Head of Programming


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

This is a unique opportunity to join the Executive Leadership team at Geelong Arts Centre team in the role of Head of Programming.

The Head of Programming is responsible for the planning, development, and delivery of Geelong Arts Centre’s curated programs in response to the Centre’s artistic vision and strategy. Reporting to and working in close collaboration with the CEO and Creative Director, the Head of Programming provides input to the creative strategy underpinning activation of the Centre’s spaces (including utilising external and digital platforms), to promote a thriving, aspirational, diverse and innovative Creative Industries sector in the Geelong region. Through implementing robust evaluation mechanisms and working with the Marketing and Insights team, this role contributes to audience development and increasing cultural and artistic access and participation in Centre programs.

Leading a small team of dedicated creative producers, the Head of Programming provides management support, guidance and coordination across the programming streams of Youth, Families and Creative Learning and Community Access, Inclusion and Participation programs. The incumbent takes an active leading role in the planning and producing of the Centre’s Presenter programs including the theatre season, development of new works and Creative Engine projects.

About you

The successful candidate will have:

  • Substantial relevant experience in a senior producing, programming and/or management role in a performing arts organisation, including experience leading staff
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in developing and implementing programming across a range of art forms, in particular specialist knowledge of the performing arts
  • Ability to analyse data insights and recommend artistic product that is relevant, creative and challenging for existing and new audiences
  • Proven ability to manage a range of projects simultaneously and deliver agreed outcomes within established timeframes
  • Demonstrated experience in end-to-end project management of presenter programs including contract negotiation and working with funding bodies
  • Thorough knowledge of and genuine involvement with networks in commercial programming, relevant arts festivals, venues, arts centres and artistic companies
  • Demonstrated financial management skills including price setting, budget development, financial monitoring and cost control
  • Well-developed administrative, reporting and presentation skills
  • Ability to lead and support a small team of high performing creatives, maintaining high levels of collaboration, enthusiasm and artistic diversity
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and presentation skills
  • Demonstrated entrepreneurial flair and commercial acumen
  • A team player who engages collaboratively and influences team members, leaders, stakeholders and peers to meet objectives
  • Be a champion and advocate for the programming team and the work of the programming team

Experience in government departments and proficiency with Cloud-based software such as Microsoft Office 365 suite including OneDrive, SharePoint and Teams favourable.

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 27 June 2022

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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.