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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.


In 2019 SGLMG won the bid to host Sydney WorldPride 2023 (SWP) a one-off global pride event. Although SGLMG and SWP are separate organisations they work towards a common goal of creating world class events, programs and content focused on the celebration and recognition of the LGBTQI+ community in Sydney, Australia and the world.  

About the department
SGLMG and SWP 2023 share and resource an integrated partnerships department, although this role will predominantly work on the delivery of the 2022 Mardi Gras season. 

The Partnerships team comprises of the following core functions:

  • Strategic Partnerships and Alliances
  • Government Partnerships and Alliances
  • Media Partnerships and Alliances
  • Partnership implementation, servicing and delivery
  • Our new strategic vision and innovative partnership solutions require a new scope of best practice partner management, of which this role had been designed to fulfill. 

The Partnerships Account Manager role is essential to the success of the new partnership’s strategy and delivery of a standard that secures SGLMG position as an innovative and trusted partner.

The Partnership Account Managers key role is to support the Head of Partnerships and is primarily responsible for maintaining strong relationships with multiple partners and internal stakeholders. It will require a high level of competency in project and partnership management. The demands and scope of this role involves all phases of partner management: including on-boarding; development; solution delivery; and reporting.

Ensuring Partners adhere to timelines, creative guidelines, Partnerships Ethical Charter, and orgainsational and event specific Terms and Conditions will be a key performance indicator. 

Working closely alongside the SWP Deputy Director of Partnerships, the wider Partnerships team, the Executive Producer and Festival and Events teams to enable both organisations to fulfil their acquisition and delivery targets.

This role is required to work collaboratively across both organisations to coordinate and facilitate the internal services required for partner solution provision, and for partnerships to flourish for years to come.

1st November 2021 – 1st July 2022

Key objectives of the role

  • Pursue diverse income sources to ensure the ongoing financial sustainability of our organisations
  • Influence and build string corporate and media relationships, for advocacy, funding, and support
  • Build clear, strong set of trusted and respected strategic relationships 
  • Foster meaningful, mutually beneficial partnerships, that are substantial and long term
  • Grow aligned Partnerships that are focused on outcomes, benefits and aligned to our values
  • Be driven by measurable social, economic, and cultural impact 
  • Deliver best practice and client first strategy from conception, through event delivery and reporting 
  • Build and maintain relationships with internal stakeholders across both SGLMG and SWP

Qualifications & experience

  • 2-4 years’ experience in corporate account coordination and or management 
  • Experience and knowledge of large-scale event production 
  • Strong links to the LGBTQI+ and First Nations community 
  • Demonstrable experience in negotiation and dealing with conflict
  • Proven track record in dealing with competing priorities and the ability to work autonomously
  • Ability to work in a team environment with a diverse team
  • Superior and proven communications skills
  • Experience in dealing with Government Stakeholders, high-ranking officials, and Corporate Stakeholders 
  • Project management skills
  • Advanced excel skills
  • Contract management skills
  • Confident public speaker 
  • Experience working for a creative or production agency desirable but not essential 

Applications should be addressed to Samantha Hans, Head of Partnerships and be sent to reception@mardigrasarts.org.au 

Applications must include:

An outline of your interest in the role, addressing how your experience prepares you for the responsibilities required and how you align with the selection criteria outlined in the job description;
A current CV, including the contact details of two professional referees.
For any queries and the full position description contact

Please e-mail reception@mardigrasarts.org.au