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Since the first march for freedom in 1978, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras (SGMLG) has grown into a leading international cultural arts festival with a street Parade that has grown to include 12,500 participants and reach a local, online and broadcast audience of over 13 million people.

Making Mardi Gras happen takes a large team of people. We have year round and seasonal staff to help produce the season, in addition to our committed volunteer teams. We are always interested in knowing more about people who want to be a part of the team.

SGLMG is one of the oldest, continuously operating LGBTQI organisations in Australia. SGLMG is a non-for-profit member-based organisation which was built on the foundations laid by early community activists who fought for LGBTQI rights in a time of wide-spread, institutionalised oppression and discrimination.  From these origins, SGLMG has evolved to include a strong focus on celebration while maintaining a commitment to social justice for LGBTQI communities.

SGLMG encourages applications from a diverse range of applicants. We are an EEO employer and welcome applications from people who identify as sexuality, sex and/or gender diverse, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and people who are differently abled.

Currently Seeking: Executive Producer

2021 saw a remarkable change to the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival with the move of the main event from our spiritual home on Oxford Street to the SCG due to COVID.

The incredible success of this year’s event showed just how passionate, dynamic, and committed the team at SGLMG are in supporting the community and continuing to provide it a creative platform to express its pride to the world!

2022 and beyond brings unlimited potential for Mardi Gras, and there has never been a more exciting time to join the team.  

We are looking for an Executive Producer to join us and help ensure the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras continues to engage and excite audiences, create memorable experiences and provide significant benefits to the LGBTIQ+ community for years to come.

Position Purpose

The Executive Producer is a key role within the executive team and leads the organisation's Festival and Events team to strategically position the annual festival and year-round program as world-class, engaging, entertaining and inspiring whilst providing cultural, social and other meaningful benefits to the LGBTQI and broader communities.

Key Accountabilities include but not limited to:

  • Collaborate with the CEO, Creative Director and SGLMG Board to develop an approved, cohesive creative vison for the SGLMG;
  • Collaborate with the Creative Director and Festival and Events Team to develop specific program and deliverables to meet the creative vision;
  • Consult with internal and external stakeholders on program and creative concepts to understand LGBTQI community, artists, stakeholder and arts industry trends, audiences and artforms (this includes establishing and or leading relevant working groups as required);
  • Collaboratively lead the Festival and Events Team including employees, volunteers, consultants and contractors;
  • Work with the CEO, Creative Director, Partnerships Manager, and Marketing Communications Manager to maintain a proactive and strategic relationship with key stakeholders
  • Collaborate with the Creative Director to ensure that all aspects of events including technical, staffing, suppliers and contractors, health and safety, venues, security, etc. support the creative vision;
  • Collaborate with the Creative Director to ensure that creative and artistic program deliverables can be achieved within prescribed budgets;

Requirements include:

  • Demonstrated extensive experience and knowledge in producing critically acclaimed, large-scale, major indoor and outdoor events in the community, arts and cultural context (10+ years);
  • Demonstrated senior management and leadership experience with a history of financial and complex operational success in the event industry, and proven ability to manage and empower large event teams. (10+year)
  • Demonstrated senior management ability to build strong relationships and collaborate with Government agencies, sponsors, marketing, media and broadcast partners;
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with creative personnel to produce their ideas and vision within a budget and a timeline;
  • Extensive experience in destination-based event branding (5 years)
  • Experience as a spokesperson, familiarity with media and public relations
  • Experience within the LGBTQ+ community and commitment to Mardi Gras Values

Please send your cover letter and application to:

Rob Gallacher, PeopleStart

Email: rob@peoplestart.com.au

For any queries and the full position description, contact Rob Gallacher on +61478 760 71