Associate Lecturer / Workshop Coordinator

The National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, marital or disability status.

The National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) is Australia’s premier training ground for future leaders and practitioners in the performing arts. Located at Kensington in Sydney, it is a centre of excellence in education and training. NIDA is unique in the world for its practise-based training training in the range that it offers which includes Acting, Design, Costume, Properties and Objects, Technical Theatre and Stage Management, Scenic Construction, Writing for Performance, Directing and Cultural Leadership.


This role is responsible for the delivery of curriculum content within the Properties and Objects Department, mentoring students in the manufacture of properties for NIDA productions and the ongoing resourcing of the NIDA Properties and Objects workshop, studios and related areas.


  • Deliver curriculum content and asses student work and progress through the BFA (Properties and Objects) course in accordance with NIDA’s Assessment and NIDA Student Regulations.
  • Management and resourcing of NIDA Properties and objects workshop and studios.
  • Advise and support students in their technical queries and academic progress.
  • Undertake other duties as required by your manager or their delegate.
  • Adhere to all WHS requirements of the organisation and relevant associated legislation.


  • Timely organise and provide tutors and students with the resources required for the delivery of curricular content.
  • Overview and mentor students in the correct and safe use of plant equipment, tools and materials.
  • Maintain effective communication with HOD Properties and Objects.


  • Reports to: HOD Properties and Objects
  • Supervises: NA
  • Internal: Education Department, POB Casual tutors, POB in-house tutors, NIDA Venues, IT, Human Resources.
  • External: Workshop equipment and material suppliers



  • Extensive experience with and technical understanding of workshop plant equipment, power tools and hand tools for the manufacture of properties and objects.
  • Applied experience working with a range of materials and constructive techniques for the realisation properties, objects and artworks in general.
  • Broad experience teaching and mentoring student in the the art, design and entertainment industries.
  • Demonstrated experience in the management of workshop resources and assets.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of WH&S regulations in a workshop and educational environment.
  • Demonstrated willingness to embrace organisational change including use of modern technology and an ability to analyse and problem solve in the context of change and continuous improvement.


  • Experience managing educational workshop resources and related assets.
  • Interest in the performing/dramatic arts, art and design and education.
  • Experience in a not for profit and/or government or educational environment.


This Position Profile will be reviewed and updated on a regular basis to reflect changes in the requirements of the position.


Please download the position profile for more information about this role.


This a Part time 2-year contract at the Academic Level A, Step 3 remuneration package


  • Annual Leave Loading (17.5%)
  • Novated Car Leases
  • Workplace Banking
  • A short bus ride from Central Station and Sydney CBD
  • Light-rail to the NIDA front door and Sydney CBD
  • Discounted Health Club & Aquatic Membership at UNSW
  • Access to the UNSW Library
  • Complimentary tickets to NIDA student productions
  • Continuing Professional Development Opportunities
  • Discounts from NIDA bars during events
  • 50% discount for immediate family members to attend the NIDA Open programs


Essential components of your application

  • A cover letter which demonstrates your understanding of the role, including your capacity to fulfil the responsibilities
  • Your C.V. including two references who can comment on your professional experience


11pm, 9th December 2021.

Only applicants who are shortlisted for interview will be contacted.


You are required to have the right to live and work in Australia to apply for this role. This role is not suited to a working holiday visa holder.

A valid Working With Children Check for NSW is essential. Having one or being willing to get one and to support and implement NIDA’s Child Safe Strategies is necessary to undertake this role.


For further information, please contact Marcelo Zavala-Baeza, Head of Properties and Objects, Course Leader, Centre for Design Practices

Tel: +61 2 9697 7658


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