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Reference Number 13594
Position Title Technical Director
Employment Type Permanent Full Time
Location Cns Perform Art Centre
Minimum Award/Classification  
Maximum Award/Classification  
Roster Pattern 19 day month 
Position Summary

Technical Director 

  • Make this Role Your Own | Unique Performing Arts - Technical Opportunity
  • State of the Art Facility | Event Production
  • Work / Life Balance | 19-Day Month 

Cairns is world renowned for its reef and rainforest but if you scratch the surface you will also discover a region buzzing with a wonderful diverse range of arts & cultural activities. Our wonderful Performing Arts Centre and Munro Martin Parklands host an array of entertainment from concerts, theatre, local and visiting talent and live performances.  

At our Cairns Performing Arts Centre (CPAC) you will witness innovative and debut performances in addition to a well-crafted mix of classics and revived theatrical pieces. With multiple performance spaces across the CPAC site, the versatility of the venue enables the presentation of a variety of events including theatre, concerts, music, dance, contemporary circus, opera, film and comedy. Our premier facility houses two venues, the main theatre with a seating capacity of 940 people and the studio with a seating capacity of 400.

We also have our fabulous Munro Martin Parklands (MMP), Cairns' newest community gathering place complete with an outdoor performance space. The Parklands boast tropical plantings, vine-covered pergolas and arbours and an open-air plaza to encourage passive, casual use of the facility.

An exciting opportunity is now available for a creative, talented & suitably qualified and/or highly experienced Technical Director who will provide a professional, high quality specialist production service across our Cultural Services venues to ensure that all events presented in line with our high‑class standards.

The individual we are seeking will be a high performing, but cool under pressure problem solver who is highly skilled in all aspects of technical theatre systems.  You will also be a proactive leader who is approachable and passionate about the arts and entertainment industry backed by demonstrated capabilities and experience in the full production process. 

About the Gig: 

Reporting to the Precinct Manager, the primary objective of this role is to: 

  • Produce and direct the delivery of high-level production services for the CPAC Precinct and Cultural Services external events; including but not limited to technical operations, equipment and maintenance in accordance with the objectives of Council’s Policy Arts and Cultural Facilities.
  • Undertake the day-to-day management of all technical and production aspects associated with venue operations and to ensure high quality technical and production service delivery primarily at CPAC and Munro Martin Parklands.
  • Take a leading role in maintaining and managing the provision of back of house operational services on a day to day basis and ensuring the technical and production needs of all centre users and hirers are met.

To be successful in this role you will require: 

  • Relevant qualifications with significant demonstrated experience working in Technical Management and/or a Performing Arts Centre background.
  • Effective working knowledge of the planning, financial and technical aspects of operating a Performing Arts Centre.
  • Demonstrated high-level understanding and experience in the operation of technical theatre systems, including lighting, audio, and stage mechanics.
  • Well-developed computer skills including a proven ability to use and operate corporate software systems including industry event management and roster systems.
  • Extensive understanding of production requirements of the performing arts and entertainment industry and a demonstrated flair for creative production designs (lighting, audio and mechanical). 
  • Ability to manage conflicting priorities within a fast paced, dynamic, changing environment and deliver problem solving solutions under pressure.
  • A sound understanding of relevant WH&S principles and requirements related to the Venue and Events Industry.
  • Excellent leadership, management and communication skills.  

In return we offer the following benefits: 

  • 19-day month
  • Up to 5 weeks annual leave
  • 12% contribution to superannuation
  • Annual leave loading
  • Subsidised uniform allowance
  • Subsidised health and well-being membership (gym / swimming pool)
  • On-going opportunities for learning and professional development  

Applications Close: Friday, 9 July 2021 

For a full listing of the Key Duties & Responsibilities and full Selection Criteria you must go to our website: 

How to Apply:

Your application must be submitted online and must consist of the following:

  • Cover Letter addressing the three main elements as detailed in the full selection criteria.
  • Copy of your Resume.

Applications not addressing the full selection criteria will not be accepted.

Pre-Employment Assessment: 

As part of the selection process applicants may be required to undertake some or all of the following pre‑employment assessments / checks:-  

  • Pre‑employment medical, which will include a functional capacity assessment and drug and alcohol test.
  • National police / criminal history check.
  • Practical Assessment
  • Numeracy and Literacy Assessment
  • Computer Skills Assessment
  • Qualification / Licence Verification
  • Working with Children & Young People (Blue Card) Verification
  • Right to Work in Australia Check
  • Directorship Check

Employment Eligibility:

To be eligible to apply for a position at Cairns Regional Council, you must fulfil one of the following criteria:-

  • Permanent resident of Australia
  • Australian Citizen
  • New Zealand Citizen
  • Entitlement to work visa
Selection Criteria Essential: Do you have relevant qualifications with significant demonstrated experience working in Technical Management and/or a Performing Arts Centre background?
Essential: Do you have demonstrated high-level understanding and experience in the operation of technical theatre systems, including lighting, audio, and stage mechanics?
Essential: Do you have a current and valid C Class Drivers' Licence or above?
Essential: Do you have eligibility / the right to work in Australia?
Contact Person Cairns Regional Council Recruitment Team
Contact Number (07) 4044 3310
Contact Email
Closing Date 09/07/2021
Position Description
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Please note that this position will close at 11:45pm (AEST) on the closing date.
Please ensure your application is added before this time as we do not accept late applications.