RISING/Full-time/$80,000 to $120,000


Posted 20 Sep 2022

Closes 20 Oct 2022

RISING is a surge of art, music and ceremony in the heart of Melbourne / Naarm.

Taking the place of the Melbourne International Arts Festival and White Night Melbourne, RISING is a major cultural event for the Asia Pacific Region created by a diverse team of local, national and international artists and curators.

The next RISING will take place in June 2023.



Audience and Participation is a new team at RISING focused on diversifying audiences, removing barriers to engagement and building a culture of inclusive practice and participation at RISING. Working within the Brand and Commercial department, the Head of Audience and Participation will develop and deliver a radical new approach to RISING’s community engagement, delivering audiences and participants to RISING that reflect the diversity of Melbourne and reinforce the message that RISING is a festival you do, not see.

You are a natural collaborator with a strong commitment to equity and diversity. You are passionate about representation and will build community awareness for RISING and inspire participation from Melbourne’s diverse local communities. You will work with the Head of Creative Program and Creative Producers to identify project needs, target audiences/ participants and lead outreach activities.

You are a strategic thinker who will seek out, develop and maintain a range of partnerships to expand our brand reach and connect RISING to new community groups. You’re a natural leader who will inspire a small team to achieve big outcomes via genuine engagement with underserved communities. You have a good marketing sensibility, balanced with an understanding of how communities preferred to be engaged with. Working with the Deputy Marketing Director and Head of Brand and Creative, you’ll ensure inclusive practice is at the heart of our communication and audience and participation campaign activities.


Submit your application and see the full position description at our website: https://rising.melbourne/jobs#head-of-audience-and-participation

The closing date for applications is 5pm 10th October . Please note: Close date is subject to change, as RISING is keen to interview early and may fill the position if we find the right candidate. We recommend submitting ASAP. 

Please include your resume and cover letter addressing the key selection criteria in your application. 

RISING supports flexible working arrangements for staff and a hybrid office/WFH model is currently in place.  The RISING office is situated at Level 2, 377 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne. 

RISING is a festival aspiring to be a cultural leader in inclusion and accessibility. We want our organisation and program to be a true reflection of our city representing people with a variety of skillsets and life experiences, cultures and backgrounds. We encourage applications from First Nations people, those who are from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, people who are LGBTQIA+, people who have a disability and/or who are d/Deaf. 

If you have access requirements that will cause difficulty applying online and you need assistance, please call 03 9662 4242, Monday to Friday, between 9AM–5PM. We are only able to respond to accessibility enquiries at this number, for all other queries please email jobs@rising.melbourne.