Communications Specialist, Contemporary Music

Sydney Opera House

Sydney (Full-time, Temporary (24 month contract))

Sydney Opera House

Communications Specialist, Contemporary Music

Sydney (Full-time, Temporary (24 month contract))


The Sydney Opera House is an iconic Australian institution that embodies beauty, inspiration and the liberating power of art and ideas.

Our vision is to be as bold and inspiring as the Opera House itself.

Our mission is two-fold:

  • To treasure and renew the Opera House for future generations of artists, audiences and visitors; and
  • To inspire, and strengthen the community, through everything we do.


For more information about the Sydney Opera House please refer to our website.



The Communications Specialist, Contemporary Music, is responsible for developing and delivering integrated communications strategies for Sydney Opera House Presents (SOHP) programming, with a particular focus on contemporary music, including key marquee festivals Vivid LIVE and Graphic.

The role will work with key media channels and stakeholders to maximise coverage of the Opera House and its contemporary music programming stream. We are looking for an enthusiastic self-starter with a deep interest in and knowledge of contemporary music and culture who enjoys a fast-paced, dynamic environment. You need to be able to think strategically and creatively to deliver engaging, innovative communications that effectively positions the Opera House and its contemporary music programing  with media, audiences, stakeholders and the public more broadly.

You will contribute to an exciting chapter in the Opera House’s history, our Decade of Renewal, of which contemporary music and culture is a crucial element.

This position reports to the Head of Public Relations, and works closely with internal programmers, marketing campaign managers, social media strategists and the corporate partnerships team. The role is supported by two Communications Assistants who work across the wider communications team.

Further information about the role and its requirements can be obtained from the role description.


  • A minimum of 3-4 years’ practical experience in media relations and communications management.
  • A demonstrated knowledge of trends, initiatives and framework of local, national and international performing arts.
  • A demonstrated ability to manage several concurrent projects and undertake media campaigns with minimal supervision.
  • An established network of media and industry contacts across news, entertainment and the arts.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Thorough knowledge of social media landscape.
  • Strong customer focus in dealing with media, internal and external stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated flexibility and creativity in successfully managing media issues.



Applicants are asked to include an up to date resume of no more than five pages which clearly details your relevant skills and experience and how they relate to the requirements and capabilities of the role. Applicants are also asked to address their suitability in a covering letter of no more than two pages addressing the following two targeted questions:

  1. Provide a recent example of a campaign or announcement that you delivered, highlighting creative communications solutions applied across a range of channels. What was your approach and what was the outcome?
  2. Detail an occasion or event where you had to juggle the competing priorities of multiple stakeholders to achieve a common goal. How did you balance effective stakeholder management with proactive media relations?


Applicants MUST create a profile and submit their application electronically for this position at Only applicants who apply online will be considered for this position. Please contact the Jobs NSW Helpdesk on 1800 562 679 should you have any technical enquiries.  A talent pool may be created from this recruitment action for ongoing or temporary roles of the same standard that may become available over the next twelve months.

Sydney Opera House welcomes applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from diverse cultural backgrounds and people with disability.

To be eligible to apply for this position, applicants must have existing Australian work rights.

Applications will not be accepted from recruitment agencies.

Any offer of employment will be subject to a satisfactory National Police Check and Pre-Employment Health Assessment .


Job Status: Full-time, temporary (24-month contract)

Position No: SOH1127
Salary: Base salary of $64,610, plus 9.5% superannuation contribution


Applications Close: Midnight, Sunday 17 September, 2017
Enquiries: Kate Huish