Term: Full time
Salary range: From $90,000 p/a commensurate with qualifications and experience + superannuation
Accountability: The Executive Producer is Co-CEO (with the Artistic Director) and works under the direction of, and reports to, the ILBIJERRI Board of Directors.



Bold. Black. Brilliant. These three words encapsulate the essence of one of Australia’s leading theatre companies creating innovative works by First Nations artists.


ILBIJERRI is one of Australia’s leading theatre companies creating innovative contemporary works by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists that challenge and connect with audiences. ILBIJERRI believes in the power of Indigenous voices. Our creative processes support the empowerment of Indigenous artists and communities to tell our stories, from our perspective.


Established in 1990 and based in Melbourne, ILBIJERRI is the longest running Indigenous theatre company in Australia. Since 1990 we have been initiating and developing performances in collaboration with our community and artists. ILBIJERRI productions have toured nationally and internationally, received critical acclaim and resonated with both Indigenous and non-Indigenous audiences.


The Executive Producer will have shared accountability with the Artistic Director reporting to the ILBIJERRI Board of Directors.  As a partnership with the Artistic Director you will be responsible for the outcomes of the people in the following positions: General Manager, Company Producers, Development Manager, Marketing Manager, Finance Manager, Social Impact Producer, Company Manager, Administration staff, Project based artists and the freelance crew.


The role requires a leader with knowledge and experience of the contemporary performing arts sector, Indigenous performing arts and demonstrated experience in and sensitivity to artists, performers and the creative process. Ideally this includes experience in producing, touring and artist development within an arts organisation. Relevant knowledge and experience within an adjacent field will be accepted.

This role will attract high level strategic thinkers with a strong track record of delivery in the performing arts sector. It requires an experienced leader and collaborator with demonstrable entrepreneurial skills, business acumen and an ability to navigate complexity in a diverse stakeholder environment.  Importantly, you will be responsible for securing and managing operational and project funding to deliver ILBIJERRI’s growing program.As an Executive leader in this Company, you will drive the ILBUJERRI’s strategic plan taking into account business expansion, artistic development, branding and marketing, philanthropy, finance and people. This role is responsible for operations which will include, as a high priority, measurable growth for the organisation.

The role will require a leader that can demonstrate:

 Leadership with an artistic focus, especially in the Indigenous sector

  • Strategic collaboration and ability to partner and work closely with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, Government and stakeholders – a strong strategic mindset will be required
  • Capability to inspire and influence a diverse range of stakeholders
  • Operational accomplishment in the performing arts sector, or relatable field.



Your track record in the artistic sector will frame your headline claims. You will have complementary stand-out leadership skills and a proven track record for operational excellence in the creative and artistic aspects of the Australian community, specifically in the Indigenous sector. You will be able to show you can work effectively across a complex stakeholder landscape to proactively deliver successful performances and tours, all the while building ILBIJERRI’s profile in the artistic sector. To do this, you will have the following high-level capabilities:

  • Exceptional leadership capabilities.
  • A performing arts background (or adjacent field).
  • Strong organisational skills including the ability to manage financial and administrative systems, business processes, business acumen.
  • Exceptional communication skills.

You will bring with you a wealth of knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander cultures, and a proven ability to engage with First Nations people. Your understanding of funding processes, philanthropy and good governance has been gained through working in performing arts (or other relevant and relatable fields) positions in the Australia community.



  • Competitive salary with Superannuation additional.
  • Domestic and International travel.
  • Consideration of relocation costs.
  • A full-time position with flexible working arrangements.
  • An inclusive environment where diversity is celebrated.
  • Ongoing professional development.


  1. Experience and understanding of working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders/First Nations cultures and communities, particularly in relation to arts, and a commitment to furthering ILBIJERRI’s Mission in line with our Organisational Values.
  2. Knowledge and experience of the contemporary performing arts sector, Indigenous performing arts and demonstrated experience in and sensitivity to artists, performers and the creative process. Ideally this includes experience in producing, touring and artist development within an arts organisation.
  3. A tertiary qualification in Business or Arts Management, or equivalent industry experience which includes working knowledge of the daily operations of a small-to-medium arts company and strong financial management experience, including detailed grant submissions and acquittals.
  4. Demonstrated high-level written and oral communication skills and strong communication and negotiation experience with a variety of stakeholders including government, philanthropic foundations and industry peers.
  5. Organisational and management skills of a high order, including the ability to strategically plan, budget, manage, and evaluate activities and the performance of the organisation.
  6. Demonstrated ability to manage, motivate and empower staff to succeed.


Please contact Pipeline Talent at jobs@pipelinetalent.com.au to obtain a copy of the position description for this role which contains details on the specific duties and responsibilities of the role.

All applications must be made in writing and include the following:

  1. Current CV.
  2. Cover letter outlining why you have applied for the position in relation to the duties and areas of responsibility.
  3. Your response to the key selection criteria (maximum 3 pages).

Applications are to be emailed to jobs@pipelinetalent.com.au with the heading “Ilbijerri – Executive Producer” in the subject line.

Applications must be received by 5pm on Monday 25 November 2019.

Late applications will not be accepted.

Applications which do not clearly address the selection criteria will not be accepted.




For more information, please contact:

For more information on the position including a copy of the detailed position description, please contact Pipeline Talent via phone or email for a confidential discussion.

jobs@pipelinetalent.com.au or 02 8001 6603