MFA (Cultural Leadership) Lecturing Role Contract (Part-Time) - Expressions of Interest

The National Institute of Dramatic Art is Australia’s premier training ground for future leaders and practitioners in the performing arts. NIDA’s vision is to ensure that the next generation of cultural leaders are enabled and empowered to tell powerful stories drawing on existing and yet to be imagined creative platforms. A destination for inspiring and innovative thought leadership, NIDA provides leading edge education through globally relevant, practice-based learning experiences.

NIDA is committed to building a diverse community of staff and students and strongly encourages expressions of interest from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from a wide range of backgrounds and people with a disability.


NIDA’s Centre for Creative Practices is currently seeking motivated and enthusiastic individuals for a recruitment pool to be used to fill Cultural Leadership Consultant Lecturer roles or other engagement opportunities as they become available.

The recruitment pool will remain valid for twelve/eighteen months. Candidates placed in the pool may also be considered for opportunities in similar roles over the next twelve/eighteen months.

The primary focus for these roles is on strengthening an understanding of leadership in governance within a range of Australian and international arts and cultural organisations and institutional structures, and on investigating policy frameworks and platforms for cultural development within Australia.  A commitment to building a deeper engagement with First Nations and culturally-diverse research, knowledges and practices is integral to all Cultural Leadership subjects.

The cohorts will assess and determine the essential characteristics of leadership necessary to build resilience and maintain a priority focus through times of uncertainty and challenge.


Established in 2016, NIDA’s MFA in Cultural Leadership challenges students to question and debate the role of the cultural sector in our society and their place within it.  It is designed specifically for those who already have active roles in the cultural sector who aspire to facilitate resilient, new leadership models and sustainable practices.

Through part-time online learning and face-to-face intensives at NIDA in Sydney, students are encouraged to exchange and collaborate in innovative approaches to creative and professional practice. Students undertake the subjects Leadership and Governance, Cultural Policy and Practice, Communication and Advocacy, Cultural Transformation and Sustainability, Generating Research through Practice, Research Methodologies for Cultural Leaders and an International Case Study.

The course is structured to enable students to participate on-campus through four (4 or 5-day) intensives (which include weekends) each year and through supported online learning and teaching throughout the year.  More information on the course can be found at:

Throughout the course students develop into future-focused arts leaders. Our graduates are actively engaged in a wide range of roles including arts festivals, performing arts companies, local government, arts funding and policy advisory bodies, libraries, performing arts venues, writers’ centres, independent artists and producers, museums and galleries, creative industries and cultural service organisations.

The course is delivered by Consultant Lecturers who are widely experienced cultural leaders working in the arts and cultural sector, as well as by senior NIDA academics.


Reporting to the Course Leader, the roles will engage in high-quality teaching and promote excellent learning by designing and delivering sophisticated educational experiences that support student needs and meet curriculum requirements.

The roles work alongside the MFA Cultural Leadership First Nations Lecturer who teaches First Nations knowledge and practice in each subject and develops First Nations course materials and resources.

Those interested should have:

  • a wide network of relationships within the arts and cultural sectors, including key industry, professional and academic individuals and institutions;
  • strong communication, organisational and presentation skills;
  • excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work collaboratively to engage students, teaching staff and guest speakers;
  • experience in teaching and learning in a variety of settings including lecturing within an established university or equivalent educational institution;
  • demonstrated skills in designing, implementing and evaluating teaching and learning initiatives;
  • capacity to moderate on-line forums and other online engagements, and supporting participants to learn collaboratively in this context;
  • highly developed organisational skills to manage high volumes of work, particularly around face-to-face intensives and marking.
  • a tertiary degree recognised in Australia and where relevant, participation in further education and qualifications


Expressions of interest must not exceed four (4) A4 pages (including a brief CV) and should be emailed to by Friday 18 September 2020.

A sample Position Profile is attached for background information.

For any further information, please contact Karilyn Brown, Course Leader, Cultural Leadership: or 02 9697 7645.

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