Music Australia Position Description 2019
General Manager
Part time 0.8 position (4 days per week), contract position
About Music Australia

Music Australia is a not for profit national umbrella body and champion for all music. We work independently and with members and partners to stimulate and promote the value of music, school music education, sector professional development and public engagement. We provide advocacy and information services to strengthen music in Australia, and run projects including Australia’s largest school music program Music: Count Us In; and a contemporary music industry conference. The organisation enjoys high levels of respect and utilisation by the professional music sector, has a growing membership, a well-equipped Sydney office, solid digital platforms, and substantial engagement with over 700,0000 Australians accessing services annually.

Position: Music Australia’s Board seeks to appoint a new General Manager, to lead the organisation in its next phase of development. The GM will lead the strategic development of key programs and service delivery of national music council.  The GM will tap into significant strategic opportunities for the organisation as it navigates a changed funding landscape. These include expanding the reach and funding sources of Music: Count Us In – Australia’s largest and most respected school music program and leveraging our successful Contemporary Music Roundtable to strengthen strategic professional sector outcomes in contemporary music. The role offers the opportunity to drive organisational growth and expand to a full-time position.

Position: General Manager

Location: Erskineville, Sydney

About the Role

The successful candidate will have:

  • The capacity to effectively represent, promote and advocate for the organisation and its vision nationally, and on behalf of the broader sector.
  • A solid grasp of and commitment to school music education and well-developed national industry knowledge and networks.
  • A proven ability to plan and implement impactful and significant events.
  • Excellent strategic, operational and financial management skills and track record

Reporting to a national Board of Directors, The GM will be based in Music Australia’s Erskineville office, Sydney, and lead a small staff team, currently two full time equivalent positions.

Key Responsibilities: The GM provides leadership and overall management of Music Australia, and:

  • Works closely with the board to articulate and implement a clear vision and ambitious, achievable strategies and programs
  • Maintains effective communications with a wide variety of stakeholders including music and education organisations.
  • Oversees timely, cost-effective and impactful delivery of all programs and services, developing and monitoring budgets, and ensuring sound financial practices and reporting.
  • Delivers effective reporting, governance and risk management activities to the Board, funders, stakeholders, statutory agencies and others as required.
  • Provides high quality human resource management, and builds collaborative staff and stakeholder teams and relationships and solid sector engagement

Selection Criteria:

  • High level strategic and organisational leadership skills with a proven capacity to implement successful strategies delivering benefit to diverse stakeholders.
  • Proven abilities (including delivery of Government funded programs) in leading and managing the program delivery, operations, finance and governance of a similar organization.
  • Knowledge, understanding and experience of the Australian music industry and music education sector.
  • Excellent communication, liaison and negotiation skills, and solid background in building enduring partnerships, coalitions and alliances.

Applications Process

  • To apply submit a short two-page response to the selection criteria, your CV and contact details of up to three professional referees to Music Australia’s Acting CEO  [email protected]
  • For enquiries, contact Acting CEO Michael Smellie on 02 9519 9778
  • Applications close 5pm Wednesday 27 February 2019

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