Senior Performance Space Producer – Pedestrian Jobs

JOB OVERVIEW
Senior Producer is an exciting position leading the delivery of Performance Space’s annual arts program, as well as playing a leading role in the delivery of the annual Liveworks festival of experimental art. The Senior Producer also plays a lead role in organizational planning processes, ensuring the program runs smoothly and working closely with all Performance Space staff. Reporting to the Artistic Director and CEO, the Senior Producer oversees the Program Producer and casual program staff throughout the year, as well as recruiting and managing additional program delivery staff for Liveworks, in ensuring that all artistic projects are delivered to an exceptional standard. The Senior Producer provides ongoing leadership and guidance to programming staff in the execution of their duties, and is the primary liaison with Performance Space’s marketing and production departments. The Senior Producer assumes responsibility for the delivery of key projects, including artist residencies and labs, interdisciplinary works, international projects, and large-scale works.

ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE SPACE
Performance Space is the melting pot of artists who take risks. Emerged over 35 years ago in response to artists’ expressed desire to explore and study new art forms, Performance Space has consistently identified, nurtured and presented new directions in contemporary practice. We champion risk, experimentation and new modes of creative expression. Performance Space continues to evolve and renew itself to meet the needs of the independent sector and explore new models to develop and showcase the most critical and important new work.

The scope of our organizational and artistic activity is informed and supported by a commitment to diversity. Performance Space embraces a diversity of artistic and cultural perspectives as fundamental to a vibrant and engaging experimental arts culture. We therefore favor the work of Indigenous artists, practitioners from diverse cultural backgrounds, artists exploring new approaches to sex and gender, disability, and artists pushing human boundaries through experimentation with new technologies.

For more information on who we are and what we do, please visit www.performancespace.com.au

DUTIES OF THE MAIN PRODUCER

Staff management

  • Manage the program team to deliver agreed project deliverables and logistical needs for designated performance space projects
  • Recruit and manage other casuals and interns as needed
  • Liaise closely with the Director of Marketing and Development and the Director of Production of Performance Space to ensure marketing and technical needs are met.

Program development

  • Work with the Artistic Director to address the conceptual and logistical development of Performance Space’s annual program
  • Ensure that Performance Space establishes and adheres to a standard of best practice cultural protocols when working on First Nations programs, including arranging country thanks and country welcomes as appropriate
  • Under the direction of the Artistic Director, undertake artistic research for upcoming performance space projects
  • Prepare briefing papers and research materials for discussion with the Artistic Director and other performance space staff as needed
  • Organize meetings with artists and studio visits alongside the artistic director
  • Help artists obtain resources that advance the development and realization of their projects
  • Provide ongoing mentorship and guidance to artists in the Performance Space program to assist them in the development of their work.

Program Delivery

  • Lead the delivery of the Performance Space program, including (but not limited to) program planning, staff management, artist liaison, and project budget management
  • Lead the delivery of key art projects as directed by the Art Director, ensuring projects are completed to the highest possible standards
  • Oversee the logistical delivery of artistic projects in partnership with the production manager
  • Supervision of annual programs and the festival at all times while personally managing particular projects
  • Oversee the development and delivery of all artist contracts, in consultation with the General Manager and with the support of the Program Producer
  • Prepare written and informative texts on selected performance space projects for curatorial, marketing and publicity purposes, in close collaboration with the marketing team
  • Provide ongoing mentorship and guidance to artists in the Performance Space program to assist in the development of their work
  • Update the Performance Space team regarding specific events or projects as details develop
  • Oversee project documentation in collaboration with the Marketing & Development Manager
  • Prepare reports and organize data collection measures to meet the fulfillment needs of each project, in collaboration with the Marketing & Development Manager

Financial and budget management

  • Work with the Artistic Director and General Manager to prepare project budgets, timelines and delivery plans
  • Work with the General Manager to ensure approved project budgets are monitored, managed and discharged appropriately
  • Work with the Artistic Director, General Manager, and Director of Marketing and Development to identify potential sources of project funding and funding requests
  • Prepare written funding requests and budgets for selected performance space projects
  • Assist artists who are part of the Performance Space program with applications to funding agencies and manage budgets and sponsorship agreements for successful grants

Team work

  • Work closely with other Performance Space staff in a coordinated approach to work development and presentation
  • Work closely with our artistic and strategic external partners to deliver the Performance Space program
  • Provide support to the Art Director as needed
  • Undertake general duties as required, including attending staff meetings and taking minutes, inquiries and office administration.

SELECTION CRITERIA FOR SENIOR PRODUCERS

It is essential that the lead producer has:

  • Experience in carrying out experimental arts projects in performance, dance, visual arts, new media, sound and beyond, including new commissions and large-scale works; and the confidence and experience to engage with artists and audiences
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Leadership skills, including demonstrated experience in team leadership and people management, preferably in a small or medium-sized organization
  • High level of skills in financial and budget management
  • Demonstrated experience managing programs and delivering multiple projects with converging timelines
  • A high level of organizational skill, logistics and problem-solving experience
  • Flexibility to work some weekends and evenings

To find out more about the Senior Producer position, please contact

Jeff Khan Artistic Director and CEO on 0422974838 or [email protected]

CLOSING OF APPLICATIONS 11:59 p.m., Sunday February 20

To apply, please send us:

  • a curriculum vitae (cv) of no more than three pages;
  • a statement of no more than two pages that illustrates how your skills, knowledge and experience match the selection criteria and tasks

Please ensure that your full contact details, including your telephone number and postal address, are included in your CV or in your email.

Email [email protected] by 11:59 a.m. on Sunday, February 20.

Performance Space is committed to equality and diversity, through our program of activities and as an employer. Our practices and procedures aim to reflect the varied needs, expectations and culture of all members of our community. We strive to ensure that no member of the community receives less favorable treatment when recruiting or accessing our services because of sex, gender identity, disability, race, religion or belief, age or sexual orientation.