors, trainees and actors on a casual basis. The Creative Producer will be on leave from January 2021 to June 2021.


The Financial and General Manager will work closely with the Finance and Administration Officer who does payroll, monthly reconciliations and day to day financial management, and with our volunteer treasurer. They will report to the Artistic Director, and collaborate with other members of the team.


The core duties of the new position will be to prepare project and annual budgets and track spending across multiple projects and the whole organisation, using an accrual accounting system. However, as a small team leading a highly ambitious program, we are looking for someone with a range of skills, including the possibility of using artistic skills in the position. Therefore, we are listing both the core duties of the position, and a range of other duties that you may wish to take on. In your application, please list which duties you feel able to take on, and respond to the appropriate selection criteria. There is no need to address all of the desirable selection criteria. We do not expect to find anyone with all of these skills.


Duty Statement


Core Duties:

  • Creating annual and project budgets;
  • Tracking spending across individual projects and the organisation as a whole;
  • Financial acquittals.


Other possible duties:

  • Writing, acquitting and reporting on grant applications;
  • Managing projects;
  • Tutoring theatre classes and/or assistant tutor theatre classes;
  • Directing plays;
  • Lighting and/or sound design and operation for performances;
  • Still and video camera operation for documentation and marketing;
  • Project evaluation;
  • Assistance with marketing of plays and classes;
  • Marketing theatre-based workplace training packages;
  • Fund-raising, including organising fund-raising events, seeking corporate sponsorship, seeking private donations.


Selection Criteria



  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • High level computing skills including proficiency in Microsoft Office;
  • Demonstrated experience in the preparation of annual and project budgets, using an accrual accounting system;
  • Demonstrated experience in tracking project and organisation budgets;
  • Demonstrated experience in the preparation of financial reports;
  • Experience in general office administration;
  • Able to work independently and as part of a small team;
  • Understanding of the challenges facing people with disability;
  • Demonstrated commitment to the values of inclusion, social justice and sustainability.


Desirable for all applicants:

  • Experience in arts administration;
  • Experience in working in a small organisation;
  • Experience in working to a volunteer board of management;
  • Ability to have some flexibility in hours worked;
  • Demonstrated interest in theatre;
  • Possession of a Working With Vulnerable People card;
  • Current drivers licence;
  • Current First Aid certificate.


Desirable for specific other duties:

  • Demonstrated experience in writing successful grant applications;
  • Experience in acquitting grants;
  • Experience in reporting to funding bodies;
  • Demonstrated experience in preparing business plans;
  • Experience in tutoring theatre classes, particularly with people with disability;
  • Experience in directing theatre, particularly devised performance with non-professional actors;
  • Experience in lighting and/or sound design and operation for performance;
  • Experience in still and video camera operation for documentation and marketing (please send links to examples of your work);
  • Experience in the design and implementation of project evaluations;
  • Marketing experience, particularly in the arts;
  • Graphic design skills (please send links to examples of your work);
  • Knowledge of and networks with human resource managers, particularly in the ACT;
  • Knowledge of and capacity to market workplace training;
  • Experience in fund-raising, including any or all of organising fund-raising events, seeking corporate sponsorship, seeking private donations.



$30-$32/hour depending upon qualifications and experience;

30 hours/week;

Contract until June 30 2021. Possibility of extending contract depending upon availability of funds. 

Starting late January, 2021, with possible casual employment for a few days in December for a handover. 

6 week probation period. 

We hope salary-sacrificing will be available to all staff early in 2021 but cannot promise this. 


People with disability (including mental ill-health), people from Culturally And Linguistically Diverse backgrounds, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, and people who identify as LGBTQIA+ are strongly encouraged to apply. 



Please send all applications to [email protected] [link removed] by COB November 30th






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