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ChangeFest 19

Festival Director

The role is flexible part-time role (0.5FTE with a flexible sliding time commitment) over 6 months.

Reporting to ChangeFest Convenors – Founding Partners and Host Location

1. Introduction

ChangeFest19 will be held in Mt Druitt, NSW on November 20 –22.

At ChangeFest19 we will celebrate the most inspiring and impactful community systems change from Australia and around the world.  It will bring together funders, decision makers, practitioners, leaders, mums and dads, and passionate humans, to support their people and places.

The Festival Director will be guided and led by the ChangeFest Convenors. The program will be orientated to maximising opportunities to showcase collaboration and impact across Australia. The program will be designed to continue to contribute to the implementation of the ChangeFest 18 Statement.

ChangeFest19 will enact the principles and practices of inclusion, diversity, innovation, collaboration and transforming power relationships. Creative alignment leading into the event and into ChangeFest 2020 will be required to ensure cohesive engagement to support leading and learning for systems change.

2.The Role

The Festival Director will be a qualified and experienced person with a vision to develop and raise the profile of the impact of the place-based work being undertaken in Australia.  The successful candidate will be passionate about changemaking and will market, promote, grow, develop and embrace ChangeFest as it continues to develop into a sustainable annual event. They will have experience in design, mobilisation, engagement and if possible, have intimate knowledge of systems change, collaboration and sense-making.

The Festival Director will engage professionally with festival sponsors, local host community members and partners, registrants, founding partners, media and government officials. The ideal candidate will be experienced in the management of major events, with the ability to deliver outcomes in a timely manner and within set budgets. The Festival Director will collaborate and consult with local community and cultural groups and be guided by existing leaders in the field. The Festival Director will have the creative skills and ability to constructively assist the committee in further development of our vision for the future.  The Director will have a deep appreciation of this event to meet learning, impact, influence and leadership opportunities.

The Festival Director will be involved in the selection of an Event coordinator and have oversight to their management of the event budget.

This is a position which will deploy knowledge, skills, networks and relationships in:

  • Engagement
  • Procurement
  • Marketing and communications
  • Stakeholder management
  • Partnership brokerage
  • Site selection for maximum engagement
  • Data collection mechanisms to evaluate the impact of the event
  • Registration services
  • Community development and liaison
  • Resource allocation and coordination

The ability to manage a project in an emergent, nimble, dynamic context will be essential.  The successful candidate will be supported by others working with the founding partners. The budget accompanying the role is approximately $350,000 (dependant on ticket sales) and a set of agreed deliverables and timeline will form the negotiation with the successful candidate.

3. Terms and Conditions

The successful candidate will be a contractor engaged by Collaboration for Impact – one of the founding Convenors.

The position will commence in June 2019 and conclude in December 2019.   As a component of the role includes the lead into ChangeFest 2020, there will be the opportunity to discuss renewal to continue the role beyond December 2019.

The Festival Director will be present throughout the event and will be required to provide an evaluative report and recommendations for the design of the 2020 program and selection of the 2021 host.

It is anticipated the role be equal to 0.5 FTE for six months and up to full-time for up to six weeks with flexibility in time allocation to meet the rhythms of the role.  It is a 650 hour project costed at $100 per hour.

4. Application Information

Any questions regarding the position, please call or Moira Were on 0451 300 090 or

Applications should include a cover letter, CV and response to selection criteria as follows:

  • Cover letter with full name, address, and contact details (mobile phone, email, other applicable)
  • A short explanation of what you bring to the role, and what you hope to achieve in the role or 3 minute video will be highly regarded.
  • CV (3 pages maximum)
  • Details of two referees (will only be contacted with your approval)

Applications close when a suitable candidate is appointed.

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