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Following the long-standing tenure of Jennifer Kerr as CEO of the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, we are seeking a new CEO to lead Australia’s pre-eminent jazz festival.

In collaboration with the Artistic Director and Board, the CEO drives the exploration of new ideas, opportunities and innovative strategies to continuously enhance MIJF's long-term impact, reputation and sustainability.

The CEO is also responsible for the day-to-day leadership and organisational performance of MIJF. This includes overall accountability for financial, business & risk management, operations, government and stakeholder relations, compliance & reporting requirements and policy & program development.

Success in the role will be characterised by a culture of innovation, excellence and engagement, diversification of income streams, engagement of new audiences and continuing to foster the presence and impact of the festival nationally and internationally.

This will come from excellent leadership, judgement and negotiation skills, a strategic focus, strong business and financial management skills, an ability to develop and nurture stakeholder relationships, and a proactive approach to seeking opportunities, continuous improvement and collaboration.

Applications are welcomed from candidates from a range of backgrounds, with an established professional profile or the potential to develop as a leader in Australia’s jazz, live performance and broader cultural sector.

For full information, including selection criteria and details on how to apply, please email in order to receive an Information Pack.

Applications should be sent by email no later than 4pm Thursday 14 February 2019 (see the information pack for complete details).


MIJF is a family friendly and flexible employer committed to equity and inclusion. We welcome applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and diverse cultural communities. We also welcome applications from people who identify as having a disability. If at any stage of the recruitment process you require any accommodation due to a disability please let us know.