Facilities Manager


About us

Geelong Arts Centre is one of eleven Victorian State Government owned creative organisations under the umbrella of Creative Victoria. Since opening in 1981, Geelong Arts Centre has made significant artistic and cultural contributions to Geelong and the surrounding regions.

Geelong Arts Centre is currently undergoing a period of exciting and dynamic change. To meet the cultural needs of a growing population and help secure Geelong’s position as a global city, the Victorian State Government, through Creative Victoria, has committed funding for three stages of capital development. Stage One - the refurbishment of The Playhouse Theatre was completed in 2010. Stage Two - the Ryrie Street Redevelopment ($38.5m) was completed November 2019 and opened to the public on 7th November 2019. Stage Three - The Little Malop Street Redevelopment ($140m) commenced in 2019 and is planned for completion in 2023. This investment will result in a world-class arts facility becoming the cultural heart of Geelong and the G21 region.

Led by a dynamic CEO and Leadership Team, your contribution and expertise will be highly valued. We offer a great working environment in the creative heart of Geelong, working alongside passionate people who are committed to community and the Arts.

About the role

The Facilities Manager leads the Centre’s facilities team responsible for safe and optimal operation and maintenance of venues and facilities. The team is accountable for delivering essential services management, preventative and general maintenance programs, minor works, projects, building compliance, safety and security, contractor management and general business services including cleaning and help desk functions.

Reporting to the Director Operations and Experience, the Facilities Manager is responsible for building a culture and service ethic across the Facilities team which promotes the Centre’s brand and ensures safe and sustainable operations. The incumbent manages and continuously improves the Centre’s facilities asset management processes including procurement, record keeping, lifecycle reporting and attestation processes, in addition to undertaking functions including budgeting, reporting, planning and providing input to corporate projects such as redevelopment and organisational readiness.

About you

The successful candidate will have:

  • Substantial relevant experience in facilities or building management with knowledge of essential safety, security and building compliance requirements
  • Demonstrated commercial acumen and experience in managing supplier relationships, costs, resource management and budgets
  • Proven ability to work conceptually and be ‘hands on’ when required, in a high-volume environment with competing demands and deadlines
  • Strong project management, planning, problem solving and administrative skills (including financial and reporting skills)
  • Demonstrated ability to lead, develop and motivate a small team
  • Strong understanding of the critical nature of the performance of the facility on a positive user experience
  • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office suite
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills


  • Tertiary qualification(s) in a relevant discipline
  • Experience in the use of facilities related systems such as BMS, Access Control, AIMS or equivalent
  • Any or all of the following licenses and tickets: EWP license, MFB Chief Warden course, Construction White Card, Electrical Test and Tag accreditation
  • Experience in performing arts/cultural institutions
  • Experience in a construction or redevelopment context

Experience in government departments and proficiency with Cloud-based software such as Microsoft Office 365 suite including OneDrive, SharePoint and Teams and IMPOS will also be viewed favourably.

For further detail about the role and its requirements, please download the position description available below.

Sound like you? Then we want to hear from you!

To apply for this opportunity please click the Apply Now button and provide a cover letter including your ability to meet the key requirements outlined in the position description, and a current CV.

Applications close Midnight Monday 10 October

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Please direct any queries to: employment@geelongartscentre.org.au attention Liza Cumming, Manager People and Culture.

Applicants will be required to undergo police and identity screening. First-round interviews will be conducted either face-to-face or online.

Geelong Arts Centre is an equal opportunity employer and values the contribution that diversity brings to the workplace.

Geelong Arts Centre is strongly committed to the safety and well-being of all children that interact with our organisation. We have zero tolerance for child abuse.

Geelong Arts Centre encourages and welcomes applications from Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders People.

Applications are open to those with full-working rights in Australia.