Position vacant – General Manager

General Manager, Wangaratta Festival of Jazz & Blues

  • Independent contractor role for one year, with option to extend to a second year
  • Attractive hourly rate
  • Working from own office, with travel to meetings as required.

The Wangaratta Festival of Jazz & Blues is a premier regional jazz and blues festival, with a history going back thirty years to 1989. Since its inception, the Festival has been recognised internationally as a world-class Festival with a warm heart. Situated in Victoria’s North East, the Festival’s location between major capital cities is grounded in the event’s history and has contributed to its reputation as the launching place and premiere event for intra-state collaborations and musical projects. The Festival successfully showcases Australia’s thriving jazz and blues sectors and prides itself on providing a ‘meeting place’ for national and international musical collaborations.

The National Jazz Awards is a key component of the Festival – a prestigious award for emerging jazz talent, for those aged 35 years and younger, featuring a different instrument each year. In 2020 the National Jazz Awards will feature Voice.

In a festival year, the General Manager works with the Artistic Team and the Board, to provide day-to-day leadership and organisational functions for the Festival.

In 2019 the organisation is not running a festival. Activities in 2019 will be focused on planning and organisational structure, building resilience and robustness into the Festival’s structure.

The General Manager will be responsible for the implementation and monitoring of the WfoJB Strategic Plan and associated programs, policies, processes, systems and procedures to achieve the goals and objectives of the organisation.

There will be some work around ensuring stakeholders and potential customers remain engaged with the Festival, to minimise the impact of a year’s break on ticket sales, sponsor and partner engagement in 2020.

Reporting to the Board, the General Manager will also be expected to explore new ideas, opportunities and innovative strategies to contribute to the Festival’s long-term relevance, reputation and sustainability.

Organisational culture

We are looking for someone who will create and maintain a culture of engagement, transparency, and excellence to diversify income streams, engage new audiences and foster the presence and impact of the Festival locally, nationally and internationally.

Download the full position description including key deliverables.

How to apply

Email your application to businessmanager@wangarattajazz.com by 4 pm Friday 26 April 2019. Your application should include the following:

  • Cover letter addressing the key selection criteria
  • CV with contact details for three professional referees
  • Certificates of currency for Professional Indemnity and Public Liability Insurance, including amount of coverage.

All applications will be treated confidentially.

Additional Information

If you have questions please contact Miriam Zolin on 0407 664 202 or by email at businessmanager@wangarattajazz.com