Head of Department Staging

Posted on Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

  • Full time vacancy on a 3 year fixed term contract
  • Develop your career at the heart of the arts in South Australia
  • Based in Adelaide CBD
  • Experienced in managing production services

About the Adelaide Festival Centre Trust

Established in 1973, Adelaide Festival Centre Trust (AFCT) is the creative hub of South Australia and leading Asia Pacific cultural centre. The AFCT produces a bold, exciting and extensive program of festivals, events and performances all year round to inspire educate and entertain audiences from a variety of ages, experience and cultures. The AFCT prides itself on providing constant support, development and maintaining a positive work environment for all employees whilst upholding exceptional customer service to external organisations and patrons, as the home of performing arts in South Australia.

About the vacancy

Finishing off the 2017 schedule strongly and commencing the preparation of the 2018 program, the Adelaide Festival Centre Trust is looking for a Production professional to be the key stakeholder for the staging department in providing equipment and technicians to set up and operate stage requirements to support performances. This role is available in a full time capacity for a period of three years.

Reporting to the Director of Venue Operations, the Head of Department – Staging will be responsible in effectively and efficiently managing the AFC staging department and providing exceptional customer service to internal and external stakeholders. This role will involve managing the Staging department within the venue’s operations to a world class standard and include rostering and managing staging staff though leadership, training and mentoring. Relevant qualifications in entertainment and previous experience in a similar role will be looked upon favourably.

If you are able to hit the ground running, experienced in coordinating events, shows and performances don’t miss out on this opportunity to apply.


  • Manage Staging department operations by meeting and negotiating with external hirers needs
  • Develop weekly rosters adhering to all legal WHS & EB requirements
  • Assist the production coordinators with technical advice
  • Identify training needs in the department and provide advice and guidance
  • Conduct performance reviews with staff
  • Develop maintenance schedules to ensure all plant and equipment are in reasonable working order
  • Attend all production meetings as the representative of the department
  • Act as liaison with internal and external customers and provide cost effective technical advice and design solutionsCompetencies and Skills
  • Demonstrated leadership experience
  • Rostering experience
  • Conflict resolution and negotiation skills
  • Excellent communications & interpersonal skills
  • Ability to establish and maintain professional working relationships
  • Outstanding organisational & planning skills and ability to meet deadlines
  • Project management skills

Benefits and Culture

The Adelaide Festival Centre Trust offer a range of benefits to its employees including salary packaging, flexible working arrangements and staff price tickets to shows, festivals and productions.

The South Australian public sector supports flexible ways of working including part-time working arrangements wherever reasonably possible. The sector is diverse and desires to increase in diversity and to create opportunities for more South Australians.


All applications will be treated in strict confidence and must include a cover letter stating your potential contribution to this role, the relevant skills and experience you can offer Adelaide Festival Centre, together with a current resume identifying relevant career, personal and educational achievements.

For more information about the Adelaide Festival Centre and a copy of the position description, please visit the Employment page on our website: www.adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au. Enquires can be directed to Michael McCabe – Director, Venue Operations at michael.mccabe@adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au.

Please submit all applications via SEEK by 5:00 pm ACDT Wednesday 20 December 2017.