HR & Operations Manager


An exciting opportunity exists to drive a positive and productive workplace and manage organisational operations with New England Conservatorium of Music (NECOM).  The successful candidate will have proven experience in people management and operations.

The New England Conservatorium of Music

NECOM was established in 2004 and has grown exponentially since then to provide an outstanding and diverse range of music education and performance programs in the Armidale and broader New England region.

Resident in the historic Armidale Teachers’ College, the New England Conservatorium of Music is a highly respected cultural institution, founded on the belief that high-quality music education and music performance embedded in a regional community gives it unique cohesion, economic, and social capacity.

A significant contributor to the identity of Armidale and the New England, the Conservatorium delivers 29,000 hours of classroom, ensemble and instrumental programs each year through a unique “conservatorium without walls” model connecting 8500 students across the Northern Tablelands.   NECOM also functions as a local concert presenter, with an annual program of 100 events featuring visiting and local artists for audiences in excess of 19,000 – a significant achievement for a regional centre with a population of only 30,000.

HR & Operations Manager

The role will be responsible for implementing NECOMs mission and vision, management of teaching and administration staff including resolution of day-to-day queries and reporting obligations.

Key responsibilities of the role include;

  • Staff Management: create and maintain a positive working culture across the organisation and support staff through coaching, issue management and professional development.
  • Industrial Relations: Manage industrial and professional management, including HR policies, employment contracts, onboarding processes, staff inquiries and staff capacity
  • Risk Management: Ensure best practice strategies are implemented to manage organisational risk including Child Protection and physical resource management
  • Reporting: ensure employment and funding reporting obligations are adhered to
  • Operations: Oversee administrative and general operations of the organisation to facilitate the highest quality and efficient delivery of programs
  • Administration: Oversee administrative and system processes for efficient operations

Essential Criteria:

  • Proven experience in human resource management, problem solving and collaboration
  • High level organisational skills
  • Demonstrated time management skills with the ability to manage conflicting deadlines and priorities
  • Ability to drive positive relationships with various stakeholders and partners

Desirable Criteria:

  • Experience in education / arts

The role will be offered as a contract position initially with the potential for an ongoing permanent position. Please contact Sophie Williams for more information and position description.  [email protected] or 6788 2135.

How to applyPlease apply addressing your experience in the key responsibilities and criteria.    Applications close 24th June at 5pm.    Applications are to be submitted to [email protected].

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