Cultural Development Officer

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Cultural Development Officers are experts on places and objects which have important cultural history and meaning, and contemporary art. They are often responsible for managing cultural development programs, and managing events at cultural venues such as theatres, and art galleries. Many of these positions are offered in regional Australia; however some city locations do become available.

The duties Cultural Development Officers vary according to the type of cultural or artistic environment in which they are employed, the level at which they are employed and the size of the organisation. Key duties often include creating and maintaining a network of arts, cultural, heritage, education and related workers and working with these networks to develop and promote participatory activities.

Professionals in this field may specialise in a particular area in which they complete research or post-graduate study though still require a thorough knowledge of art, environmental, indigenous and local issues. Cultural Development Officers require good communication skills which they use in consulting with experts but also in making recommendations and presentations to a variety of audiences including political and legal bodies, artists, media and the general public.