Head of Performing Arts and Asset Development

  • Lead Clocktower Centre team, oversee venue operations, theatre program & hire
  • Opportunity to collaborate, innovate and drive change and improve engagement.
  • Strong people leadership, strategic vision and change management capabilities

The Head of Performing Arts and Asset Development reports to the Manager Arts Culture and Place and is responsible for leading the performing arts in the city of Moonee Valley, primarily through the programming and operation of the Clocktower Centre. The role leads the Clocktower Centre team, overseeing venue operations, theatre program and theatre hire, as well as the provision of a high level of customer service resulting in a positive experience for patrons and hirers. This position also has responsibility for Arts venues within the municipality, providing advice on art and artist focused spaces as required.  Key responsibilities and duties will be to:

  • Work with the Head of Visual and Public Art and Head of Festivals and Events to realise the ambitions expressed in Igniting Creativity, ensuring the required activities, outcomes and impacts are achieved.
  • Support the Cross-functional Public Arts Team to enable knowledge sharing, team building and efficiencies.
  • Develop an effective team at the Clocktower Centre.
  • Provide advice and recommendations in all aspects of performing arts and asset development.
  • Lead innovative and continuous improvement processes.
  • Participate in industry forums, advisory committees at internal and external meetings and networks.
  • Produce service planning, prepare reports, develop budgets, establish annual workplans and provide reports.
  • Responsibility for capital renewal budget of the Clocktower Centre.
  • Ensure the Centre is fully utilised and delivers the best return on investment through a combination of community value and maximising revenue.
  • Prepare proposals and business cases, and apply for grants related to new or upgraded arts infrastructure.
  • Increase utilisation of creative spaces across the municipality, prioritising spaces for local and emerging artists or creatives.
  • Provide leadership and support in the day-to-day operations.
  • Oversee the development and implementation of policies and procedures.
  • Oversee the management of all technical, stage, catering and venue operations.
  • Oversee and/or directly manage tenders and contracts associated with the asset.
  • Ensure the Centre operational budgets are managed effectively, including monthly forecasting and regular reporting, and oversee accurate processing of invoicing, banking and all procurement processes.
  • Liaise with marketing staff in the development of marketing and communications plans to promote the theatre program, use of the venue and attract new audiences.
  • Supervise and support staff and ensure annual staff performance plans and reviews are undertaken.
  • Guide the programming direction of the venue to ensure increased memberships and attendance at the venue.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with touring companies, producers and networks within the local government and performing arts sectors.

The ideal candidate will have proven capabilities in leading and developing staff in a change management environment. A background in theatre programming, building new audiences, driving venue utilisation and/or increasing footfall in an arts venue, plus experience in managing venue capital works and/or maintenance programs is essential. You will need to be experienced in developing, managing and reporting on operational and capital budgets.  Tertiary qualifications in venue/theatre operations, arts management or theatre production coupled with relevant experience in managing an arts venue preferred.  This is a unique opportunity to bring your extensive theatre knowledge and background along with your energetic, innovative and creative thinking and strong change management and people management capabilities to develop and lead the team in the successful delivery of the Igniting Creativity strategy in this newly created role.  To apply please click the “Apply” button and submit your resume. You must live in Australia or have current Australian working rights to apply for this role.  At Lloyd Connect we recognise the benefits that diversity and inclusion bring to our clients and encourage people from all backgrounds, abilities and identities to apply.  Jenny LloydDirector of Connections/[email protected]

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