Program and Events Officer

Sydney, Australia
03 Nov 2017
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26 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

Power Institute Foundation for Art and Visual Culture

University of Sydney

  • Manage a vibrant program of art talks and symposia
  • Expand our audience and engage the art community with your communication skills
  • Part time, fixed term; five years, 2.5 days per week. Remuneration package of $84k pa (Pro Rata), Camperdown / Darlington Campus

About the opportunity 

The Power Institute, Australia’s premier foundation for the promotion of art’s history and ideas, is looking for a skilled event and communications professional to coordinate the logistics of Power’s dynamic public program and to engage with a variety of audiences via various platforms.

As the Program and Events Officer, you will be responsible for coordinating the public program, hosting a range of high profile speakers for lectures, seminars and symposia, managing key partnerships with universities, galleries and donors, and developing the public face of the Institute through a range of online communications.

This position is a part-time position, working flexibly to a total of 2.5 days per week (with some evening work required), on a five-year fixed-term basis.  

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance in recruiting talent aligned to these values in the pursuit of research excellence. We are looking for an art-interested and motivated individual who possesses demonstrated expertise in:

  • coordinating, promoting and delivering events, such as lectures, seminars and panel discussions
  • writing and producing effective communications around the arts, ensuring audience growth and ongoing community engagement
  • hosting talent, liaising and negotiating with speakers, industry partners and service providers
  • managing a flow of engaging multimedia content across various online and social platforms

About us

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion, and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 6000 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

The Power Institute was established to support the latest ideas and scholarship in the Visual Arts and to bring art to a wider audience. The Institute does this through its public program, publication imprint, research initiatives,  the Schaeffer Fine Arts Library, efforts to encourage good international relations for Australia in the Fine Arts; and partnerships with a range of leading arts institutions, galleries and philanthropic bodies.

Within the University, the Institute works closely with the Department of Art History in the School of Literature, Art and Media, which is one of five Schools in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, as well as the University Art Museums. It also has ongoing partnerships with a range of galleries and tertiary institutions across Australia and internationally.

For more information on the position and University, please view the candidate information pack available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website. Visit and search by the reference number to apply.

Closing date: 11.30 pm 26 November 2017

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

If we think your skills are needed in other areas of the University, we will be sure to contact you about other opportunities.

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