February 1, 2018

Producer, First Nations Programming

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The Producer, First Nations Programming is responsible for the effective coordination and presentation of First Nations projects, initiatives and events as part of the SOH Presents programming. The Producer, working primarily to the direction of the Head of Programming with artistic leadership provided by the Head of First Nations Programming, project manages allocated events through to successful completion including generating business cases, budgets, modelling revenue options, negotiating financial arrangements and contracts, and project managing the array of internal and external stakeholders involved. Whilst a broad artistic dialogue across the team occurs, the Producer, First Nations Programming is a project leadership and delivery position, not a programming position.

Further more detailed information about the role and its requirements can be obtained from the role description.


  • The right experience – you have a minimum of 5 years experience in delivering or collaborating to a high-level on an arts program with substantial First Nations engagement/projects which will have included: negotiating and preparing contracts with artists, agents, and arts organisations; experience leading a team of direct and indirect reports and working collaboratively with production, marketing and publicity staff to achieve successful artistic and commercial outcomes
  • First Nations knowledge and sensitivity – you have deep knowledge of the First Nations performance and broader arts sector, including but not limited to relevant artists, companies, genres, trends, festivals, both nationally and internationally and sensitivity for working directly with communities
  • Calm under pressure – you have proven ability and experience in successfully leading multi-layered projects in a complex stakeholder environment including: developing and implementing project business cases and project budgets and optimising revenue; and acting as a conduit between artists, agents and co-presenters in a large, complex arts organisation and/or venue
  • Flexibilty and ability to self-manage – you will be responsible for implementing multiple projects, often with competing priorities to the direction of a part-time Head of First Nations Programming, so you will have excellent oral and written communication, scheduling and forward planning skills
  • Strong networker and influencer – you will have experience in managing internal and external stakeholders and using persuasion and influence to achieve positive objectives

How to Apply


Applicants are asked to include an up to date resume of no more than five pages which clearly details your relevant skills and experience and how they relate to the requirements and capabilities for the role. Applicants are also asked to address their suitability in a covering letter of no more than two pages addressing the following two targeted questions:

1. Outline a First Nations event/program you have worked on, and what your contribution was. In your response, highlight a challenge you experienced in each of the following areas, and how you addressed it:

  • Budget
  • Logistics / Production
  • Relationship / Protocol management

2. Summarise your working/management style when leading a project team and how this has assisted in achieving successful artistic, operational, and financial outcomes, referencing specific projects you have worked on.

Applicants MUST create a profile and submit their application electronically for this position at http://jobs.nsw.gov.au. Only applicants who apply online will be considered for this position. Please contact the Jobs NSW Helpdesk on 1800 562 679 should you have any technical enquiries.  A talent pool may be created from this recruitment action for ongoing or temporary roles of the same standard that may become available over the next twelve months.

To be eligible to apply for this position, applicants must have existing Australian work rights.

Applications will not be accepted from recruitment agencies.

Any offer of employment will be subject to a satisfactory National Police Check and Pre-Employment Health Assessment .

Sydney Opera House welcomes applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from diverse cultural backgrounds and people with disability.


Job Status: Full Time, Temporary 12 Months contract Position No: SOH1198 Salary: $81,861 per annum plus superannuation

Applications Close: Sunday 25 February 2018 For role related enquiries: please contact Fiona Winning | fwinning@sydneyoperahouse.com  | +6129250 7812

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