Executive Director Conservatoire

Sydney, Australia
12 Sep 2018
End of advertisement period
27 Sep 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

NIDA values diversity and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

We believe that people from a range of backgrounds bring a variety of ideas, perspectives and experiences that create a productive work environment in which talents are fully utilised. We also believe that a workforce that reflects the diversity of Australian society often facilitates a collaborative approach to work that allows the organisation to better meet its objectives.

We aim to ensure that our recruitment and selection processes do not discriminate against race, disability, sexuality, age, heritage, gender, religious or non-religious beliefs, nationality or family background.

The National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) is Australia’s premier training ground for future leaders and practitioners in the performing arts. Located at Kensington in Sydney, it is a centre of excellence in education and training. NIDA is unique in the world for its conservatoire training in the range that it offers which includes Acting, Design, Costume, Properties and Objects, Technical Theatre and Stage Management, Scenic Construction, Writing for Performance, Directing and Cultural Leadership.

The Executive Director Conservatoire will lead the Directors of the Centre for Acting, Centre for Design Practices, Centre for Technology, Production and Management, and the Centre for Creative Practices. This is a newly created role and an exciting opportunity for a leader in the performing arts who has a strong practical background in one or more of the disciplines that NIDA offers.

Experience as an Academic leader is essential, as is a PhD, preferably with a focus on practice-led education and training. Your experience leading a team of practitioner academics will be highly developed, as will your understanding of practice-led pedagogy.

Reporting directly to the Director/CEO you will be counsel to that role on course development and evaluation whilst delivering a collaborative approach to people leadership and student learning.

The successful applicant must be in a position to commence in this role from early January 2019.

Position Profile

Please download the position profile for more information about this role

Salary (TRP)

An attractive salary package will be negotiated with the successful candidate

Benefits of Working for NIDA

  • Annual Leave Loading (17.5%)
  • Novated Leases
  • Workplace Banking
  • A short bus ride from Sydney CBD and Central Station
  • Discounted Health Club & Aquatic Membership at UNSW
  • Access to the UNSW Library
  • Complimentary tickets to NIDA student productions
  • Continuing Professional Development Opportunities
  • Discounts from NIDA bars during events
  • 50% discount for immediate family members to attend the NIDA Open programs

What we're looking for

Essential components of your application:

  • A brief cover letter that demonstrates your understanding of and capacity to undertake the role
  • Your CV including two references who can comment on your professional experience
  • A separate document that addresses each of the selection criteria listed in the Position Profile individually

Closing Date

Thursday, 5pm 27 September 2018

Only applicants who are shortlisted for interview will be contacted.


Applications which do not address the selection criteria listed in the Position Profile above will not be considered.

NIDA would prefer that you have the right to live and work in Australia to apply for this role.

A valid Working With Children Check for NSW is essential. Having one or being willing to get one and to support and implement NIDA’s Child Safe strategies is necessary to undertake this role.


For a confidential discussion about this role, please contact Denis Fuelling, Executive Director People and Culture on +61 02 9697 7635 or denis.fuelling@nida.edu.au.

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