February 1, 2023

Head of Automation and Staging – Geelong Arts Centre

Position: Head of Automation and Staging

Period: 2 Year fixed term
Award Classification: LPA Level 13, $70,000 pa base salary plus 10.5% superannuation, Generous over-time penalties apply. 

About us 

Bring your technical expertise to life in our state-of-the-art venues. 

Stand out in the industry and be part of an outstanding, dedicated in-house technical team in a role that priorities your personal development. This Role includes generous Sunday rates, flexible span of hours and other rewarding penalties through Clause 10 of the Geelong Arts Centre Enterprise Agreement 2021-24.  

Creativity and technical excellence is what Geelong Arts Centre does best. Hosting a huge array of events from theatre and live music performances through to workshops and gala events, This is your chance to work with brand new state-of-the-art technical equipment to bring nine versatile spaces, theatres and venues to life. 

Geelong Arts Centre will become Australia’s largest regional arts centre upon completion of the Little Malop Street Redevelopment in 2023. Backed with a $140 million investment from the Victorian Government, the Little Malop Street Redevelopment will significantly expand the capacity of Geelong Arts Centre, providing multiple new theatres, state of the art technical equipment, more dining options, a new Box Office and new administration and back of house facilities. 

Dedicated to delivering a bold future for a clever and creative Geelong, Geelong Arts Centre is a ‘must-play’ destination for exciting and innovative major performances and performers, attracting professional, high-end productions to the Geelong region. 

Be part of history and join the Geelong Arts Centre technical team during an exhilarating time of growth and expansion!  

Geelong Arts Centre is a leader, connector, and creator of extraordinary cultural experiences for local and global communities. Want to be a part of it? Apply now! 

About the role 

The Head of Automation and Staging leads the delivery of high-quality automation and staging technical production services within all Geelong Arts Centre venue and performance spaces. This role provides specialist technical expertise to support presenters deliver live events and performances.  

This position coordinates the conservation of the Centre’s automation and staging assets, including systems and equipment servicing, maintenance schedules, operating information and storage and retrieval to ensure equipment is operational and ready for service.  

The Head of Automation and Staging leads the day-to-day operations and supports the development and performance of the automation and staging team. Additionally, this position provides supervision of the broader technical team and operates lighting and audio-visual equipment for pre-production, rigging, rehearsal, performances, recordings, and de-rigging of shows and events in line with budgeted schedules.  

The ideal candidate will have: 

  • Minimum 3 years’ experience as an audio technician (preferably working in the entertainment or live performance industry) 
  • Tertiary qualification in Live Performance or relevant field desirable 
  • Industry-leading expertise of automation, rigging and staging equipment used in live performance, and experience applying this knowledge to successfully achieve and create specific staging and artistic effects 
  • Proven contribution to the overall professional effect of productions and experiences and applying this knowledge for different situations, venues, and performance scenarios. 
  • Experience in maintaining safe systems of work, including ability to identify hazards and risks and consult, communicate and resolve OHS issues. 
  • Highly developed stakeholder engagement skills, with a positive diplomatic approach, flexibility of style, and the ability to establish productive working relationships with a variety of people. 
  • Availability to work outside of normal business hours including evening, late nights and weekend work will be required as part of the normal hours of duty. 
  • Current Driver’s Licence 
  • Working with Children Check 
  • Intermediate rigging qualification or higher 

The following capabilities are essential to success in this position: 

Communicating with influence:  

Engages and energises others through confident and persuasive communication; tailors communication style and message according to audience needs.  

Service culture:  

A people first attitude; considers others’ perspectives in making decisions and providing consistent quality advice and service; offers solutions and strategies that best serve the stakeholder’s needs.  

Digital literacy:  

Promotes technical solutions to modernise work practices, ensuring alignment with business requirements and contemporary digital landscape; actively grows capability in digital communication and technology literacy.  

Leading teams:  

Leads with values-in-action, integrity and emotional intelligence to support, develop, motivate, and guide the team to achieve successful outcomes, feel valued and wanting to do their best.  

Planning and organising:  

Plans, analyses and co-ordinates the delivery of projects / assignments while balancing priorities and resources; continually evaluates progress and re-prioritises work based on changing needs  

Consulting and advice:  

Interprets needs and offers pragmatic and valued advice; ensures solutions are leading practice and sustainable; supports the achievement of outcomes for stakeholders.  


Proactively supports working together, shares ideas and provides constructive feedback; respects and values others; encourages camaraderie, cohesiveness and connectedness.  


Sound like you? Then we want to hear from you! 

To apply for this opportunity please click the Apply button and provide a cover letter including your ability to meet the key requirements outlined in the position description, and a current CV.  Please direct any queries to: employment@geelongartscentre.org.au  

Applicants will be required to undergo police and identity screening. First round interviews will be conducted either face-to-face or online.  

Geelong Arts Centre is an equal opportunity employer and values the contribution that diversity brings to the workplace.  

Geelong Arts Centre is strongly committed to the safety and well-being of all children that interact with our organisation. We have zero tolerance for child abuse. 

Geelong Arts Centre encourages and welcomes applications from Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders People. 

Applications are open to those with full-working rights in Australia. 

Applications close: Tuesday 14 February 2023.


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