Head of Industry Partnerships & Alumni

November 5, 2021

Job Location: Sydney CBD, Inner West & Eastern Suburbs
Employer: National Institute of Dramatic Art
$120,000 – $129,999

The National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, marital or disability status.

The National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) is Australia’s premier training ground for future leaders and practitioners in the performing arts. Located at Kensington in Sydney, it is a centre of excellence in education and training. NIDA is unique in the world for its practise-based training training in the range that it offers which includes Acting, Design, Costume, Properties and Objects, Technical Theatre and Stage Management, Scenic Construction, Writing for Performance, Directing and Cultural Leadership.

The Opportunity

The Head of Industry Partnerships & Alumni is a critical strategic role to deepen NIDA’s partnerships with performing arts, screen, and interactive games industries, and importantly, NIDA alumni.

The primary purpose of the role is to manage and implement an industry partnership strategy that creates value for students, alumni, and our industry partners both in Australia and overseas, and to develop, manage and implement NIDA’s alumni strategy.  This will include supporting students and alumni to develop career pathways; to support Australian industry innovation, and to enhance NIDA’s brand as an essential global and future-focused creative organisation.


Develop, enhance and build trusted relationships between NIDA performing arts, screen and interactive games industries and alumni.

  • Identify and develop new relationships with a wide range of creative industry partners and cultural relationships to actively develop multiple pathways and opportunities for students and alumni
  • Deepen existing industry partnerships and nurture potential relationships that are mutually beneficial
  • Ongoing, pro-active, and responsive relationship management with a diverse range of industry partners
  • Seek input from alumni and ascertain alumni needs to develop an alumni plan and activities to support alumni’s career development.

Industry Engagement

  1. Professional   Development & Industry Networking Program
  • Develop and manage a professional skills development program that may include talks programs, workshops, and other events with a focus on career development and thought leadership
  • Develop and implement networking and discussion sessions that spark industry conversations and new thinking including interactive and entrepreneurial performance practices
  • Establish opportunities that leverage networks, where our alumni can lead, collaborate and/or seek advice throughout their career journey with other alumni, NIDA, and various creative industries more broadly
  • Plan and implement a variety of industry engagement projects and initiatives including industry tours, online information sessions, and event sponsorships.
  1. Partnership   Communications & Admin
  • Develop effective partnership communication material and collateral to promote Industry engagement and learning opportunities to new and existing partners
  • Develop a calendar of performance events and talent scouting opportunities
  • Organise invitations to Open Day, Student Productions, and other relevant events for industry partners
  • Maintain industry contact lists
  • Create and distribute reports relating to Industry participation in events and engagement.

Alumni Engagement

  • Develop and implement an alumni outreach program to establish more effective partnerships with NIDA alumni and the broader industry and community.
  • Organise alumni events and a program of activity that supports NIDA’s outreach goals
  • Manage alumni database and information
  • Develop, in line with the marketing group, alumni communications.

Other accountabilities

  • Build and manage positive relationships with NIDA staff
  • Undertake other relevant duties as required by the Senior Advisor to the CEO or on occasion for the CEO and Partnerships and Engagement Director
  • Adhere to all WHS requirements of the organisation and relevant associated legislation.

Position Profile:

Please download the position profile for more information about this role.

Salary (TRP)

This a 3-year contract position at $132k TRP

Benefits of Working for NIDA

  • Annual Leave Loading (17.5%)
  • Novated Car Leases
  • Workplace Banking
  • A short bus ride from Central Station and Sydney CBD
  • Discounted Health Club & Aquatic Membership at UNSW
  • Access to the UNSW Library
  • Complimentary tickets to NIDA student productions
  • Continuing Professional Development Opportunities
  • Discounts from NIDA bars during events
  • 50% discount for immediate family members to attend the NIDA Open programs

What we’re looking for

Essential components of your application

  • A cover letter which demonstrates your understanding of the role, including your capacity to fulfil the responsibilities .
  • Your C.V. including two references who can comment on your professional experience

Closing date

11.30pm, 10th December 2021.

Only applicants who are shortlisted for interview will be contacted.


You are required to have the right to live and work in Australia to apply for this role. This role is not suited to a working holiday visa holder.

A valid Working With Children Check for NSW is essential. Having one or being willing to get one and to support and implement NIDA’s Child Safe Strategies is necessary to undertake this role.


For a confidential discussion about this role, please contact Lorelle Yee, [email protected]Director Partnerships and Engagement alternatively you can contact Susan Kibukamusoke, [email protected]Director People and Culture

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