Producer, first nations


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  • To treasure and renew the Opera House for future generations of artists, audiences and visitors; and
  • To inspire, and strengthen the community, through everything we do.

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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 Operations & Business Management 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.


  • A minimum of 5-10 years of experience in delivering or collaborating to a high-level on an arts program with substantial First Nations engagement/projects
  • Sound knowledge of the First Nations performance and broader arts programming space, including but not limited to relevant artists, companies, genres, trends, arts festivals, venues, arts centres, arts companies and artists, both nationally and internationally
  • Proven ability and experience in conducting successful daily interactions with international, national and local agents, promoters, venues and artists; including acting as a conduit between artists, agents and co-presenters in a large, complex arts organisation and/or venue
  • Proven ability to successfully lead multi-layered projects in a complex stakeholder environment and with competing priorities
  • Proven ability and experience in developing and implementing project business cases and project budgets including modelling and optimising revenue
  • Experience in leading a team of direct and indirect reports using persuasion and influence to achieve positive objectives
  • Experience working collaboratively with marketing and publicity staff to achieve successful artistic and commercial outcomes
  • Experience negotiating and preparing contracts with artists, agents, and arts organisations
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills including the ability to advocate for projects at a high level to a range of stakeholders
  • Strong team and relationship management skills, including experience of conflict resolution 
  • Some previous experience in production management, stage management, and/or managing artist logistics is desirable.


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 an inspiring First Nations project you have delivered or provided project leadership on and identify what your role was and why it was successful?
  2. Outline a First Nations project you delivered or provided project leadership on where you had cultural/protocol, budgetary and logistics/production demands contradicting each other. What was your working/ management style and how did you negotiate a positive outcome?

Applicants MUST create a profile and submit their application electronically for this position at 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.

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

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 . 


Job Status: Full-time, Ongoing

Position No: SOH1513
Salary: Base salary of $85,418 per annum, plus 9.5% superannuation contributions

Applications Close: Wednesday, 8 January 2019, 11:59pm
Enquiries:  Kate Di Mattina, ***********

Sydney Opera House


Posted: 04 December 2019

Location:  Liverpool, NSW

Salary:  $85418 - $85418