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General Manager

Part-Time to Full-time 2 Years

15th July 2022
Classification: Educational Services (Post-Secondary Education) Award 2020,
General Staff Level 6.1
Salary: $43,680 – $67,451 plus superannuation
Advertised (Gazettal date): 23 rd June 2022
Contact: Carlo Ritchie, Acting GM,

Details: Improv Theatre Sydney (ITS) is a creative, inclusive and world-class school for students of improvisation. We are also Sydney’s first dedicated Improv theatre. ITS endeavours to evolve and be recognised as the home of Improv in Sydney and a leader in the improv community globally.  We are an emerging collaborative hub for international improv in the Southern Hemisphere. The successful applicant will contribute to the vision and mission, and do their part to be Australia’s premier institution for improv classes and shows.

ITS has undergone significant growth and now boasts an annual intake of over one thousand registrations and over twenty casual staff. Consequently, we are looking for someone able to accommodate and respond to the constantly shifting demands and challenges that coincide with managing people and events. The ideal candidate will have exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, be highly organised, and expert in prioritising time and workload of self and others.

The General Manager position operates the operation of Classes, Shows, Corporate Facilitation, Schools Programming and Internal Show Production, this includes staffing, outreach and promotion. The General Manager works under the supervision of the ITS Managing Director, who represents the Board of Directors, however the role is self-directed for the majority of operations. As ITS continues to grow, particularly with regards to the opening of a Theatre and Bar scheduled for later in 2022, further positions will be advertised which fall under the management of the GM. It is important to note that this role is primarily administrative.

The successful applicant will be a motivated and dynamic leader wishing to join the team at Improv Theatre Sydney with a focus on high performance and excellence, leading and managing a faculty, administrating large numbers of students and overseeing the delivery of our robust curriculum of improvisation, sketch and stand-up comedy. The successful applicant will also be responsible for increasing responsibility and leadership as new roles are created and portfolios change hands.

The General Manager will be outcomes focussed and work with the ITS Board of Directors to promote a culture of accountability, collaboration and progressive innovation. The successful applicant will be a self-sufficient operator, able to work under their own direction while reporting regularly to the Managing Director and Board.

ITS supports workforce diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive workplace. As part of this commitment, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people with disability, culturally diverse people and those who identify as LGBTIQ are encouraged to apply.

Eligibility/Other Requirements: Applicants should be aware of and able to apply the ITS Code of Conduct.

Relevant experience in a school or theatre context and/or management qualifications are desirable but not essential. The successful applicant will be required to establish both strategic and operational understanding of CULMAS, WordPress, Mail Chimp and Xero, previous experience in any of these programmes is not a prerequisite. A background in improvised Theatre is also desirable for this position however relevant experience in Theatre and/or comedy will also be acceptable.

Applicants should be Sydney based or able to be in Sydney on a weekly basis. Applicants from overseas are welcome and should you be successful, ITS will endeavour to facilitate your relocation if possible.

Note: A merit pool will be established from this selection process and may be used to fill future vacancies over the next 12 months. There will be a 3-month trial period wherein the position will operate on a part time basis at 24 hours/week. From October, this will scale up to 32 hours and finally to permanent in 2023.

How to apply: Applicants are encouraged to contact ITS prior to the submission of their application.

Applications must include a Cover letter, your written response to the Selection Criteria of no more than three pages including experience and/or ability as outlined in the Position Description with examples that clearly demonstrate your relevant Skills, Knowledge and Behavioural capabilities as required, and a curriculum vitae and names of two referees.

To ensure the selection panel can view your application, all documents must be saved in Microsoft Word formats (.docx, .doc), Rich Text Format (.rtf) or pdf.