Overview WAAPA is one of the world’s leading performing arts academies, delivering the most comprehensive range of performing arts training in Australia. Our students are able to develop their skills on-stage as an actor, dancer or musician, or behind the scenes in production, design or arts management.

As part of an exciting expansion plan, WAAPA will move into its brand-new world-class city campus in Yagan Square in the Perth CBD in 2026. This Creative Industries, Law, Business and Technology Campus will be where innovative thinkers, adaptive learners and global citizens meet to develop into the leaders of tomorrow. ECU’s CBD campus will bring together streams of teaching and research with unique synergies for growth and development. This is unequivocally the most exciting time of all to join the university as it embarks on this further growth and transformational journey.

This is your chance to play your part in the launch of this unprecedented project, as we look towards our opening to students in 2026.

Find out more about ECU City and the impact your involvement can make on this exciting and career defining project.

The Role WAAPA is seeking a Production Manager to work closely with the Associate Dean Production and Design, Academic and Professional staff to manage the production process at WAAPA. This role will line manage a Production Coordinator and casual staff as required. This is a fixed-term replacement position while the incumbent is seconded to work on the transition to City Campus.

You will be an excellent communicator, capable of working both independently and collaboratively with a range of internal and external stakeholders. You will be highly organised and comfortable with working to tight deadlines. You will also enjoy using your highly developed interpersonal and problem-solving skills to resolve issues and devise mutually beneficial solutions.

Key Criteria To be successful in this role you will have significant experience managing the production process in a performing arts environment. You will be able to demonstrate:

  • The capability to undertake complex project management across the full life cycle from identification to completion, preferably with experience in project management including leading teams engaged in such projects.
  • Highly developed relationship building and negotiation skills, including expertise in written and oral communication, preferably with direct experience in enabling diverse stakeholders to work together to achieve change.
  • The ability to act with high levels of autonomy, initiative, adaptability, and with attention to detail.
  • Experience leading teams in supporting live theatre productions and/or music performances, including broad technical skills adaptable to different performing arts scenarios.
  • A good understanding of the unique operational and technical challenges presented by performing arts in an educational context,

You will also demonstrate personal attributes that are congruent with the University’s values of Integrity, Respect, Rational Inquiry Personal Excellence and Courage.

Benefits & Remuneration This full time, fixed-term position attracts remuneration of $97,113 to $108,813 pa (HEW 7) plus 17% University superannuation contribution.

ECU supports a work/life balance for staff. Benefits such as flexible working arrangements may also be negotiated to meet your personal circumstances.

ECU has an Award-winning Health and Wellness program and an extensive range of staff benefits across entertainment, financial, health, travel and consumer goods and services.

For information on the benefits of working at ECU, please visit our Employment Opportunities Overview website.


Interested applicants are welcome to contact Richard Reddrop, Associate Dean Production and Design, at [email protected] or by calling (08) 6304 2683 for more information.

How to Apply

Please upload your resume along with a statement (maximum 3 pages) addressing the key criteria outlined above. Apply HERE.

Closing Date

Applications close on Friday, 12 April 2024 at 11.30pm AWST.

ECU is a diverse and inclusive workplace reflecting the differences in society. Specific strategies and initiatives are in place to address underrepresentation of specific groups. Applications are encouraged from suitably qualified people from all backgrounds. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.

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