Theatre Worker

  • Newly created position within UMSU Arts and Culture Division
  • Assist with facilitation of smooth and efficient operations of performing arts venues
  • Contribute to enriching the student experience at UMSU


With a living history that extends over 130 years, at the University of Melbourne Student Union (UMSU) we are committed to  providing quality experiences on campus that create a community for students, staff and visitors from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. 

As a non-profit organisation run by students, for students, we keep the arts, representation, advocacy, live music and cultural services alive on campus and Improve students’ time at the University. 

UMSU is about enabling students to get more out of their time at the University. We provide the platforms for students to immerse themselves in a wealth of cultural facilities and events, whilst having access to quality support services. It’s about making sure that students have advocacy and representation on campus. It’s all about the battle to keep student voices in the big picture whilst making students’ time at the University fun and enjoyable. 


Working with UMSU staff and elected student representatives and operating under the general direction of the Production and Venue Manager, Union House Theatre, this position is accountable for supervising and assisting theatre hires in the set-up of their productions/performances and ensuring building and safety regulations are enforced.

Your Key Accountabilities will include:

  • Supervision and assistance of hirers and crew activities in all Performing Arts venues during bump in, bump out, rehearsals and performances;
  • Assisting in maintaining the performing arts venues; as well as lighting, sound and audio-visual equipment and proactively ensure that venues and equipment are fit for purpose;
  • Administration of relevant documentation for work activities that occur in all venues; inclusive of but no limited to: handovers, shift reports, maintenance and faults;
  • Ensuring security of the venues and equipment during afterhours activity.


To succeed in this  position  you will possess relevant Technical Theatre qualifications (e.g. lighting & audio) equivalent to a trades certificate or Certificate III, coupled with significant experience in a related field, or a relevant combination of skills knowledge and/or training.  A valid Working with Children Check, Elevated Work Platform – VL and Electrical Test and Tag competencies are also required.

Essential to your success will be your proven track record in the provision of stage and venue maintenance and set-up services, including a demonstrated ability to supervise less-experienced theatre technicians and ensure the standard operating procedures (SOP) are followed by all hirers.

In addition, you have/can:

  • Demonstrated stage/production management experience.
  • The ability to work with diverse groups of people and successfully pass on your expertise and industry knowledge to hirers and technicians.
  • Provide great support to the back and front of house operations at the University’s performing arts venues to foster an artistic and creative environment on campus.

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In return we offer:

  • An eclectic workplace culture and flexible approach to our work;

True life/work balance – check out our benefits which include, 5 weeks leave, leave loading 17.5% and 12% superannuation (pro rata) and

  • Access to professional development opportunities tailored to you and your career path.

This is a seasonal ongoing position (24 hours per week x 31 weeks), with a starting base salary of $61,683- (pro rata) plus superannuation.

This position will include day, evening and weekend work. Hours required will be on a Friday through to Monday schedule.


Applications for this position close  at COB Monday 25 February 2019 and should be addressed to

Applications should include:
  • cover letter
  • curriculum vitae
  • address the Selection Criteria
  • contact details of three (3) referees
All applicants require:
  • a valid Employee Working with Children Check
  • verification of unrestricted work rights in Australia, for example, citizenship, passport or birth certificate
  • certified copies of qualifications

UMSU reserves the right to withdraw an advertised position at any stage.