Working at NAS

The National Art School is a vibrant creative precinct at the forefront of learning, creativity and innovative practice; nationally and internationally. The School utilises its independent identity and distinctive studio-based teaching model to deliver exceptional higher education and research, scholarship and professional practice in the visual arts and related fields. The School is the longest established publicly funded art school in Australia with John Olsen, Margaret Olley, Tim Storrier, Fiona Hall and Cressida Campbell among many successful alumni. The Australian Government’s QILT (Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching) National Report on the 2016 Student Experience showed the National Art School is rated number one in the overall quality of educational experience when compared to all universities and tertiary providers in Australia.

At the heart of our success is our staff of academics, sessional teachers and general staff that are committed to creating an environment of artistic and education excellence. If you are interested in joining the team, we encourage you to check this page regularly to see what opportunities are currently available. The National Art School is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

Current Vacancies

Head of Advancement

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The position

This is an exciting opportunity to take a pivotal role in Australia’s leading school for the visual arts. The Head of Advancement reports to the Director and CEO and is a member of the Executive Leadership Team.

The Head of Advancement will develop key initiatives for strong and resilient growth in revenue generation and programming by enhancing stakeholder relationships through fundraising, business development, marketing and brand management. The key objectives for the role include increasing sustainable sources of income; extending relationships with philanthropists, corporate partners and government, and growing community engagement via high quality programs.

What you will bring to the role

You will be an accomplished strategic leader with extensive knowledge and practical experience in fundraising, business development, marketing and communications and audience engagement. You will have superior team building and management skills; outstanding strategic planning, project management and analytical skills; and very strong negotiation skills. You will have an understanding and appreciation of the Advancement Model involving integrated fundraising, marketing, communications, public relations, and stakeholder engagement.

You will be enthusiastic about the visual arts and playing a key role in building Australia’s next generation of prominent visual artists.


Please provide your CV, response to the selection criteria, three referees and a cover letter. The recruitment process will include a selection process undertaken by Donorcentricity Pty Ltd, reference checking, and a presentation to a panel if you are successful in being shortlisted.

Selection criteria (up to 500 words each):

  1. Business related degree and a minimum of 8 years of relevant experience in fundraising, business development and ideally marketing and communications, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  2. Proven track record of developing and managing fundraising, business development and marketing and communication functions and an appreciation of the Advancement Model, with the achievement of measurable results.
  3. Superior team building and management skills.
  4. Accomplished in building relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders, including community and business leaders, government representatives, and the media.
  5. Demonstrated ability to develop strategic and operational plans and budgets, including setting KPI’s and meeting organisational strategic objectives.
  6. Experience and/or understanding of working in an education, arts or cultural organisation, and communicating the importance of visual arts.

Please email all applications to:

For further information about the position, please contact Mark Williams (02) 8819 2898

Applications will be assessed and continued until the right candidate is recruited, no close date will be issued, if you are interested please apply as soon as practicable.


Executive Assistant

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The position

To provide executive administrative support to the CEO to help contribute to the smooth and efficient operations of the National Art School.

What you will bring to the role

Are you looking for the next move in your career? You should be accustomed to working in a fast paced environment. You will be a great communicator (written and verbal) and be able to build and maintain relationships with high level stakeholders. You will be able to handle highly confidential material and collate board papers, produce presentations and take minutes. You will have experience in diary management and your attention to detail will be extremely high level ensuring that the CEO’s day runs seamlessly. You will be proactive, with the ability to use your own initiative and make sound judgement calls.


Please provide your CV, response to the selection criteria and a cover letter.

Selection criteria (up to 500 words each):

  1. Please provide an example of how you have handled confidential or sensitive issues with discretion.
  2. Please describe your level of competency in using Microsoft Word, Excel spreadsheets and preparations of presentations.
  3. Please describe your approach to diary management and how to handle conflicting meeting times with different stakeholders.
  4. Please provide an example of having to use your high level organisation skills and time management skills to deal with a complex issue on behalf of an Executive or Manager.

Please email all applications to:

For further information about the position, please contact Juanita Hyde via email:

As this role is vacant we would like someone to start as soon as possible so we will be conducting interviews immediately.

Volunteers & Interns


The National Art School Gallery, Sydney, is currently seeking enthusiastic volunteers to work across a variety of areas and provide support to the Gallery’s activities in 2019.

The NAS Gallery is a dynamic non-profit exhibition space featuring a program of multi-discipline group and solo exhibitions by Australian and international artists, including the end-of-year showcase of graduating students.

Volunteers are required to undertake front-of-house duties, and may also be asked to assist in exhibition preparation, events coordination and contribute towards the education and access aims of the Gallery. As a volunteer you will have the opportunity to work in a small friendly team and learn more about the National Art School and related activities, receive invitations to exhibition openings, lectures and special events, complimentary publications and library borrowing benefits.

We ask volunteers to work for at least one or two half days each fortnight and commit to the program for 12 months. We are currently looking for volunteers to assist with our full program in 2019

Volunteers may choose their preferred shifts on a weekly roster Monday to Saturday, either in the morning 11.00am  ̶  2.00pm or afternoon 2.00  ̶  5.00pm

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please download the application form and email to Scott Elliot to set up a meeting.


The NAS Gallery provides an internship program each year for a tertiary student or recent graduate with experience in the disciplines of Art History, Fine Arts, Curatorial Studies, Art Administration, Museum Studies, and other related fields. The internship provides opportunities to acquire practical experience in an active art gallery environment.

If you are interested in applying for an internship, please email NAS Gallery: explaining briefly your experience and interest in being involved, and include a current CV.


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