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About Sydney Theatre Company Founded in 1978, Sydney Theatre Company is one of Australia’s largest and busiest performing arts organizations. It gave 958 performances in 2012 in metropolitan Sydney, on tour in Australia and internationally. It has four home venues: Sydney Theatre at Walsh Bay (880 seats), the Drama Theatre Sydney Opera House (540 seats), and Wharf 1 (320 seats) and Wharf 2 (200 seats) at its home base at The Wharf, Walsh Bay. The Wharf also contains the Company’s administrative headquarters, rehearsal rooms and workshops. The Company produces a broad range of work each year: Australian and international new works, revivals and classics. It also co-produces with Australian and international theatre organizations and presents the work of other companies in Sydney. The Company has an international profile, in recent years taking large scale work to destinations including The Barbican London, Theatre de la Ville Paris, BAM and Lincoln Center Festival New York, Kennedy Center Washington DC and the Vienna Festival. Its mission statement includes four commitments: To produce distinctive theatre of vision and scale To ensure a healthy future for theatre To help build creative capacity in the community To engage with the issues of the day About this role Aside from the information outlined in the job description other relevant details of the position are: 1. Hours of Work This position is for an initial three year fixed term contract. The usual hours of work are 9am-5pm Monday to Friday. However, the job requires a willingness to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends, and these additional hours have been taken into consideration when setting remuneration and conditions. The position is based at The Wharf, Sydney Theatre Company, Pier 4 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay. 2. Salary and Entitlements Salary is dependent on skills and experience 4 weeks annual leave Complimentary tickets to all STC productions
3. Application In order to make your application for this position, please forward your resume and a cover letter briefly demonstrating how your experience is applicable to the listed competencies and key responsibilities outlined in the job description: Please forward your application to firstname.lastname@example.org Closing date for applications is 5pm Monday 14 October 2013
Position title: Director Technical and Production Reports to: Executive Director
Direct report: Head of Production Management Head of Production Workshop Technical Manager Senior Stage Manager Production Administrator Job overview The purpose of the role is to lead and develop the technical and production areas of Sydney Theatre Company, ensuring effective operations, long range problem solving, skills development and training. The Technical and Production departments are responsible for successful planning, budgeting, creative liaison, rehearsal, building, operating and touring all Sydney Theatre Company productions.
Key Responsibilities: The role is responsible for the above outcomes through activities which includes: Financial Overall accountability for technical and production budgets Develop and manage budgets with Head of Production and production heads of department Develop long term, strategic capital expenditure investment plans Ensure that the highest standards of financial planning, budgeting and expenditure are key considerations in all productions Ensure budgetary control of materials and labour for all productions and assigned projects Makes recommendations to the Executive Director on capital purchases of technical equipment Advise production managers, lighting and sound designers, on the technical specifications, costs and usage of technical equipment required for the individual show, and supervises the implementations of approved technical designs Operational Ensure coordination across technical and production departments, and with other areas of the business Work closely with the Director of Programming and Artistic Operations on programming, scheduling and production arrangements Lead continual improvement in practices and procedures Develop and implement new policies and procedures aimed at improving sustainability and performance Maintain and enhance STC’s reputation for producing work of vision and scale Be present and actively engaged in opening nights, meet and greats, functions and social events Ensure that workplace incidents are mitigated by incorporating WH&S best practice in all productions. Ensure all the key aspects of a successful production are managed effectively and collaboratively to result in cohesive delivery from all departments including; stage management, lighting, props, wardrobe, sound, scenic art. Risk Management plans and processes are completed for each production Recommend design changes where appropriate to match the given staff recourses and financial resources available
Strategic As a member of the senior management team, have input into the development of the Company’s five year strategic plan and annual operating plans Advise management of best deployment of available resources Respond to skills gaps with staff, and to shortages of skills in the labour market, by developing and implementing new partnerships and programs Liaise with external parties as required to position STC as a leader in the theatre space and to share best practice knowledge with like organisations Collaborate with Corporate Partnerships and Philanthropic teams to leverage new resources for the technical and production area Collaborate with others across the organisation to respond to new opportunities for the company, art form and arts sector Strategise with the directors and stage managers to ensure actor safety and fulfillment of the director's vision Understand STC’s union agreements, conditions and policies to make strategies to best manage productions, mitigating the risk of Industrial complaints or issues Recommend staff and organisational structural changes to best support the productions and the business in a sustainable way Leadership Takes a leadership role to help create and support a working and producing environment that is artistically satisfying, professional, efficient and safe Overall accountability for the hiring, performance, well being, training and development of technical and production staff Advise management on optimum HR structures, policies and procedures Ensure organisational HR policies are carried out effectively, including internal communications policy and performance appraisals Take a leading role in industrial relations in partnership with Executive Director and HR Manager Maintain strong and broad industry networks in Australia and overseas As a senior Leader ensure that information and guidance is disseminated in an appropriate and timely way Attends and lends perspective and expertise at appropriate staff and production meetings, including technical and dress rehearsals Lead employees and teams in positive cultural change Lead and facilitate effective, co-operative relationships between department; seek and deliver timely, productive feedback at all times Work with the Executive Director on planning, budgets and business strategy Particular challenges The successful applicant will be the first to hold this revised role, part of a new management structure for the technical and production area put in place following the departure of the former Head of Production after ten years in the role. In 2014, STC’s production and theatre facilities at The Wharf reach their 30 th year of operation, triggering a comprehensive review and refurbishment process. The Director of Technical and Production will have a leading role in this renewal project. In the same year, Sydney Theatre at Walsh Bay turns ten.
Workplace Health & Safety For the purposes of the Workplace Health and Safety Act and Regulations the Director Technical and Production must ensure that she/he: takes reasonable care of the health and safety of themselves and others; works in a safe manner and follows procedures introduced for their protection; participates in any training or education necessary to enable him to work safely including familiarisation with the STC’s OH&S Policy; reports any unsafe work practices or conditions to his supervisors; cooperates with Sydney Theatre Company in their efforts to comply with occupational health and safety requirements.
Environmental Sustainability To support the Company’s vision of becoming the world’s most sustainable theatre company, the Director Technical and Production must ensure that she/he: takes reasonable steps towards minimising the environmental impact of their role and that of the Company; works in an environmentally responsible manner and follows procedures introduced to this end; participates in any training or education necessary to enable them to work sustainably including familiarisation with the Company’s various green policies; brings to the attention of the internal Green Team any situations or practices that could be improved in relation to environmental performance; and co-operates with Sydney Theatre Company in their efforts to lead in the area of environmental sustainability.
o Executive Director o Artistic Director o Heads of Department o Production Managers o Dir of Programming and Artistic Operations o HR Manager o Leaders and contractors from other Theatre and Arts Companies
Capabilities and competencies
Extensive experience in a large performing arts organisation leading a technical and production area, including planning, budgeting, strategic and people management. Strong leadership skills including leading successful productions from end to end Thorough understanding of all aspects involved in technical theatre, including construction, lighting equipment, rigging and sound Exemplary communication, people management and development skills Creative insight and judgement The ability to thrive in a high pressure environment with many competing priorities Understanding of new technologies and their application in design and execution A strong appreciation for the art form of theatre Demonstrated experience in managing production schedules, negotiating with staff and unions, and managing multiple projects at once Understanding and commitment to WH&S, community obligations and sustainability practices
This job description describes the broad scope of the role and is not an exhaustive list. It may also change from time to time with due consultation to meet the changing needs of the business.