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Thursday 29 October

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Applications CLOSED: First Nations Producer, Critical Path


First Nations Producer

We are seeking a culturally grounded and connected, resourceful, positive and self-motivated individual to join Critical Path’s creative team. This role includes the delivery of activity in partnership with BlakDance.

Critical Path is a leading centre in Australia for choreographic enquiry, research and development.

We nurture and support independent Australian choreographers, to push the boundaries of existing contemporary practice. We do this through a program of activities for Australian choreographers and dance makers, nurturing diversity and excellence in a supportive critical environment which fosters creative risk-taking. We have a strong international reputation and The Drill is known and loved by artists world-wide.

We are a not for profit organisation and a registered charity. We are supported through multi-year funding by Create NSW, the NSW Government’s arts and cultural driver, and receive project funds from Australia Council for the Arts, and in partnership from Regional Arts Fund NSW.

BlakDance is the industry and producing organisation for First Nation contemporary dance. With a national mandate, BlakDance is based on Turrbal and Yuggera Country in Meanjin (Brisbane) at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts. The BlakDance partnership with Critical Path contributes towards strategic outcomes to deliver residencies and creative development of contemporary First Nations dance. In accordance to the key priorities identified through national Gatherings of the First Nations dance sector since 2005, BlakDance recognise and promote the value of time, space, experimentation and play in cultural performance making methodology.

In creating this role, Critical Path is addressing the articulated community need to build capacity and skill to be in control of the development of practice, by providing on the job training for a First Nations producer.

The role is designed to ensure Critical Path is aspiring to be culturally safe and carving out a path to self-determined processes for engaging with First Nations dance practitioners. The First Nations Producer will be an important member of a small team, contributing to the organisation’s quality programming, excellent stakeholder relationships and effective management. Critical Path is committed to developing and delivering operations for cultural competency – this is the responsibility of the whole organization.

The role will work across the CP program, contributing to (1) shaping and delivering some specific targeted activity both in terms of ensuring Indigenous artists are able to access all our programs and projects solely for Indigenous practitioners, primarily joint project BlakForm with BlakDance (2) helping CP to put in place the structures and resources to take this work forward alongside the wider team; contributing to the development of activity across 2021 and leading into 2022.

The role will work closely with, and help establish, CP’s Knowledge Circle of First Nations Australian Dance Practitioners. In addition to working directly with Critical Path and connecting with partner organisations across NSW there is likely to be the opportunity for a secondment with BlakDance.

The role includes time for the Producer working on a range of projects in NSW, across diverse contexts.

  • Days per week: 2 days/week
  • Starting: 18 January 2021
  • Based at: Critical Path, The Drill Hall, Rushcutters Bay, Sydney working across NSW
  • Secondment: with BlakDance TBA
  • Reporting to: Director
  • Rate of pay: $62,400 pro rata (+ superannuation 9.5%) i.e. contract income $24,000

Please note there is flexibility to work this contract to accommodate the needs of the project and the role holder’s external responsibilities.

Training & Professional Development
To be discussed with the role holder on appointment

Whilst this is not a training role Critical Path are open to considering a candidate who wishes to grow their skills as a producer. In such a case the salary figure could be adjusted to provide additional mentoring and career development support.

To apply please email an expression of interest with your CV:

Claire Hicks, Director by Monday 9 November, midday AEST.

If you have any questions please email Claire: / telephone 029362 4203. Or contact BlakDance:

This role is only open to individuals who identify as Indigenous.


Key Responsibilities

Contributing to the project management & delivery of the program, to the support and development of Indigenous artists within the program and to the wider development of the organization.

  • liaising with artists, drafting artist contracts, arranging travel and accommodation for national and international artists; liaising with organizational partners; inducting participants of The Drill in House Rules, Emergency and Risk Management Procedures;
  • coordinating residencies and labs (including BlakForm labs), workshops, dialogue and cultural consultation activity, sharings and showings; accepting and processing expressions of interest and forms; communicating with participants; preparing invitations, developing invitation lists, accepting RSVPs;
  • running project budgets and financial record keeping;
  • preparing documentation and capturing data for reporting including participant feedback and evaluation; adding contacts the Critical Path Filemaker Pro database;
  • coordinating marketing activities such as e-cards, flyers, cross marketing, media releases;
  • up-dating Critical Path’s Facebook page and website;
  • Work with the director to develop, implement, run and acquit strategies for Critical Path to further engagement of First Nations Australian artists in the program
  • Reporting and project management to partners BlakDance on BlakForm labs
  • Working remotely, consistently and effectively with partners teams, particularly BlakDance, on shared projects
  • any other duties requested by the Director from time to time


Essential Skills and Interests

  • Genuine interest in the performing arts and research.
  • Knowledge of community and protocols
  • Project management skills
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Knowledge and experience with Microsoft Office applications
  • Ability to develop networks and liaise with relevant partners and stakeholders
  • Strong attention to detail, self-motivation and flexibility
  • Ability to work as a part of a team in a cooperative and creative environment
  • Ability to multi-task, problem solve, and work within a high pressure, live environment


Desired Skills

  • Creative thinking and resourcefulness, with the ability to think laterally
  • Marketing knowledge and experience
  • Desktop publishing and social media knowledge and experience
  • Financial processing and reporting knowledge and experience
  • Business development and fundraising knowledge and experience
  • Experience of working with artists to support their practice and ideas
  • Experience of budgeting, management and reporting in the performing or visual arts
  • Good knowledge and experience with web communications tools (mail-chimp, eventbrite, survey monkey)
  • Knowledge of relevant arts policy and practices
  • Demonstrated evidence of working with cultural protocols