Closing Date:  11 Jan, 2019

Education Manager

Job  | Full Time   | 

The Education Manager plays a central role in achieving Queensland Ballet’s (QB) vision to enrich lives through ballet.

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Reporting to the Head of Strategic Engagement and working collaboratively with the Strategy and Global Engagement team, the Education Manager will prioritise the development and delivery of multiple activities and resources to ensure Queensland Ballet’s positive contribution and commitment to physical, social and creative wellness in children and youth.

#The position requires some travel – both inter and intrastate.


Queensland Ballet is a vibrant, creative company which connects people and dance across around the world and nurtures emerging local talent by presenting exciting new works in an intimate studio series. With a culture of creativity and collaboration, complemented by an active program of engagement with our communities, Queensland Ballet has become the central hub for dance in the State. Our dancers are acclaimed for the technical excellence and versatility, and our annual program offers diversity in style, audience focus and geographic reach, with performances in Brisbane, tours around Queensland, Australia and the world, and a far-reaching community engagement program: creating magic, enriching lives.

The facilities at Queensland Ballet's home in Thomas Dixon Centre in Brisbane’s West End allow the Company to offer a full range of training and community access programs, including public dance classes. We are committed to providing a pathway for young talent through our Academy programs and dedicated to the pursuit of artistic excellence, dance education and innovative presentation of classical repertoire. With bold and confident ambitions for the future, including a three-site: one vision strategy for our home infrastructure, we proudly build upon the legacy of many creative and gifted artists and arts-enablers who have been part of the Company’s rich history since 1960.


  • Develop a targeted calendar of programs that achieve QB’s education objectives and meet financial and attendance goals in line with QB’s strategic plan.
  • Work collaboratively with the team and continue to explore new opportunities to broaden and deepen the Company’s work both onstage and offstage.
  • Plan and/or deliver a range of arts learning activities and resources for targeted age groups (including educators and students from early childhood to tertiary); capabilities; and backgrounds and needs; including workshops, work experience opportunities, professional development programs, curriculum-focussed worksheets and support materials/publications to be delivered across a range of mediums to local, regional, national and international audiences and education contexts.
  • Monitor and report on patron engagement data in a variety of ways in line with budget, timelines and participation expectations as defined by Queensland Ballet’s education objectives.
  • Liaise with internal and external stakeholders and prepare key documents/files to manage QB’s strategic objectives and to mitigate risk. This may include briefing, supervising and training of casual dance teaching artists and educators who contribute to and work alongside the broader team; and also the supervision and teaching of students.
  • Liaise with internal teams and work collaboratively to produce key communication, marketing and support collateral including downloadable and/or hardcopy resource packs and reference material that serve to heighten the stakeholder experience across all activities.
  • Foster productive working relationships with key personnel from the arts education sector, locally, nationally and internationally.
  • Build and maintain up-to-date contact lists.
  • Represent/pitch QB at local, state and interstate forums, meetings, workshops and networking activities and consistently promote all QB activities.
  • Provide general support for activities and events as required.


  • An undergraduate or postgraduate degree in dance or dance education (secondary) and/or generalist education (primary).
  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience in conceptualising, planning, delivering and evaluating participatory projects in the arts for young people and youth.
  • Ability to build and sustain successful professional working relationships with a range of stakeholders.
  • Excellent oral and written communication, interpersonal and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to prioritise the timely development and delivery of multiple activities and resources within budgetary requirements.


To successfully fulfil the role, it is desired that the Education Manager also demonstrates the following:

  • A passion for classical ballet and/or curriculum-based dance within an Australian arts education context.
  • An understanding of the way in which dance/the arts can impact positively on and support physical, social and creative wellness in children and youth.


Recreation Leave
20 working days per year (pro rata)

Personal/Carer’s Leave
Ten working days per year (pro rata)

Probationary Period
Six months from commencement.

Hours of Work
Office hours are nominally 9.00 am to 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday but the appointee is regularly required to be available to work at events after hours and on weekends. Some inter and intrastate travel may also be required.

Salary will be negotiated with the preferred candidate. Superannuation is paid into the superannuation fund of your choice, currently at the rate of 9.5%.


To apply for this position please forward a covering letter, current resume and statement addressing the selection criteria via mail to:

Candice Sheldon
Head of Human Resources
Queensland Ballet
PO Box 3791
South Brisbane QLD 4101

Or via email joinus@queenslandballet.com.au.

Referees will be sought from candidates following the interview process.

Applications close 5pm Friday 11 January 2019. Applications received after this time may not be considered. Unsuccessful candidates will be notified via email on completion of the recruitment process.

For further information or for a confidential discussion please contact the Head of Human Resources on (07) 3013 6666. We respectfully advise that no agency applications will be considered at this time.

Queensland Ballet is committed to providing an inclusive and child safe environment that is free from Workplace Harassment, Sexual Harassment and Bullying. Our robust human resources, recruitment and vetting practices are strictly adhered to during the application and interviewing process. Applicants should be aware that we carry out working with children, police records and reference checks (as we see fit) to ensure that we are recruiting the right people.

To reflect the diversity of the communities and people with whom we engage, we seek to hire a workforce that is both representative and diverse. With a focus on inclusion, accessibility and flexibility, we are committed to supporting you in your career with Queensland Ballet.