Head of Sound and Audio Visual


Name: Hayley Paris

Phone: 1800 562 679

Email: recruitment@sydneyoperahouse.com

Location: Sydney Opera House


The Head of Sound and Audio Visual provides expert technical leadership for Sound and Audio Visual Services. They ensure that the sound and audio visual capabilities of the Opera House are aligned with our artistic vision and strategic goals. 

This position is responsible for leading and fostering a culture of continuous learning, personal development and technical excellence to ensure safe and efficient delivery of Sound and Audio Visual services. It leads and manages a team of specialists, ensuring that they provide outstanding customer service to all presenters and stakeholders, and contribute to the strategic direction of the department.

This role is responsible for the project management of equipment upgrades and maintenance, leading the process by developing business plans, preparing and evaluating tenders, and holding contractors to a high standard. It ensures that our equipment and workforce can realise the technical visions of our hirers and presenting partners.

This position provides, and assists its staff in providing, expert advice to Production Managers, Account Managers, and other technical staff.

Further detailed information about the role and its requirements can be obtained from the role description.



We are looking for someone with:

  • A minimum of five-years demonstrated high level technical production experience, and sound and audio visual expertise, with a variety of clients across various art forms and event types. This should include strong documentation and design capabilities, a willingness to keep up to date with industry standards and innovations and a demonstrated ability to interpret and implement technical changes within the context of an established business.
  • Demonstrated high level project management skills including technical project management, a demonstrated ability to use systems to monitor and track project progress, and the ability to effectively forward plan. Experience with project costing, scheduling, resource allocation, development and management of budgets essential.
  • Proven capacity to self-direct and make decisions, incorporating excellent organisational, strategic, analytical and lateral thinking skills applied to articulating and realising a technical vision.
  • Demonstrated high level expertise in leading and building teams including formal training and mentoring programs, staff development programs, performance management and rostering.
  • Demonstrated organisational, time management and prioritisation skills, including the ability to multi-task and delegate.
  • Extensive knowledge of, and commitment to, WH&S and risk management matters within a production environment.
  • High level of commitment to client needs.
  • Demonstrated high level written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills, including demonstrated experience in conflict management and negotiation.
  • Proven ability to work under pressure including demonstrated sound decision making and crisis management skills.
  • A thorough knowledge of the theatrical process and sensitivity for working artists.
  • Ability to work well in a flexible work environment as part of a leadership team.
  • Advanced computer skills including Microsoft Office, Vectorworks or equivalent drawing program, sound and audio visual technical design programs, and an understanding of database systems.



Being Australia’s premier cultural institution, tourism destination & a celebrated community meeting place, we are committed to fostering an inclusive and dynamic working environment for all our staff.

With values of Safety, Creativity, Excellence, Collaboration & Accountability your professional life is provided with every opportunity to succeed and develop in your chosen profession.

Working with the Sydney Opera House gives you access to a great range of benefits including:

  • Flexible working arrangements.
  • 5 weeks annual leave.
  • Access to a range of internal and external professional development programs and staff engagement initiatives.
  • Staff community groups like SOH Pride, First Nations Staff Network, Sustainable Environmental Action Leaders (aka ‘SEALs’) and more.
  • Fitness Passport & complimentary wellbeing programs including Pilates, yoga, circuit classes, physiotherapy sessions as well as other wellbeing initiatives.
  • Working for an organisation with a 6 Star Green Star Performance Rating from the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA).
  • Working for an organisation who has committed to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
  • And many more!



Applicants are asked to include the following documents with their applications:

  • An up-to-date resume (of no more than five pages).
  • A detailed cover letter, addressing suitability for the role (of no more than one page).

In addition, applicants will be prompted to answer the following two targeted questions in the online application platform:

  1. Please describe the training and mentoring programs that you have led or implemented for a team that you have led.
  2. Please describe a time when you have had to successfully develop high quality working relationships with key stakeholders to improve operational effectiveness.


Applicants are required to create a profile and submit their application electronically for this position at https://iworkfor.nsw.gov.au/. Please note, only applicants who apply online and include the requested documentation will be considered for this position, unless otherwise discussed.

Any offer of employment will be subject to a satisfactory National Police Check and Pre-Employment Health Assessment. The assessment seeks information only relevant to performing the inherent requirements of the job, it remains strictly confidential and applicants will be informed of the result.

We welcome and encourage applications from First Nations people, recognising the value, unique skills and knowledge that First Nations employees bring to the workplace.

We encourage applications from people of all genders, as well as people from one or more of these underrepresented groups/communities, including but not limited to d/Deaf and Disabled people/people with disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and people who identify as LGBTIQ+.

We recognise that everyone is unique, and that you might require some adjustments to ensure you have the best opportunity to apply and put your skills forward for consideration. If we can make some adjustments to the SOH recruitment/interview process to better enable you to shine, then please email us at recruitment@sydneyoperahouse.com or call us on 02 9250 7743 and let us know.

Adjustments may include but are not limited to; alternate application methods, interview setup, physical requirements, interpreters or other access supports or specific interview availability times and more.

This recruitment may be used to create a Talent Pool for similar future roles (ongoing or temporary) that may arise over the next 18 months.

Applications will not be accepted from recruitment agencies.


Job Status: Full time, On-going

Salary: Base salary of $131,009 per annum, plus 10.5% superannuation contributions

For more information about the Sydney Opera House please refer to our website.

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