Director, First Nations and Outreach

Sydney, Australia
Monday, 1 June 2020
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Sunday, 21 June 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

AFTRS is Australia's Screen and Broadcast School, established to fuel and empower Australian creativity and storytelling. AFTRS is consistently rated as one of the top film schools in the world.

We are looking for an experienced Senior Leader to join the Executive Team. You will be responsible for leading the design and implementation of the School's First Nations and Outreach strategy, to ensure that AFTRS takes a leadership position as a hub of national excellence in screen and broadcast learning that is safe, inclusive and accessible to people from all across Australia.  

As Director, First Nations & Outreach you will:

  • Work both internally and externally to initiate and provide leadership oversight of structured educational and training pathways for new, emerging and seasoned practitioners across Australia.
  • Actively network and develop partnerships with First Nations organisations, communities, First Nations Units within educational, government and Industry bodies and any other relevant organisations to facilitate the implementation and promotion of the School's strategy.
  • Lead the design, development, implementation, review and evaluation of a national AFTRS First Nations Training and Education Strategy that develops high-level Screen and Broadcast practitioners.
  • Lead the design, development, implementation, review and evaluation of a national Outreach Strategy, incorporating Talent Camp as a flagship outreach program, developing skills that respond to the current skills and talent gaps in both the Screen and Broadcast sector.
  • Take a leadership position within the Screen Diversity and Inclusion Network, representing AFTRS to steer the project to "go live" and delivery of the first draft research results.
  • Work with the AFTRS Executive Team to ensure a cohesive and collaborative focus on the student experience, as well as student and graduate outcomes.

About You:

  • You have demonstrated experience working in a senior leadership position within the Screen and Broadcast sector, with well-developed networks with the key Industry and cultural agencies, along with a proven track record of effectively managing multiple stakeholder relationships where there are competing priorities and potential conflict of interests.
  • You have significant demonstrable knowledge, understanding and appreciation of Australian First Nations culture, customs and society and the ability to gain and maintain credibility and communicate with sensitivity with First Nations people, communities and organisations.
  • You have demonstrated ability to successful and productive engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, along with a dimensioned understanding of issues of Indigenous higher education and professional training across multiple landscapes.
  • You have demonstrated knowledge of production processes in film, broadcasting and emerging media.
  • You have advanced project management experience including demonstrated successful completion of projects within time and budget. 
  • You have the proven ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively within a small team, to foster effective working relationships, and to represent AFTRS effectively and positively.
  • You are a values-led leader, with strong personal drive and integrity, including demonstrated use of initiative, flexibility and resourcefulness.

Please note that this is an Identified Position, consistent with the Racial Discrimination Act 1975. This position is identified in which part or all of the duties involve the development of policy or programs relating to Australian Indigenous people, and/or involve interaction with Indigenous communities, including service delivery.

This position is open to all Australian citizens or Permanent Residents.

As a creative organisation, we understand the importance of offering flexible working to support your own creativity, wellbeing and balance. We will genuinely consider applications for job share and part-time working. We also support working from home and flexible working hours.

Please note, the successful applicant will be required to undertake a Working with Children Check.  

Salary: Senior Executive salary package commensurate with level, plus excellent benefits.

Please feel free to contact Louise Hope, Director, People & Culture, if you would like to have a confidential conversation about the role: