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Craft offers inspiring and meaningful connections to making and artists working throughout Australia. We promote integrity, respect and teamwork and are committed to providing equal opportunities and a positive work environment. Craft is an Equal Opportunity Employer who values diversity in the workplace. As such, Craft encourages applications from people with diverse cultural backgrounds and it is our policy to consider reasonable adjustments for qualified applicants with disabilities.


Board Director – Craft Industry Professional (Maker Member)

Position Description

Our Purpose

Craft is a creative hub, a connector and a collaborator. We are a for-purpose organisation and agent that exists to:

  • share knowledge and resources, foster careers and build networks for artists; and
  • enrich our local and broader community with unique art works and creative experiences.

Our Values

These principles identify what we believe in, guide our behaviour and help us achieve our purpose. Craft is –

  • Aspirational and Inspirational
  • Bold and Brave
  • Ethical and Inclusive
  • Agile and Innovative
  • Authentic and Unique

Our Strategic Priorities

  • Creative Programming with Purpose
  • Collaboration and Engagement with our Communities
  • Ensuring Organisational and Financial Sustainability
  • Supported People and an Inclusive Culture


Craft is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee and has been operating for over 50 years. The day-to-day operations are led by Nicole Durling, Craft’s Executive Director. The Board supports Nicole in setting strategy and providing leadership and governance oversight.

The Position

Craft’s Constitution requires two of the (up to) nine Directors to be Craft Industry Professionals. Like all Directors on the Craft Board, the Maker Member Director position is an unpaid voluntary role. We welcome applicants from all craft disciplines and career levels.

Specific Board Director responsibilities include:

Leadership, governance and oversight

  • Fulfilling all duties and requirements relating to Craft’s membership base in accordance with The Craft Council of Victoria Limited’s Constitution
  • Setting and endorsing Craft’s strategic and operational plans
  • Serving as a trusted advisor to the Executive Director in developing and implementing Craft’s strategic plan
  • Reviewing outcomes and metrics created by Craft for evaluating its impact, and regularly measuring its performance and effectiveness using those metrics
  • Preparing for Board meetings including reviewing the agenda and supporting materials prior to board and committee meetings
  • Approving Craft’s annual budget and material business decisions
  • Being informed of, and meeting all, legal and fiduciary responsibilities
  • Contributing to an annual performance evaluation of the Executive Director
  • Assisting the Board Chair in identifying and recruiting other Board Members
  • Partnering with the Executive Director and other board members to ensure that board resolutions are carried out
  • Serving on committees or working groups and taking on special assignments
  • Representing Craft to stakeholders and acting as an ambassador for the organisation
  • Supporting Craft to credibly solicit contributions from foundations, organisations and individuals
  • Ensuring Craft’s commitment to a diverse Board and staff that reflects the communities Craft serves, including its membership.

Areas of Expertise

This role presents an extraordinary opportunity for a Craft Industry Professional who is passionate about Craft’s vision and who has a track record of sector experience and involvement. The two Craft Industry Professionals on the Craft Board have a unique role in representing the interests of Craft’s diverse maker membership and ensuring they have a voice. Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications and/or a willingness to learn:

  • Craft Industry understanding and a demonstrated interest in representing the interests of maker members at all career stages
  • Ability to evaluate financial information
  • Ability to think strategically and identify and critically assess opportunities that are reflective of Craft’s objectives and values
  • Understanding of corporate governance structures, policies and processes
  • Knowledge and understanding of risk management frameworks and application
  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently in a collaborative manner
  • Ability to engage with stakeholders and accurately capture, represent and advocate their interests
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

Board terms/participation

Craft’s Board Members serve a three-year term and are then eligible for re-appointment for one additional term. It is expected Board members will participate in at least one Board committee/working group. Board meetings are held approximately every two months on weekday evenings and last for two hours.

How to Apply

To submit your application please send a cover letter outlining the reasons for your interest and a copy of your CV to Gemma Robertson, General Manager,, or phone 03 9650 7775 to discuss alternative ways of applying.

Craft is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all sectors of the community. Applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are strongly encouraged.

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