Pier 23 Nielson 4

Special Projects Manager

The ACO is one of Australia’s most dynamic and highly regarded performing arts organisations. We are looking for a full-time Special Projects Manager to join our team.


Led by its charismatic Artistic Director, Richard Tognetti, the Australian Chamber Orchestra is renowned world-wide for its inspired and courageous programming and unrivalled performances. The ACO’s Philanthropy & Partnerships Department is a vibrant, busy, and successful team, responsible for raising just over a quarter of the ACO’s annual turnover. This is achieved through a strategic blend of creative philanthropic programs, corporate partnerships, and large-scale fundraising events.


Earlier this year, the ACO moved to its new, purpose-built home on Pier 2/3 in Sydney’s Walsh Bay Arts Precinct (WBAP), an exciting new home for performance, presentation, community engagement and collaborative opportunities, which includes a 275 seat Performance Space, the Studio suitable for recitals and talks for up to 80 guests and a spectacular Event Space for around 200 people. In addition, there is a Shared Foyer and Shared Foyer Bar with other Pier 2/3 tenants including Bell Shakespeare and the Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP).

The Special Projects Manager is responsible for meeting and exceeding the ACO’s annual Philanthropy target through special projects and initiatives.


This position is for an initial two-year, full-time contract based at the ACO’s office at Pier 2/3, Sydney. The Special Projects Manager will be required to work outside of standard business hours and occasionally on weekends in line with ACO’s operational needs. Some interstate travel is also required.


The successful applicant will meet the following position requirements:
Required skills and knowledge
• Demonstrated experience in a Development or Fundraising team
• Experience in cultivating and maintaining excellent relationships with patrons and stakeholders
• Demonstrated experience in event management
• Highly organised with great attention to detail
• The ability to manage competing priorities in a dynamic work environment
• Highly competent verbal and written communication skills

Advantageous skills and knowledge
• Database management (preferably Tessitura)
• An understanding of the Australian arts sector

• A personable manner and flexible approach
• The ability to work well independently as well as in a team
• Enthusiastic, self-motivated and self-disciplined
• The ability to manage stressful or adverse situations.
• Problem solver
• Sense of humour

Benefits & Culture
• From the stage to behind the scenes, our team is a passionate, dedicated, and diverse family
• We never stop looking for ways to bring something new to what we do and every day we inspire audiences and each other with our ambition, enthusiasm, and openness
• We recognise that everyone brings something unique to our team and that it’s our collective experience, skills and spirit that connects us as one
• Our workplace is flexible with training and professional development opportunities provided
• We offer access to concerts, events, and performances throughout the year

Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to join our team. To apply, please download the position description and forward your CV and an accompanying cover letter outlining your relevant skills and experience in relation to the requirements for the role to [email protected].

Download position description here.

Any queries about the position, please contact Jill Colvin, Director of Philanthropy & Partnerships at [email protected].

Applications close: 29 August 2022.


The ACO is committed to equity and inclusion and welcomes applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, people with a disability, mature age workers, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI+) people.

The ACO is committed to making reasonable adjustments to provide a supportive and barrier-free workplace. If you require any adjustments before or during the selection process, please email our HR Manager at [email protected].

ACO’s view is that vaccines are an effective tool for protecting people against COVID-19. To minimise the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace, ACO currently requires that all employees who are able to receive a COVID-19 vaccine are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.