Head of Operations

Applications close: Fri, 11 Jun 2021 at 12:00 AM

Adelaide Fringe is an annual open-access arts festival run over four weeks in Adelaide, South Australia during February, and March. It is one of the largest, most popular, and diverse arts festivals in Australia.

Thousands of artists from around Australia and across the globe participate alongside home-grown talent, in art forms spanning cabaret, comedy, circus & physical theatre, dance, film, theatre, music, visual art and design.

As a critical member of the Adelaide Fringe team, your role as Head of Operations will include driving the organisational development and the smooth delivery and operations of Adelaide Fringe.

A leadership role that will see you manage the operations, recruitment, employee relations, development and training, policies and procedures, contractors, production, WHS, volunteering, access, diversity and inclusion.

Reporting directly to the Chief Executive Officer your key responsibilities will include:

  • Contribute to Adelaide Fringe's strategic vision and commitment to diversity, inclusion and access and ensure project plans are collaboratively communicated between departments.
  • Directly manage the Production Manager, Office and Volunteer Manager and HR Support, Diversity and Inclusion Manager, Access Manager and the Internship and Traineeship Programs
  • Manage HR and the recruitment of all short-term and long-term employees with Heads of Departments and manage staff performance reviews, grievances, contract renewals, terminations and new recruitment
  • Ensure all company policies comply with legislative requirements, are up to date and signed off by CEO and the Board. Oversee all staff contracts, ensuring they are current, legally compliant, signed and expiry dates are monitored
  • Provide Operations reports to the CEO and Board as well as briefings for any legislative or legal requirements

Key Requirements:

  • Experience in festival/event operations in a leadership position
  • Experience in HR and recruitment, performance reviews, policies and procedures
  • Outstanding inter-personal skills with a demonstrated ability to deal with a broad range of people from diverse backgrounds
  • Experience and understanding in WHS and EMP (Emergency Management Planning), policy development and corporate governance
  • Demonstrated adaptive leadership skills and ability to think creatively and strategically

Overall, you will need to be a self-motivated and agile individual with the ability to build collaborative relationships with key internal and external stakeholders and decision makers. Your professional behaviour and committed work ethic will demonstrate your ability to consistently achieve high standards of productivity with utmost integrity. This role is vital to the continued success of an adaptive, creative and passionate organisation dedicated to inclusivity, diversity and collaboration in the arts.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples are encouraged to apply.


To apply please click apply or call Giuseppe Nasca on 08 8216 3508 for a confidential discussion.