The Flying Fruit Fly Circus is a unique and rewarding place to work, based in one of Australia’s most vibrant regional centres.
If you are interested to learn more about career opportunities with us, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call on 02 6043 0777.
This is a rare and influential leadership role for one of Australia’s most celebrated youth arts companies. The Flying Fruit Fly Circus is a national centre for arts training excellence and a creator of dynamic contemporary circus shows for young and family audiences.
The company aims to develop the physical, creative, academic and social skills of our young artists through a unique combined circus and academic program. Graduates have the opportunity to transition into the performing arts industry or other professional careers.
The Artistic Director provides creative vision and artistic leadership for the company and with our status as the National Youth Circus, to the broader cultural, youth and contemporary circus sectors in Australia and around the world.
Proudly based in Albury-Wodonga, this is also an opportunity to enjoy the many benefits of regional living with a strong population growth, vibrant culture, beautiful countryside and a strategic location being just some of the reasons why the area is a fantastic choice.
The Artistic Director is appointed by and accountable to the Board of the FFFC and reports to Executive Director/CEO.
The Artistic Director is responsible for, and will collaborate with, the Training Director in relation to all matters relating to the creative and artistic aspects of the training programme.
The Artistic Director will lead the team responsible for the cultural development of the FFFC.
- Develop in conjunction with the Board of the FFFC a creative vision and artistic programme for the company.
- Develop a creative philosophy that informs the circus skills training.
Student training program
- Develop an artistic vision and creative curriculum with measurable deliverables with the Training Director and lead the company to deliver that vision.
- Work with Training Director to develop an annual skills training program devised to meet key outcomes.
- Work in partnership with the Training Director and training staff on all matters relating to the young artists and their skills and artistic development.
- Develop and maintain a creative philosophy that underpins circus skills training.
- Motivate the young artists to achieve their artistic potential.
- Develop the performance skills of the young artists with the training staff.
- Supporting the training staff to develop creative work and outcomes.
- Promote a culture of safety, wellbeing and equal opportunity.
- Exercise a proper duty of care for the artistic activities of the young artists.
- Undertake reviews with each student every six months with the Training Director.
- Implement and monitor policies relating to the care and safety of students
- Engage in the safety and wellbeing of all students and be accountable to them and their parents.
Staff recruitment, development and management
- Work with the Executive Director/CEO to seek, recruit and develop the best staff.
- Develop the circus skills training team, motivating them to embed creativity into their practice.
School relationship & student education
- Assist key staff with the delivery of the Certificate III program.
- Manage the delivery of the Circus Links program at the FFFC School.
Production / touring
- Support the Executive Director/CEO in the development of performance and touring opportunities.
- Work closely with the Executive Director/CEO to plan and deliver all projects and tours.
- Oversee the making and remounting of shows and ensure the process is consistent with the creative ethos of the company.
- Develop artistic content (either directly or using external creatives) of regional, national and international tours and projects.
- Select young artists for performances, in consultation with the Training Director and training staff as appropriate.
- Select the creative teams for the company’s performances.
- Consult with the Technical Director to select key stage management and production staff when required.
- Develop and maintain partnerships and collaborations which complement and further the aims of the company.
Government / external relations
- Jointly with the Executive Director/CEO represent the company to the wider arts industry, corporate and government partners, media and general public.
- Assist the Executive Director/CEO to develop creative partnerships with companies and organisations.
Fundraising / grants
- Complete and/or provide the artistic and creative content for grant submissions as may be required by the Executive Director/CEO.
- Assist the Executive Director/CEO with the timely completion of grant submissions and acquittals as may be required.
- Assist the Executive Director/CEO to identify new funding sources for the company.
- Support the Executive Director/CEO to ensure close and productive relationships are maintained with all funding partners.
- Promote, advocate and communicate the work of the FFFC to industry, community and public.
External circus community leadership / support
- Represent the circus in external circus / arts forums such as Arts8, FEDEC and Youth Circus Symposium.
- Assist the Executive Director/CEO in identifying key priorities for the development of the global and project budgets as required.
- Assist the Executive Director/CEO with the development of production budgets.
- Assist the Training Director with the development and management of the budget for the training program.
- Work within the financial frameworks as set by the Executive Director/CEO and Board of Directors and work within agreed financial targets.
- Attend meetings and provide reports as required.
- Attend Board meetings and report directly on matters relating to the artistic program to the Directors.
- Prepare and deliver appropriate information for the Annual Report.
- Work jointly with the Executive Director/CEO and the Board to develop and deliver the company’s Strategic Business Plan.
Selection criteria for the Artistic Director, Flying Fruit Fly Circus
- Proven ability to develop a creative vision and artistic program for a performing arts company, and the ability to apply this in a youth circus environment.
- Demonstrated ability to work with and develop young people artistically including through structured training programs.
- Demonstrated ability to build and maintain strong relationships and communicate effectively with students, community and key stakeholders.
- Demonstrated ability to plan and manage the financial aspect of an artistic program and productions.
- Demonstrated experience in touring shows in Australia and a range of different scale productions.
- Demonstrated ability to successfully identify, apply for and complete funding applications.
- Demonstrated ability to devise an approach to the creation of new productions of varying scales to be performed by young artists.
- Knowledge and experience of the challenges and opportunities of being a regional performing arts company is desirable.
Salary range: $70 – $80k
Closing date: Wednesday 14 March 2018
Please apply in writing to email@example.com with a covering letter, your current CV including the names of two referees and a statement addressing the selection criteria.
Experienced Circus Trainers
We are always on the look out for circus trainers.
You can contact us at anytime with an expression of interest if you are a suitably qualified professional and want to join our team, helping to deliver a comprehensive circus training program from basic to advanced. You will be an experienced practitioner in circus arts or gymnastics training, or someone seeking advancement in their professional coaching career, and passionate about your craft and working with young people.
We would like to hear from anyone who meets this criteria and is interested in short-term positions of 4-20 weeks or longer term for a year or more.
The positions are flexible and can combine salaried work with access to our award-winning space and equipment for your own training development or artistic research.
This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a regional pace of life and all that Albury-Wodonga has to offer while growing your network in Australia’s ever expanding circus industry.
Essential Skills and Experience
- High level skills in your chosen disciplines.
- Experience in circus and/or gymnastics.
- Proven experience of working with and coaching young people.
- Good understanding of the rigors of a high-level training organisation.
- Ability to be adaptable and learn new skills and apparatus.
- Demonstrated interest in training methodology and pedagogy.
- Ability and willingness to teach different age groups from basic recreational to elite.
- Demonstrated abilities to work within and contribute positively to a team environment.
Desirable Skills and Experience
- Certificate IV in Training and Assessment or equivalent qualifications.
- Familiarity with circus and physical theatre.
- Experience of cross-disciplinary art forms.
- Experience of working within a youth arts company.
- An understanding of the challenges and opportunities of a regional arts organisation.
- Outstanding interpersonal skills and a demonstrated ability to communicate ideas.
- Calm under pressure and able to solve problems effectively.
- Ability to work happily in a busy creative youth arts environment.
- A passion for creative learning and the benefits of youth circus.
Email your interest with a cv to: firstname.lastname@example.org or call us for further information: 02 6043 0777